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What to do when tragedy strikes and possible adoptions

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Jenny P
Breeding Stock
Username: Varda

Post Number: 255
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 02:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We have been so thrilled with our adoption of Hope. She has brought so much life back into Star. I know none of us likes to think about the possibility of losing your mare or foal. It would be nice to have a place where people can post dedicated to raising orphans, adopting, and the different methods you can use to have a successful adoption rather than a rejection.
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 239
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 05:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have raised a few orphans and donated them to 4-H clubs when they are old enough.
 

Jenny P
Breeding Stock
Username: Varda

Post Number: 256
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 10:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How very cool cathy! I fear I'm far too attached to little Hope to ever let her go at this point. She's such a little sweetheart! And I will always love her even more for what she did for Star.

I wanted so badly to take all the orphans with me that day, but I don't have the pasture nor the money to buy more pasture at the moment. Land here is getting outrageous :-( There was this darling little paint, but it was a colt and ten days old. He'd been eating from a pail for 8 days and I wasn't sure I could switch sex on Star or if he would want to nurse. Plus the second Hope looked at me with those sad blue eyes I just knew that was the one for my girl. I think I may try to work with the orphan program and see if I can't help them find homes for more of the little ones. They are so precious and so friendly. Where we picked up Hope they handled her frequently and were sweet as they could be. I can't like the industry, but it was obvious these people cared and weren't like so many of the farms I had read about.
 

Cconner
Yearling
Username: Cconner

Post Number: 65
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 08:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jenny P- I am so glad Hope and Star are doing well. They both deserve such happiness!!

I have bad news about one of my colts. My 7week old filly died the night before last. The mare was coming into heat so I moved her into my 100 X 100 ft pipe corral and when I went out to feed yesterday morning she had died. I would have never thought anything would have happened in the pipe corral, that's where I take all the mares that are coming into heat and I also rotate the 2 yr old stud colt in there. It has always been so safe! Anyways, it must have been a freak accident where she reared up and fell over backwards. I'm pretty sure from the evidence that it was a head or neck injury. I looked everything over the best I could but could not find where she had tried to jump or got her head stuck. I will post the last pics of her I had taken (May 18th) tomorrow. Momma is really beside herself so I have been trying to love on her and brush her as much as possible. She nickers every time she sees me coming. Anyways, I just wanted to let everyone know about Patty and Cocoa. It's just not fair for something to happen to the young (that goes for everything), they are so innocent and haven't got to experience life yet!
 

Jennifer Cook
Yearling
Username: Black_opal

Post Number: 98
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 09:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

CConner, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. How tragic. I hate to hear of people losing their foals, I can't imagine losing my little filly. I'm always so worried about keeping her safe, but we can't protect them from everything. I hope time heals both you and your mare. My thoughts are with you.

Jenny, I think that would be a wonderful thing to help find homes for those little orphans. Do you have any recent pics of Hope and Star.
 

Emily West
Breeding Stock
Username: Paintlover

Post Number: 168
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 11:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cconner,
I am so sorry about your filly.
 

Sandy Smith
Breeding Stock
Username: Sandystone

Post Number: 126
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Friday, May 25, 2007 - 09:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cconner - I'm so sorry about your filly. How tragic! They seem so strong, yet can be so fragile. Take comfort in your mare.

Sandy
 

Jan Owen
Breeding Stock
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 334
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, May 25, 2007 - 10:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ccnner,

My deepest sympathy. I can't imagine how hard it would be to lose one after you bonded with her. May you comfort your mare.
 

Jenny P
Breeding Stock
Username: Varda

Post Number: 264
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Friday, May 25, 2007 - 01:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cconner I am so so sorry. I know how you feel about it being so unfair. The best we can do we can't catch evertyhing that might cause injury. Even with our own children we want to be there to catch them before their little butts hit the ground, but it just isn't possible to always shield them. Don't blame yourself. I know it's hard not to. Lord knows I played the blame game with myself for a while and still do from time to time. I feel like I failed them somehow, but the fact is, we are only human after all and we just can't be everywhere doing everything all at the same time. If you think it's an option you can go to www.eaglehillfarm.com and see if she has any orphans that would be close in age to what you lost. I know she went down to Kentucky this Tuesday to pick up at least 14 more orphans.

I do have more pictures. They are uploading while I type.

http://s139.photobucket.com/albums/q284/Varda_photos/
 

Jennifer Cook
Yearling
Username: Black_opal

Post Number: 100
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Friday, May 25, 2007 - 02:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jenny, what a big, healthy girl Hope is! She reminds me of my filly, Luna, only lighter in color.



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