Yes, as usual, I’m still alive but have been swamped. Who knew there was so much to keep track of? Horses to get shod (and re-shod, when they lose shoes), bell boots to buy, websites to update, etc. If you haven’t been paying attention, you will have missed the complete re-working of the CANTER website. We’re trying to be more proactive about keeping updated info on the CANTER-Owned horses up there, so over the next week or so we should have the entire cast and crew available for you to check up on via the official CANTER site. And here too, when I have time.
The last post I wrote was about our little lame three year old that I was calling Baldface. Several days after I wrote that post, we made the decision that he should be euthanized. Unfortunately the infection in his foot had reached the joint, and was eating away at his coffin bone. His other foot was showing signs of laminitis, in addition to other problems. With thousands of dollars of treatment, stall rest, special shoeing, and very attentive care, it may have been possible to keep him comfortably pasture sound. But currently, those resources just don’t exist for us, and in the end, we had to make a decision that would end his pain, and also allow us to direct those resources towards multiple horses with better prospects at a useful and long life.
It sounds sort of blunt to put it that way, doesn’t it? But it’s a question every rehoming and rescue group has to face. The time, energy, and money that could save this one, could also save three, four, or five other horses who would be much easier to find homes for.
So I called out of work, and headed to Happy Horse Acres to hold him for his last few minutes. I made sure he got a good grooming, all his itchy spots rubbed, and some nice grass before our vet arrived. And right before his final moment, made sure he got a sugar cube – he had just learned how to eat them days before, it seemed. For a while it was hard to get the image of his little baby teeth out of my head. For some reason, it was just one of those things that struck me, and just an eerily visible reminder of just how young he was.
But life goes on when you do this stuff, and there are other mouths to feed and horses to love and move into new homes.
Katerina is still with us (really? she’s so nice! where is her new person?!?), although at the moment seems to be nursing an abscess. Hopefully that will pass in a few days so she can get back to work.
Cecil is also now available for a new owner – and for real, this horse WANTS a job bad. He always seems just a little bit grumpy – until you put the saddle on, and then he is at his happiest. Surely someone wants a horse who’s so eager to go do something, right?
Leo, McGee’s best friend, is also doing well and starting to look much nicer now that he is filling out a bit. He will be getting his first under-saddle evaluation soon, which should be interesting as I have no idea how to fit a saddle to his back.
Mikey and Truckee are still good for a laugh, and insist on picking us up when we’re down.
Whisper has been moved to a foster home in North Carolina, where by all reports he is positively glowing from all the attention and love he is getting.
Bodie (the new bay horse who came in with Bella), has also moved to North Carolina to live on our director’s farm and start his under saddle work. He will likely be available soon, and looks VERY good.
Everybody else seems great 🙂 Winter coats are starting to slowly come in, and the horses are finally getting some relief from the bugs that pestered them all summer. We have a new mare, who is a sister to Indy, another horse who had gone through our program (through Jess), and Archie, one of the Delaware horses who just needs a little more time off.
I’m planning a day out at the farm on Sunday to get updated photos for the new website – and will be sure to take a photo essay of all the hijinks that are bound to ensue 🙂
Also, we will be attending the Maryland Million for the fourth year in a row, and maybe, just maybe, Klondike will be there and would like his fan club to show up. 🙂