Friday, June 26, 2009

Vinnie the orphan colt

We started this rescue officially on the 3rd of June 2008, well that's the day we got notice of our 501(c)3 status. Many horses have passed through our rescue and all found great homes with wonderful people. We have a few here still that need training before they leave and we've had several babies born here this year. We dont breed here they came here infoal, we dont keep stallions on the property i dont need accidents happening.
Our first born here is a colt, his name is Vinnie a FriesianXArab he was born on Friday March 13 2009 at 1300 hours Vinnie came into this world. His mother had retained her placenta and the vet was called. It took several hours for Doctor Dennison to remove the placenta it did not want to come out. In the mean time here is poor Vinnie little guy was hungry. Milk was removed from mom Jo and Vinnie was tubed so he could get fed, plus he needed that thing only new mamas can share with their babies. Needless to say after all the work mom wanted nothing to do with Vinnie, we tried, I stayed up all night trying everything to get her to take her baby and nothing worked. Frustrated and tired I called the vet and she brought out milk replacement for Vinnie. We did have to have plasma flown in for Vinnie because the milk we did get from mom wasn't enough. I spent 2 grand in 5 days saving both mom and baby and they are both doing fine now.
I have to give a extremely huge thanks to my mother who helped me out with the feedings, orphans are fed every two hours...I took the 6pm to 6am and mother let me get a couple hours of sleep in the morning and she fed him throughout the day so i could work with the other horses.
Fast forward Vinnie is an awesome colt, feeding him was an an adventure...weaning him was easy and he made friends with an Arabian mare Zephyr, she is now teaching him how to be a horse. Vinnie is one special baby, i will truly miss this one when he leaves here.
I will be posting stories on the rest of the foals and other horses here soon...

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