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post #81 of 969 Old 03-31-2013, 12:23 PM
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Don't worry overmuch about her being scared of you. Just be patient and understanding. Even if you have to force her and wrangle her in order to doctor her, you will get her back.

And don't worry at all about a blemish like a floppy ear. Some people will pick a blemish like that over a perfect horse any day, if only for the story.

I think you should plaster this over the social networks to try and expose the perp. Get more than the HF interested in her story.
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post #82 of 969 Old 03-31-2013, 01:31 PM
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Yep and if your on Facebook, Id post your story on the rescue networks. She will get LOADS of home offers and financial help if you network her out there. She's been through so much, I think its a good move at this point. This little filly is a survivor.

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post #83 of 969 Old 03-31-2013, 01:50 PM
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OMG! I just saw this! I am so sorry and horrified! I am just speachless but wanted to let you know I am very sorry this happened.

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I will talk to BO about setting something up for you guys. I personally have no clue how to do that sort of thing and I know she doesn't really either, but maybe we can figure something out between the two of us xD I know she worries about all of the legalities of things since people have been quick to jump on us for even little things because of the type of work that we do, and she's always been super cautious about media and such. Still, its worth a shot.

I do have good news though. I spoke with the 'rescue' (anyone remember when I spoke about them actually only being a rehoming facility? That makes things kind of hard because she isn't their 'typical case' as they put it.) that we are affiliated with and they are actually willing to waive her adoption fee quite a bit to the right person, given that we find her a new home. They're pretty much done with her considering what she has cost them and us, and with the threat that we've been made, they want her gone more than ever.

I went out and tried to put some triple antibiotic cream on her ear this morning. She was very upset and it took me a while to catch her, and even then it was a huge battle to get her cleaned up a bit. The injury isn't oozing or anything and looks fairly clean thankfully, but that ear is very swollen. I got a little bit of cream on her ear (but mostly on me) and sprayed her down everywhere except the ear with fly spray, so hopefully that will help a little. She was completely done with me after that though, and I gave up. I'll try to get some more on this evening when I have more help.

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The title caught my attention-- I thought your horse had got, got by a ravage dog or cyote or somethin-- then I was shocked to read someone did that on purpose!

Who could hurt an innocent animal like that?! I hope the lowlife dirtbag that did this gets caught very soon-- not only is the person scum of the earth-- but they will hurt an innocent friendly creature- theyll hurt a human just as quick!

Didnt the cops get a list of suspects or somethin? Why isnt anyone wantin to help you?
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The police did get a list of potential suspects from us as well as some other information that I'm not sure that I'm at liberty to share, but we really just don't have a huge amount of information to go on.

I have no idea why its so hard to get help. Its always been this way for our farm. Back when two of our horses were stolen, and when all of our tack and trailer were taken, and now this time. They just don't seem to think its a big deal for some reason.

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Next time, don't send pictures. That might help.

That you were able to touch her at all is a good thing. Just give her some extra time fooling with her and not messing with the ear. Focus on the spots she likes the best. I would use treats in this case too, just because of what she has been through. Not to bribe her to come to you, but just because they taste good.

Richard Shrake was a guest at the ASHA convention a few years ago. One of the things he talked about was how quickly a bad experience can affect a horse, and how it takes several good experiences to overcome one bad experience. This poor girl needs a lot of good.

It will take a while to build back the trust. My sister had one who had a freak accident resulting in a catastrophic injury. This was the type of horse who loved peppermints so much you had to watch your hand lest it be sucked in too. LOL. After the accident and all the pain and drugs and handling and vet work, he refused peppermints for most of his recovery. When they would offer him one, he would glare at them and pinch his lips shut. I "sweetied" him into taking one from me, but I wasn't apart of the ordeal.
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Yeah, lesson learned. Maybe the pictures didnt look as horrific as they did in person? I was just trying to be helpful so that they'd know what to be prepared for! We sent pictures of our colt when he detatched his eye, and they were able to tell us what to do with it to try to preserve it (it didnt work sadly) and staunch the bleeding, but I guess in this case it was counterproductive.

Weirdly enough, she refuses to take treats from me. I've tried apples, carrots, grain, peppermints, alfalfa/peppermint rolled treats, mollasses cakes, and pieces of sandwich- and she won't eat them. She's taken the rolled treats from me once or twice and gummed at them for a minute before spitting them out, but she just seems to have something against hands and food. She LOVES to eat and will eat tasty bits in her bucket, but as soon as a hand is there she won't even sniff at it usually. Up until now I didn't mind, I don't often feed treats anyways- but I do wish I could give her something to make things better now.

I was just thinking, should I be giving her anything at all for pain? I don't think bute would be correct in this instance, but I really don't know. Poor thing practically groans and grimaces every time she swings her head too fast or touches her lop ear to something.

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For what its worth, I would not worry to much about her not finding a home because of this. I met a little donkey two years ago that had both ears chopped off by a man with a pair of hedge clippers (who knows why people are sick/crazy). He had a winsome personality and people lined up to adopt him. He was a diamond in the rough. Lots of horses have little cosmetic faults that just add to them. Focus on regaining her trust and give it time.

I hope it works out well for both of you.
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post #90 of 969 Old 03-31-2013, 02:51 PM
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I can't get over your vet.

Yes, you should be giving her bute. She must be in pain.

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Monday AM 1 gm
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Tuesday Am 1 gm Then see how she is feeling.

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