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  •  Haha, yes, they do make themselves . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    belinda ridgewood

    pretty irresistible, don't they?  Or maybe the word I mean is incorrigible.  Whatever.  They all love their auntie belinda.

    Although . . . "kind?"  Seriously?  Oh, wait:  You've never seen them on the trail of a prairie dog, have you? :-D

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    by Aji on Fri May 31, 2013 at 03:41:37 PM PDT

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    •  Prairie dogs are a different matter. (1+ / 0-)
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      Even side pocket is not kind to gophers, and he is a very kind man.  ;)

      •  LOL - yes. (1+ / 0-)
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        belinda ridgewood

        As they say in The Lion King, "It's that whooooole circle of life thing, y'know?"

        Wanna see a horse?

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        Today. :-D

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        by Aji on Fri May 31, 2013 at 05:55:29 PM PDT

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        •  Mighty fine horse you've got there! (1+ / 0-)
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          I must say that, if you're going to go around pretending that the beings at your place aren't especially kind, you're not much helping your argument by showing that horse. Creatures find you for a reason. How's he doing, other than being obviously much improved since arrival?

          •  Well, as you can see from the photo, . . . (1+ / 0-)
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            he's over the sunglasses freakout, at least where I'm concerned.  Psychologically, he's doing great:  Very, very affectionate, and very willing to do what's asked of him.

            Physically, we've got a couple of big issues yet (and a lot of smaller ones).  Most obvious is the distended abdominal area - initially from the starvation, now, I think, mostly from having full access to hay that's a bit rich for him.  Local rescue group donated a couple hundred bucks' worth of grass hay for him yesterday (we know the group president, and apparently this horse was one their radar years ago, if that tells you anything).  So I think that will resolve itself (and with it, the tendency to colic).  The laminitis is a more complicated issue, in part because his feet are so bad.  He has significant overgrowth on all four feet because of the lack of trimming; add to that the shitty [nearly nonexistent] diet, and his feet are probably gonna be at risk for a long while yet.  But we're working on all of it slowly, and he's clearly happy. :-)

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            by Aji on Fri May 31, 2013 at 06:54:24 PM PDT

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            •  Wow. (1+ / 0-)
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              I know so little about keeping horses, I had no idea the foot condition was even possible.

              I'm glad he's happy! Keep us posted -- if his health issues threaten to break the bank, he has friends here and so do you. xo

              •  Oh, the feet can be a HUGE problem. (1+ / 0-)
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                In a lot of ways.  Do you remember Cree - our matriarch, the brown and white paint?  She was a rescue, also foundered - in her case, badly.  About four or five yeas ago, I think it was (maybe a little more) her laminitis flared badly.  It was nearly a full year before we got her back to (her) normal, and for 8 months or so, we really weren't sure she'd survive it.  This boy's got some serious hoof and frog damage, and the history of malnutrition is aggravating that. He won't be able to handle being ridden before next year at the earliest, probably.  That's okay; gives us time to work on other stuff, because he's going to need to adjust to a while new style of handling.

                And thank you, darlin'.  Another dear soul - a "long distance not related cousin," in her words - did something wonderful for us a few days ago for Miskwa.  suffice to say that his vet bill, which arrived a day or so prior, is now taken care of.  We're hoping he won't need any more vet visits for a while.

                What is it about this particular horse that seems to have spoken to so many people?  The response to my diary - which I dashed off in a matter of minutes, frankly - astonished me, but the level of continued interest and support is humbling.  There's something about this boy that's special, I guess. :-)

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                by Aji on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 07:34:04 AM PDT

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                •  I'd venture to say (1+ / 0-)
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                  that if you had told the story of any of your rescues here, as they were going on, people would have a similar level of interest. We're just horrified to hear about the abuse these animals have endured, and it's such a relief and a satisfaction that they've come to someone who we know will help them. Too many stories don't have such happy endings. Of course people want to help!

                  That's what was so precious to me about the trust your dogs extended to me. Who the hell was I, that they, who had once been mistreated so terribly, should welcome me? It felt like a blessing.

                  •  It was, and they bless us with it every day. (1+ / 0-)
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                    But seriously, they recognize beautiful spirits instinctively - in fact, probably far more accurately than animals who have never been abused, precisely because of their histories.

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                    by Aji on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 07:23:17 AM PDT

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