Hi ya'll, and thanks for helping us pick up this little guy and be able to fund the transportation. We are extremely honored and happy to be a partner with LRTC on this project - (visit their website at http://www.whmentors.org/ ) as it allows us to help even more foals. They have a wonderful system in place and work with BLM and other agencies in order to provide immediate care to foals in critical need. (They do much more than that, but this part is a huge one.) That is what happened in this case. They got a call, we got a call and wahlah, with all of your help, we picked him up hours later.
The same thing happened with Suri. We picked her up the same day she was brought down the mountain, we helped her get back to a healthy and adoptable state, and we found her the most awesome home ever. This is one of the areas that we are working on expanding, and we are learning a lot from the pros at LRTC as they specialize in critical care, adoptions and finding good homes, as well as providing mentoring and guidance for the new horse owners.
The colt is a beautiful little boy, but as with so many orphans, he is having a few issues. When we picked him up, from a distance, he looked the picture of health. Unfortunately the erratic weather the region has been experiencing is extremely conducive to respiratory issues in the young ones, and we see lots of foals getting colds or pneumonia, whether domestic or wild. Funny, you'd think recent warm weather would be better, but the extreme differences in temperature (sometimes over 40 degrees in 24 hours) can be very hard on the very young. He does have a cough and the vet will be checking him this morning.
Cat Kindsfather, horse lover extraordinaire, spent much of last night with us. She got a peek into what really happens in these rescues and was wonderful enough to drive us over to Shirley Allen's (a couple hours away round trip) around midnight to get some antibiotics etc. for the little guy. "The Tall One", (my awesome hubby Matt) stayed and babysat, giving him his electrolytes and milk. He is eating well, very much a love bug, but needs your prayers. Respiratory/lung issues can be extremely dangerous, although unfortunately not uncommon for the foals, and they are scary prospects when the little ones can't get regular doses of mom's milk that contain mom's antibodies.
However BLM was very quick to call for help for this foal so aside from our respiratory concerns and losing is mom, he isn't significantly compromised. As in the past, the organizations that so diligently work together will continue to combine their resources and look after the most vulnerable of our mustangs. It is a lot of work, but someone has to do it. After all, it's about the horses.