Today was a big day for Honey Bandit. He and Patches got to play in one of the bigger corrals with more open space. They ran and bucked and pushed each other and nuzzled each other and showed how perfectly they have bonded. It is still very scary watching HB run. He races off without a thought as to where he is going or what is in his way. It actually makes for very entertaining watching once you know he is safe.
He has learned how to buck and actually got a little "kick" off today. He has had the worst time actually getting his little butt and back feet up and off the ground.
Was kind of comical tonight though. Some good friends of ours, Bob & Kathy, dropped by and we took Honey Bandit out to play with Patches. Well, Patches wasn't having any of my ideas about running around and playing. My son had dropped hay out and he was going to eat by golly, and nothing else.
Well, Honey Bandit tried to play with him and got a nice little kick from Patches. It didn't really hurt, just let him know that Patches wasn't having any of those silly fun and games when there was perfectly good food out there. Well Honey Bandit doesn't take no lightly, and so he continued to mess with Patches. Patches decided to show a little more pop in his message this time and humped his butt against Honey Bandit and let fly. Well Honey Bandit decided to "show him". He whirled his butt around (as fast as a broken little boy can) and you could see his little brain working. Now how do I do this? My butt won't stay in the right place and I know my feet are supposed to be doing something..... After a few minutes he gave up and settled for a few nibbles on Patches.
They are bonding wonderfully and will be travelling together when we take Honey Bandit to Washington D C next spring. I am so grateful they have each other and someday even if I missed my honeymoon, I will get to sleep with my hubby in my own bed again.
God bless and take care.
X o Honey Bandit.
p.s. As was pointed out to me so sweetly, many of you couldnt use the TV update, so here is a quick one for you. God bless you for helping. Without ya'll none of this would be happening and all his pain would have been for nothing.
Was a wonderful day for Honey Bandit. He is coming back to life with a vengeance, and Lord help anyone in his way.
We started the day doing a little bit of "feet work". Just lifting his hooves for a few minutes. No biggy. Just want him to understand that every time I pick up his foot he doesn't need to lay down and getting him ready for trims etc.
He did very well and I was quite pleased. However, then we moved on to phase 2, which was working around his groin, in between his back lets etc. Well let me tell you what he does when you annoy him. HE REACHES DOWN AND BITES YOUR LEG. Yeah!!!!!!!! How awesome is that. He reacted JUST LIKE A WILD COLT SHOULD.
Of course we aren't going to encourage that behavior, but I was impressed enough to laugh/cry with excitement. So I admonished him ever so gently with tears of joy in my eyes, and continued our little lesson. This time he reached down and nipped my hand. Now these are not painful bites, nor do they break skin or even leave a mark. But they are certainly what a "normal" baby would do. Honey Bandit is coming back to life!!
We also had lots of excitement after that. Today, for the very first time ever, Honey Bandit and Patches got to play together without any leads on. They were monitored very carefully before we let them do this, and they seem to be a perfect match. That definitely warms my heart as neither one of them had a buddy before today. It is beautiful to watch them together. They ran around bucking and whinnying and pretty much were inseparable.
I tried to upload the video, but of course it didn't work. Will figure it out soon I hope. I cannot believe how fast he is progressing. Sometimes it is easy to forget that there are still no guarantees, but if his spirit and heart have anything to do with it, he will be here to go to Washington.
His breathing is a little bit rapid and his heart rate was a tiny bit fast at the vet, but she thinks that could be from needing to be wormed. So we wormed him yesterday, and he is taking his meds like a good boy. So everyone just keep up the prayers and good wishes and we will take America's Poster Boy to congress and Washington DC next spring.
Right now he is lipping my bare feet before he goes to bed.
X o honey bandit
As I sit here typing this little update, my toes are covered in a lovely sticky oozy mess. Honey Bandit has learned a new skill. He thinks it is just so special to get a big mouthful of his sticky, messy milk mixture and walk along side my bed and let it run out of his mouth. He really seems to enjoy getting it on special things, like the phone, camera etc. And oh yes, let's not forget his absolute favorite target, my pillow. It makes a wonderful, albeit some what crusty conditioner.
He is also getting to be very helpful. Whenever I make his milk he will tip over his food bucket if I am not doing it correctly or fast enough. He is very much into "self-service" of the milk pellets if he can get away with it. So now I have to put them up high out of his reach.
We are in the carport right now, and my bed is on one side with a little cabinet at the head of it. I keep his meds, the phone, and just general "stuff" we use there. Well apparently I am not very good at arranging it properly, so he has taken it upon himself to "help" me. Apparently there are lots of good reasons that horses don't live in your bedroom or office.
Yesterday when HB was running with Patches, he tripped and I thought he was going to fall. It is so scary to watch this little colt that less than a week ago couldn't even stand up by himself, race around like crazy.
So today, I have that little "trip" in the back of my mind when he decides to "bust loose". He let fly with his rendition of a buck and took off running. Well, "Mr. I Am Too Cool" did some sort of weird air-buck and crashed to the ground. I, of course, had a near heart attack, but he was totally fine. Reminds me of when Patches used to be running and bucking like crazy and he would land in a big heap on his side. Totally fine of course, but way too scary for "mom".
We got some really cute video of he and Patches. They are absolutely going to be best friends. It is such a joy to watch them together. Patches will go and say hi to the "big horses", but all HB does is whinny with quite a lot of enthusiasm and turns away before he gets anywhere near close to them. But he feels totally safe with Patches. I think the fact that he is so small, but still "older" is probably very comforting to HB.
Wow, Honey Bandit is scaring me again. Hopefully it was not a big deal, but after watching him urinate, it seems that either his kidneys or liver hasn't quite recovered totally.
It is amazing. On the surface he seems to be recovering at an almost unbelievable rate. But it is moments like these that remind me that we don't know how much damage was done internally. At least we have time before he does his "big" trip, and we still need all the prayers we can get. But if I am able to get these videos out to you, it will be evident that Chilly Pepper was just our first "Miracle Mustang" and he is the second one that I have been blessed enough to share this experience with.
God Bless and have a wonderful day.
P & Honey Bandit.
Hi ya'll. It is Monday, the 27th of September, and I am waiting for the vet to call me back so I can take HB to get a checkup and some more meds. He is currently chomping away as usual. He certainly has not lost his love of eating. We have some good news. He seems to be picking up little bits of sound???? So the way it looks it was the trauma, and possible getting kicked in the head, that may have affected his hearing. Could be from some swelling on the nerve maybe? Don't know for sure, but obviously if it is coming back, then he wasn't deaf prior to the roundup. So that is awesome news. What a brighter world for him to be able to talk to his 'horsey neighbors" and to hear my incessant ramblings of love to him. Will let you know later what the vet says. I would like to say thank you to everyone who has donated, prayed, sent stuff and just been there for us. Please be assured that "thank you's" will be sent out, along with the tax deduction receipts. I am just so busy with him and trying to get him better, not to mention keeping track of everything, that I am behind on that also. But I will get them out in the near future. God bless you all for helping and your patience with me. As I said before, my brain is no longer "mush", but is still in the syrup state. Hee he Take care. p
Well it is 9 PM on Saturday night and I just got off the phone with the vet. Honey Bandit had a very good day, with the exception of some tummy issues. He now has a full blown case of scours, which if left uncontrolled can turn bad very fast. Luckily I have medicine from before, so we are starting that tonight.
He seems to feel pretty good. He just laid down with his head on the dog. With the exception of getting scours again, Honey Bandit seems to be making some good progress. He knows he is faster than me. So if he walks in front of me and I don't keep up from the get go, he can take off and I can't catch up. He thinks that is great fun. He is showing some real attitude when he wants to do something besides what I want.
Today he actually kicked up his heels pretty good. He spent about an hour next to Patches and they just sat and ate together.
He seems to be having some sort of reactions to noise or vibrations. I am starting to think that someday he may have his hearing back. Our little boy seems to be coming back little by little. So hopefully this little tummy episode will be an easy fix and he will continue to get better every day. I think that he and Patches are going to be great friends. I hope so. He seems to be doing so much better, but we still have to remember that he is not out of the woods yet. There is no way to know how much permanent damage there was to his organs from being so starved. So we just take it one day at a time and keep praying for him.
Just a quick update. Today was pretty exciting.
After a sleepless night with HoneyBandit, I was worried. He'd been restless, wanting to get up and down all night and he was making weird noises.
However.....HoneyBandit managed to get up BY HIMSELF today!
When I tried to take his blanket off, he figured -- no thanks! -- and thought he would leave! He even tried to buck.
Didn't work, but it was heartening that he reacted like a "normal" foal for a few seconds and later he actually tried to run across the driveway! That was quite scary as he almost landed on his face, but he boot-scooted for a few seconds.
HoneyBandit is not out of the woods, yet, but each day he shows a teeny bit more life!
Hopefully we will have some video and more pix up tomorrow. Take care and God bless. Thank you for all your continued support. p
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Madeline wrote: so thankful for the opportunity to start our Pilot Program with 1,000 horses
anne: believe me when I tell you...HoneyBandit's "mismanagement" helped with this...thnx!