Weekends are my (the admin's) off days where I normally don't work on so this post is rather long, click the Read More link to catch up on the latest from Honey Bandit and Palomino
Home Again, HoneyBandit & WILD HORSE EVENT TODAY!
I'm back from the wonderful wedding in the woods and gearing up for a fun wild horse event at the MACKAY MANSION on D Street in Virginia City, Nevada. From 2-6 TODAY, you can talk horses, enter a raffle for tons of fun stuff (steak dinners, books, and more) and I will be there to autograph my books and talk mustangs.
And now, from Palomino:
It's Sunday morning and it poured rain all night. Sounds kind of neat on the tin roof of the carport. Was a pretty long night though. HoneyBandit had a tough time. He was so wobbly I thought he was going to fall down. He was kind of lethargic and didn't seem to have any energy. He also seemed to have very little appetite. It is so scary when he gets like that.
Yesterday, too, he was quiet. We give him a little bucket or pan, with soaked hay and milk pellets, and he munches on that all day long, but when you look at how much is gone, it is surprisingly little.
He is eating/chewing ahead of his time, as he had to forage to survive. Normally at his age he would be nibbling and eating small amounts, but most of his "food" would be mama's milk. He is getting that by syringe, although for about 5 seconds he actually drank from a bottle. But he does not want the bottle, and the vet said that he is actually chewing partially with his gums, because that is how he survived.
BUT HE LOVES TO EAT and is one happy boy when his mouth is full!
He did actually "sit up" when he was lying down, as opposed to lying flat on his side. We have been working on that as it seems that it would be easier not only to stand up from that position, but also to nibble when he is too tired to stand up. That boy can eat pretty well lying flat on the ground with his head also flat on the ground. So being able to get off his side is a big step.
He seems to be more aware of what's going on around him, and the stitches in his eye are doing better.
Yesterday he had a visit from Danielle, a very beautiful, and much loved young lady we consider part of our family. HoneyBandit thoroughly enjoyed a very light brushing (with an ultra soft brush) from her. She has a very soft touch and is wonderful with animals, especially if they are sick or injured.
God bless Danielle for stopping and visiting with her mom.She has promised to try and come by and help me with him.
We want to thank everyone who is helping HoneyBandit throughout this journey. He is trying so hard to survive and has so much "mustang heart". We still need all your prayers! God Bless and we will pray he has little more energy and feels a little bit
Bedtime Note from Palomino & Distressing BLM news
I'm posting Palomino's Honeybandit update and feeling a bit hopeful. I bet you will, too.
If you're up to it, though, please read the link below Palomino's note. The story is a bit hard to follow -- not because of the writer's skill, but because the writer had to untangle a skein of lies and half-truths about BLM & Honeybandit.
Almost forgot! If I'm out of touch for a day or two, it's because I'm helping with my best friend's daughter's wedding. Cooking for 100! Yikes!
At least the reception will be in a barn, where I'm at home.
Hugs to you,
Today is actually Wednesday. (says Palomino)
As we thought, HoneyBandit did so much yesterday that today he was much quieter. But that is to be expected. He still ate like crazy though. He is looking much better. Putting on some weight and his sores are getting better every day. He still kind of looks like a deer.
He is getting more feisty. When I go to take his temperature he figures he will just walk away. That is huge because before he never moved at all. When he gets his meds,he also shows that there is actually a little horse in there.
Heading for bed, this is starting to catch up with me. (good excuse to go to bed early - right).
God bless ya'll for helping.
Click here to see a photo of HoneyBandit and read the Vet's statement, which differs from earlier BLM statements BLM Vet updates his statement
Daylight is fading, and I'm sneaking in a few minutes for the update on HoneyBandit.
Today was a very big day for HB. He had lots of his 2 legged friends visiting, and he got to hang out with Patches, (the mini therapy horse) again.
Guess what? Honey nursing a miniature doesn't really work. Patches wasn't even sure what he was trying to do, but thought it kind of strange. He wasn't mean about it though, which is very good. Patches is lonely because the big horses are always trying to kill him if he is anywhere nearby. So I think these two are going to bond very well.
We tried to offer him a bottle after he wanted to nurse, but he is having none of it. We thought he would find it comforting, but he was actually quite offended. Apparently he is a big boy now and he eats like a big boy.
HB went out into the front yard and nibbled the grass and weeds. He was out for quite a while, and then his legs started to get really weak and shaky. My cue to bring him in and put him to bed.
His bottom left eyelid keeps turning inside out,and the vet said it is because he was so skinny he didn't even have enough fat in his eye socket to help keep his eye where it should be.
Wonder how he will do tomorrow or if he over did it today. We will see......