Well it is 4:42 a.m., and all the babies are still with us. Although Mav looks the worst, up until yesterday Shanny was actually the most critical. After shutting down almost completely twice in the last 24 hours, we made it through the night. Poor baby's temperatures have ranged from 105 to 95 during his ordeal. We do not leave him alone at all.
But this is a baby who WANTS to be here. The second he feels good or has plenty of air he is dancing around, bucking and being a big boy.
After only the first dose of the antibiotics, in addition to the Broncho pneumonia and the Pharyingitis, he now is fighting scours.
Please keep praying. I am afraid to close my eyes in case he starts struggling and needs another treatment.
On top of all this, my laptop crashed, died to where I want to shoot it. Where is DaBubbles when I need him? (After DaBubbles was attacked by the mountain lion he jumped on the bed and then onto the dresser and put a hoof through our old laptop. That is when we were living in the stall with HB. No one at Best Buy had ever seen that before lol) This is the computer that is only used for the rescue and has all of our stuff on it. I am sorry, but really??? I know it is just a thing, but man is that thing important to the rescue. Feel like crying but I don't dare start lol
Please keep praying for all four babies. They all seem to be fighting the same thing.
Dirty auction yards - what a crappy place to be born.
Matt and I just got back from about a 1400+ mile trip. We had been receiving lots of requests to come help with the foals who were being born in the feedlot of the auction yard. Many of the babies are merely hours or days old, and their lives begin helplessly listening to their mother's desperate screams as they are forced on to trucks, torn away from their newly born babies, headed to a horrible death at the slaughter yard.
We have been trying to raise funds for an enclosed horse trailer with living quarters, and although we did not have one, we ended up borrowing a trailer that would allow us to make the emergency run. We found out that although God blessed us with a safe trip, this is NOT adequate equipment for rescues like this. It was so cold that there was no way to stop overnight and keep the babies warm. So we had to make a 16 hour drive, although a good deal of that was stopping to care for the babies, give munchies and let them move around. With an enclosed trailer with LQ we could stop, keep them warm and be able to rest for a bit which would make all of this much safer. But God blessed us with a safe trip and wonderful folks who provided hot water along the way so the babies could have warm milk. They had blankets and were as toasty as we could make it, but not the best situation for sure.
When we arrived in Yakima, the first two nights Matt got to sit in the truck, trying to stay warm, while he waited for me to tell him when the baby needed to be picked up or laid down. No place for him to sleep. I meanwhile, was in a gorgeous, yet open barn, in 36 degree temps with wind enough to drop the temperatures significantly. Maverick was clearly crashing, and if we didn't get him warm and more fluids, he would not last the night. So armed with heat lamps, multiple blankets and a heater, I spent the night with him. We would get up every hour and he would walk through the freezing barn, drink a bit of milk, and then go potty. The 5 days prior he had been refusing to drink and had suffered a severe bout of colic amongst all the other issues. He was at death's door, and the barn was too cold.
The next night we put a heater in the horse trailer we had borrowed, along with a heat lamp and tons of blankets. Once again it was so cold you could not even sleep. We still had to get him out to move around and try to get his blood moving enough to warm up his legs. These were seriously the two worst nights I think I have ever spent.
The next day Matt discovered an unused building and turned it into an awesome foal room for the folks who were trying to help these babies. So from now on, their babies will have a much better chance at survival and it will make it easier for the volunteers to actually stay with them to monitor them. Woohoo!!! You CANNOT take newborn or critically ill or orphaned youngsters and stick them in a barn or leave them outside. There have been folks who got lucky, but that is not the most common outcome.
We actually had an emergency come in about midnight one night. She was a foal that had been "rescued" by a lady named Lindsey, who is associated with a foal rescue in Yakima. (The rescue knew nothing of the appalling and deadly conditions this foal was being kept in) The baby's temperature was 96 after we had started to warm her up. (A normal foal temp should be about 101) She was skin and bones, nearly comatose and maybe would survive for an hour. Everyone there jumped into action and we were able to keep her alive until the next morning. Miracle of miracles, although unable to get up or down, after we stood her up she was able to walk around for a bit. She again started crashing and we provided fluids and other treatment until the vet arrived. Shortly after that the Sheriff and Animal Control showed up and the angry "rescuer" wanted her baby back. She had supposedly raised money to rescue 500 babies the year prior and had left this baby alone outside in the cold, knowing she was sick. Several hours later her ex-husband came to pick up the baby. Of course everyone who had spent the night keeping her alive was devastated, as we had saved her to go back to "hell". With the sheriff in front of us there was nothing we could do. We have to stay legal, although we were heart broken. I asked the ex-husband who was going to take care of her and he said he was. I asked him did he know how and he said no, but he would do his best. I told she was dying and to keep her as warm as he could while she left this earth.
Then another miracle - he actually took her to the vet, bless his heart. He told us that HE was the one who sent her to us, knowing she was by herself out in the cold and would never make it through the night. The rescue was notified and we were told the adopter stepped up and paid for her vet care and stipulated that Lindsey could never have access to her again. The latest update I received was that she is up on her own and drinking milk and would be headed to her forever home in about a month when she is stable. Once again God had a plan and a reason for us to be there. (I believe the rescue is taking steps to prevent this outcome from ever happening again.) This baby starved for a week, and although antibiotics had been prescribed, she had only received one of the doses out of 10, and was left alone outside with a bucket of milk in freezing (or near freezing) temps.
While taking care of Maverick around the clock, we also were helping with the other foals. We would be bringing back four, and two of them are in extremely critical condition, one is also pretty sick and one is pretty darn healthy compared to the others. However, the two "healthiest" ones were extremely colicky last night and all four are in dire need of prayers.
MAVERICK is extremely critical and has lost 90 % of his hair. the Vet in WA told me that was the least of my worries as it was not life threatening. (She thought it was from malnutrition and the stress of the auction yard and losing his m ama) We need soft t-shirts to cut up and make "covers" for his neck and legs so he can go outside in the fresh air. Small human style baby blankets could also be used to help cover him. He is a little fighter though.
If you would like to help these babies, you can visit our website at www.chillypepper.weebly.com or go to Paypal at Palominodancer@yahoo.com. The costs for the formula alone for four babies for one month is $800, and that is the tip of the iceberg. Matt and I are happy to go and help these orphans and we really appreciate all the folks requesting that we do so to continue being part of this journey for these babies. Anyone who would like to visit please contact us at 530 474-5197.
Here are some of the much needed items for these little ones. Vaseline, Stall Bedding, Foal Lac Powder, Foal Lac Pellets, Grass Hay, Mineral Oil, Baby Wipes, Plastic Gloves, Probios, Biosponge, Honey, Human style baby blankets for Maverick.
Our shipping address is Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088
If you order milk powder, we do receive mail at this address :) http://pet-supplies.drsfostersmith.com/search?af=type%3Aproduct&view=grid&w=foal lac (where you can order milk if you would like )
We appreciate all the continuing love and support.
ORPHAN UPDATE! PTL Everyone is still here with us this morning. Was so beyond grateful and happy when our wonderful neighbor brought us homemade soup for lunch. We have been up literally since last Tuesday, (and so is EVERY OTHER orphan foal mama), but it does get you a bit rummy and lazy haha.
MAVERICK - still fighting. He is so obviously planning on staying in this world. It seems like the vet was correct, and the gunk in his lungs was just so thick she couldn't hear it. We used the Vibra VM on him, and afterwards you could start to hear the stuff. (He LOVES the setting that opens up the airway. He will literally bury his nose in the cup on that setting).
SHANNY - Her pneumonia is horrible. All of them are on meds under Doc's orders, and she also LOVES that setting on the machine. She too will seek it out and bury her nose in the cup.
PRINCESS - Unfortunately, it appears that she is fast following her siblings to full on Pneumonia. She also is on treatment per Doc's orders, and getting the breathing treatments.
All 3 of them feel horrible, but are hanging in, thanks most likely to all of your prayers.
FLASH - Still feeling wonderful and loves his mommy already and may have a chance at hooking up with a nurse mare. Always that flash of, awww, I want him here, but that lasts about 1/2 half a second. There is NOTHING like having a real mama and if we can give him that, there is not a chance on earth that we would not do so. So prayers for that amazing possibility.
Please continue you your prayers, because GOD IS THE ONLY REASON that we are able to save some of these babies.
April 8th 12:40 am
Well I have to say it is officially freezing We have Littler Mav all bundled up with heat Lamps. His legs are cold like Honey Bandits were. The girls did an amazing job of keeping him alive.
He actually drank a little bit of milk for the second time tonight. Still has projectile scours
Need to get him home to his warm nursery. Other kids have their lil coats on and have been playin so that helped them stay warm for a bit
Laying beside Mav n all of a sudden power goes off. Woke up Matt who was sitting/sleeping in the truck and he found the fuse box. Praise God for that. Got the heat lamps going again
This place is amazing but wasn't intended for this kind of care (and no we can't move in. - I tried lol).
The weather did the same thing here. Nice n warm n then freezing. Perfect weather for pneumonia. Arghh. Please keep us all in your prayers, especially Maverick. Think he is the reason we are here, and please send special prayers for these amazing women who are continuing to save these Yakima babies. It is an endless battle and they are working tirelessly
This is why we need a Rolling Foal Hospital. So babies could be inside safe n warm and so could we.
Have a really nice and warm sleeping bag. I would be happy as a clam if I was camping. But not so fun worried about the babies. Cold air not good for sick babies.
To keep doing stuff like this we need the right equipment. PTL we didn't bring the open trailer. Silly weather thinks it's winter.
April 8 6:37 am
Update on Maverick. Well we made it through the night. Again comes the frustration of not having the right equipment. He is so cold and chilled in spite of having heat lamps and blankets. Something as simple as being too cold could end up taking him from us
We got up and did laps last night and he drank a bit each time. He is extremely critical and we are going hour by hour. Please pray like crazy. He has the will but we need to get him ward up. We are also using hot water bottles and a heater. But he is cold inside but he is a fighter
April 8 8:23 am
Plea for blankets. It is gonna be necessary for us to get a bunch of blankets in addition to their horse blankets for traveling home. These guys have zero groceries on board to help them stay warm (as far as fat).
We are bringing 3 or 4 home depending on how many folks want to step up and commit to helping save their lives. We can't do it alone smile emoticon
The vet is coming at 10:30 so we have to figure it out. If anyone wants to sponsor or help please let us know
April 8 8:49 am
Yeah. The sun is shining at least for now. Last night was one of the scariest and coldest I have ever gone through. 36 n breezy is awesome if u r camping lol but gettin up every hour makes it not so fun especially when the baby is so cold. But it is a new day and he is starting it with us. Hopefully we can spend a little more time with the others. They are about two weeks old and one is 8 days old today. That would total the four we would like to bring back. Will try to get some good pix up soon. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR THESE LITTLE ONES. So heartbreaking for them to even be in this position.
April 8 5:26 pm
Address for blankets is KidznHorses. 370 Hexon Rd. Selah WA. 98942. We will be here a few more days. And the address for donations via PayPal is Palominodancer@yahoo.com. Or Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang 34694 Sidebottom Rd. Shingletown,CA. 96088
Other items to help with the babies are the usual LOL. Plastic gloves. Mav is going through Baby Wipes like crazy as well as Vaseline. To answer the question of the cost of getting home, we have not yet seen the vet bill but it will be roughly around $200 for fuel and the milk Alone for these 4 babies will be about $800 just for the first month, and does not include meds, munchies hay or bedding. After the first few months costs will go down a bit.
We acted on faith and decided to bring home four.
Please pray hard for Maverick. His little lungs are struggling. He is on meds but we need a miracle for this little man
April 8 11:08 pm
My turn with Mav. Two other little ones not feeling so well and one more with scours
April 10th 10:39am
Update on Maverick. Little man is still touch n go. Some tiny baby steps forward. Some tiny steps backwards. HE AND ALL THE FOALS MEED PRAYERS PLEASE
April 10th 9:47 pm
Maverick update. He is going bald. Vet checked him out n we did some blood work. She is not concerned about the "ultimate shed" because it is not life threatening. He did have colostrum so that is awesome but has some serious issues with breathing
Feeling bad cuz I haven't even intro'd the other kids. Maybe tomorrow??! Been a bit hectic
April 11 6:46 pm
We are on the return trip home. Please say lots of prayers for a safe trip and some extra prayers for Maverick n Shanny n Princess cuz they are not feeling so well. Losing your mom to a slaughter truck pretty much sucks especially when you are tiny n get roped. Our big boy, who's about 5 weeks old is feeling ok and full of piss n vinegar, which is why he is coming to "No Brats Central" for some manners. He has a Rocky personality and is an amazing little dude.
Maverick needs your help! He has lost so much hair that he is going to need fleece blankets to lay on. Poor thing looks horrible. But we stopped and he walked around and drank his milk and had a fine few minutes at the rest Rea. Of course it looks like there was some kind of cat fight when you see all the hair on the ground. Unfortunately at this point, like the vet said, his hair loss is the least of our worries. But fleece is the only thing that we can think of that won't scratch that baby skin. Blankies can be sent to Maverick c/o Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang 34694 Sidebottom Rd. Shingletown, CA. 96088 or you can go to PayPal at Palominodancer@yahoo.com. Looks like we r gonna be doing lots of laundry lol
April 12 3:23pm
Newest orphans - Chilly Pepper Miracle Mustang - Meet SHANNY. She is a total sweetheart and fighting severe pneumonia. We are using the Vibra VM that was donated and it already changed her cough today. She needs lots of prayers........ You can hear wheezing when you listen to her and she is coughing alot. But she is a doll and is taking her meds and fighting to get better. Note the big angel orbs. We definitely had angels with us on this trip to accomplish so much. I want to thank all who stepped up and saved these babies lives after their moms went to auction. YOU ROCK! (The smaller baby is Princess)
NEXT NEWEST ORPHAN - at Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang - PRINCESS
Last, and definitely the one who wants to be the star CHILLY PEPPER - MIRACLE MUSTANG's "other newest mustang"...... FLASH
He is about 1 month old today, and is here to learn manners and no longer be a brat. Love the little dude.
The 4 a.m. Update. Princess Flash, Peaches, Levi and Spirit, Aka Shanny are all settled in and happily diving in to the fresh warm milk that Kim is serving for this lovely meal.
Maverick is all tucked in and cozy inside the little trailer be so far we have gone through 6 bottles of propane, but he this is what it takes to give him the best chance at staying with us
He also knows where his "home" is and will walk to the door and even try to "load up"
SPEAKING OF HEAT An amazing lady (I am so sorry I can't remember how to spell your name). Brought a high powered heater and 2 5 gal propane tanks for the kids in the barn. They are enjoying much more suitable temps, which is huge because 3of them are not feeling well. It is still a bit cold due to the large Area, but definitely an improvement.
Another amazing angel brought goats milk (and does so regularly for the babies) and a blanket (still need a couple of electric ones to rotate after projectile scours lol) AND she took all the baby horse blankets and washed them
We SO APPRECIATE everything that is coming together for these babies. We have the beginnings of a "milk money n munchies fund" and fuel to get home, so this is a really great way to start.
Shanny Aka Spirit, is feeling very poorly and needs lots of prayers. Levi also needs prayers to feel better and Peaches is fighting to come back from a mouth injury as well as a pretty serious wound on her leg. She is receiving amazing care, but needs lots of prayers.
So pretty much all the little ones need lots of prayers.
We still look for Mavericks mom every time we go out, but almost as if he knows, his efforts are getting more half hearted all the time. Prettying breaks your heart, but you just give it your all and hope it's enough
Well now I guess it's sixish We just finished taking Mav out. He peed, didn't want to take too many steps, came in and deposited some stinky on the blanket. So now it really smells special lol
As always. Thank you for being part of "the miracles " of Chilly pepper - Miracle Mustang
Matt and I are heading up to Yakima to help with some of the orphaned foals up there who's moms are being rounded up and sent to slaughter. If you would like to help us make this happen, there are going to be more costs than normal for fuel and we need to get bloodwork and health certificates on the babies before we bring them home to their new nursery in Shingletown.
We are lucky enough to have a trailer offered to borrow, which will be much warmer for transporting the babies. It still leaves Matt and I homeless lol, but apparently there is a camper we can use while we are there? I truly feel like God has put this in front of us so we can go and do whatever we can to help
As of right now, there are 11 orphaned babies needing constant around the clock attention. We do not know who we are bringing back, only that we are heading out in a few and will keep you posted . If you would like to be part of this venture, donations are needed for milk for all 11 babies, as well as expenses to get some of them safely back to our nursery.
Thank you and you can donate at Paypal - Palominodancer@yahoo.com if you would like to help. Donations are tax deductible and so very much appreciated. If you cannot donate, please share far and wide. We can't save them all, but maybe together we can at least save some......
THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US!
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