It has been a busy week. On Wednesday, Honey Bandit made the long awaited visit in person to Manzanita School in Redding, CA. David Gilstrap's fourth grade class was working on a state mandated project which required them to find an issue in the newspaper and respond to it. They read Honey Bandit's story and boy did they respond. I wish that we as grownups, could be so driven and work so hard, instead of just complaining about what we don't like. The kids cowboyed up and "got er done". They raised money for HB to have feed and medical care. They also made posters that we took to Sacramento and pictures of those posters went to Washington DC and Phoenix, to the BLM Advisory Board. I told the kids, "they are my heroes. What they did for Honey Bandit has helped him to get strong and carry on his message to try and stop the roundups, or at the very least change the way that some of the issues were handled". This has happened, and BLM has made an effort to remove newborns immediately with their mothers away from the general population so the babies won't get stepped on or stolen. I believe they are also trying to tag the newborns, which will also help them identify the babies and the proper moms. So by helping to save Honey Bandit, they have started a ripple effect that will help change many areas. And after seeing the before and after of Honey Bandit in the flesh, NO ONE can tell these kids that one person cannot make a difference.
It was an awesome day and the Record Searchlight wrote a wonderful article about HB's visit. http://www.redding.com/news/2011/may/25/the-return-of-honey-bandit-healthy-as-a-horse-to/?partner=newsletter_headlines
Terri Farley also drove hours and hundreds of miles to be here for the celebration. She gave a presentation for the kids and answered questions and gave each child a personalized, autographed copy of her book. The children were as thrilled with having Terri visit as they were having HB there I am sure.
As far as Suri goes, she is hanging in there. She is still exhausted, and completely without energy, but she reminds me of HB in the fact that she LOVES TO EAT. She still has temperature issues. Today she was out in the sun, warm as can be, and all of a sudden her temperature dropped to 96. So we took her back to the stall and she was in her blanky and enjoying the heat lamps. Wow, I can't believe I didn't think of this with HB. Her little legs have been like ice cubes, which is very dangerous for her. So once again we put her in leg warmers. But, finally I used my brain and we put a light strip of vet wrap at the top of her leg warmers, which helped to hold them on. She was very sheik, matching leg warmers and pretty red vet wrap at the top. I look back at the pictures of Honey Bandit and it makes me wince. He has different colored leg warmers on and they are all sliding down around his legs. He looks like a mess compared to the little princess with her pretty matching leg warmers. Suri is still having trouble getting up and down, but we are pretty sure it is just from exhaustion. But we are expecting her to eat her way to lots of energy.
She whinnies every time you go near her, and for a couple of seconds showed that she is a wild foal and can be quite feisty. She is learning to lead a little bit though. Normally I wouldn't start with a halter on their head, as pulling on it can remind them of a mountain lion that would pull down their head to kill them. But we had to improvise with her, and she is doing well. Like all the rest of the mustangs, she is extremely smart.
There was a question as far as BLM paying her bills. Suri is NOT A BLM BABY. She was not born in the areas that BLM manages. But she is fabulous and just a total sweetie. She will make someone a very wonderful horse some day.
Take care and God Bless! Palomino, HB, Suri and the rest of the critters. (Sure love my husband - what he puts up with - :) He also makes a good "feeder")
p.s. Anyone who wants to donate for her by credit card can contact the local feed store - Hawes Ranch & Farm Supply as they have an account for Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang. They have pretty much everything she needs ie. milk powder, milk pellets, pen, leafy green alfalfa, wormer etc. Credit Cards can also be used at Crossroads Veterinary to go on account for her upcoming expenses. Their phone number is 530 365-3685 . Donations can also be made at Dr. Farrell's in Palo Cedro 530 547-5757 or at North Vally Bank. Just tell them you want to donate to Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang (our contact is Janet Carr, the Branch Manager). Janet is doing everything she can (and so is North Valley Bank - yeahhhhh ;) to help save this little girl.) All donations are tax deductible and much appreciated.
HONEY BANDIT says please - help my family - help Suri!!
First Day with Suri (survivor) – Friday, May 20, 2011
I’m sitting here fighting the glare of the computer screen. The room is dark, as Suri lays in front of me. She is half prone, her front half being upright and her head touching the blanket.
She survived two snowstorms in the five days she was without a mom. Her temperature was 99.8, just a tad below normal, but her legs were colder than they should be. She had been dehydrated and hadn’t had a good meal for some time.
At the end of her first day she was plum tuckered out. Standing in the trailer when we reached Gardnerville, (where she was going to spend a couple of days at her “grandpa’s” house,) she was pretty droopy. It had been a very long day, and it was a day that would change her life, and hopefully save it.
We had the pleasure of removing some of her ticks tonight - UGH!! I am sorry but they just gross me out. She had two different types, big fat white ones and some little crunchy brown ones that looked kind of like spiders. “Double UGH!!!” I am sure she will feel better without the little suckers chomping on her.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Wow, what a whirlwind the last few days have been. I am now once again officially in my foal coma. We almost lost Suri on Saturday. I guess on Friday she had her adrenalin pumping from being brought down the mountain by Anne Hall. She is the amazing and awesome lady that went back over and over (aided by Willis and Sharon Lamm) until on the 5th day she found her once again. During those five days Suri had no mama, and no one could find her. It snowed twice and Anne decided to call her “Survivor”, or “Suri” for short. (I hope Anne doesn’t mind that we added “Princess” to her nickname, as she is a beautiful little princess.) I spoke with Anne today, and somehow I don’t think she will mind. I have to say that without Anne, there would be no “Suri Story”. So God Bless her for that. J She also was creative enough to use her jacket/sweatshirt to tie around Little Suri’s neck and use the elastic straps from her binoculars to wrap around her butt to bring her back to her car. Unable to lift her into the car, she wrapped a blanket around her, sat in her car and proceeded to “scootch” Suri into the car. She then drove her to Willis and Sharon’s place where we picked her up.
Unfortunately on Saturday we found out that the snow, dehydration, semi starvation and the ticks had taken their toll. She was so dehydrated that it created a “blockage”, so we spent the next 72 hours trying to lube her at both ends. Long story short, on Saturday night her stomach was rock hard and distended. She was in severe pain, moaning and swaying back and forth and she could not get up by herself. Then she started pawing the floor like crazy. After about 4 minutes, (and me thinking “this was it”), her stomach softened and she started munching away. Apparently something had released the pressure, the medicine had kicked in and she was out of immediate danger. However, her tummy would once again become hard and she would have severe problems for the next couple of days. On Tuesday we took her to Crossroads, and this is what we have. Suri’s bloodwork looks good. She is no longer dehydrated, (just severely underweight). There were two rather serious issues though. Tuesday morning her temperature had crashed to 94.9 degrees, then after Matt made her walk around to get her blood moving, it went up to 95. We then put the heat lamps on her and when we took her to the vet her temp was a whopping 96 degrees. This is very low for a baby. It should be 101 ish. The most worrisome news however, was that her heart rate was only 44. It should be 60, and when Honey Bandit was in his deepest coma, waiting to “crossover”, his heart rate was 40-42. So this is a very low heart rate and the vet was somewhat concerned. She told us to take her home, and give her all sorts of stuff to get some energy in her.
When a baby is exposed to such extreme conditions, such as cold and snow when they are so rundown, the consequences can be severe without being obvious. Suri is now sitting under the heat lamps in Chilly Pepper’s old stall, where I have the pleasure of staying once again in my hammock. I have to say that I love my hammock, and after dozing a full 10 or 15 minutes awoke to Suri mauling my face. She is a very affectionate little girl and WILL BE UP FOR ADOPTION DOWN THE LINE, WHEN SHE IS HEALTHY AND READY TO GO.
In the meantime, once again we are asking anyone who wants to help save one of our National Treasures to help us get this little girl well and back on her feet. With 24/7 care and lots of love and good groceries, she should make someone a beautiful “horse partner”. So please, help us help Suri. She is also going to need surgery on her hernia, which we were told could be as costly as $900. In a couple of months. The doc said the fact that the opening is so large is in her favor as it will help keep anything from being “pinched” if it came through. So she is going to be a costly little girl for a short time (she is well on her way already J), but she is another SURVIVOR, and I am grateful to be part of this little one’s life. Besides her medical bills, she needs 1) leafy green alfalfa, 2) foal lac (powder) 3) foal lac pellets 4) special grain and LOTS OF PRAYERS. Right now her energy level is nonexistent. She is simply exhausted. So please send your tax deductible donations to Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, 30027 State Highway 44 East, Shingletown, CA 96088 or go to www.chillypepper.weebly.com to paypal and help this little princess have a happy and healthy life, and REMEMBER – she will need a safe, wonderful and loving home in the future.
Hello Palomino, May 20, 2011
Good News! Nevada Senate Committee Rejects Bill That Would Have Denied Wild Horses & Burros Access to WaterThanks to Your Help - Anti-Mustang Bill is Not Passed!
You did it! This afternoon, Friday, May 20, 2011, the Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee declined to vote in favor of potentially devastating legislation, which, if passed, could have cut off wild horses and burros from water on all lands in Nevada. The Committee instead sent Assembly Bill 329 (AB329) to the Public Lands Committee for further study and legal analysis. This effectively kills the bill for this legislative session, which ends this month.
A BIG thank you to the thousands of Nevadans and advocates across the country who stepped up to oppose this cruel and misguided legislation! This includes the approximately 100 Nevada citizens who attended the Natural Resources Committee hearing last week to give powerful public testimony in opposition to AB 329.
Two weeks ago the AWHPC teamed up with the ASPCA to oppose AB 329. In addition to mobilizing our supporter base, we provided the Senate Natural Resources Committee with a legal analysis, prepared by attorney Bruce Wagman, of Schiff Hardin in San Francisco.
Read ASPCA/AWHPC news release on legal analysis here.
Read AWHPC reaction to death of AB329 in committee here.
You Made The Difference!! THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT AMERICA'S WILD HORSES AND BURROS. AWHPC Founding Sponsor Advocacy Sponsor
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Supported by a coalition of over 40 organizations, its grassroots campaign seeks:
* A suspension of roundups in all but verifiable emergency situations while the entire BLM wild horse program undergoes objective and scientific review; * Higher Appropriate Management Levels (AML) for wild horses on those rangelands designated for them; * Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses on the range and save taxpayers millions annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.
HI, We got back Friday night about 1:00 in the morning from out trip to Sacramento. It was exhausting, but hopefully worth it.
Wow, sometimes people are just too amazing. I cannot believe some of the laws that people are trying to sneak through. It's not bad enough that California is trying to sneak SB 697 through, so no one could rescue animals and care for them, but now Nevada is trying to stop the Wild Horses from having water rights. AB329 received bipartisan support in the Assembly, passing 35-7. It’s up for hearing Friday before the Senate Natural Resources Committee. “Contrary to the claims of AB329 supporters, this proposed law could have a catastrophic impact on wild horses and burros who depend on these natural waters for survival,” said Bruce Wagman, a lawyer representing the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in opposing the bill.
So, in spite of horrendous gas prices and the timing not being very convenient, we, along with many others, traveled to Carson City to meet with the Committee and voice our concerns. I have never considered myself to be "political", but it kind of seems like something that is being put in front of me. I don't mind, although it is very expensive. There is a huge event for the horses being held again in Washington DC, but we will see if it is affordable. I think it could help, but just will have to wait and see what happens. The one thing that makes it worth while though, is that what we are doing has made at least some changes. Not big huge ones, but again, those teeny tiny baby steps. I am praying to God that we made a difference in Carson City. There were advocates down in Las Vegas that were also there to support the horses, and I know there have been petitions with amazing amounts of signatures also sent. It can make a difference.
When we went to Sacramento for the SB 697, Senator Negrete McCleod actually dropped the bill due to the amazing amount of Californians who said "NO!". My dearly loved friend was amazing and helped give hundreds of thousands of people the courage to send letters to Sacramento. Sometimes it just takes one person to "get the ball rolling". Without her tireless efforts, I do not believe that Senator McCleod would have dropped the bill. Now we have to let Bill Emmerson know that we will not allow the Veterinary Medical Board to take away ALL OF OUR RIGHTS TO TAKE CARE OF THE ANIMALS WE LOVE!!! It has been turned into a two year bill, but we still have to stop it.
Please ya'll, SAY YOUR PRAYERS! If AB 329 passes in Nevada, it could mean death to our horses.
On a brighter note, Honey Bandit made an appearance at the RAIN flea market on Saturday. Although we were a tad tired from the trip to Nevada the day before, it was a really nice day. The weather wasn't totally cooperative, as the wind was blowing and it was quite chilly, but it did wait to rain until we were done. We got to visit with many of Honey Bandit's supporters and it was wonderful to share the "new and improved" ha ha - Honey Bandit. He weighs about 480 pounds now, and is turning into a very beautiful boy. He seemed to enjoy the visits and DaBubbles also got to meet a lot of our friends in the community.
We appreciate everyone and your support. Our next venture is to get a "ROLLING FOAL HOSPITAL". As we live so far from many of the wild horses and foals that need immediate help and attention, it makes it hard to "git er done". So Susan, of WWAR, had a fabulous idea. We need to figure out a way to raise enough funds to get one of those trailers with sleeping quarters. That way, we can go on a moment's notice, and the trailer will always be "foal ready", and we will be able to get there, get the foals and then take as much time as we need to come home. We have no problem going to get a foal and spending as much time as we need to make sure the foal can travel, but it would be a lot easier if we had a place to sleep and keep all of our supplies while we do it. Hence, the ROLLING FOAL HOSPITAL. (I love the name :) - but of course I didn't come up with it, so I can say that). Soooooooo, anyone who has any ideas for fund raisers, or who knows someone who needs a tax writeoff for that trailer sitting unused in their back yards, please let me know. I was told recently that if I lived in Nevada, I would have the foals coming out my ears. This way we would be eliminating the 'DISTANCE PROBLEM'. We have no problem ourselves with any of the distance to pick up the foals, but often times they can't make the return trip all at once.
So please join us in our endeavor to get our "Rolling Foal Hospital" and help us save some more of the critically ill or orphaned babies. We all have our special skills that we can use to save our horses. Lucky for me, mine is hands on and maybe a teeny bit of "political stuff", but I know there are tons of you out there who want to help and have the skills to raise funds, or find the necessary supplies to make this happen. Let's keep up the good work and "git er done". Together, we can make a difference, one baby, one mustang, on tiny step at a time. God bless ya'll for what you do. Hugs.
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang
30027 Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088
530 474 5197 530 339 1458
Driving down Wilson Hill, to a place I called home for many years, I feel a little flutter in my stomach. Today is one of those extra special days, when you see the results of lots of hard work. Today was the day that Oshunnah and her stallion Steely were being released on the Wild Horse Sanctuary. Matt and I brought Oshunnah home on a trip that was filled with more adventure than anyone could want. But God was with us and everyone arrived safe and sound, after a rather stressful beginning.
The sun is warm even this early in the morning and the earth is brilliant with spring and all the magical colors that come with the season. As I come down the winding road, I see the whole valley, resplendent in different shades of green, as the first leaves unfurl in tiny bits. Flowers and blossoms on the trees open up to the brilliant blue sky, caressed by the breeze and the warm sun. It is as if spring is being born.
I arrive at the sanctuary and Cat and her mom and I head down to the corrals. Dianne is finishing up some of her ongoing chores and will meet us there to let the horses go. While we are waiting, we are privileged to see some young colts running around the pasture. They are available for adoption and there are lots of colors and different looks. They are beautiful and your heart beats faster just watching their effortless movements as they race around.
OShunnah and Steely are in the pasture, two gates away from freedom. After being rounded up by helicopter and stolen from their homes on the range in Nevada, being parked in corrals away from their families, their new life is about to begin. And what a life it will be. Running free on 5,000 acres, creating new family alliances and living in an environment that is as close to being in the wild as you can get. To them, they will be in the wild. They will know no boundaries as they travel over the acreage. The only difference is that they will have abundant food and water, and never again will they be ripped from their families or chased by the flying monster we call a helicopter.
Dianne comes down with the feed truck; these horses will follow it to freedom, never again to be moved by force from fear and panic. They approach the gate and both horses are around the truck and through the gate in the blink of an eye. Oshunnah is excited, and exhibits no fear, only a vibrant curiosity of what awaits them. The two of them proceed towards us, and then go by. They take their time, stopping to smell the ground, immediately at home in their new surroundings.
After a moment, they are approached by a couple of geldings. Geldings will still fight for a mare, although they usually back down rather quickly when confronted by a stallion. There is a moment of head to head conversation, a few squeals and a definitive stomp by the stallion and the geldings retreat. For good measure, Steely chases the geldings away, proud and secure in the fact that Oshunnah is his, and he will use whatever force necessary to keep her.
I asked Dianne what her thoughts were, and she told me that this is what makes all the hard work worth it. This is the defining moment, when you can release wild mustangs to freedom, knowing that never again will they be rounded up and ripped away from their families. They can live their life, free to perpetuate their families. She gave me some fabulous quotes, and I apologize as I should have written them down. The gist of it was, the biggest rewards are 1) Being able to make someone’s dream come true (like today – and it was Cat’s dream to save Oshunnah) 2. Allowing the horses to live out their lives naturally, followed by generation after generation of new life. 3. Watching people do “whatever they can”, instead of saying it’s too hard, and doing nothing.
All in all it was a fabulous day, and I had the extreme pleasure of hanging out with Cat’s mom, a beautiful and amazing woman. We all do what we can, and it seems like God has shown each and every one of us our own unique path, allowing us to do wonderful things with his help.
You can visit Oshunnah and the rest of the wild horses at the sanctuary. They also have overnight rides where you can experience the beauty of the horses and observe them where they are wild and free. They also have babies every year that need homes, so check it out. Then stop by and see Chilly Pepper, Honey Bandit, DaBubbles, Patches and the gang.
Appreciate your support so we can continue to help these beautiful horses. Come and see Honey Bandit at the “Dog and Pony Show” in Palo Cedro on June 4th. Thanks and God Bless!
Chilly Pepper Miracle Mustang,
Equine Rescue & More
30027 State Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088
We need to make a stand for our horses. Even if you are not from Nevada, we need to show up. You can be sure they won't take the time to see where you live. They will simply see people that care about this issue. I know that gas prices are too high, and we are all too busy and can't make it, but we need to "git er done" and make it to Nevada no matter what. So if you can rearrange things, carpool or whatever, let's get over there.
I for one don't want to look back and ask myself if things would have been different if there were people present to show them that yes, the people care.
Hope to see ya'll
AB 329 - WILD HORSES AND NEVADA WATER - WILL BE HEARD BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FRIDAY MAY 13
All information is provided to us from Carrol Abel~~~~~ Via: Cat Kindsfather..... We need as many people to be there and be a "show of force"..... Who's on board for a road trip?
AB 329 - WILD HORSES AND NEVADA WATER - WILL BE HEARD BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FRIDAY MAY 13
ROOM 2144, 401 S. Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada
We are asking all available advocates to attend this hearing. DON'T LET OUR LEGISLATORS DO THIS TO THE HORSES. AB 329 will be heard on Friday May 13 . The Senate committee on Natural Resources meets in room 2144 in the legislative building. NOTE: The normal meeting time for this committee is 3:30. However, this meeting is to begin upon adjournment of a different committee meeting, but no later than 3:30. I suggest we arrive at the legislative building no later than 2:00. You need time to park and get to the hearing room. The address and parking instructions are at the bottom of this message.
If passed, this bill could be very dangerous for our wild horses. AB329 amends NRS Chapter 532 , laws regulating the determination of water rights within Nevada.
Section 1. Chapter 532 of NRS is hereby amended by adding
thereto a new section to read as follows:
As used in this title, unless the context otherwise requires,
“wildlife” means any wild mammal, wild bird, fish, reptile,
amphibian, mollusk or crustacean found naturally in a wild state,
whether indigenous to Nevada or not and whether raised in
captivity or not. The term does not include any wild horse or
WHY IS THIS DANGEROUS?
By removing wild horses and burros from the definition of wildlife, the process to get water rights needed in some of our herd management areas can be impeded or possibly prevented. You don't need much imagination to figure out what could happen if horses and burros don't have sufficient water available.
a little background
According to Assemblyman Pete Goicoechea, bill sponsor, the request to write this bill came from Nevada Cattlemen's association and Nevada sportsmen - a fact that has not been publicized. Conversation with Nevada's Deputy water engineer has confirmed that many of BLM's existing water rights have not completed the certification needed. These rights and possibly others are in danger.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
BE THERE ! Bring your friends and neighbors! You don't have to testify. We just need to show the Senators that Nevada residents are against this bill. At the hearing of a different bill, a comment was made that nobody supported our position - if they did, they would be there. We need your support if we are going to stop this bill.
Public parking is available in several places. There is a parking structure on Stewart St. directly behind the legislative building is the most convenient but is sometimes full. There are also two parking lots across the street at the south end of the building. For those unfamiliar with the legislative building, it is located at : 401 S. Carson street.
Sorry that once again it has been awhile. Been having lots of knee issues. Nothing out of the ordinary, just enough pain to stop things for awhile. I learned the hard way not to get on my computer if I am having to take lots of pain meds. (hee hee) It is amazing what you will buy on the internet at 4:00 a.m., not to mention the mistakes you make when you write.
Honey Bandit is now a gelding. He had his operation last Friday, and came through without a hitch. I was a little bit nervous about putting him under after everything he went through, but it was all good.
He has had very little swelling and no apparent discomfort. (I am sure there was some discomfort, but he was given pain meds and exhibited no tenderness when moving etc..) I have seen many colts with extreme tenderness after the procedure and some with none. Honey Bandit was blessed with very little discomfort.
After a colt is gelded, you need to spend 15-20 minutes twice a day exercising them (per the vet) so they don't end up with a lot of swelling. Getting the blood moving when they are exercising makes a huge difference in the ease with which they rehab. So we have been spending a bit of time in the round pen. Honey Bandit is doing extremely well with learning new things. Can't wait til he doesn't stumble so much, but I guess he just walks like me, ha ha. We had a little yard sale and there are lots of things out in the yard. HB loves to walk out there and go up and check out the stuff. One of his favorites was a two foot plastic pumpkin that rattles when you move it. It is now a favorite toy of the" three musketeers". He walked up to a mirror this evening, and his reaction was quite comical. He definitely spooked himself a little bit on that one. But he really is an intelligent horse. His curiosity is high and it is fun to watch him explore his world.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday at the RAIN function. If you are coming from Reddding, just take Highway 44 East towards Mt. Lassen / Shingletown. It is roughly 20 miles from Redding. Turn right on Black Butte Rd and take an immediate left into the driveway by the storage facility and you will be in the Cinnamon Bear Bakery Parking lot. You will see lots of activity. It should be an awesome day, so come visit. It is also a great opportunity to do some "horse trading", as it will be a horsey event as well as other goodies.
See you Saturday
Oppose Nevada legislation AB329 (deems wild horses NOT wildlife & seeks to deny water access to horses) & SJR5 (bans eco sanctuaries for wild horses)? People can call Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval at 775/ 684-5670. Also, wildhorsepreservation.org has a petition on the action part of their site that opposes both bills. AB329 has just passed the Nevada house & is in review at the state Senate. Death by dehydration is NOT pretty. This is an urgent matter.
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This will show my ignorance. We rescued a goat, or is it a sheep??? We actually think and were told that it is a sheep, or would that be a ram??? I know it isn't a horse for sure .Last Friday and Saturday I received numerous phone calls about a "goat" on Highway 44. For those of you who are not familiar with this highway, the average speeds are 50-65 mph. It is definitely not a good place for a goat.
So off we went, looking for the invisible goat. We chased that invisible goat 3 or 4 times, after receiving different visitors telling us about it, and more phone calls. Hmmmmmmmmmm wonder why they are calling me?? (cuz I'm one of the town suckers. ha ha) Oh that's right, we are equine rescue and MORE. :)
Finally yesterday, one of our neighbors called and they actually had the little stinker. They indicated that they think he is actually a "sheep". Whatever he is, he was wild and doing flips and crashing onto the ground as they were pulling/leading him out to our trailer. He was extremely wild and very scared. Definitely not an easy lead.
So we brought him home and put him with our goat, Buddy, in the barn. We loved on him a little bit, and he seems much more settled today. It will definitely take some time to calm him though, unless, oh that's a thought, his owner would like him back???? He is intact, and quite cute. He is smaller than DaBubbles and can jump the moon.
So please, if you know who is missing him, please let them know that he is at Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, Equine Rescue & yes, MORE! If no one claims him, we would have to "un-intact him", and I would hate to do that if he is someone's pride and joy for breeding.
Call us at 530 474 5197 or 530 339 1458 if you have any info on this little guy. He is so cute and I am sure someone is missing him.
I am sorry it has been so long since my last update. However, last Saturday, our beloved Lyman (Matt's step father) left this earth in the arms of angels, his pain and suffering gone forever. He is now safely enfolded in the arms of our Lord, free from all the worldly anguish. Although he was ill and we knew we would lose him soon, it was a big shock for it to happen so fast. We were lucky enough to get to visit him and spend some time with him, letting him know how much he was loved. We had been in the process of planning another visit when we got the news. I am so happy for him to be at peace, and out of the horrible pain, but even knowing that it is a blessing for him, it leaves a huge hole in our hearts.
It makes you stop and think though. I wonder if I have said thank you to everyone I need to thank. Do all my friends and family know how much I love them? I think so, but I need to be sure. Lyman knew how I felt about him, and we talked about what the future held, and how when he found his peace, my sadness would come. Why is something that is a "good thing", so hard on everyone left behind? So I am taking this opportunity to make sure that I say THANK YOU to ya'll. My life is blessed because I have such a wonderful family (extended family included). We live in such a caring community and together we can and do accomplish so much. Honey Bandit was also a blessing, and ya'll know that he is all of ours, as he wouldn't have survived without the support, whether it be emotional, financial or physical. Ya'll done good! :)
Speaking of Honey Bandit, I had an opportunity to observe him the other night where it clearly showed that his neurological issues are a little more prominent than I realized. I am glad I saw it clearly, because it made me realize that he was't quite as far along as I thought.
Travis was leaning over the half wall between the stalls, picking up some hay. He ended up kind of crouched over the wall, and Honey Bandit became quite panicked. He ran up to the wall and you could see he planned to jump over. I told Travis to get down quick, but I noticed at the same time that Honey Bandit could not figure out how to accomplish the 'jump'. His legs tucked like he was going to jump, but he couldn't actually do it. He would tuck his legs under and then put them back down. He did that about 5 or 6 times before I calmed him down. His poor little brain simply could not finish the action. This is not really a big deal, we just have to give him more time. But between that and the last time he went out to play, it is clear that he still needs more "rehab time" until his brain figures out how to complete what he is trying to do. His wires just aren't quite all hooked up. When he wanted to jump, he had that first instinct, but was not capable of following through. I was pretty happy on one hand, as I don't really want him trying to jump a wall. He also still stumbles and falls a lot, and that also shows he is not quite finished recovering.
I am glad that we are aware of this, as it makes it easier to keep him safe and not let him get "ahead of himself" in his therapy. It makes me sad when I see him not being able to do what he should easily do, but he is such a happy guy and has come so far that it makes me feel better. I honestly thought he had progressed a little more, but I guess we just have to be patient. For now he is just slightly "slow", but growing, happy and beautiful.
Don't forget to come and visit him at the RAIN event on Saturday May 14, 2011. 530 474 5885 is their number if you need a booth. Thank you and much love to ya'll.
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang
30027 Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088
530 474 5197 530 339 1458