Here are a couple of pix. One of them is Chilly Pepper & Patches. The others are of Honey Bandit and of course the last one is his "mini-me", Rocky the Rock Star. Too bad we couldn't get the Rock Star company to sponsor him. ha ha
The last one of Honey Bandit is him telling everyone exactly what he thinks of all these babies parading through his life. He is not too impressed. We let him in with Rocky for awhile, but that did not exactly go too well. If HB was in the same area, Rocky would panic and run like crazy. I could not see any visible negative signs, but apparently Rocky could sense what was going on. Now I know some people think that if you can get them to put their noses together for a minute that all is well. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Rocky had actually come up and "clacked" to HB for about a second and then took off like someone was trying to kill him. A little while later we were all in an area about 12 x 16 and Rocky was panicking and trying to find a place to get out. (He had previously jumped a four foot fence, so we now use panels for the "playpen".) Anyway, long story short, Honey Bandit backed into Rocky and pushed him against the fence. He did not injure him in any way, but basically just squished him against the fence with his hind end as if to say, I can do whatever I want to you and there is nothing you can do about it. Poor Rocky was so scared, but it is part of life and the lessons they need to learn. However, Honey Bandit is simply too much pressure for Rocky to handle right now, so we moved him out.
Honey Bandit was the same way around the larger horses, and still is for the most part. It just takes time and I know Rocky will come around, but we just have to go slow. I really wanted those two to bond up cuz they look so similar and it would have made great pix. :) But we will bring it down a notch and just spend time with him and one of the mini's at a time. It is all part of the normal "horsey world", but as mom, it can really make your heart stop. Hopefully Rocky and Romeo will get to play together, as they are pretty much the same size and closer in age.
A quick "moment of truth". I want to thank everyone for helping Romeo. You made the difference so he could get the appropriate care and we could eliminate what was not wrong and focus and clarify what actually is. Romeo has had a head injury, and it also caused issues with his neck. Shirley is monitoring him 24/7, and I mean literally 24/7. When he had his muscle spasms in his neck, he would fall down. So she is watching him so she can catch him if he needs to be caught so he doesn't get hurt going down. He is improving, thanks to ya'll but still needs prayers.
Speaking of prayers, I learned another lesson about keeping the faith. At a time when donations are at their lowest point for most everyone in the rescue arena, no doubt due to the poor economy and the fact that many people are struggling financially, it is a very scary time financially. As always, (even though it is selfish and wrong) when you raise money for others, there is that tiny feeling of panic in your gut. What if you don't get a donation because they gave it to someone else? What if there is not more money? But like everyone else out there trying to save the critters, you do it anyway, and you feel ashamed that you had that momentary moment of selfishness. It is not like anyone I know in the rescue business is living large, and it is all for the critters, but it is still selfish and showing a lack of faith. The reason things work so well is that we all work together, and we all help each other! Well, I was once again humbled by our Creator. Yesterday, I received a phone call and it was a wonderful group offering me a donation of hay. Once again, God proved that what He promised is true. If you give in His name, or ask for help in His name, He will heap blessings upon your head. He forgave me for those selfish thoughts and moments of faithlessness and blessed us with a hay donation. PTL! I love hay donations. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside to look outside and know that there is enough food for the animals you are supposed to take care of.
So again, it is clear that we are doing what we are supposed to be. I am grateful for all the wonderful people that we have met and get to work with, and for the privilege of being part of the foal rescue. To all you "horse angels" out there traipsing about in the heat, monitoring our bands and their babies, God bless you and stay safe! None of this would be happening without you!
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