WOW, things are never boring here. This week I had quite the wake up call. We have been trying to catch up on all the things we have gotten behind on since Honey Bandit came into our lives. We were fortunate enough to be able to place 3 of the Virginia Range Mustangs at a Sanctuary in Gardnerville, NV.
We left early in the morning with three of our beloved mustangs and headed to Nevada. As usual, I was extremely stressed about not being here every minute with Honey Bandit, so I called one of his "aunties" and she promised to check on him regularly throughout the day until we returned.
Long story short, when she arrived to check on Honey Bandit, he was once again "cast", stuck upside down and completely unable to get up. PTL she got there when she did, because it is so dangerous for a horse to lie down on their side or on their back for too long. When a horse is cast, and especially when they are on their back, their lungs will fill up with fluid and they will actually drown. The pressure from their own weight will overwhelm their heart and it cannot do the job it needs to do. I always knew that a broken leg was extremely possible, but didn't realize just how fast things can go fatal.
That being said, we obviously have to revert back to "watching" him pretty much 24/7. As you can imagine, after a while you need to leave to buy groceries, go to various appointments etc. Honey Bandit is not "sick" per say, but he is having neurological issues. Until he outgrows these problems, we just have to spend the time with him to make sure he doesn't end up stuck for too long of a period. Since it is almost impossible to spend every second with him, we need to buy a camera where we can keep an eye on him at all times if we need to step out.
There are cameras out there that allow you to monitor people/places via the Internet. You can get a two minute feed at any time through your computer or phone. It looks like it will be about $500 or so, unless we can get one on sale. This is the only way to make sure he is safe. However, this new expense was obviously not in our budget. It doesn't matter if he is outside or in his stall, he still gets cast. However, as he is still too little and not fast or strong enough to run away if the mountain lion goes after him, he is never outside without us being with him. We did the same thing with Chilly Pepper until she was old and strong enough to be safe.
HB doesn't realize he has neurological issues. He things everything is just dandy. He is happy and played with his brothers for a little while today. He was pinning his ears back and "snaking" the little guys around. (In the wild, when a stallion wants his band to move NOW, he will do what is called snaking. He will put his nose barely above the ground and chase whomever he wants to move. It is amazing how fast they move when the stallions do that.) So he was playing "grown up" today.
Appreciate all your support in taking care of Honey Bandit. Thank you for all that everyone has done. He is a lucky horse to have so much love. God Bless P
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang
30027 Highway 44 East
Shingletown, Ca 96088