Shadow is doing very well over all. Unfortunately she blew out her stitches. We don't know if she hit her head or more likely was itching her eye due to the healing. However, the vet is all over it and we are watching her closely and it is healing nicely (again). I do notice it is very itchy for her though. But that is a sign of healing so we will take it.
It is sad to me that so many thought we should put her down, but then there were so many who wanted us to save her. "Saving Shadow" came with not only a lot of heart ache as we prayed we were doing the best thing for her, but a lot of other challenges. These challenges were not only financial, but logistical as well. But she wants to live and run and play and we will do our best to give her every chance she deserves.
She is struggling quite a bit when her friends run off to play. She so wants to "boot scoot", but until we get more fencing and can build her a barn that is safe and fits her new "play pen", she needs to stay put. She knows her area perfectly and will run and buck, but unfortunately she can't really get going, and could easily get hurt if she doesn't get a bigger and safer place.
(I can hear her out there calling for her sisters. Kind of like bratty kids in at school, sadly they are ignoring her cries.) But they need to run and play also. We will be bringing "Little Burrito", one of the Donkeys we rescued in CA over to hopefully bond up with Shadow. She is very loving and affectionate and will help Shadow to become more confident. Her family is expanding.
The first video is a cute one of her "sisters" running and playing, but you can hear her in the back ground. You will notice her kick the fence, and although she was not injured this time, it is simply a reminder that she needs more space. She has been through too much hardship in her short life and we want her to just go "be a horse". Exercise will also help prevent colic, and she does not need anything else to go wrong. Horses were not meant to stand in small spaces.
Our trip to WA to pick up babies was cut short. About half way there we had issues with the truck. We ended up turning around and limping back home. Luckily Kari, (who picks up the babies for us) was able to home all hers, and in a twist of fate, the horses at Mel's also ended up being adopted shortly thereafter. We were supposed to pick up a gorgeous little paint and at the last minute they decided to post him instead. Well he did his job and raised so much interest the rest of the babies got adopted. PTL! We managed to get home safely and Matt worked on the truck. It appears to be ok, but we can always use prayers.
So we are down to 5 babies out of roughly a lot (?), 4 out of the 11 adults from the Yakama rescue (two of them extremely pregnant but doing very well), and our permanent kids coming from CA. 2 mustangs, 2 donkeys, our "make a smile - miniature", and our rescued Percheron Big Girl.
All in all, coming back home worked out very well as the weather is changing fast. We need to get Shadow's new "play pen" set up with a special barn for her. We have the perfect area and it is quite large, but until it is set up properly we cannot move her.
We are working on getting the rest of the "residents" of the rescue to NV, and need to move all the fencing, set up shelters/barns and start getting the Foal Room ready. It is about 7 hours driving each way, so it is making things a bit trickier.
The nursery has to be ready asap because if we get a critically ill or injured baby in, we need to keep it in a warm, temperature controlled environment. So that is one of our biggest priorities along with getting Shadow in her new area.
This season has been intense, with lots of success and some heartbreak. But we so appreciate everyone who has become part of what we do. You are the ones who make this possible, so Thank You!
As this season is winding down, Matt and I have to start the scramble to be ready for what is up ahead. We were so well set up in CA, but could not save anywhere near the number of lives we can by living here - so once again, we are starting from scratch. But their lives are worth it. We have a lot to accomplish before colder weather gets here, but are thankful that Shadow is doing as well as she is and that so many babies and horses have found such wonderful homes.
As always, we appreciate the love and support and Thank You for being part of Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, Equine Rescue & More!
If you want to help You can go to You Caring - to help us keep saving lives and to give Shadow the life she deserves.
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if you would like to help these horses.
You can donate via check at Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088 or mail a check to Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, P.O. Box 190 Golconda, NV 89414
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God Bless & Rescue On!