A second chance for starving horses

$1,355 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 24 people in 12 months
Reagan Miles
On March 8th 2016 Ride-A-Rescue was contacted about 4 emaciated horses in Floyd County that were in need. One horse on the property had become entangled in a fence while trying to find food and had died. Of the remaining horsesk, an 8 month old filly named Gambler, was down and unable to stand on her own. Her body condition score was 1.

Once at Ride-A-Rescue, Gambler was immediately attended by volunteers and a licensed veterinary technician. Under veterinary orders, an intravenous catheter was placed in the very dehydrated filly; she was monitored carefully the following 24 hours and given fluids as well as introduced to feed. The next day, the veterinarian was out to pull bloodwork and overall assess Gambler and the other three horses, but unfortunately Gambler was far too weak, anemic and emaciated to be saved even by drastic measures.

The other three horses include: Gambler’s mother, Cassino Royal aka Cassy, who came in with a BCS of around 2; Gambler’s 2 year old sister, Chancie, who has a BCS of 2-2.5 and is the size of a weanling; and Chancie’s mother, Roulette, who is in the best condition of the bunch at around a 2.5 BCS. Roulette also had some old wounds that had to be attended by a veterinarian.

Winterfrost Farm’s and Ride-A-Rescue has in their care 58 horses other than these. The rescue does not often rely on donations as the horses in the Ride-A-Rescue program tend to pay for their own care by being good equine citizens providing trail rides and riding lessons to the public and attending special events in the NRV area. While three more horses may not seem like a lot to take on, winter is often a time of hardship for all livestock caretakers as winter feed is typically the biggest expense. These three horses need more feed and veterinary care than the long term residents of Winterfrost Farm and Ride-A-Rescue. As winter funds have been depleted caring for the rest of the rescue herd and spring rides/lessons have not yet truly started to bring in money for 2016, monetary donations for assisting in buying additional food and paying for veterinary care would be greatly appreciated!
Hay, grain, dewormer and other non-monetary donations are also truly appreciated but please keep in mind that we have these horses on a specific feeding/vet care regiment, so we advise you to call or email for specific non-monetary donation needs.

Thank you so much for taking you precious time and energy to read about these sweet horses that are in great need of help! Without amazing, caring and loving people like you, Ride-A-Rescue would not be able to do what we do and help the horses we help! Please know that no donation is too small! 

You can like our facebook page Ride-A-Rescue 
or visit our web www.ridearescue.org  to keep up with Chancie, Casino Royal, and Roulette's progress; stay posted with our up coming events and learn more about the other horse residents at Winterfrost Farm and Ride-A-Rescue.
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Update 3
Posted by Winterfrost Farm
11 months ago
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Finally lice free!! Theses girls are now officially lice free and able to be moved out of their quarantine stalls. We were blessed with being able to borrow a few round pen panels to create a small outdoor quarantine area for these girls, allowing them grass and fresh air. They still are being limited on how much grass they are allowed so their digestive systems can adjust to the new diet but their weight, health and attitudes are improving daily. These girls have improved by leaps and bounds but we are still not "out of the woods" quite yet! We are still in need of more round pen panels to help provide larger "grazing areas" for them and/or financial support to continue purchasing the extra feed and alfalfa hay that they require. Please continue to share their story and help us get them the extra support needed to continue them on this path to recovery! No donation is to small!! Thank you all so much for the love , support, care, and concern that you all have shown these sweet angles!
Fresh air and sunshine!!
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Update 2
Posted by Winterfrost Farm
11 months ago
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Bath time!! The weather was finally warm enough for us to give these girls a bath! We were able to treat them for the extensive lice infection that they had along with treat their rain rot. Chancie and Letty's had lice but their infestation was mild compared to Cassy's. The lice infestation was so bad on Cassy that instead of the lice being around her face, mane and topline she was covered in them head to toe.
We will need to keep these horses in stalls for at least another 2 weeks, retreat and then wait another 2 weeks and make sure we have managed to exterminate all of the infestation. This extends their need to stay in a stall by 2 or even possibly 4 weeks longer than originally planned.
While keeping these girls in stalls is best for quarantine protocol and will allow us to spend extra time working with them hands on it is also increased the amount of hay and feed that we will need to give them to supplement for them not being able to be put out on green grass. Along with increase the work load of caring for them while in stall.
Please keep sharing and showing your support for these sweet girls! They have a long road ahead of them and need as much support as possible! Every penny counts and if you can't help financially then sharing is just as helpful! Maybe we can find someone who has round pen panels to donate so we can set these girls up with an outdoor quarantine area so they can enjoy the fresh air and green grass!!
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Update 1
Posted by Winterfrost Farm
11 months ago
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What an amazing outpouring of love for these horses in need! Thanks so much to everyone that has taking your valuable time and energy to read and share Gambler, Cassy, Chancie and Letty's story! We are so blessed by everyone that has donated money and supplies to help support the rehabilitation of these poor horses! Lets keep this up and continue to spread the word! These horses have several month of rehabilitation ahead of them before hopefully becoming healthy equines again.
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$1,355 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 24 people in 12 months
Created March 28, 2016
Reagan Miles  
$50
Crystal Betteridge
10 months ago

Bless these sweet creatures and the people who are helping them!

AM
$100
Annette Myers
11 months ago
PD
$250
Paula Davis
11 months ago
BY
$25
Barbara Yon
11 months ago

God Bless you all

MT
$50
Matt Tisler
11 months ago
$5
Louise Bennett
11 months ago
$25
Anonymous
11 months ago
EW
$200
Earthchild Watkins
11 months ago(Offline Donation)

Thank you so much Earthchild for donating the saddle! The money we were going to use to purchase it will be put toward these horses!

JS
$50
June Syx
11 months ago

I'll never understand why some people just don't ask for help with animals instead of allowing this to happen. So very sad.

KP
$50
Kimberly Phipps
11 months ago
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