The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:
Thank you to everyone who participated in our name auction last week!
The winning bid was made by Nick C. and he picked the name Ballerini (after Kelsea Ballerini) and it fits her perfectly. Thanks, Nick!
In June 2021, we took in two reported pregnant mares as part of a nearby animal services case involving multiple animals. Shortly after arrival, our vet came for exams and ultrasounds. One showed a foal, the other did not. Dr. Stolba estimated mom-to-be was three to four months along, which meant baby was due in February or March. Fast-forward to February 22, 2022 (2/22/22), and mama gave birth to a beautiful filly!
Baby girl is healthy and so is mom. Mom has great maternal instincts, and she is the protector extraordinaire. They have bonded well, and they are doing great.
Meet Our Newest Mare
At the end of February, we were contacted by a nearby animal control who needed assistance with a skinny mare. No one had any background on her. We were told the man who had her had rescued her a few months before, but he had cancer and was unable to afford veterinary care because of his own health care costs.
When we arrived to pick her up, we met a very sad, very emaciated older gal. She had a nasty smelling discharge from her right nostril and below her right eye was a large crusty patch. Her teeth needed attention, too. Though her condition was quite grim, she was so kind and forgiving.
Based on the nasal and eye discharge and odor, we suspected she had either a tooth infection or sinus infection, or both. We also found a lip tattoo, but it wasn’t entirely legible. If we’ve guessed right, she was born in Minnesota in ‘98, never raced, and she’s registered as Timber Buck’s Luv.
She is a luv! She loaded into the trailer readily, she traveled well, and she unloaded calmly. She handles easily, too. She was immediately placed in quarantine as we always do with new intakes. The sweet gal was vet checked shortly after arrival, blood was drawn, sinus/tooth infection confirmed, and antibiotics started. This luv needs to gain some weight and stabilize a bit before she can be sedated to have her teeth checked/floated, radiographs, and possible nasal scope.
Despite her past, she’s a beautiful girl, and we look forward to seeing her blossom.
If you’d like to help us give her a happier and healthier life, please consider making a donation on her behalf.
Important information on the recent outbreak of
Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in California
If you haven’t heard, there has been an outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) and Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM, which is EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) in California.
If you have horses, are around horses, and/or volunteer at AAE, it’s important to understand how EHV can be transmitted and how to prevent the disease from spreading. See the following information shared from Loomis Basin Equine Medical Centers FB page:
Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) has been detected in multiple horses in several counties in California since February.
Equine herpesvirus causes respiratory disease, abortion, neonatal death, and the neurological disease EHM. It spreads in aerosolized secretions, by direct contact, and by contact with surfaces containing infected secretions. Shedding of the virus generally occurs for 7-10 days.
Horse owners must immediately isolate any horses exhibiting neurologic signs and consult their veterinarian; EHM has mandatory State reporting requirements. Owners must practice good biosecurity when they move horses in emergency situations or for veterinary care; avoid other horses and don’t share tack/equipment that hasn’t been properly cleaned and disinfected, including farrier and veterinary equipment.
Additional information on EHM, including updates on current EHV-1 cases and a map of affected areas, please visit the CA Animal Health Branch webpage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your vet.