Rainbow over Evergreen Farm Stables
About our Care
At our facilities, horses are fed two meals a day including whole or steamed crimped oats along with a pelleted feed and a vitamin and mineral supplement made by our vet. We use a timothy/grass mix hay as well as all organic herbs such as garlic, hawthorne berries, flax seed, chamomile, calendula and ginger root in their feed. Diets are also individualized according to each horse’s nutritional requirements. In the mid-afternoon and late evening the horses are given a snack of hay. Apples and carrots are always on hand. Clean water is always readily available, even in the coldest months, with the use of hot water and heated buckets.
All stalls are supplied with rubber floor mats. They are also cleaned daily and bedded with pine shavings. We ensure that exercise is part of every horse’s daily routine. This may consist of pasture time, free run in the indoor or outdoor arena, lunging, or both. During the winter months, we blanket the rescue horses to help keep them warm and comfortable.
Whenever a horse is rescued our veterinarian comes to evaluate the condition of the horse so that a proper diet and care plan can be provided. During an exam, the horse receives its required shots and the teeth are checked to see if they will need “floating” or filing down of sharp points from lack of care.
On occasion, a horse suffers an injury that requires special attention. Angel, a rescue horse, had such an injury in the fall of 2008. She had a small scrape to her forehead that had been treated and began healing. However, Angel rubbed it causing her skin to tear so severely that the vet had to come out and give her stitches. Angel was put on antibiotics and after a short time her stitches were removed.
During the heat of the summer, Squirt, a rescue mini, had been lying down. He wasn’t eating normally and his stomach sounds were not as strong as they should have been. The vet was called and after a thorough examination, it was determined that Squirt was dehydrated and needed IV fluids.
Good veterinary care is extremely important for the rescue horses. We first evaluate their health and make a plan to improve it. Then we ensure that good health is maintained while in our care.
The rescue horses feet are trimmed every 6 weeks to keep them in shape. Upon rescue, some of the horses’ hooves were between 10 – 14 inches long, curling up like elves feet and looking like big slippers!
It takes special care and time to get the horse’s feet back to normal. Sadly, in some rare instances, horses hooves may be so bad and cause so much pain that there are no restorative measures and the horse must be humanely put to rest.
(Pictured: Freedom who had to be put down because of the pain, based on the professional guidance of our veterinarian and farrier.)
Vet and farrier care is a significant expense, but a necessary investment in the horses’ rehabilitation. The rescue horses need extensive care. To make a donation to help support their ongoing care, please click the link below. Any amount helps in continuing the care of these beautiful animals and is greatly appreciated by all – especially our four legged friends!
Angels Haven Horse Rescue is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and your donations may be tax deductible.
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