UPDATE: Lucky 13 Horses
While there have not been a lot of updates on the Lucky 13 horses, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes and we wanted to share it all with our readers/supporters.
Our week started off pretty rough when on Monday night, Caine, our Great Dane, started to bloat. We ran him to the emergency animal hospital in Mosinee right away and once there, discovered that his stomach had twisted. His surgery started at 1 am in the morning and we patiently waited for news on how it went. At 2:45 am, we found out that he had survived the surgery and if he could stay stable, he might even be able to come home in another 24 hours. We were able to bring Caine home at 11:30 pm the next night (Tuesday). Vet work on the 13 horses started bright and early Wednesday morning and went into Thursday night. The vet work is now done and our buddy, Caine is alive and still with us. He is on 5 different meds, has a huge incision and has to wear a cone for 2 weeks, but we are happy to have him home with us and the lion’s share of this with the 13 horses vet work behind us now. It has been a tough week to say the least.
We have more than enough donated hay and grain for all the horses and they are getting fed and watered twice each day. All of them are looking good and doing well.
The Lucky 13 Horses
On Wednesday and Thursday, we started all the vet work and we got a lot done. We are very proud to say that all 13 horses are now fully vaccinated, all have new Coggins, they were all de-wormed and every one of them has a fresh trim. Most of them also have their dental work done and all the mare got ultra-sounds to make sure they were not pregnant.
We are even more proud to say that all 4 stallions are now geldings! One of them was even cryptorchid and has now had the surgery done. All 4 of the stallions, now geldings, are doing great.
Getting this done in such a short amount of time was no small task and we could not have gotten it done without all the help from our supporters. You are all amazing and we owe you all a huge debt of gratitude. Thank you!
From here we can start to look for good foster homes for these horses. Some of them will also come here to MHWF. We will start going through the foster applications this weekend and can hopefully get some of the horses into their foster homes as soon as possible. In two weeks they will all get de-wormed again and will get their booster vaccines as well.
Many people to thank....
Catching, handling and getting all this done was a huge task and was not easy. It also took a world record amount of sedation drugs and some very hard-working and brave volunteers, and I think we should mention each and every one of them here.
On Wednesday we were led by Dr. Suzanne McKichan of Dells Equine. Besides myself (Scott) and my wife, Karen, we also had super volunteers, Karin H., Christine A., Nancy P. and Garrison K. there to help us get it all done.
On Thursday, we once again had Dr. Suzanne McKichan, as well as Dr. Gary Johnson from Corriente, his vet tech Katie and another of his helpers, myself and Karen, Chrristine A., Jurita L., Karin H., and Mike Kissack, one of our farriers from Wisconsin Dells.
This was a huge project to get all this vet work done and we cannot say enough good things about the vets, farrier, vet techs and volunteers who worked in the heat and dirt with us for two full days to get it done. Amazing people who do great work and make a tough job fun. Of course, our supporters who made all of this possible as well.
The Next Step: Foster and Training
Our job with these horses is by no means done however, while the sweaty, dirty, dangerous part might be done, the next and equally important next step is to get these horses trained to make them adoptable. MHWF cannot take in 13 unhandled and untrained horses at our facility. That is why we are still looking through Foster Applications and are very, very much still working on fundraising for this. Some of the horses will go into foster homes and will learn the basics such as being caught, leading, tying, standing for the vet and farrier, etc., but all of these horses will also need to go to good, reliable and seasoned trainers who can put 60 to 90 days of serious training on each of them. So, while we do have all the vet work done and we do have a few foster homes lined up, we are desperately still working on donations to send most or all of these horses to good trainers.
We want to thank everyone who has been a part of this enormous undertaking so far, from the vets, farrier, volunteers, people who donated hay and grain…everyone. We cannot thank you all enough and we truly admire you for your willingness to help. You are amazing people and are the reason why we are still here doing this after 17 years. Thank you!
More help needed!
In the meantime, if you have some pasture space, some time, and some knowledge on how to work with unhandled horses, please consider filling out our Foster Application.
If you can spare a few dollars to help us send these horses off for training to make them good citizens and give them all a much brighter future, we can certainly use all the help we can get there as well. Every penny counts and every penny adds up. Please consider helping if you can.
If you cannot foster or make a donation, please share this information with friends, family members and co-workers. The more we can get the word out, the more we can do to help these horses learn and get into good permanent homes.
Our Foster Application can be found here: http://www.equineadoption.com/foster.pdf
To make a donation, all you need to do is click on any of the “donate” buttons on our website at: http://www.equineadoption.com
Or, send a check to:
Lucky 13 Horses
10990 State Hwy. 73
Pittsville, WI 54466
Thank you again and don’t miss the photos below!