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Barb S.
Laura I too would love to read your essay. I know the power of unconditional love horses give. My first horse Shannon was there for so many life experiences. As a teenage girl when parents are so unfair and don`t understand. My first wedding my favorite picture is of Shannon and I. People telling me not to go in the barn with my wedding gown. My parents just smiling {turns out they knew me better than I knew myself} To the day my Dad died {he just turned 51 and it was very sudden}. I shed so many tears in her mane and had unbelievable happiness with her. Another fond memory is teaching my son how to ride on her. The peace I get from my all of horses... I really would love to read your essay
Has Breezy been able to get her surgery yet?
Faith, I will copy/paste the message we posted on Breezy's thread here back on 4/2/2014 (you can page back and find it as well):  

Posted 4/2/2014:  I will do my best to explain what went on with Breezy today...forgive me if I get a little long winded. We want to share the full story and how we ended up where we are today with Breezy.

About three years ago, Breezy was having an issue with a tooth and her sinuses. There was a live infection that was giving her problems even after several rounds of antibiotics. Her donor had her teeth looked at and had x-rays done of the problem area. This was done by a very capable and reputable vet. At that time it was recommended that Breezy get the problem tooth removed to make sure they she did not have recurring issues. In the meantime, a small hole was drilled through the bone, near the root of the problem tooth so it could drain. Once the infection was knocked out, Breezy could get her surgery.

The problem was that while her owner loved her, she could not afford to pay for the surgery and because of health problems, was also having trouble keeping up with board etc. So her donor started looking for help. Absolutely everyone that was contacted turned Breezy down. After many months looking for a solution and a place that was willing to help Breezy out, still there were no takers and the choice was made to have her put down. The procedure was scheduled and was about to happen. 

That's when we heard about Breezy and her situation. This was a young, otherwise healthy horse and knowing the quality of supporters MHWF has, we knew that we could help Breezy and her donor. We knew you would come through for us and her and you did.

So, several days after Breezy arrived at MHWF we got copies of her vet records, talked with her previous vet and got copies of the original x-rays and sent all that information over to the vet we hoped would do her surgery. The vets looked over her old x-rays and records and a plan was set up to do the surgery and get that problem tooth removed by opening up a skin and bone flap on her nose, get to the problem tooth from the backside, forcing it forward and out, then putting the skin and bone flap back in place, get her on antibiotics, give her aftercare and time to heal and make her a sound, completely healthy horse, that would be put up for adoption.

We arrived the vet's this morning and Breezy was sedated and got a very extensive dental exam by two different vets. She then got a new set of current x-rays to see how or if things have changed since her original x-rays three years prior.

We sat in the waiting room until the vet came to get us to show us the results of the x-rays and give their recommendation.

It turns out that yes, three years ago the smart and obvious thing to do would be to get the surgery done and put Breezy's problems behind her, but with a three years of time and a lot of luck, the tooth no longer needs to be extracted. If fact, not only does it not need to be extracted, but there is no longer any reason to extract it.

I am not a vet, but I will do my best to explain why.....

While Breezy had a live infection in that sinus/tooth area, it did eat away a little bit at the tips of the tooth root. Once the infection was killed and over time, Breezy healed on her own and the area that was giving her problems eventually had some new bone growth and filled in the area that was giving her problems. Not only that, but the hole drilled into the bone on her nose also filled in with new bone growth. In the end, her not getting the surgery right away three years ago was a stroke of luck and a blessing. Her tooth and the area around it in her sinuses, is now completely solid, healthy and no longer an issue for her and should not every be an issue for her again. 

It was recommended that Breezy go through some pretty extensive dental work to ensure that not only are her teeth properly floated, but that the tooth that had previously given her problems could have some special adjustments done on it. Basically, what needed to be done was that the tooth needed to be a hair shorter than the teeth on either side of it to ease a little pressure from it when she chews, then the sides of the tooth needed to be beveled down and drilled out to give it a little space on each side.

In the end what we ended up with is a sound, healthy, happy horse with now perfectly normal teeth, but with a little bit of a sore mouth and some special floating instructions for the future. In 2 to 3 days we will be able to make Breezy available for adoption as a horse with no special needs.

We also came in around $1000 under budget! That never happens, at least not to us.

So, to make up the difference in the budget and to ensure that Breezy has no future issues with that tooth concerning the special instructions for floating we were given today, we will be paying for Breezy's dental care for the duration of her 5 year contract with her adopter. That means whoever adopts her will have her dental floating's covered for the full 5 years of the adoption contract.

I truly hope I explained this all correctly and in an easy to understand way. We have an extensive write up from the vet, but did not want to simply post a bunch of information that would sound pretty Greek. 

What we can say is that with your support, a life was saved, and now with a lot of luck, we can say that Breezy is a sound, healthy and happy horse, ready for her new home and will even have her dental work covered for the next five years!

When we all pitch in together we can do wonderful things for wonderful people and wonderful horses!

Thank you for all your support!

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Breezy needs a bump here and some attention.  Breezy is such a nice, sweet and special horse and still looking for her special person.  Breezy is as sweet as the day is long, we have never seen a "marish" day from her, she gets along great with everyone in the pasture and is just an absolute joy to have around.  As you can see if you look back on this thread, Breezy was going really well under saddle at walk-trot-canter.  For whatever reason, Breezy did not work out well in her new home at all, and when Breezy came back to us we found that we had to pretty much start over with her under saddle.  We are not sure exactly what it was that they did under saddle with Breezy, we can only guess, but whatever it was has caused Breezy to kick out when you put both legs on her when riding.  We have our theories, but that doesn't change what it is we need to do.  Breezy very easily came back to the very sweet mare that we knew all the time she was with us, is a blast with ground work, stands tied as long as you'd like with patience, saddles up like a dream, stands perfectly still for mounting and very much enjoys human interaction.  We are slowly but surely working Breezy back to where she was under saddle when she first left here.  This mare is mellow and sweet, and I know someone will be thrilled to have a horse like her.  Please don't let that failed adoption stop you from meeting this wonderful girl, believe me, it wasn't her fault, it was ours and we claim full responsibility for that.  

Jurita came over yesterday for a play day, and spent some time with Breezy and rode her for a while, both of them doing fantastic.  Thank you Jurita!  Here are some pictures of Breezy and Jurita from yesterday, 7/2/2015.  

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I don't really have anything else to add that hasn't been said already.  She just needs the right person to come along. (Oh yeah..and I guess I could smile once in a while when I am riding...sheesh) 
Jenni O.
I'd totally look at her for us. I just don't have room right now!
Laura R.
Hi Karen,
Breezy looks great![biggrin]

Adoption horses page to learn about how to adopt Breezy from MHWF, or any of the horses available for adoption:  

Breezy continues to do just fantastic!!!  Where are you, people?  This one is a gem!  We have re-started Breezy back at just a walk under saddle and she is now moving on to a little bit of trot work and doing very, very well.  Breezy is still the same super sweet mare with a very laid back personality.  Even if you do not want to put the time into Breezy yourself or haven't worked on training a horse before, this is a mare that with 30 days with a trainer she is going to be ready to go for you!  This is a horse who is going to eventually be that "just about anyone can ride" horse, or even a kid's horse that everyone wants so badly.  Why not be part of that process in Breezy's life to bring her there?  I can't think of a single good reason not to be a part of that.  It really isn't going to take that much, all of the basics are here.  

This girl loves to come out of the pasture to be with people, will stand all day patiently tied, loves to be groomed, is perfect for tacking up and climbing on her, really knows her ground work and has absolutely perfect ground manners.  

Here are a few pictures of Breezy with Priscilla from the other day (thank you Priscilla!).


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Jenni O.
I really love that last pic of her! She looks great in English or Western tack too. I bet she could be one of those that is great on both trails and arena work/showing. Keep her in hiding until I'm ready for another one.
Breezy always looks so happy under saddle and being messed with.  You can beat that type of personality in a horse.
Wendy W - WI
I love this horse.  We've had a few conversations when I visit.  [smile]

She is sweet and seriously gorgeous.  We all know Karen takes fabulous pictures that really show the horses off, but every time I am at the farm and see Breezy I say to Karen, Dang, that is a beautiful horse.  

All the photos are nice, but YES that last one, is a WOW photo. *Breezie*is soooo gorgeous. I am surprised that she is still there. She will choose that special adopter when she meets them. I hope it is SOON. She deserves it.[love][angel][comp]
Lindsey K
I'll put my 2 cents in too!  I know I did back then, but here it is again. 

I'd never ridden a completely green horse before I rode Breezy last summer and I can tend to be an anxious rider.  Most horses don't create too much anxiety, but it is something I struggle with and I know that horses sense it.  If Breezy sensed me getting nervous, she NEVER showed it and to me, that is a mark of a confident horse and those to me are the BEST kind to work with.  She was super cuddly and you can tell she was definitely started right with enjoying human attention, standing amazingly for saddling and mounting (FAR better than some well-broke horses I've ridden).  I had no clue how to get her to move at first (like I said, no green horses before...), but she patiently waited while I figured out some things that worked for her.  I am no trainer, my skills aren't what they used to be and as long as I approached her patiently, she was amazing.  I know I haven't ridden her since she had struggles in her new home, but when I rode her last she is type who would rather stand and be happy with a passenger than "go".  I couldn't see her being a speed horse, but I suppose for the right person, anything could happen, right??  I think a good quality, kind and patient trainer will turn her into a stellar horse for Anyone.  I see so many things in her future...talk about a Pleasure show horse dreamboat!  I wish above all wishes that she is one that I could see grow with my daughter!!!
I will admit, there are certain equines that catch my eye for some reason, I can name many.  Maybe it is that soft part in my heart for those that need perhaps a bit of special attention.

Breezy is one I sure wish was in my pasture or on trail with us.  I sat in a snow pasture (20 deg.) with a beer for this gal.
Laura R.
Hello, Just popping in to check on Breezy. Please give her a kiss from me. Love you Breezygirl. Laura
Hi Laura!  Breezy is doing FANTASTIC!  We are so happy with how she has progressed under saddle.  Breezy came out to be ridden and get her picture taken today, and I have attached some pictures to this post.  I explained above regarding Breezy, and we are so proud of her and how well she is doing.  Breezy even did canter work again today and did fantastic!  This girl would be such a pretty Western Pleasure horse, trail horse, 4H horse, etc.  She is such a sweet mare, and someone is going to be very lucky to call Breezy theirs.  

Thank you so much to Priscilla for all of her help today!  Here are some pictures of Breezy under saddle at walk, trot and canter from today, 9/20/2015:  

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Jenni O.
Really wish I had room. She's pretty and she's going to be easy to continue with for the right person
Beautiful Breezy...
Lindsey K
This new update has not helped my yearning to have this beautiful girl as part of my pasture [tongue]  She seems to be coming around!
Donna R
I have said it before.  I would choose this beauty if I could have any more in my pasture.  I love this horse.  Someone will be very lucky to have her!
Kisses for Breezygirl
Sue J
Did Breezy get adopted? I noticed she is not on the adoption page. She was always one of favorites since I met her on volunteer day a year or so ago.
Hmm...  Breezy shows up on the adoption horses page for us.  She didn't get adopted and is still looking for her adoptive home.  

Here is a pic of Breezy sound asleep from 1/22/2016.  I sat and watched her sleep for a while and she was dreaming and even nickered in her sleep.  

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That is really strange when I looked on my computer from home Hubert was the last horse shown and it even had the normal footer at the bottom indicating the end of the page.
Now when I look from my work computer the gangs all there. Very weird.
Glad Breezy is doing good, she looks pretty content. She's just waiting for me to win the lottery so I can come and pick her up.LOL
Computers!  They can be so frustrating.  

Yes, Breezy is a very content and happy girl.  Go buy some tickets!  [wink]  [smile]  
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