Shortly after 7pm New Years Day we received a call from Cheshire Police requesting assistance with 2 seemingly abandoned ponies in the Ellesmere Port area, we were shocked when we arrived at how emaciated and lethargic the 2 young fillies are and as the Police had looked into where they may have belonged and unable to trace an owner the Police and ourselves decided the best thing for these lovely girls was to remove them and place them in our care at the sanctuary, of course any owner has 7 days in which to claim their ponies back subject to an emergency livery fee and veterinary costs, providing adequate proof of ownership and on agreement from the Police Welfare officers who would have to address why these ponies are so emaciated, other wise aptly named by the Police Officers ‘Blues’ and ‘Toos’ was seen by the vet first thing the next morning and are now being nursed back to health until such time they are fit and well enough to find lovely life long homes.
2nd January 2015
The girls woke up with a nice full belly for the first time in a long time and were thoroughly examined head to toe by the lovely Andrea of Leahurst Equine Practice, Firstly they are a bit older than first thought, Blues is 3 and a half and Toos a yearling, and also we can confirm they are mother and daughter, however, as Toos has never been weaned mums tired, weak and poorly body has been trying to produce milk for her still but on examination she only had a dessert spoon worth in her which was a horrible stinking, infected yellow milk so both Mum and Baby have been placed straight on to antibiotics and bute as both seem to be sore and achy all over which goes hand in hand with malnurishment.
Both are riddled with Lice and Mum has Ringworm, Toos temperature is elevated and her pulse too but not enough to be overly concerned about. Their feet are bad enough that Toos in particular cant walk properly and her baby joints are under massive strain. Mum has very nasty sharp teeth and an upper respiratory tract infection.
Both girls score a 1.5-2 out of 10 on condition scoring and are very weak and poorly so the decision has been taken to make them comfortable and start treatment for a few days then the girls will go into the Practice to be have their wormer as the Vet has a massive concern that it may give them life threatening colic and also we can make use of the hot shower facilities on site to give them a good scrub. Neither of them are microchipped.
The girls have had a good day, still very down in the dumps but ever so slightly more interested in life, the wonderful Tom Clothier came to us on his way home, out of hours to sort the girls feet out. Blues weren’t too bad but Toos had clearly never been done and her frogs have been rotted away with thrush and are very sore.
The girls also had a visit from our lovely Reiki healer David Bell which they really responded well to. One of our fab dentists Lee Shakeshaft is coming to check Toos teeth are growing normally and sort out Blues mouth of razor sharp teeth on Monday so the poor girly can eat properly, they will also be having blood tests and manure samples taken on Monday to give our super vets at Leahurst a better plan to follow going forward for when the girls go in for their worm treatment. Margaret Allin will also be coming for a visit with all her Aloe Vera know how to give the girls a good, natural immune boost as a good base for all the work and effort our Vets will be putting in to get them better and when the girls are a bit stronger in a week or so our fab Physio Claire Burgess Vet Physio will be working with them to help recover the damage done mostly to little baby Toos from her bad feet and lack of nutrition. We also look forward to our next visit from our lovely Sue Harwood using her Equine Massage Therapy techniques to help them recover in both body and mind.
We may have mud and be lacking a posh yard and electric but we really do have the best team of experts around and these girls will get everything they could possibly need and want not only from us and our vollies but from these experts too who regularly go out of their way massively to help us and particularly poorly new admissions, thank you everyone so much.
We were greeted this morning by a nosey and very playful Toos, both girls seem to have a new zest for life today and a real sparkle in their eyes now treatment is under way and 48 hours into their antibiotics and pain killers they are obviously really feeling the benefit. They have a busy day ahead tomorrow with both Vet and Dentist due but hopefully they will feel a whole lot better by tomorrow afternoon.
The girls had their teeth done today, and bloods and poo samples taken. They love their supplement feed and Blues gets grumpy if you try to take her feed bucket away before she has totally licked it clean, bless.
They are only on small amounts of hard feed for now, which we will increase slowly. As you can see from todays photos they are already looking more relaxed and brighter in themselves.
12th January 2015
This is how the girls greet us every day now, they know what’s coming.They are getting stronger every day and putting weight on. Along side their hay, they are on a small hard feed that we will increase slowly which they love. Blues gets grumpy if you try to remove the bucket before she has licked the bucket clean. This picture is similar to the one taken on the 4th, you can just see the top of Blues head in the other photograph. Due to her condition she was too weak to hold her head up, now as you see they both like to watch what is going on, on the yard and their eyes are much brighter after 10 days.