Blue’s and Too’s are back in Leahurst

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Thursday morning Blues was showing signs of colic, the vet from Leahurst was out within 20mins. She had a relaxant and painkillers while bloods were rushed to the lab.

Blue’s gave everything she had to keep her baby Too’s alive, therefore we knew she would take longer to recover her ordeal. We got the test results back which have shown that even after all the worming, poor blues is still riddled with worms and now has aneamia too, so they are back in hospital for further more invasive worming and also Blues will be treated with steroids to support her getting through all this.

Squeak Update……WARNING… Upsetting Photos

Last night when we arrived at Leahurst to visit Squeak we knew straight away that something wasn’t right as she wasn’t shouting at us and also was lying down covered in shavings as we approached and didn’t get up and in fact when Shaun jumped over the door she just lay flat and breathing hard.

We had already been informed by one of the students on our way in that the whole veterinary team were in surgery dealing with emergencies so we got her up and out walking around the yard and called through to say we knew they were busy but please could a vet come out to us as soon as they are available.

A student appeared very quickly and checked all the usual heart rate, breathing, gut sounds and attempted her temperature but as normal little miss objected, all were fine although she was breathing very rapidly, she was trying continuously to go down on the concrete, so we were advised to pop her back in the stable and a vet would be 20-30 mins but she went straight down flat again and she rapidly deteriorated, her breathing really laboured and so we had to insist that someone did something to help her.

One of the vets took 1 look at her and ran off for the stomach tubing equipment and IV pain killers and had her standing and looking more comfortable within 10 mins. When we left her she had been up for a good couple of hours just having a snooze, after all its a lot for a little po to cope with.

The vets will stomach tube her again at 2amish and 6amish and fingers crossed she will pull through as exactly the same happened last time she had surgery, they will just keep her in a few days longer to monitor her. We believe, as she is a typical shetland, who eats every minute of the day, that when she has to have 24 hours nil by mouth for the general anesthetic, she gets a belly full of gas which it what makes her so poorly.

Please send your best wishes to our little Squeaky pops and thank you as always to all at Leahurst who were really ran off their feet last night.

Apologies for the first picture but it is important to show what colic looks like (most of the time) for those who haven’t seen it before, the 2nd is during stomach tubing and the 3rd ten minutes later looking for her tea that was taken away until her tummy is settled

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Saturday 21st Feb

Leahurst decided today that it was in Squeaks best interests to get her home as she just wasn’t happy in pony hospital and she is so happy to be home, even if she does look like Zorro pony, she has her friends around her. The mask is to prevent Squeak catching the drainage tube, and shes not bothered by it at all.

Zorro Squeak

Squeak goes in for another operation






We have just left little Squeak at the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital, she settled in after making sure the whole Campus knew that Squeak was in the house. The lovely Neil Townsend will perform a fairly minor surgery under General Aesthetic later today to create her a new drainage system for her eye following her previous surgery and flush it all out, this is a new procedure so there is no evidence to say how long it works for so it may need doing again at some point in the future or maybe another option taken, but Neil feels its worth doing as its allot less invasion than the old way of doing things and she has already been through enough after the major facial surgery she had last year.

We will visit her tonight to see hows she is after her surgery and keep you posted.

Squeak after op

Squeaks Surgery went very well however, same as last time she has gotten herself in a bit of a state when coming round and so is on colic watch as very sweaty and tucked up, but no one has any major concerns it is just a precaution and hopefully she will be home Friday.

We were aloud to give her a 5 minute in hand walk on the grass to try and calm her down a bit and give her a good brush and scratch and she was more settled when we left her.


Valentines Banjo

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A busy valentine’s weekend. Friday night we received an emergency call out to a Shetland pony cast in a field suspected to be colicing, on arrival the caller had managed to get him up and he seemed fine in himself but with us unable to locate an owner we called in the RSPCA for assistance, between us we decided after several hours that he was fine but the RSPCA would leave a note for the owner to contact them and they would also come change of shift at 7am to check he was still doing okay, which he was.

Sunday morning however, the land owner made contact with us explaining that the Shetland had been abandoned on his land nearly a year ago and was in fact being quite badly bullied by his much larger horses and having been told he is legally responsible he was worried for the safety of the pony if he stayed there.

After a chat with the land owner and the RSPCA officer the decision was taken to take him into the sanctuary as we considered him an immediate welfare concern, after already being stuck in the mud after presumably being chased there where the much bigger horses could have easily trampled him. He was caked in mud, has long feet, parasites and is very very nervous at just rising 2yoish. The land owner however has been providing hay and water over winter so body condition wise he is doing very well.

We will treat him for his worms and lice, have his feet and teeth done and most importantly get him booked in ASAP to be castrated, he also needs to be microchipped and passported, so as soon as he is parasite free he can make some like sized friends. All of this will cost a good few hundred pounds so as always please donate what you can if you can to give us a helping hand in Banjo’s rehabilitation please.

Squeak is poorly again










You may remember squeak had a nasal operation last year, shortly after coming to us.

Squeak was seen yesterday by the lovely Neil Townsend at the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital as we feared her infection was back.The good news is that the previous nasty sinus infection she had isn’t back. However, she does have a secondary infection in her tear duct more than likely as a result of scar tissue from her previous surgery not allowing normal drainage processes so, Squeak does require further surgery under general anaesthetic, a new procedure that will be performed next Wednesday.

This procedure is nowhere near as invasive as her previous surgery and will involve her having a catheter through her tear duct for 2/3 weeks post op to keep it all nice and open. She is one lucky girly.