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Orphan Foal Updates (5-22-10)

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on May 23, 2010


Feel free to cross post.

We’ve put together a YouTube video that includes slides as well as a video clip of little Iron Man and the three BLM orphans.  (We were working up  the presentation about Iron Man and it was just appropriate to include the BLM facility foals.)  Nonetheless this presentation illustrates how the foals are doing and what the various officials, volunteer groups and volunteers themselves are doing to look out for them.

With all the hype circulating it seemed reasonable to record and present what’s really going on.

Here’s the YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-o7cKnMo30

(Getting ready for last night’s “winter” storm.)

Thanks!

“:O) Willis

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7 Responses to “Orphan Foal Updates (5-22-10)”

  1. Linda said

    I applaud the work of these caring and skilled folks. I really loved “playtime” with Iron Man. Obviously the horse/human bond has already been established. Still, I have to ask – four lucky ones out of how many?

    Personally, I think that when any of the horses, regardless of age or sex, sustains an injury that isn’t terminal or fails to thrive after a reasonable effort at rehab, they should be given over to a qualified rescue or individual. Does the BLM have a rescue network set up? Will they continue to pay these rescuers a stipend until the horse is adopted?

    Again, these are four lucky babies. When they come up for adoption, they will have been gentled, have no fear of people, and stand a very good chance of a bright future.

    P.S. – I thought I saw a freeze brand on the riding horse that comforted Iron Man. Am I right in thinking this is an adopted mustang?

  2. Suzanne said

    I’m just sorry that poor emaciated foal wasn’t noticed in time… Now Mouse is gone too – “found with a broken neck,” is all that was said by the BLM. Mouse wasn’t adapting well at all to captivity. Perhaps he panicked and that’s how his neck got broken. He wasn’t the first to die that way, and he won’t be the last.

    So sad. SO unnecessary.

  3. sandra longley said

    Thanks for all that you do, and to all those who helped..Its nice to shed a tear of happiness instead of sadness.

  4. reveil39 said

    NIce work. Is that a diaper on the foal?

    • LOL yes ma’am, it’s a diaper. Shirley has to keep the foals inside the house for various reasons (too cold outside, the foal’s health, etc.) She has a bedroom that has been converted to a foal nursery – “baby-proof” and all.

      T.

  5. From the Daily Gather Updates Web Page:

    BLM Statement Concerning a Foal That Was Euthanized at Indian Lakes on May 16, 2010

    On Sunday, May 16, the BLM authorized the euthanasia of a 3-day-old foal that was born on May 13. The foal had been weak from birth and declined in condition over the weekend. The authorization followed the advice of an examining veterinarian who had determined that although the foal was being mothered and nursed by his dam, it was weak, severely dehydrated and unable to rise without assistance. The condition was attributed to a limited amount of milk available from the mare and a general failure to thrive. At the time the foal was euthanized it was suffering and had a hopeless prognosis for survival.

    T.

  6. sandra longley said

    http://www.lahontanvalleynews.com/article/20100525/NEWS/100529933/1055&ParentProfile=1045

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