Tess asking for More Carrots! Sweet Girl made it two winters with us~
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3/13/2012 12:32:00 AM
Wow, such a bittersweet story. I am glad that you were able to take her on and care for her the way that you did. Her last years were happy. She had such a sweet face. Thank you for sharing that with me, I feel so bad for these animals because there are others who aren't so lucky. I just don't understand why people mistreat and neglect them... That's why there are "angels"
like you ...
3/12/2012 8:11:37 PM
All three of my horses were rescues!!! We got her from a lady who had rescued her and just didn't have the resources or shelter for her. We brought her home with her friend Gracie (who is pictured as well) When Becky got Tess, she had been locked into a stall and was pooping wood and sticks. She brought her home and fed her hay and alfalfa, as much as she could eat, but it was getting to winter, and she knew that she didn't have the resources to take care of her. So, we took her, and she lived in a 15 acre wooded pasture with access to the cow barn (they had their own side that I cleaned daily) and was fed a nice mixture of oil, oats, alfalfa, beet pulp, cob(sweet feed) and as much hay as she could eat. Many times I brought warm warm water to the barn (no running water) to make them warm mash. She was given all sorts of supplements and fats and really never put on much weight. Perhaps 200 pounds on her gaunt frame. She had almost NO teeth, her molars were ground to smooth nubbins (I jammed my hand in there). Finally it was coming down to winter again (third winter) and she had been loosing weight again, I was dumping fat into her as fast as I could and she just wasnt gaining weight. It came down to knowing that one day I would come out to take care of them and find that she had frozen in the night or gotten super sick and died. We had her layed to rest gently by the barn (thank goodness my dad has a backhoe) and we planted a new tree on her grave. She had the most spirit and was happy all the time. I only rode her twice because she was so thin, but she loved having the kids ride her and she loved going on rides with friends and I. I sure miss her! and my other horses... But they were all old, Gracie passed in her sleep one night last winter, she had always had a heart murmur, the vet said it was more than likely a heart attack, and my Ty Passed away from cancer just this last spring.
3/12/2012 6:24:26 PM
... was she a rescue?... can you tell me her story?
9/29/2009 12:03:03 AM
My Dear Sweet Tess. May she rest in peace and be in a happy place where she isnt eating dirt to keep herself from starvation. Sweet girl... She will dance on in my Heart.