Update: 08/03/17: Sadly we had to make the decision last week to euthanize donkey #6. The damage to her front hooves from many years of severe neglect was just too great. Her pain could no longer be controlled and we decided the kindest thing to do would be to release her from her suffering. The remaining 5 donkeys are doing well at this point and we are hopeful about their prognosis!
Update: 07/10/17: The six remaining Pine County Donkeys were released from Anoka Equine last week. Three were taken to the main MHARF farm and three were taken to one of our main foster facilities. The donkeys are all doing as well as can be expected at this point. Their appetites are good and their attitudes are definitely brighter! A couple of them will stand well for grooming and fly spray (and to get carrots)–but others are still relatively shy and hard to catch. Their prognosis is still guarded as they continue their appointments with the farrier and the vet and are assessed for laminitis and other ongoing issues.
Original Post 06/23/17
With the assistance of the Animal Humane Society of MN in a Pine County humane case, MHARF recently rescued seven donkeys who were suffering from severe neglect. The donkeys were taken immediately to Anoka Equine Veterinary Services where they are currently receiving care. We have been able to remove the extreme excess hoof growth from all of the donkeys, as well as take radiographs of each one to assess the amount of damage. The one jennet in the worst condition was found to have severe chronic osteomyelitis (an inflammatory infection of the bone or bone marrow which occurs through the bloodstream and is most likely due to the existence of intracellular bacteria which attach to tissue.) After witnessing the amount of extreme pain this was causing her and consulting with the veterinary team, MHARF made the decision to have her humanely euthanized. We will have updates on the condition of the remaining six (5 jennets and a gelded jack) soon. Please consider making a donation today to help cover the costs of the extensive farrier and veterinary care these poor donkeys will need to become healthy, sound and adoptable to new homes!
These 6 young mustangs came in recently from a South Dakota humane case where they were seized from the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (read about the ISPMB case here ). They range in age from approximately 6 months (orphaned sorrel colt) to approximately 18 months (gray colt). They are currently in a foster/quarantine facility and are learning to trust people. We have not been able to handle them yet. So far we know the gray, the sorrel, and the black with star are colts. The gender of the 2 bays and the brown is still undetermined. These 6 will be made available for adoption once they have had all necessary vet and farrier work completed. In the mean time, we would really love to have donations of high quality alfalfa grass mix hay in small squares to assist with hand feeding to gain their trust!
When we first met Violet her coat was bad and bald in places, she was too thin and had a detached expression on her face. She wasn’t what you’d describe as a pretty horse but something more like majestic. We liked her right away and wanted to take her home. Violet is very smart and quickly picked up on and took advantage of our inexperience. For example, she would push past us at gates, refuse to pick up her feet, stand still, and refuse to be led. This behavior earned her the nicknames “Freight Train” and “Violent”. All joking aside, we knew we needed help and we hired a trainer and sought advice from experienced horse people. Once we learned how to communicate and be leaders, it did not take long for Violet to accept us as her “bosses”. She is now the most affectionate, gentle, loving mare of the herd. She loves attention and often seeks it out. She will come close and put her big head on your chest and just breath. Or she will walk up slowly and position her body to be sure you pet just the right spot. And my very favorite thing of all: she will put her chin on your shoulder and gently pull you into her chest while you are scratching her neck. She is also great to ride with a smooth trot and lope. She is calm and confident and very compliant; I always feel safe on her. Also she is patient and gentle when we give “pony rides” to the kids who visit. Violet has blossomed here and is now healthy and content. Long gone is the detached expression. She can frequently be seen playing and frolicking with her herd, Willow, Perdita, and Honey (all MHARF alum!) She is a very special horse, a one in a million, and we love her dearly. Thanks to all who have helped us on our journey: Everyone at MHARF, Cindy Werronen, Aubreanne Dockter, and Scott Boe! –Catherine and Lynn