Friday, July 26, 2013

update on Chiclet

Chiclet is doing well on a third feeding.  She gets 2 quarts (1 qt alfafa pellets and 1 qt stable mix) with a medium sized bucket of alfalfa leaves.  During her mid day meal (lunch), she is put in a pen by herself and she eats at her own pace.
     When she gets close to finishing her lunch, she steps into the feeder with both front feet and finishes.  When she is done, she walks over to the gate and waits to be let out.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July 23, 2013

Today is a typical day here at the sanctuary.  Clean up after the animals, clean water containers, and so on.

We have been in search of some land that can be donated or that we can buy that isn't going to cost us an arm and a leg.  So far, our primary focus of search has been in the Corning, CA, Oroville, CA, and some in the Orland, CA area.  We have looked "some" in the Tulelake, CA, Redding, CA, Red Bluff, CA, Bieber, CA and Klamath Falls, OR Silver Springs, NV areas.  We are open to other areas.  It just takes a lot of time searching. The ranch owner says he thinks this ranch will be sold to developers within the next few months.

Sunday, July 21, 2013


A few days ago, Chiclet had dropped some weight suddenly.  We didn't quite know at first why she dropped the weight.  She had appeared to be eating well.  We checked her for dehydration and she wasn't dehydrated.  So we thought we would separate her and give her some straight pellet food.  For every bite of food she was picking up, she was dropping at least half of the food.
     So we concluded  since she was in the pen with other horses (the older ones), she would drop her food and they would eat it and so she wasn't getting enough to eat.  She is now separated from the other horses when she eats her main meals and she is being given alfalfa leaves and a combination of alfalfa and stable mix grain.
     She is now doing sooooo much better.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

fences and gates

Today, we spent a great deal of the day mending fences and fixing gates that were in need of repair.  We still need to do some more work on the fences and a couple of gates, but we need to go out and get some material before we can finish off the work.

Monday, July 15, 2013


We spent a great deal of our day with the horses.  Of course, they thought they needed treats instead of their regular hay.
     We couldn't let them out on the pasture grass because we have to let it grow some.  It has gotten pretty short.  The bermuda grass is getting thicker and teft grass has gotten a little thin.  We may have to do some more teft hay reseeding.  We would like to wait until next year to do that though.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Trixter ate his psyllium

This morning, we withheld Trixter's food until he ate his psyllium.  It took about 4 hours before he ate it.  After he finished it, he got his food.  He is like a little child that doesn't like his peas.
     We had called the vets yesterday, twice looking for ideas on how to get him to eat his psyllium.  He throws his food onto the dirt before he will eat it and we think he has been eating sand and dirt along with it.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

plywood donation needed

We need to cover the floor of a 27 x 16 pen with plywood.  We have a 2 year old that pushes his food onto the dirt and we believe he is eating dirt with his food which is causing an absorption problem.  We need the plywood to keep him off the dirt.  If we cannot put OSB down because he will eat the OSB.  He doesn't appear to eat the plywood.

If you have old plywood you would like to donate, it would greatly be appreciated.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Opal update

We took Opal's temperature around 5pm.  It was running 102.5 degrees.  We have a call into the vets.  She may have pneumonia.