Help Stop the Summertime Blues!

Your help is needed to keep horses cool and ward off flies, skin conditions like fungus and rain-rot or other summertime woes…

Summer has arrived in almost full force here in Florida. The Virginia foster farm is starting to feel the heat (and humidity) and even our horses in Colorado are seeing some hotter days.

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The summer season brings special needs for horses including protection from temperature extremes, heat or precipitation issues, and flies or other pests like ticks. Front Range Equine Rescue works hard to provide optimal care for each and every horse in our rescue program. Unfortunately summer conditions are tough to completely fight.

I hope you can contribute to help fulfill our hot weather wish list. Supplies run low quickly!

FLY SPRAY/TRAPS/MASKS

These are used to keep as many flies away as possible. We have other methods to work on the fly population as well, but the sprays and traps as well as using masks to protect horses’ eyes are a mainstay.

NATURAL REMEDIES

We go through a lot of a garlic-based supplement (Bug-Lyte) and organic Apple Cider Vinegar. These products are given to the horses’ with their food and have various health benefits including immune boosting and fly protection.

With over forty horses under our care between CO, FL, and VA we go through many bottles of fly spray and other products. And because horses will be horses, sometimes fly masks get torn during play so we like to keep extras on hand. I’m sure you can imagine that fly traps are a constant purchase as well!

Can you help us ward off flies and treat skin issues caused by summer conditions?
Donate to Help.

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FANS

We are in need of fans to keep horses in FL and VA cool. While our barns are well ventilated, it’s critical to keep air circulating. We keep fans hung for each stall as well as using larger agricultural fans in barn aisle ways.

Right now, we need to replace 5 fans at the VA foster farm and add another large agric-ultural fan here in FL for the retirees. Stall fans cost $70 each; the large ag fan is $385.

Can you help keep our FL and VA horses cool? Donate to Help. 

I greatly appreciate any assistance you can give so we can stay on top of these weather related challenges. Several of the rescues at the VA farm developed rain rot after very wet conditions during May. They are being treated with a special shampoo and other products. Here in Florida, I’ve dealt with “summer sores” and signs of skin fungus on a couple of the horses. All are doing well with treatment, but we need to stay on top of it. Thanks so much for anything you can do!

 

Thank you from Cricket and Duke!!!

I’m happy to report that funding to help rescue horses Cricket and Duke for their veterinary needs has been raised.

We greatly appreciate everyone contributing to make sure these two deserving horses receive the care they need to continue recovering from abuses they’ve endured.

Special thanks to Jan in Texas and Gary in Florida to ensure we reached the goal needed for both horses.


Cricket’s Surgery

You may recall that Cricket was close to full health except for a recurring abscess on her right hip. We were told this sweet girl had been used at low-end Mexican rodeos in the illegal “sport” of horse tripping.

Her veterinarian suggested surgery to see if a bone fragment was the possible cause. Cricket recently underwent surgery and it was discovered that a patch on the hip bone’s surface had died and needed to be scraped off with some tools.

When a bone is hit hard enough (as with a sharp fall), it can cause bone to die off.

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Cricket sleeps off the sedation post-surgery.
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Cricket undergoing surgery.

Duke is a big boy with an even bigger heart!
Duke is a big boy with an even bigger heart!

Duke’s Healing Process

Duke is scheduled for additional chiropractic treatments to assist with recovery from back injuries. As you may recall, poor Duke was terrified of entering a starting gate at the race track. Clearly he fought attempts to force him in and suffered injuries as a result.

Once healed of his physical pain, Duke will have his trust and confidence rebuilt for going into enclosed spaces. It was so sad to see him trembling with fear when asked to load into a horse trailer the day we saved him from heading to slaughter.

Duke’s future treatments will be in 2-3 week intervals. He has shown some improvement after two initial treatments. We are cautiously optimistic he will be able to carry a rider again and become a pleasure/trail horse. Click here to learn more ways you can help.


SNOW STORMS POUND COLORADO!

The recent March blizzard, followed by more snow storms over the following week, wreaked havoc in Colorado. We have 14 horses currently under our care in northern Colorado at a private farm. While all of our horses are okay, portions of a hay supply were ruined as the relentless wind drove snow underneath the tarped hay.

“It was so nasty out that the visibility was only about 40 feet at times, and the wind and snow completely overran our barns, practically making them useless.”

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Can you help us replenish the damaged hay supply?

We need $500 to replace the damaged bales and would like to have it delivered as soon as possible. To learn more ways you can help, visit our What Can You Do? page.

Thank you!

I know you have many options with your charitable giving. Thank you so much for supporting Cricket and Duke and the many other horses under our care.

Together we truly make a positive difference for horses.

For the horses,

Hilary

No gift is too small and everything will truly help!

If you prefer to donate by mail instead of online, click here for our mail-in reply form.


How To Help:

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Your tax deductible donations to Front Range Equine Rescue save the lives of at-risk horses. We need funding to provide feed/hay, veterinary care, farrier services, as well as expanded facility projects including fencing and barn construction at the new NC farm.

 

Cricket and Duke Need Help!

Cricket is a sweet Arabian/Quarter Horse mare who was dropped off by a kill buyer for us in Colorado.

Cricket when she first arrived
Cricket when she first arrived

We don’t know a lot about Cricket’s past but she is about 7 years old and was emaciated along with other injuries upon arrival. The story given to us was that she was used for tripping/roping practice at low-end Mexican rodeos. Horse tripping is illegal and done in secret.

Cricket was thoroughly examined for fractures, breaks or dislocations. Fortunately, none were found and she did not show neurologic symptoms. She was treated for a leg injury which healed over time.

Unfortunately, she has developed an ongoing abscess in her hip. The vet believes a foreign object or perhaps a bone chip from being thrown to the ground when tripped during her rodeo days may be lodged in there. Now she needs surgery to locate and remove this object in order to fully heal.

Cricket recovering
Cricket recovering

We need to raise $600 to pay for Cricket’s surgery and recovery care. Can you help Cricket?

If you prefer to donate by mail instead of online, click here for our mail-in reply form.

Every dollar will help! The good news is that Cricket will be ready for training evaluation and adoption if we can get her fully healthy again.


Duke at the Virginia foster farm needs your help!

This very sweet 3 year old gelding had a hard time in his short racetrack career. Last month we received a call from a racetrack worker about a kind Thoroughbred gelding who was heading to slaughter. He was being thrown away because of starting gate fears. We rushed to pick Duke up before the meat truck could arrive.

After careful evaluation, it is clear Duke not only banged his head when trying to load into the starting gate (he has a permanent small knot on his head as a result), but clearly had fallen over, more than once. The result of his terror and being beaten to get into the starting gate has left him with several injuries to his back. The good news is we believe all are treatable.

We had an equine chiropractor examine Duke and provide an adjustment. When Duke was re-checked, there was some improvement. However, Duke needs additional treatment before we can progress with further evaluation to ensure his safe future.

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We need to raise $450 to cover additional care for Duke.

We’ll have a lot of reconditioning to do for poor, sweet Duke to overcome his terror of small spaces. But until we can get him pain free in his back, we won’t be able to fully recondition him for training evaluation.


At Front Range Equine Rescue, we see horses like Cricket and Duke too many times. We have a proven success record of getting them well again and into great new homes. But we cannot do it without you joining our effort to ensure we provide the best care for them. Horses like Cricket and Duke deserve better than what they’ve experienced in their young lives so far!

I greatly appreciate your loyal support and hope you can help us “do right” by these two very deserving horses.

For the horses,

Hilary


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Purchase a Forever Free Mustang Emblem Coffee Mug to Help Save Horses

HOW TO HELP:

Your tax deductible donations to Front Range Equine Rescue save the lives of at-risk horses. We need funding to provide feed/hay, veterinary care, farrier services, as well as expanded facility projects including fencing and barn construction at the new NC farm.

Purchase a mug here!

All of FRER’s horses weathered the storm

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Rescue coordinator Diane is working hard after the 2016 Blizzard to get her farm dug out and deal with mud issues as the snow melts.

All of FRER’s horses weathered the storm and enjoyed turn out once it ended. We have over 20 horses at the farm with several ready for adoptive homes. Our most recent adoptions were Apache and London.

We thank everyone who contributed to the fencing project which faced numerous weather delays; it’s almost done!

We also received our first call to save an OTTB before he heads to slaughter on February 12. We are making plans to get this poor horse before he’s taken elsewhere for the “meat man” to pick him up.

 

 

 

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Beaux plays in the snow.
Beaux plays in the snow.