It is with a very heavy heart that I must announce to you all, that we tragically lost baby Atlas yesterday, December 30th 2019....
The weanling babies had been playing, Atlas had been running around like he did so often. It appears he fell and flipped forward, breaking his neck. There was no dirt or grass moved next to his legs where he ended up. Therefore, we believe he passed away quickly with little suffering. There was an obvious fracture of his neck. The other babies were standing around him and nuzzling him to get him up. It is a complete shock and utterly devastating.... Atlas was so full of life, he was the leader of the babies and very vocal and friendly.
Sabrina is devastated. She was the one who spent countless hours with him, praying he would live, and giving hourly bottles of milk to help 6 week old Atlas when Atlas' mom stopped producing milk. Sabrina was Atlas' surrogate mom, she kept him alive and helped him to thrive.
We miss his antics and his many whinnies when he sees us. Run free in Heaven baby boy....we miss you very much and we see you in Heaven someday. Baby Atlas came to Palomino Ridge Ranch Horse Rescue as an auction intercept from Cleburne, Texas auction. Our team member, Sean Wright, saw tiny newborn Atlas with his starved mother and contacted our former rescue associate Rachel.She was able to pay for Atlas and his mother, Sage. Atlas could not have been more than a day or two old when his heartless owner took Atlas and his mother to that auction. Sean brought Atlas and Sage to our ranch. The next day, Sage broke out with the "kill pen crud." By the grace of God, Atlas did not get sick even though his mother was quite sick. Atlas seemed to progress as most newborns do, until he was about 2 months old and he started failing to thrive. We determined his mother was not providing enough milk and we saw her pushing him away. We removed Atlas from his mom, and Sabrina took over "mom" duties for Atlas. Sabrina gave him milk replacer every 2 hours round the clock for what seemed like a very long time. Atlas really worried us. We were not sure he would survive, even with all that was being done to help him pull through. Thankfully, this tiny little baby started to thrive. Rachel gave Atlas to Sabrina and he still thinks of Sabrina as "mom." We would like to thank our wonderful donors for all of your help with sweet Atlas. Till we meet again....run through the beautiful fields of Heaven sweet Atlas.
Ebony's loss was especially hard....
Ebony came to us, owned by another rescue, with an oozing wound in her neck. It did not seem to bother her, did not seem to be painful upon palpation. The wound would heal partially and then get worse again. When it was decided that we would take responsibility/ownership of Ebony from another rescue, we asked our donors to help us with exploratory surgery. Because of Ebony's condition and overall health, it was decided by our veterinarian to do a standing surgery with Ebony sedated. Our veterinarian removed a piece of treated wood from deep inside the muscle of Ebony's neck and he did not feel any other foreign matter near the wound. He had said that the wound was an old wound, judging by the amount of necrotic tissue 8" deep into her neck. He removed the necrotic tissue and placed a drain in her neck. Ebony appeared to be healing well, with her wound almost closing, but it opened back up again and became infected again. A very kind donor decided to donate to pay for another surgery, this time laying Ebony down and fully sedating her. The vet opened up her neck and found drainage tracts that led to several pieces of treated lumber deep inside her neck behind her shoulder. We finally had an explanation for her poor health and difficulty getting her to gain weight, and a wound that would not completely heal. Once again, the vet was sure he had removed all of the wood from her neck behind her shoulder and another drain was installed. He had said it was as if she had been speared, down her neck and under the shoulder. Ebony did bounce back. Her wound had healed over, she was gaining weight nicely and for the first time, she had grown in a healthy haircoat that shined. Throughout this ordeal, Sabrina diligently cleaned Ebony's wound, several times a day, administered antibiotic injections and provided Ebony with much love. Ebony loved Sabrina back. When Ebony seemed healed, Sabrina selected a foster home with a previous adopter. Ebony settled in nicely and all seemed well, until she started losing weight again and her neck opened back up. The foster mom took Ebony to the vet, and a third surgery at an equine hospital was decided upon. Guided by a special camera sent down a drainage tract, it was found that Ebony had a large piece of treated wood laying right next to her heart, touching an artery. The surgeon said that trying to remove it would make Ebony hemorrhage and die. Leaving the wood in place would make Ebony die someday soon by hemorrhaging to death when it either ruptured the artery or pierced her heart. The vet strongly recommended euthanasia and the decision was made to euthanize Ebony. The last pictures in Ebony's photo album and the picture above, were taken as Ebony was about to have surgery. Sabrina was there for the surgery, she wanted to hug Ebony and tell her she loved Ebony, and to wait for hopefully good news.... but it was not meant to be. Ebony's euthanasia crushed poor Sabrina, and broke the hearts of the rest of our team. She is in a better place now, running pain free and happy. Ebony is gone, but will never be forgotten....
It is with great sorrow, we need to share that our beautiful Emilia stopped fighting today....
Our rescue believes in fighting for each and every horse as long as we still see a fight in them - a spark in their eyes and a will to keep going. As we mourn the loss of this precious soul, we remember her story....
Emilia was an extreme starvation case who was covered from head to toe in bite marks. A former kill pen horse that was taken to a ranch by someone who is given kill pen horses from a person who mass bails. They simply did not feed her, she wasted away to a body score of 1 and was brutalized by other horses in a pasture that had become mostly dirt. When Sean Wright went to get Emilia, he said she was so weak and starved down, she would not have been alive in another week. Sean literally saved her life that day.... The day he saved her, he bathed Emilia's filthy body, he medicated her wounds, he trimmed her badly overgrown, thrush infested and abscessed hooves, treated her hooves with medication and wrapped her hooves. He then bedded her down in thick shavings in his barn. Sean said that although Emilia was leery, she seemed to understand he was trying to help her. He began a re-feeding program, giving Emilia small amounts to eat, every couple of hours, round the clock. The following day, Sean took her to the vet to have a complete exam, had her teeth floated and did a blood panel to check Emilia's organ function. Emilia showed some discomfort which appeared to be in her back end. Considering how weak she was, it was difficult to tell if it was from pain or just the discomfort from being starved. It was evident that she carried her pelvis oddly. An Osteopath performed body work and chiropractic and made Emilia feel much better. It was determined that Emilia had suffered some sort of pelvic injury prior to Sean finding her. Emilia built a strong bond with Sean. She showed appreciation for all the tender loving care Sean gave her. Emilia was gaining weight steadily and thriving in his excellent, attentive care. After several months, unfortunately, the weight gain seemed to create more discomfort in Emilia's pelvic region. Sean exhausted every known treatment and remedy to try and help Emilia with the pain. Sadly, the discomfort took a toll and the spark in Emilia's eyes started to fade. Sean made the very difficult decision to lay Emilia to rest, as his final expression of love for her. Today, Emilia was let go from her faulty body and the pain, with the man who loved her, comforting her as she passed away. Sean buried Emilia on his farm where she finally knew love, for the first time in her short life. Thank you Sean Wright, for your love and dedication to Emilia.
It is with a very heavy heart, we must announce the death of poor Kahlua. Although she had gained some weight and looked a little better, the loss of her sister whom she was so bonded with, and the loss of her foal, were too much for her to take. She lived another 9 days before giving up and taking her last breath, dying peacefully in her sleep. Kahlua is at peace now, reunited with her foal and her sister, with Jesus. Her life had not been a good one...we feared she and her sister would not survive, the moment we saw the sisters for the first time when they arrived at quarantine. Both Kahlua and Bailey had what we call, the death stare. It is a wide eyed look, barely any blinking and no life left to the eyes, as if they are in some faraway place. Anyone who has seen this before, knows exactly what I am writing about.....It was determined by the veterinarian that both Kahlua and Bailey had been either dragged and stepped on or that they had fallen down on a crowded trailer and were trampled. It is a wonder the baby inside of very skinny Kahlua survived that trauma, only to be born premature, a week later and to die 5 hours after birth. We did everything that could be done for them with vet care, medicines and round the clock care by Melanie at quarantine. We are so very sad and heartbroken about the loss of this family.
Two donors saw these poor beat up and starved bonded sisters at North Texas Feedlot. These sad souls are only 1 year old and 3 years old. They have deep bite marks and kicks, they clearly have been savaged by other horses. Awful! The bloody bites look painful. Who knows the last time they had been fed well... They were being shipped to slaughter, their time had run out. Our two donors stepped in and paid their bail. Their will to live has left their eyes, they have the faraway look we see when a horse has given up....Melanie picked them up from the kill lot after the bail was paid. Both girls are safe, they have hay and Thrive feed kept in front of them and water to drink. Life will be better from now on, sweet sisters.
Precious baby Angel, was a surprise. She was born on 5-8-2020 to very skinny and beat up, Kahlua who did not look pregnant at all. Kahlua had just watched her sister, Bailey, die and within minutes, laid down and gave birth to a tiny, premature Angel. Kahlua had no interest in her little newborn baby, Angel, and Kahlua had no milk to provide Angel. Melanie Witherspoon, our quarantine provider, her husband Brad and her uncle Gary, took turns bottle feeding baby Angel. She only lived about 5 hours.....we do not know why..... We were all devastated. In her very short life, she was loved and we are heartbroken that she was not meant to live this life. It was in God's hands.....He called Angel home.
Despite our best efforts, Bailey laid down and died right before Melanie, Brad and Uncle Gary as they watched and waited for the vet to arrive. These two sisters had no life in their eyes, when they arrived to quarantine and Bailey was very sick/ No amount of good feed and alfalfa, love, fresh water and safety could restore the life in her vacant, wide eyes. We call it the "death stare"....For those who have seen it, they know exactly what I am writing about. The horses do not blink, they are wide eyed, but there is no spark there, no life. We did not think that we would be able to save Bailey, but the vet and Melanie tried, we provided them with all they needed medically. It was determined by the vet that the wounds on both sisters were not from being savaged, but instead were caused by both sisters being either dragged or knocked down on a trailer and trampled. Bailey was only about 2 years old.....such a tragic loss......
Two donors saw these poor beat up and starved bonded sisters at North Texas Feedlot. These sad souls are only 1 year old and 3 years old. They have deep bite marks and kicks, they clearly have been savaged by other horses. Awful! The bloody bites look painful. Who knows the last time they had been fed well... They were being shipped to slaughter, their time had run out. Our two donors stepped in and paid their bail. Their will to live has left their eyes, they have the faraway look we see when a horse has given up....Melanie picked them up from the kill lot after the bail was paid. Both girls are safe, they have hay kept in front of them and water to drink. Life will be better from now on, sweet sisters.