There is little more precious than a newborn foal - so innocent, curious, a brand new life. We try to save as many mares with foals as we can. If we rescue a mare that is pregnant, we will keep her until she delivers and weans her foal. The babies are so very special to us, and we love to be a part of their story!
At Palomino Ridge Ranch Horse Rescue, we have a huge soft spot for the babies! While it is horrible that any horse gets dumped at auctions and kill pens, we feel it is absolutely awful that human beings would dump tiny, helpless, defenseless babies in such awful places. We try to rescue as many babies as donations will allow. We love to be a part of their story - to love them, to nurture them, to meet their needs and to teach them that there are nice humans in this world. In return for all that we do for these babies, they bring us joy watching them grow and develop into happy, well adjusted little ones. Baby hugs are the best! Each baby will stay with us until we feel they are ready to go on to loving homes. Please follow their progress and watch them grow!
Baby Wonder was a huge surprise to us! His mother, Lilac, was just saved from Elkhart horse auction on June 19th, and she had just left quarantine on July 18th. 22 days later, little Wonder was found at 3am in a circle of miniature horse mares. He had just been born within the hour because we checked on the minis at 2am, and again at 3am when we heard the dogs barking. We feel very fortunate we saw Wonder right after he had been born and moved them into a quiet. well bedded stall. Poor Lilac was riding kids around on trail rides just before we bought her at the auction while pregnant with little Wonder. Lilac didn't even look pregnant to us! Baby Wonder had a rough start. Momma Lilac was a first time mom and didn't seem to know that Wonder was her baby at first. We were immediately alarmed because not only did Lilac not look pregnant, she also had not bagged up. We were not able to express any colostrum. We kept trying to help baby Wonder latch on to suckle, in hope that it would stimulate colostrum production. As the hours passed by, we knew we needed to get baby Wonder to an equine veterinary hospital for life saving colostrum since Lilac still was not producing any. We took baby Wonder in our lap in the truck with an upset Lilac in the trailer we towed behind us.Dr. Thometz acted quickly and started Wonder on glucose while taking blood to test. They recommended immediate plasma to give Wonder the antibodies he needed to live. Lilac was given several doses of oxytocin and the nursing cocktail morning and night in hope of Lilac being brought into milk. By day two, Lilac was producing a small amount of milk. Wonder was not willing to drink milk replacer out of a bowl, so we were very relieved when Lilac started producing her own milk. By Thursday Wonder was ready to go home, It was 4 days of worry that baby Wonder spent in the ICU at Elgin Equine Hospital. We were so happy to be bringing Lilac and Wonder home to the rescue!
Wonder has been doing great, thankfully. He is a happy, healthy, bouncing baby boy. Momma Lilac is a very good mother. She is protective of her precious baby boy. We are very grateful Wonder survived, and we are enjoying every day with him.
We saw this precious baby boy in a holding pen at a horse auction July 21, 2021. He was not with his mother at the time and was seeking comfort from a black and white pinto miniature horse in the holding pen with him. Our bidder found out who the mother was and made sure that mom and baby would go through the auction ring together. Our bidder made sure that he won their bid, and then also bid to save the pinto that was comforting the baby. Thanks to generous donors, we were able to save all 3 of them that night. When the arrived at the rescue, they were inseparable. This is the first time we have seen a mom be completely comfortable with another mare having intimate contact with her baby. The baby nurses from his mom but seeks out comfort as much from the pinto as he receives from his mother. This baby seems to have 2 mothers, which makes him very fortunate. On close examination of the Coggins test paperwork, we were sad to learn that they had all been to several auctions before we saw them at Cleburne auction. The date on the Coggins for the mother makes it likely this poor baby was either born at an auction or in the pens of the horse trader that bought the mare. It saddens us to know that this baby has been exposed to disease and not known loving kindness or safety. It proves he is a survivor and a fighter. The mother looks weary, she is in need of a long rest. The pinto mare is not letting us touch her yet, she is leery. We wonder what has been done to her to make her this way. The mother will let us stroke her face and neck if we approach slowly and squat down to her level. She does trust us with her baby, she does not try to get between us. The baby has already become friendly and comes to us for scratches and a hug. This baby deserves love and safety, and so does his natural mother and his adoptive mother. They will have an extended stay with us. When they have finished their 30 day quarantine period and are healthy, we look forward to introducing baby to little Freedom so he can have a playmate. Freedom and this baby are about the same age. We look forward to the day the two babies can romp and play together.
We sure waited for a long time for our baby Freedom to be born! After a very long mare watch with round the clock checking on Jasmine for signs of labor, one glance at the baby monitor on April 13th in the middle of the night, brought the long mare watch to an end. Baby Freedom was born quickly and uneventfully. We had wondered if Jasmine would be pregnant with twins, but instead it was just one BIG, long legged baby Freedom! His legs are so long, they are the length of Jasmine's! He stood up faster than most babies and was trotting around the 12x20 stall within his first 20 minutes of his birth. Freedom is inquisitive, friendly, bold and loves attention. He is high energy and thinks humans are his play toys. He is such a delight! He is tasting his entire environment, including tasting us! We are calling Freedom our land shark. Lol. He loves to play chase and loves hugs and scratches. He is growing like a weed! Today, 6-6-2021, Freedom received his first hoof trim! The little ball of energy had been imprinted at birth so he was used to having his hooves picked up and worked on, but he did not want to stand still. Lol. We sure are enjoying him!
On July 5th, not so little Freedom joined the rest of the miniature horses herd. He was so excited, he didn't know what to do with himself! Lol! He immediately decided he was going to be herd leader and started separating the herd. He was rearing and striking and acting like a stallion at just 4 months old! After a few days of watching Freedom's stallion antics, we made the decision to have Freedom castrated early. We took Freedom to Elgin Equine Hospital on the day we picked up baby Wonder and Lilac from the hospital. Freedom took his first trailer ride alone and wasn't the least bit fearful. He came off the trailer at the hospital like he ruled the world. He walked right onto the dark hallways and past all the stalls prancing and acting like he had been there many times before. Not a thing scared Freedom. He made us laugh each time the stable hands would walk the fancy racehorse stallions past us. Freedom would rear up at them and squeal, and frighten the big racehorses! They weren't sure what Freedom was! Freedom's castration surgery was quick and he did great. He is now a precious gelding who is much calmer and gets along with everyone peacefully. At only 4 months old, Freedom is the biggest mini we have, and is probably a Welsh pony/miniature horse cross. He is weaning himself naturally, making it easier on Jasmine and us. Jasmine still watches over her baby boy closely, he never leaves her sight. She is a great mother.
Baby Zephyr is doing wonderfully! She looks great, she is healthy and she is happy. Tulip is still with Zephyr, and follows her around. Zephyr and Tulip are now enjoying turnout with all the miniature horses during the day and Tulip and Zephyr go back to their oversized stall when they have had enough play for the day and want to rest.
This precious little sweetheart continues to do very well. She is growing like a weed! Zephyr has a great appetite and she is healthy and happy. Tulip continues to be a great buddy for Zephyr, we are so happy we chose the right horse to be with Zephyr for comfort.
Today baby Zephyr was seen by Dr.'s Rachel and Alec. She was examined and found to be in good health and weight.
Baby Zephyr Update. Sadly our baby girl is developing a cough & has goop in her eye. This is why we worry so much when we see a baby in a kill pen.They do not have the immune system to fight the horrible germs at the kill pen. Please keep Zephyr in your thoughts and prayers.
Baby Zephyr Update, Sadly our baby girl is developing a cough & has goop in her eye. This is why we worry so much when we see a baby in a kill pen.They do not have the immune system to fight the horrible germs at the kill pen. Please keep Zephyr in your thoughts and prayers.
Here she is! Baby Zephyr She is so tiny and precious!! Other than some manure stains on her legs and a scuff on her forehead, she is perfect! We have placed our starved down rescued miniature horse filly, Tulip, in with baby Zephyr for company. Zephyr is unhandled and frightened, poor baby girl! Tulip will help her. They are sharing a 12 × 20 quarantine stall. Thank you Village, for helping make it possible for us to rescue this baby! Now we watch closely for signs of illness from being exposed to the nasty bugs in the kill pen. We hope and pray she stays healthy. Our vet comes out to examine her today. If you would like to help with milk replacer, supplements, foal feed, stall shavings, vet care, etc., we would appreciate it.
SAFE!! Baby girl is SAFE with our transporter! Such a huge relief! THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this rescue possible! Updates & more pictures asap. She has a 4+ hour trailer ride ahead of her with frequent stops so she can rest her legs.
HELP!! HELP!! This is ♦️A BABY♦️ pulled from its mother, in a kill pen! She is ♦️TOO YOUNG♦️ to be without milk replacer!! We have to get her out NOW!! Who can help? We need donations fast!! $475 is her price. & $350 to get her transported to the rescue tonight! HELP PLEASE if you can!