Deck The Stalls with Boughs of Plenty

For: All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.
El Dorado Hills, CA
Organizer: Wendy Digiorno
Deck The Stalls with Boughs of Plenty (All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.)
of $20,000 goal.
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The Story

Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support helped horses in 2017.   This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!  

As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

We want to thank everyone for their love and support!  We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do! 

Let's Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty for 2018

31 days to 2018, YOUR donation means more horses can be helped!

On the 31st Day, there was Marshmallow! 
Marshmallow is a 20-something young man that AAE brought in, from another rescue as a companion for Patches after her two more youthful friends were adopted. Marshmallow has a light duty job in our youth programs, including Pony Pals Farm Days, Pony Parties, Field Trips, and anything else where he can shine as the center of attention.  He is an amazing little guy, and he LOVES to show off for his little friends (and the big ones, too) in the arena jumping anything he can.  Marshmallow is one of the best ambassadors of the equine persuasion you would ever want to meet.

Last year our sweet Marshmallow had an acute onset of cataracts and could barely see, but he didn't let it stop him. He still waited at the gate in the morning to come down for his special breakfast. During playtime with Patches and Daisy in the arena he walked around whinnying like he owned the place. You would have never known by his demeanor that his vision was impaired. Such a sweet soul!  However, he was no longer confident running, and jumping was not such a good thing.

While Marshmallow was accepting of his situation, YOU, our generous supporters made it possible to restore his vision in one eye.  Earlier this year, Marshmallow had his cataract surgery. It was a success! Bringing back vision to one eye not only helped his every day life, but he was able to go back to doing what he does best….putting smiles on everyone’s face. He could run, he could jump, and he enjoys playing with the kids in the arena.

Without you, Marshy would not have had this opportunity. Marshy thanks you, we all thank you!

If you would like to help more horses get the help they need, please donate here.

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Posted on December 13, 2017


Posted on December 13, 2017

On the 20th day, there was Maci!

Maci arrived at All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc. on September 4th, 2015.  She was one of four horses that came to AAE as part of a collaborative rescue effort in Fallon, NV that saved 56 horses at auction from purchase by a slaughter buyer.  Maci was a two year old, and the rest of the foursome included two yearlings, Bailey and Mazie, and Jolene, an older, experienced mare.  Maci, Bailey, and Mazie were not halterable when they arrived.

Maci was a BIG girl!!  Sadly, she unloaded lame on her front right leg.  That's always creates a big dilemma when you're dealing with an injury or illness.  It took a little time to gentle her and get her comfortable enough to be evaluated (e.g. sedation, legs and hooves handled, and exposure to "things" like radiology equipment and all the cords that go with it), but what a sweet and willing filly she was.  Maci was a ray of sunshine to everyone that met her.  Though scared, she had this calm, kind, quiet and super willing demeanor.  Many that met her thought she would make a fabulous therapy horse.

After a bunch of diagnostics including radiographs and ultrasound, it was discovered that Maci had several issues, including a fractured sesmoid bone and torn suspensory ligament in her front right, and Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesions in at least three fetlock joints, and the fourth was assumed. The fracture and tear, though substantial, were expected to heal with stall rest, but the OCD lesions would require surgical intervention to prevent further/ongoing damage, chronic pain, and a short life.  With OCD, Maci was expected to be an unridable companion animal in the future.  Two surgery dates were needed, one for fronts and one for the hinds.  
Sadly, Maci was a throw away by her former owner, a young horse with injuries.  She was likely sent to auction to get rid of the problem.  Unfortunately, there are many in our society that don't believe an injured horse has any purpose or value.  The overpopulation problem doesn't help.  Fortunately for Maci, she landed at AAE, and now she has gone from no future at auction to a future of forever.
With huge thanks to supporters like you, we were able to move forward with Maci's treatment and surgery.  Her first surgery was January 25, 2016.  Her second surgery was February 29, 2016. Her surgeries went smoothly.  However, it turned out she had TWO fractured sesmoid bones in front, and three torn suspensories.  Poor, poor filly! Fortunately, the OCD was not as bad as it appeared in the radiographs, and that afforded her a better prognosis.

After many, many months of stall rest and lots of daily hand walking by volunteers, Maci was recovering well. She had a long stay in the barn, but she made the best of it, entertaining us all with her cuteness.  She was a bright light for all that visited; she greeted everyone that entered the barn.  Her eyes spoke volumes; you could see how much she enjoyed the attention and interaction with volunteers and visitors.  She simply took it all in stride.  Maci is an all-time AAE favorite! 

Maci's prognosis was good after her surgeries.  She slowly transitioned back to normal horse life, graduating from stall to turnout into her stall paddock, then into a little larger paddock, onto the small roundpen, and by the time she moved up to the arena, everyone could see how well she was doing.  She felt good and she let everyone know!!  The most exciting part was that she had recovered so well, about a year after her surgeries, her prognosis improved from a companion horse to a light riding horse.  Good news for all to hear.  Yayyyyy for Maci!!

Check out Maci in one of her early arena turnouts.

Video: Watch Maci Here

Then, the bittersweet day came... over a year after her surgeries, and now deeply embedded in all the volunteers hearts, it was Maci's turn to go to her forever home!  These days are always SO exciting when a horse gets to go home with his or her forever person, but those that connect with the horse face the loss of a special companion.  The bonds that are made at a rescue or so special.  Some of us shed many tears, happy tears and sad tears, but we all hold on to knowing the time at AAE is only one part of the journey.  When one horse leaves us, it opens the door for another, another horse that needs some love, care and attention from AAE and all of you, until it can move on to it's new home.

Maci's adopter had recently separated from the military and relocated from the east coast.  She was looking for a companion for her lonely horse.  She was looking for an easy keeper.  A horse that could keep up with her rambunctious young mare, and one that could be loved on.  Maci was the first that came to mind, and when they met, Maci did her thing! 

Look at her now!

Maci is now Sienna, the unlucky little filly that was thrown away at auction with a plethora of injuries, but the lucky filly that our rescue partners and the rescue community cared enough to save from auction and ultimately, slaughter.  She is living a pampered life and learning there's a lot more she needs to do in this world.  We couldn't be happier with the progress Maci made from start to finish, and we are beyond thrilled she found such a special partner to offer such a promising future.

We all miss you, Moose!

If you are not familiar with OCD, a good starting point would be to Google "equine OCD".  
If you would like to help more horses get the help they need, please donate here.

Posted on December 11, 2017


Posted on December 11, 2017

On the 21st day, there was Gentry and Foley!

Last, but not least, AAE welcomed Gentry, a pretty young mare, and Foley, her little "red" colt from the DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary in September 2017. Gentry had only recently been introduced to humans when she arrived, so she was a bit shy and unsure about the new humans that were caring for her. She is learning humans are not so scary, and she knows they're the ones with the goods stuff.  She always waits patiently at feeding time.  Upon dental exam, it was determined she is only about 2-1/2 years old.  A baby with a baby, but she is such a good mama.

When they arrived, young Foley seemed a bit lethargic and small for his age, but mom is small, too. Nothing significant was found during vet exam.  After a few weeks at AAE, his energy level increased, and he was finally running and bucking through his paddock, like baby boys do.  He and mom play well together.  He has also become friends with Blue.  The play like two kids on the playground.  Blue is such a great babysitter.  He worries and watches intensely when Foley and mama walk to other end of the paddock and get too far away. 
Gentry and Foley are becoming lovely young horses, and they will be available for adoption soon.  Gentry needs a little more confidence with us two-leggers, and Foley has a little growing to do before castration.  

It won't be long!  Keep an eye on these two!

​​If you would like to help more horses get the help they need, please donate here.

Posted on December 11, 2017


Posted on December 11, 2017

On the 22nd day, there was Ford!

The DreamCatcher connection continues.

A handsome lil, young, gray gelding came to AAE after a failed attempt in a gentling program. He landed at AAE for a layover in transportation with two other somewhat overwhelmingly dominant geldings as they were making their way back to DreamCatcher. He seemed to find himself unwittingly between the antics of the other two, and the poor guy couldn't seem to catch a break. He had a kind eye and an inquisitive nature, but for intimidation by the other two. We called him Ford. He seemed to be a good fit here at AAE, so we held him back when the trailer came for the boys.

Ford is enjoying pasture life with the herd, and he is slowly softening with humans. He'll be looking for a home soon after he's brave enough for a dental exam and hoof trim.

Welcome to the AAE family, Ford. We know your special person will find you soon!

If you would like to help more horses get the help they need, please donate here.

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