Fourteen mares are headed for Mexico if we don't raise the money to save them. Eleven of the mares are pregnant, and three have brand new foals (this number changes hourly as they give birth). Once born, the foals will not survive the trip, if they are even loaded onto the transport. We have until Friday, March 18, 2011 to raise the funds to purchase them and remove them from the property. They are currently at a sale barn, the location of which is undisclosed so we don't jeopardize the rescue efforts. If you live in New Mexico and can possibly help foster a mare and baby, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can help by donating, please do so by clicking the Donate button. We must raise at least $3600 before Friday!!
UPDATE - 3/29/11
Thanks to all who donated funding, volunteered transportation, foster homes, and behind the scenes support we have been able to free 26 horses! People have stepped up to help from as far away as Ireland - thanks Helen! Foster homes in Milan, Rio Rancho, Aztec, and Pecos New Mexico have taken in horses. In Colorado we have foster homes in Durango and Calhan. Other rescues have stepped in to take horses - Walkin In Circles in Edgewood and Fresh Start Horse Rescue in Dolores, Colorado. Now we enter the next phase of this rescue. We'll be evaluating the horses, and preparing for the new babies. The horses in need of immediate medical attention are at Animal Haven Clinic in Farmington, NM. Emerald and her son Darby, who has pneumonia. Helen, very thin, with an eye completely missing and no treatment given - and pregnant. Tangles (now Hope), and old skinny mare with a fever, parasites, but thankfully no baby. Scaredy Cat (now Kitty), pregnant, full of parasites, and a URI. Strawberry, in the last stages of pregnancy, very thin and an huge ulcer in one eye that was untreated.
What is needed now are funds for urgently need vet care, feed, and supplements. thanks to all who have supported this effort. We'll be updating this page as things progress, so come back to look for updates and photos of the horses.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!
FCER has seen a flurry of activity as we poured all our collective energy into moving as many pregnant mares as we could out of the slaughter pipeline and to safety. The outpouring of support from people across this country and even from as far away as Ireland, Australia and Canada has been astounding! With Facebook leading the way, and Paypal making funding almost immediate, we were able to get 30 horses saved. Our efforts in that respect were a resounding success. The original goal was for 14 mares, but more kept coming. People sent us money, others stepped up to offer help transporting, and people opened their stables to shelter the horses. It is truly amazing. We have horses housed in Grants, Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Aztec and Pecos, New Mexico. North to Calhan and Durango Colorado. In the end, we had removed 30 horses. Three went to Walkin? in Circles Rescue in Edgewood. Fresh Start Rescue in Dolores, Colorado will be taking 2 when they can safely travel.
Now we enter the next phase of this rescue . Te tough road of rehabilitation. Some horses remain at the vets two with injured eyes, one with the hide scrapped off his backbone from wither to hips, and a mare with a prolapsed rectum. The babies are starting to arrive. Sadly, we lost a foal that was weak when we got them out. Another was stillborn. Yesterday Lassie, a mare fostered by Eleanor Kelly, gave birth to a beautiful palomino filly. Both mom and baby are doing fine. We will be getting to know the mares better now, determining age, temperament and skills. We will do what farrier work we can, deworming, and vet work. Establishing diets that will hopefully put some weight back on them. Some of the mares have been badly abused, and they require special handling. The horses are settling in and just beginning to feel secure enough to reveal their true personalities to us. They have been so stressed and in survival mode for so long it takes some time to recover.
The FCER website will be updated as often as possible to reflect the latest developments. Facebook will too. Don?t hesitate to email or call to ask a question about a particular horse.
I thank you all for making this rescue possible. Please stay with us as we see these horses through to permanent safe homes. It took the efforts of many, many people to make this happen.
UPDATE Aug. 21, 2011
All the mares have foaled now, and we're getting ready to start weaning next month. The mares and babies will be on the "Adoptable" page as they become available. Sadly, we have lost 7. Champ the buckskin gelding, Kitty's twins, Sweetness (Tularosa's filly), the foal that went to Walkin' N Circles, Bonnie Blue Eyes, and the foal that went to Diane in Colorado. The babies are all doing very nicely now. They all have their own personalities. Darby (Emerald's son) was being a brat so he's gelded already. What a difference that made! Flicka is a beautiful Palomino filly - daughter of Lassie Sunshine is a our little ray of sunshine - daughter of Missy Morning Dove is the curious wanderer - daughter of Chickadee Darling is coming along - getting friendly - daughter of Pretty Lady Macey is a chunk - daughter of Brandy Oliver now has a permanent home with his foster family Salsa (Bob's daughter) is doing great despite a leg injury Blue Bonnet has a permanent home with Bob & Marty The three last foals are at Karri's in Edgewood - these babies are all behind the rest in development and need special handling. Karri is a trooper for taking them on!! All these horses have photos on either the Adoptable page or the Rehab page if they are not ready for adoption.
SPECIAL FUND IN MORIARITY
FCER has 4 horses at a volunteers home so she can work with them as they have extreme trust issues. Although she is donating her time and effort, we must supply the feed. For those horses we have set up a special fund for donations toward their feed. If you live near there please stop by and donate, or you can mail in a donation. Please send it to:
C & J Traders PO Box 2235 Moriarity, NM 87035
Bonnie Blue Eyes gave birth to a beautiful filly named Blue Bonnet on May 22nd. Both Mom and baby are fine, although Blue Bonnet did get some antibiotics the first several days.
Blue Bell and Oliver Oliver was born on 5-9-11. Of course, he waited until his foster parents left for work, and then made his entry! An alert neighbor called them and they raced home to see the new arrival. Both mom and son are doing fine.
Pixie the Pony
Pixie was one of the horses saved from the trip to a Mexican slaughterhouse. Her belly was HUGE and everyone worried that she would not be able to deliver her baby without help. After a month of waiting, Pixie finally had wax on her nipples! FCER volunteers took her to Animal Haven Clinic in Farmington where she would be monitored and veterinary intervention would be available if necessary. At around 11 a.m. Pixie produced her son, all by herself! Both Mom and son are doing fine. Life is good for these two, as Pixie has an adoptive family just waiting for her when she's ready to go to her new home!
Champ was part of the horses rescued from a Livestock Sale Barn. One look at him and we could not leave him behind. Sadly, he was too far gone, and we couldn't save him. He had to be euthanized on 4-8-2011. Champ was indeed a champ. To the end he was patient, compliant and solid. God rest his soul.