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January 2014

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ECHCU JANUARY 2014

The Motherwell donkey admitted on the last day of 2013, having received Treloar’s attention, finally gave up the offending stone from deep inside her hoof two days ago (!) and is now beginning to use her leg properly again.  It has been quite a pussy and smelly battle for Treloar but the lowly donkey got as much attention as Whitey, a horse with very bad hooves and that has taken her a year plus to get them back to where they should be.  Thank you, Treloar!

On the very first day of 2014, we were asked to collect a donkey from Kwanobuhle at the request of the owner who was quite upset.  She had been hit by a vehicle and sustained a broken leg.  Collected and humanely euthanased.  Poor soul.

The next day, a panicked phonecall received about an old horse that had collapsed and the request made that we arrange a euthanased.  Our Kragga Kamma Game Park assisted at very short notice – Thank You.  Don’t know why this has to happen.  He should have gone while standing on his own four hooves with dignity intact instead of collapsing in a heap and panicking because he could no longer get up.  But that’s just my view.

A man from Kwanobuhle phoned to say his dog had been bitten by a baboon.  Given SPCA Uitenhage phone number to contact.

Two of three horses brought in on recommendation of Stanley due to severe tick and fly damage to their heels.  Absolutely gross with regular 2 hour long, 4/5 staff working on their hands and knees to kiss it all better.   Treatment continuing.   Expect to have them in adoptable condition sometime soon.

One of our township owners requested that we collect his jenny as she was lame and he had been trying with no success to ‘fix’ it.  Regular applications of Iceman to the stifle/gaskin did the trick along with rest, and she is now back at work.

A Case opened for two horses admitted to the Unit, plus a further 4 in bad condition and situation. Ongoing.

Followed up by the first of two break ins at the Stables.   Toyota driver window smashed and radio and half the dashboard damaged and/or removed, plus the computer tower taken.  Insurance is taking care of the Toyota and we bought a ‘new’ second hand computer so that we could function.  Only to have another break in a week later when they took the ‘new’ computer, keyboard and mouse!  Enid very kindly donated a laptop to the Unit and this had helped take the pressure off, and ADT have installed, free of charge, sensors to the building and linked the Stables to their Ops Room.  Thank you Enid and ADT! Luckily we keep all our data on an External Hard Drive and the computer is just a facilitator to get to it, meaning that all our confidential items are ‘safe’.  It was also good to be able to call Treloar who came and welded the Stable gate, twice!  Thank you Treloar!  Night visits continuing but we are hatching a plan.

One of Stanley’s Transkei owners found his horse with a serious wound to the sheath and due to distance involved,  Dr Karl was asked to attend and found that it looked worse than what it was and did the required treatment.  I think we have all been there, finding masses of blood and just panicking.  Anyway all sorted with a very happy owner at the end of it all.

One of our adopted out jennys foaled down and the proud parent sent a photograph.  The only problem being that the other jenny was trying to ‘kidnap’ it from its mum.  The right thing was done by separating the jennies until full bonding had taken place.

The Town Waste Ranger found one of the northern township Carties dumping was promptly fined him.  NO problem.

Whitey left the township to the nearby suburb in order to foal down, clever girl.  But had the motorists yelling for attention in the early morning.  Sorted.  Thanks to MegM and Tess for helping out.

Our Blackie, born at the beginning of December, had developed first one strange bump on a foreleg and then another on the hind.  Xrays revealed a greenstick fracture on the fore and a ‘burst’ bone on the hind.  Major wobblies!  Decided against euthanasia (it would have been extremely painful!) and to stick it out with intense antibiotic treatment and weekly supportive bandaging with the staff all lending a hand along with SamS.  I am led to believe that it was all a result of navel ill after birth that started it all but he soon looked forward to his medication as he got ‘jungle juice’ (antibiotic mixed with syrup and at the end, honey) rather than weeks of injections.  It was a joy to watch when he and his mum joined the girls in the big camp and he found his galloping hooves again.  And it was found that he had gained 15kgs over the 5 week period. Really satisfying.  The picture shows him woerring around the camp, trying out his repaired ‘pins’, and yelling his head off.

A Complaint received led to visiting 8 horses in poor condition, literally and environmentally.  Being monitored.

I think it is necessary at this time to bring up Complaints.  Our job is to visit and make an assessment and recommendations where necessary.  It is then up to the person to do the ‘work’ of fixing the problem, if there is one.  Sometimes, a Veterinarian has been called which means we stand back and offer supportive advice.  Perhaps the animal has been sick or newly acquired and we all know that a horse is unable to put on 200kgs overnight, it all takes time.  And sometimes it is just straight ignorance.   And sometimes all that is needed is a deworm.

A Complaint received about a dead/dying horse was attended to only to find that there was no such thing – the horse was probably catching a snooze or having a roll.  Not the first time this has happened – but you have to check.

At this time of the year it is great to visit to do AHS vaccinations and finding that many horses have improved or maintained their previous years’ condition.

Stanley visited his patients in Transkei and took the normal donated tack along with a generous donation from Eleanor.  Much happiness all round.  He also began doing AHS vaccinations at the request of the owners as they have just as much fear for their horses as we do.

One of our Humansdorp donkey owners asked us to collect his donkey that was ‘sick’.  I’ll say.  Found trying to balance on his fore hooves to take the pressure of his hindquarters and with a major upward curve of his spine.  We dropped in on our Dr Pieter who assisted with a painkilling shot and then brought him home for observation and supportive therapy – Iceman on the hindquarter and spine.  It became apparent that this donkey is a ‘roamer’ and probably had been rear ended by a vehicle.  But as with all backs, he improved daily until we returned him to his owner.  Poor old 50c!  Thank you to Bernadette for coming along on the return trip, it being a Monday and we are always short on staff on a Monday.

Two new ‘quiet’ Racehorses having completed their racing career donated to the Unit and now available for adoption.

One of our Motherwell owners phoned to say his donkey had been euthanased by another organisation due to a broken leg but that the carcass was just left on the side of the road and this distressed him somewhat.  We found it and loaded the carcass with difficulty and took it to the Game Park.

A horse owner who found a stray Cross bred stallion in amongst his mares was collected and admitted to the Unit.  Owner yet to identify himself.  Reported to the local Police Station and now awaiting the 7 day period before claiming him as our own.

We took advantage of an offer of ‘buy one, get one free’ grass round for the camps.  Comments have been made that we have no growing grass in our camps and while we know this is true, it is also true that our equines get fed morning and night and ALL manure is picked up every day, not hidden in the green stuff.

Dr Karl’s professional services again called upon to attend to a horse in Kingwilliamstown with very strange symptoms.  Awaiting feedback.

A Complaint about donkeys with slipper feet was found to be incorrect – only one out of 7 had slipper foot.  Stanley made short work of correcting the hooves and the jenny was last seen galloping away, something she had not been able to do for some time.  A gelding due to be done in the future.

Volunteers Sonja and Marie Claire have made regular visits to come and groom the horses and in one case, on an extremely hot day, given a grey a shampoo that changed his colour.  SamS also pops in and lends a hand with cleaning and anointing of heels.  What would the Unit do without Volunteers like these?

Well, it has been an extremely difficult month this January 2014 being excessively hot and muggy for days on end.   Meaning that all the ‘incidentals’ like removal of manure, discussions with owners about euthanasia, adoption and problems have taken time to do.  And then spending the morning in Humansdorp today in 35 degree heat was something else again.  I, and I am sure many others, can’t wait for some much needed rain.

DONATIONS RECEIVED:

Tack: Eleanor, Carol, Annamarie, Brian, Tracey, Joss, Jess and Dylan from the New Old Cash Store and Flo.

Fodder: baled and ready mix - Feed and Seed, Bronwyn, Running Waters, U N Known, and Enid.

Hard Feed – Feed and Seed

Other: Suzie - Vaseline and Epson Salts; Treloar – Claw Hammer; and Iberian – imported bread.

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Banking Details:
Bank:  Standard Bank    Universal Branch Code:  051001
Account: Eastern Cape Horse Care Unit (all donated monies are used by us in the Metro and beyond!)
Account Number: 080733875

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