Meanwhile, back at Pipsqueak Paddocks...

Take me where I cannot stand... 

Well... that was an interesting morning.  River has been here for over a month and is proving our most challenging Mini yet to tame.  We know nothing about her history, but she seems basically wild.  She is curious and interested in us, but will not suffer to be handled in any way, shape or form.  She is one of those 1 out of 100 that will run right through you if she's cornered.  Fight or flight to the max.  So - today was our second attempt at a vet visit for her.  I pre-drugged her prior to the vet's arrival this time, to take the edge off.  I offered her handfuls of grain, over the fence so that she'd be confident enough to take it, and managed to slip a tube of gel under her tongue.  That enabled me to corner her and halter her without too much fuss.  The vet then punched in some more sedative intra-muscularly, to bring her down another notch.  We could then get some IV drugs into her.  However - it was definitely a challenge still!  She had quite a variety of drugs in her, at rather high doses, by the time we could attempt to do the work that was needed.  

In the past, we've had a few Minis who required horse-sized doses and even up to three times a large horse dose.  The next step up for River would have been an actual wild animal tranq!  She should have been flat out, but was actually still nickering and keeping her head up.  She just felt that she had to take care of herself and could not let it go.  A very determined spirit!

Finally though, we talked her down and she allowed us to do the dental work she required as well as an ultrasound to check if she was pregnant.  Seeing as her buddy Raven was confirmed in foal today, it was important to know if River was as well.  Luckily - she is NOT in foal!  Now, she is up to date on teeth, vaccinations and worming - a morning well spent!

So, Raven will be staying with us through the winter and I'll be setting up the MareStare cam next year so that everyone can help us on foal watch again!  Though we will of course love having a foal around, it is still bittersweet.  There are so many Minis out there who need good homes.  It always boggles my mind when folks decide to breed a mare period, let alone breed a mare and then dump her.

In other news... Maggie and Twila were indeed both adopted.  As was Pistol!  All three are already much-loved!

Tutanka is now back here at our main facility, keeping River and Raven on their toes.  ZigZag has taken his place being fostered at Deb's.  She has a lot of experience dealing with digestive issues, so we are hoping that she can straighten him out.  She suspects ulcers at this point.

Bo and Chocolate are still here, just waiting for a great home that wants a sweet pair of boys.  Basil is hanging out at Horseplay Your Way and loving it.  I am so grateful to have these awesome foster homes to call on!

Wheel never stops turnin'... 

Wow!  Can you tell that I had a really busy summer?  LOL  

Let's get caught up, shall we?

Basil is still hanging out with Natalie and the gang at Horseplay Your Way.  He fits right in there, but would still like to have a home to call his own.

Sodapop and Jasper were quickly adopted after their surgeries.  Sodapop is now hanging out with Ranger.

Cinnamon found the perfect home as well, where he is much loved by a terrific family!

Thor was adopted along with Duke and Duchess who returned to us briefly.  They are all three doing great up country.

We had Salsa, the mini-mule arrive.  She was strange and wonderful and very swiftly adopted!

Then Toni and Moonshadow came to us.  They were just little dolls and Moon quickly found a little girl of her very own.  Toni was just adopted last week and now has her perfect set-up as well.

Maggie and Twila were next to arrive.  They are still with us, but have some strong interest.  Here's hopin'!

Oh, somewhere in there was Patches and Tutanka too!  Patches found a lovely home and Tutanka is up for adoption as of tonight!  He's over at Deb's, learning to be a real horse with the boys there.

A couple of weeks ago now we had a late-night rescue run and picked up River and Raven.  River is not halter-broke and still very nervous of us, but she is friendly and willing to give it a go.  Hopefully she'll come around nicely and swiftly as we need to get her feet trimmed up!  Raven is quite sweet and easy to handle.

Then yesterday we had a trio surrendered.  Pistol, Bo and Chocolate are all nice boys who just need a touch of TLC before they'll be ready to go!

There... that's the summer in a few sentences!  Phewf!  

Here's a photo of River and Raven.


Terse? I can be terse. 

We were down to three, can you believe it?  It didn't last long, but it was interesting.  LOL

Puzzle and Glory were adopted together and so we just had Basil, Thor and Mulligan here at our main facility and Cinnamon just across the river.  However, we knew that more would be on the way, so Basil is now back at his awesome foster home with the amazing folks at Horse Play Your Way.  Sure enough, we've now got two new faces and more in the works.

I've been waiting to name one Sodapop for a very long time!  I finally got to!  He is the cutest little silver dapple pinto colt!  It turns out a real "Ponyboy" was not far behind in the form of a pure black shetland colt named Jasper.  They are both very striking boys.  Surgeries are tomorrow!

Look, you got a little stabbed the other day. That's bound to make anyone a bit ornery. 

Well, after waiting for many, many months in order to lose 100 pounds, Basil finally had his surgery today.  Unfortunately, it was inconclusive.  It seems that he is a bit of a mutant... just some strange anatomy going on.  Either he was already gelded and it was poorly done, or he is malformed and his testicles could not descend.  So, he will be treated as the stallion he acts like and a suitable home found for him.  He is now quite a sweet guy and very manageable, thanks to the fine folks at Horseplay Your Way who fostered him and trained him up for us.  He has overcome the bulk of his fears and is now generally polite and cooperative.  We couldn't be happier with his progress!

The new buckskin was named "Ranger" and he is already adopted and gone to his new home.  He just needed his gelding surgery and was quickly spoken for by a wonderful driving home on our waiting list.

Puzzle and Glory are still hanging out here, happy as can be.  They are shedding like mad and helping to keep the local bird nests nice and cozy!  Thor will be returning to our main facility this coming week, since we have ample space now.  Cinnamon is up for adoption, amazingly enough, but will remain at his foster home for the time being as he needs softer footing than we have here.  He is running and bucking and doing so well... we are very surprised at how far his rehabilitation has taken him and are, of course, thrilled!  He is ready to find a permanent home.

It is very, very strange to only have five Minis to write about!  We have also been doing some other behind-the-scenes work with the SPCA that we can't publicize, so rest assured - we are still keeping very busy.  I'm sure it won't be long before we have another influx of Minis needing our help.  Thank you all for your continued support.

No power in the 'verse can stop us. 

Well.  We went from 21 to 5 Minis in short order.  Now we're heading back up again.  Our newest arrival is a very handsome buckskin who needs a name.  We're running a poll so that everyone can vote.  The name suggestions were from the class of kids who did a big fundraiser a little while ago - very cool!

Puzzle and Glory are still hanging out, but November and BamBam have been adopted.  Our dear Echo has been adopted as well, with a year of good health under his belt!

So, that leaves Thor and Cinnamon in their foster homes and Basil who has returned to the main facility here for his surgery.  He acts like a stallion and has tested as likely, so we're going to have one shot at a crypt surgery to see what's going on in there.  He has lost a ton of weight, so he is ready now and will have the surgery sometime this month.

Here is our new guy who will have a name very soon.  He had his gelding surgery yesterday and is doing very well.