10.07.11 - Upon Inspection
Amber has now been taken into care. Unfortunately we can't share much information about her as yet, as we know very little about her. Amber has been in her last home for approximately 2 years, but her surrendering owner can only tell us that she is aged. When Amber has had her veterinary and dental visit we will be able to provide a lot more information about her.
Amber seems to have a lovely nature, and seems well used to floating and all general handling. Her feet are very long and we will attend to that asap.
Am a little bit concerned for Amber today, and keeping a close eye on her. She was wormed this morning, and it's possible that if she's carrying a heavy worm burden, this may affect her adversely.
Back on track today
Amber was out and about for a stroll today.
She paid a visit to most of the other 'kids on the block', and enjoyed stretching her legs in the sun for a while.
As you can see, if you click on the photos to enlarge them, her feet are in desperate need of attention.
Dr. Jude will be visiting this week to look Amber over and to see to her feet.
Our sincere appreciation to the wonderful folks at Horseland for their constant support of our horses and ponies in care. They truly are a company who 'give back' to the industry upon which their business is based, in many ways, and should be commended for that.
Our friends at Horseland have fitted little Amber out in a Saxon 600 Combo Medium & WeatherBeeta Cotton Show Rug, and doesn't she look comfortable and cosy in it!
Amber's feet & teeth:
The day started really well for Amber...
and then things went south, with the arrival of the Dentist!
AND then an extraction...
Thank you to Quest's wonderful Equine Dentist, Esther Davis for making this experience as low stress as is possible for Amber. Amber was very brave, and just beautifully behaved.
The darling Amber is doing wonderfully. She's such a pleasure to have around. Amber spends quite a lot of time in the garden, as, sadly enough, the feed is better in the garden than in the paddocks. Given Amber's worn front teeth, it is much less frustrating for her to have longer grass to pick at. Her molars are in great condition however, so no trouble masticating her food at all. Amber has her favourite spots for certain times of the day, and is a granny in every way... a creature of habit and routine. Her feet are slowly improving with each trim, and she is gradually re-building her muscle. She loves her little buddy Joy, and doesn't mind a chat on the back verandah from time to time, as you can see below, where she and my mum, (another granny), are having a pow wow over lunch.
Well great news for Amber.. today our sweet old girl left for her new home!
Sending lots of love with Amber, and wishing her happiness in her new 'forever' family. Congrats old girl!
Our sincerest appreciation to Amber's new mum and dad, Michelle and Simon. So often people are prepared to offer a permanent home to a rescue horse, that is, as long as it's 'good looking', isn't old, doesn't have any permanent health conditions that need monitoring or care, is rideable, has no emotional baggage that needs to be worked with/around... etc. etc. Michelle and Simon however, now have three Quest horses, none of whom would qualify re the above criteria. Michelle and Simon offered Jess, Cloudy, and now Amber a loving home simply because they each needed one. For them it's all about what they can do for the horses, and not what the horses can do for them. Thank you so much guys for your ongoing support, for the great care you provide these special horses, and for the regular news of them that you share with us.
There you go Scruffy... another one for you.
It is with very heavy hearts that we share the sad news of Amber's passing today. Amber's adoptive mum Michelle has been good enough to put together some words to share with all who came to care for Amber.
Just a few word about our little Amber. I can remember the day she arrived at our place. This beautiful little old girl, perfectly groomed came walking off the float. Without batting an eyelid, she made her self at home. She walked right up to the gate where the others were and squealed at them as if to say "I'm here!!"
Over the past 18 months she grew to be an important part of our family. She tolerated our dogs wanting to play with her, bossed the other horses about and made a boyfriend in the shape of 16hh Finn. Some of my favorite memories include watching her trotting sedately after the others during one of their mad gallops around the paddock, her always coming to her name, her nonstop rumbling nicker as she trotted to you for her dinner, her crazy mad winter coat (3 inches long!), her crooked blaze, big eyes, her constant affability. The list goes on and on...
She had a few moments where she wasn't great - a bout of colic one time, falling and casting herself in a ditch on another but came through OK.
I am happy to be able to say she had a great summer and was looking amazingly healthy for a girl her age - over 30; noone is quite sure exactly how old she was. Over the past few days she had been groomed and spoiled by four lovely young girls. They gave her a wonderful dinner last night and rugged her in her winter woollies.
Sadly this morning when the sun came out bright and clear our little girl had passed over. Her herd were with her. She was curled next to the fence (she generally spent her nights in our garden rather than in the paddocks since her fall). Cloudy, Jess (both fellow Questies), Finn and Piper were standing guard over her little body.
I cannot tell people enough how rewarding it is to rescue animals especially the oldies. Animals only have us to safeguard their well being and the old ones quite often get overlooked as being too much work, too much money or it will be sad when they die. I don't agree with any of that. Horses are time and money no matter what age. Everything dies. Its a part of life whether an animal is 2 or 20. I am just glad that Amber's final time on earth was safe and happy with us and her herd.
She will be buried here at her home in her favorite spot from where she can continue to watch the house and the feed shed!
RIP little bub. We will all miss you."