I was able to visit the horses at the Broken Arrow again. Many of these horses I have not seen in months.
I wanted to write to you about the experience of seeing these horses again. I entered the facility and expressed a desire to write about the adoption event… and one of the first horses I saw was wearing a tag on his head. Almost a gesture representing a “hey… get me out of here.”
I had an amazing reunion with some of the younger horses… that have grown so much since I saw them last. One by one a small group came up to say hello and I even got my head nibbled….
I had an amazing moment seeing General, Commander and True… I will save that for another day.
But instead I get to share that yet another foal has died.
At the end of the tour we observed an emaciated foal. The little thing appeared dehydrated and weak. The mare was present and attentive. She appeared to have very little milk.
She was also one of the mares that had been treated with PZP and released in CA.
The baby was euthanized after we left.
I spoke with Dean Bolstad today and he was genuinely concerned that this foal was allowed to get to the state it was in before intervention. We discussed the many “reasons” that this could have happened but he was in agreement that it shouldn’t have happened at all.
However we now have another birth and death that will not appear in any record.
So I leave with more questions…
Is PZP associated with a higher incidence of spontaneous abortion? Is it associated with a higher mortality rate to foals?
We will be told “no.” But the truth is that there is no statistical record kept. Studies on “sanctuary” horses are not studies on wild bands. Wild bands that deal with compound stress issues such as those that occur during round up are NOT the same as a controlled group in sanctuary… so don’t even try to convince me.
We are still waiting for the basic numbers of age, sex, etc. on this gather. Apparently the guy that enters the data needed help…. and then the help needs to be checked…. and then….
We are promised the data this week.
The vet at the Broken Arrow has appeared to need an assistant or two since day one. Why are these missed issues still occurring? Are there too many horses at the facility? Too little staff? Too hot to walk the pens?
I am very tired and have much to accomplish in the next few days. I will post more tomorrow.