(Via Facebook post) May 5th: It's been a huge day- oops it's 'tomorrow' already. We received a message from dear Ti at NWER, that there was a very young foal in need, so we coordinated with the lovely folk who found him, to get him to Rosehill Farm & Veterinary Practice. We have been there since yesterday morning, except for a trip back home to organise folk. This dear little foal is critically ill, having received no colostrum. He is hanging in there.
Hi Dearest Supporters, Thank you all for your ongoing support. We would so appreciate you sharing this post and our page, as we have a large vet bill mounting, in the care of dear little abandoned foal, currently affectionately nicknamed Cole by the beautiful Tianna of NorthWest Equine Rescue (NWER), who is also driving to raise funds for us. The staff at Rosehill Farm are literally working around the clock, to save this boy. He is now 4 days old, roughly, & received no colostrum in the first 12 hrs of his life. He arrived into care, dehydrated, flat & unable to drink. With one bag of plasma ($500/bag), IV fluids, heat packs, rugs/blankets, he finally rallied at 3.30am this morning, & began taking hourly bottles. He has made it over the first rehydration/refeeding hurdle, but we have a long way to go. Any help you can give, please do. Please share our story, to help us give him the best possible restart to life. Much love, Carolyn & team ️Xxx
May 6th:This is why we do what we do.. Carly had kindly offered to get up and do his 5am feed as I was completely exhausted and the little man got himself up and wandered over and came over for cuddles and kisses. Made the freezing cold night with very little sleep 100% worth it, especially seeing him improving with every feed. Thankyou Carolyn and TWHEW for giving him every possible chance of survival xxx
May 7th: 3.33am update at Rosehill Farm Vet- Taki has just had a big bottle of formula, & is now down for his sleep. He has developed diarrhoea, which Ann has said is of course, not surprising, given his compromised immune status. Strangely, he is also healing from a sore tongue & possibly swollen throat- it is possible he tried to drink something that was not good for him at all, before coming into care, which results in superficially damaging his tongue. It is, fortunately, repairing itself, and may explain why he found drinking from the bottle, so difficult at first. He also has an infection in his chest, again not surprising, but he is sparky, loves his walkies, & has very bright eyes. He had extra IV fluids at 11pm, & will have more at 6am. The staff here are incredible- they treat Taki like he is the only foal on earth, they welcome us with open arms, & he certainly has the best chance of survival.
May 8th: It is with the deepest sadness, we let you know of dear Taki's passing this morning. He tried so hard. He drank his bottle throughout the night, but his muscles were getting weaker, with too little oxygen supplying them. The photo was taken by dear Ann, during the night, as he rallied in his new rug (thank you dearest Janet Falahey). After 6am, he weakened too much, and passed of his own accord, surrounded by the love of Jadae, Courtney, Ann, & with all the love everyone has sent him. Such a short time with such a divine little boy. Sorry you couldn't stay with us little man. Lovingly, Carolyn Xxx
He will be named Tariq Artemis Cole, or Taki for short. The ladies at Rosehill discovered Tariq- it is Arabian for 'shooting star', or 'nightcomer'. Artemis is to honor our departed WH Art, who died roughly the same day Taki was born, & the name is linked to the full moon- which was about 3 days after. Cole was chosen by Tianna at NWER, as a nickname, as she so kindly raises funds for us.
Dearest Anne at Rosehill Farm Veterinary Practice, has just posted this about the care and treatment of dear Taki: Some of you may already know we have been treating an orphan foal this week that was under the care of the Winged Horse Equine Welfare animal shelter. Carolyn and the Winged Horse team brought the foal (named Taki) to us on Monday after he had been found abandoned on a local farm over the weekend. Our initial assessment showed that the foal was significantly dehydrated, had increased respiratory effort, and had little or no suck reflex. His age was hard to determine, but we thought he could be as much as 4 or 5 days old. To our dismay, an IgG test showed that he had ZERO antibodies, indicating that he had not drunk from his own mother in the first 12-24 hours of his life. Our first task was to rehydrate Taki, which had to be done slowly and carefully with intravenous fluid. We also stomach-tubed him with thawed frozen colostrum that we had stored last season - even though he could no longer absorb the antibodies, it is thought that foals at 3-5 days of age receive protective effect directly on the gut from antibodies still present in mum's milk during that period. He was also treated with antibiotics immediately. Foals that are severely compromised by lack of nutrition, cold exposure and dehydration suffer partial shutdown of their organ systems, sometimes beyond hope of recovery. When they are warmed, fed and rehydrated, oxygen and nutrient flow is restored to the damaged cells, producing an initial "re-perfusion" reaction. As the first night wore on, Taki became semi-conscious and unresponsive, and shivered continually despite his rugs and hot water bottles. Stomach-tubing with milk replacer was more difficult as his throat and gullet were swollen and dry. We decided to use a small dose of an anti-inflammatory drug I/V, which we had been avoiding due to concerns about kidney function. The flunixin produced a result, and at 3am Taki sat up, stood with some help, and walked across the stable. Offered a bottle of warm milk replacer, he drank well - although with some hesitation as though his tongue and throat were still sore. From this point for the next 24 hours we were very hopeful that Taki would make it, and we began to make plans for his fostering on to one of our career foster-mothers. He was drinking up to 150 mls an hour, getting up and down by himself, sleeping well, urinating regularly, and had passed some nice firm manure. To help us with our continuing treatment plan, we consulted Brett Tennent-Brown who is Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine at Unimelb Vet School in Werribee. Brett was very helpful and positive, and endorsed what we had done so far - and also confirmed our fears about the lack of antibodies and the likelihood of significant infection. His knowledge and experience has led him to believe that respiratory infections in young foals are amongst the most difficult clinical problems to treat successfully. To addrss the antibody issue we administered the first of 2 bags of plasma, and continued intermittent I/V fluids. We still had concerns about his breathing however, and by Wednesday morning we were certain an infection had taken hold because he was losing weight in spite of drinking well. He also developed diarrhoea, and the second bag of plasma, I/V and oral fluids made no difference to his condition. Through this period little Taki remained bright and responsive, full of personality, and interacted positively with his many devoted carers. He becam progressively weaker as his lungs could no longer supply oxygen to his muscles, until he had to be helped to stand and couldn't go for his regular walks around the stable. Here I must pay tribute to the members and volunteers of Winged Horse, who were tireless and devoted in their care of little Taki. They helped him up and put him down again for a sleep, wrapped him in blankets and hot water bottles, washed his bottom, prepared his bottles and fed him - and kept him company through the lonely cold hours of the night. I cannot speak highly enough of the work these wonderful people do in giving horses like Taki an opportunity to live and thrive in new homes with owners that love them. Taki showed incredible fight and will to live, but sadly his little lungs were overwhelmed and he died peacefully around 7 on Friday morning. We feel privileged to have been entrusted with his care, and to have known him for his brief life, and we expect that our experiences in treating him will help us to treat similiar cases in the future. As to the mystery of his appearance in the farmer's back yard in the first place, it appears that he was dumped there by whoever owned his mother - an incomprehensible act of cruelty that we can only hope we never see again.
The Winged Horse Equine Welfare Inc. - Sowing the seeds of Kindness, one Choice at a Time. Volunteering enquiries to Courtney: +61401 539 686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org General enquiries to Carolyn on: +61407533380 or email email@example.com