Jacob

SEX:
gelding
BREED:
Yakima Reservation
REGISTERED NAME:
none
INTAKE DATE:
8/21/21
COLOR: chestnut MARKINGS: star, snipe, LF and RH pastern    
YOB: 2014 AGE: 7 HEIGHT:  WEIGHT: 
LOCATION: Redmond, WA ADOPTION FEE: TBD Online Adoption Application  

Jacob, along with another gelding and mare, were obtained by their previous owners through a now defunct rescue organization by a family that moved to Washington state hoping to keep horses on a rented property near their home. They soon discovered that the property flooded rather badly during the fall and winter months. With no other options available to them, these horses just had to live in the wet. Thankfully, they were able to survive under these poor conditions. One of the geldings has been suffering from equine asthma for quite some time, resulting in severe weight loss that has left him quite emaciated. Esme and the other gelding look better, but that’s somewhat deceptive because they have large parasite loads, making their bellies look big. Their owner turned to SAFE for help after coming to the realization that caring for these three horses was more than they could handle. Jacob is quite curious about people and follows people around while they clean his paddock. Since they have been unhandled for the most part, they can be unpredictable, but so far they all seem very friendly.

Edward, Esme, and Jacob Update

Edward, Esme, and Jacob Update

Life has changed in a big way for Edward, Esme, and Jacob since coming to SAFE two weeks ago. They’re now enjoying time together in the pasture located behind their Quarantine paddocks each day. They seem to be getting accustomed to the activity of SAFE, and they have no complaints whatsoever about the continuous supply of yummy hay they’re getting each and every day. Edward seems to be feeling quite a lot better now that his asthma is under control and his breathing is better. He’s been a very good boy for all his meds and treatments, and we’re impressed by what a sensible horse he is showing himself to be.
 
The three horses took their first steps toward becoming gentled by working with Joel Conner and the SAFE horsemanship team last week. They are all getting used to being caught, haltered, and led; and they’ve started some basic groundwork as well. These lessons are already paying off. Jacob now has the confidence to approach people and accept being touched and petted without a fuss. Esme is still a little more shy, but she’s curious and will approach people cautiously to say hello. They have been treated for worms, and are looking much less bloated and unhealthy. Esme has beautiful dapples, and her unusual mane and tail coloring make her a gorgeous little mare. Jacob is getting shiny, and we’re seeing some shine come back into Edward’s coat as well. All in all, things are looking up for our three little wildlings, who really aren’t all that wild!
Introducing Edward, Esme, and Jacob

Introducing Edward, Esme, and Jacob

When we got the call that three horses living on the Washington coast were in trouble, we thought they seemed a bit familiar… Edward, Esme, and Jacob are Yakima Reservation horses, which is means they came from the same place as the older horses in the Fall City 40 group. Their storyline, fortunately, was quite a bit different than that of the Fall City 40 horses, but they still ended up in a situation where they needed our help.

Edward and Jacob are both seven year old geldings, while Esme is a 6 year old mare. They were obtained through a now defunct rescue organization by a family that moved to Washington state hoping to keep horses on a rented property near their home. They soon discovered that the property flooded rather badly during the fall and winter months. With no other options available to them, these horses just had to live in the wet. Thankfully, they were able to survive under these poor conditions. However, Edward has apparently been suffering from equine asthma for quite some time, resulting in severe weight loss that has left him quite emaciated. The other two horses look better, but that’s somewhat deceptive because they have large parasite loads, making their bellies look big. Their owner turned to SAFE for help after coming to the realization that caring for these three horses was more than they could handle.

As with most of the horses that SAFE takes in, there are lessons we can learn from what these horses have experienced in life up to now. While these three are not nearly as wild and feral as the Fall City 40 were, they are still untrained and fairly shy about being handled. Terry has already been able to get halters on them and even deworm them without a great deal of trouble. But what people need to understand when deciding to take on a wild horse is that Terry has years of experience working with horses like these. She has put in countless hours of practice, and she’s invested a ton in her own education to improve her already considerable skills. When we hear someone say that they want to take on a wild or young horse and figure out how to tame them as they go along, we literally cringe. This is a bad idea that can put the horse at tremendous risk for a difficult and challenging future. So many horses end up in the rescue pipeline because they didn’t get a good foundation in basic handling at the beginning of their life. This is why we strongly encourage people who want to be involved with horses to invest in a well started horse that they can learn from and enjoy. But alas, not everyone is listening, and that is why horses like Edward, Jacob, and Esme need SAFE to rescue them.

As mentioned, Edward is painfully thin, and battling equine asthma which is a lower airway inflammation, formerly known as heaves. Untreated equine asthma can cause massive weight loss very quickly for two reasons: one, because overuse of respiratory muscles can burn a great number of calories and two, because they don’t eat or drink as much as they should because it’s hard to breathe and eat at the same time. Edward was in respiratory distress when he arrived at SAFE. At his initial vet visit, Dr Lewis from Rainland Farm Equine immediately gave him a steroid medication and within 10 minutes, we saw an improvement in his breathing. He’s been prescribed a range of medications to help him, including steroids for the inflammation and bronchodilators to open the airways. He was also given a short course of an antibiotic (naxcel) as his bloodwork showed signs of a secondary infection. We’re wetting down his hay to reduce dust, and he’s been taken off the hay he’d been fed prior to his rescue since we suspect it contains mold. Our hope is that when his asthma is controlled, he will start putting weight on again. Fingers crossed that this young horse and his two friends will make full recoveries, so we can get them into the SAFE horsemanship program and start them on their way to brand new lives.

Vet and feeding expenses for these three horses will be quite costly, so if you’d like to take part in their recovery, we welcome donations to be put toward their care. Thank you so much for your amazing support and please keep your good wishes coming for Edward and his friends, as well as Cameron!

Edward (photos by Kristina Oden)

Esme (photos by Kristina Oden)

Jacob (photos by Kristina Oden)

 

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Jacob’s Friends:

1. Julia P.

2. Carrie S.

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Every horse deserves at least ten friends! Even a small monthly donation can make a difference. Plus, SAFE horse sponsors receive discounts at local businesses through the SAFEkeepers program!

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