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HORSE HEROES

Horses Rescued from Horrific Trailer Accident on I-44 Ready for
Adoption into New Forever Homes

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Colt outside

One of the rescued horses, Mama, and her new Colt, Twist of Fate.

Early in the morning of September 27, 2006, 42 horses in an overcrowded, double-deck tractor-trailer were headed to a slaughter house in Illinois. A horrific accident on Interstate 44 in Franklin County, Missouri left 16 of the animals dead. (The driver, his wife and dog survived the accident.) Fortunately, a team of emergency rescuers and veterinarians led by Earlene Cole, director of the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, were able to rescue 25 horses and one hinny.

Many of the horses required extensive care from the fantastic, professional staff and doctors at four area equine hospitals. All received nearly round-the-clock, loving care from the staff at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. Unfortunately, two horses have had to be humanely euthanized due to injuries and preexisting conditions. 

And now, after recuperation and rehabilitation, many of these remarkable horses are ready for new homes. Some are rideable, some are trainable, some would make good companion horses. All need just the right new family to ensure they will have easy livin’ the rest of their lives.

Willie and Mama have become Barn Buddy Animal Ambassadors for Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. Click here to find out more about our Barn Buddies.

We still need help caring for these horses. Please make a donation online or call 314-951-1542 to donate.

You may also mail a check to: Humane Society of Missouri, Attn: Horse Rescue Donations, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.


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Check back frequently for updated information on the condition of the injured horses. For information on adopting any of the available horses, click here.

Willie after the accident (above) and today (below)
Willie 1-31-07

Willie

Named by rescuers for his strong will to live, Willie is a 4-year-old Appaloosa stallion with small star.

When he was pulled from the horrific wreck, Willie had two dead horses and one live horse on top of him. He suffered scrapes all over his body, face and legs and he had partial paralysis in his right fore and right rear legs. IV fluids and medication were administered to him at the accident site to keep him comfortable.

Willie's update (2/8/2007)
Willie has become one of Longmeadow Rescue Ranch’s Barn Buddies.  He was very good about having his picture taken for the Barn Buddy packet.  His manners have also been better lately.   He plays with Stan when they are out for exercise. 

Update (4/25/2007)
Willie has become one of Longmeadow Rescue Ranch’s Barn Buddies.  He was very good about having his picture taken for the Barn Buddy packet.  His manners have also been better lately.   Every time we introduce him to a new situation he does his best and really has a sweet but mischievous nature.    

Update (9/24/2007)
Willie  became a Barn Buddy and has become a great horse to work with.  He is very patient with all the activity that goes on at Longmeadow and looks forward to his exercise time.  He has stopped biting since he was gelded, but he does look for every opportunity to grab a bite of grass when he is being lead out.  Scott, our new horse trainer, has started him under saddle and he is doing fine, but Willie has a lazy side.

Update (5/6/08)
Willie has some new turnout friends, TNT and Lee, two geldings available for adoption. Scott the trainer got him under saddle and he was ridden in the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show last September.

click here to sponsor Willie as a Barn Buddy!

Sue

Sue

Sue is a 4-year old Sorrel Quarterhorse-type mare with star, stripe, wide snip, white on lower lip and socks on both rear legs. She suffered a head injury along with scrapes on her body, face and legs.  Although the swelling of her face has gone down, her right eyelid is still swollen and both eyes are being medicated daily with ointment.

Sue's Update (2/8/2007)
Sue is now available for adoption.  She is halter trained and picks up all 4 feet.  She is very wary of new people and spooky at loud sounds or if your hands come up to fast.  She is not trained for riding, but has tons of potential.  She needs an adopter with experience starting horses from the ground with round pen work to establish good ground training and confidence in herself.  Dr. Shuff, the veterinarian that treated her after the wreck, came out to visit her.

Update (4/25/2007)
Sue is still available for adoption. She is turning out to be a very pretty horse with tons of potential.

Update (9/24/2007)
Sue is still available for adoption. She has become a more cooperative horse, but still needs work on her trust of the human race.  She is mouth shy and worries about the farrier’s need to hold her hooves.  She has come a long way since she was rescued from the semi truck wreck and needs a home where there is patience and the knowledge to build her trust in people.  She has a ton of potential and is a very pretty quarter horse type.

Update (5/6/08)
Sue was adopted out but returned because she was so easily startled. Scott the trainer has worked with her under saddle and improved her trust with people. She has since been adopted to a forever family.

Mortie

Mortie

Mortie is a 20-year-old Sorrel Quarterhorse-type gelding with star, stripe and snip. He suffered a head injury along with scrapes on his head, body and legs. He is being treated with medication to help reduce swelling in his face. He is also receiving ointment for his eye injuries.

Mortie's Update (2/8/2007)
Mortie is available for adoption.  He is trained for riding and appears to be trained to neck rein.  Walked, trotted and cantered willingly.  Dr. Mrad floated his teeth and found several molars missing, very short teeth and lots of sharp edges.  Also had to have a loose molar (upper right side) pulled.  Even with drugs he had to flip his head every so often just to let us know we did not have the upper hand. 

Mortie is starting to put weight on and filling out.  Dr. Shuff, the veterinarian that treated him after the wreck, came out to visit him. She was very pleased to see him in better weight than when he came off the semi truck.

Update (4/25/2007)
Mortie is still available for adoption. He let himself out of his stall the other day and ran around proudly laughing at us.  He is really attached to Sue and they go out for exercise together. 

Update (9/24/2007)
Mortie (AKA Mort) was adopted.  His new Mom is Terry and she also gave a home to Spanky and several other horses/donkeys from Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. He has fell in love with her older mare.  She said that they are a bit cranky, but get along well with each other and seem to have a mutual admiration of each other. He lives a life of leisure, eating, being brushed and sleeping in the sun.  We want to thank Terry for giving Mortie, Spanky and the others adoptees a great home.

 
Stan
Stan after the accident (above) and today (below)
LMRR Director Earlene Cole riding Stan

Stan

Stan is a 19-year-old Dark Bay Thoroughbred gelding with a star. He suffered scrapes on his body, face and legs. In addition to his injuries, Stan is thin and has bowed tendons on his front legs. After the horrific accident, he collapsed and rescue staff immediately administered IV fluids and medications.

Stan's Update (2/8/2007)
Stan is available for adoption.  He is trained for riding, but appears to have navicular bone disease and was limping on his left fore.  X-rays showed that his toes were excessively long and so they were trimmed down and his heel was dropped one degree.  He is not limping anymore (on soft ground). 

We rode Stan several days in the last two weeks and he handled it fine. He is a lot of fun to ride, has a fun trot, and is full of energy, but will walk and stand willingly after some vigorous exercise. You would not know that he is 19 years old; he acts more like a 4 year old.  We feel that he will do well in a home where he has turnout and can be ridden.  

Stan's adopter will need to remember that he has navicular bone disease and will need corrective trimming and maybe even shoes for riding.  In the future he may have to be managed differently and may be only a companion horse.  He likes to smile at people and has escaped a couple times by opening his stall door.  Dr. Shuff, the veterinarian that treated him after the wreck, came out to visit him. She was amazed at his nice hair coat and the way he has put on the weight.

Update (4/25/2007)
Stan is still available for adoption. He did not do well on the spring grass so will have to have limited turnout on spring and fall grass to prevent foundering.  He likes to smile at people and has escaped a couple times by opening his stall door.

Update (9/24/2007)
Stan is available for adoption.  He goes out for exercise in the outdoor paddocks daily and runs and plays.  He wears out his turnout partners as he never seems to run out of energy.  He likes to play with other horse’s tails, which some do not appreciate.  He is trained for riding and is a lot of fun to ride.  He has a very nice trot and canter and is full of energy, but will walk and stand willingly.  He acts like a 4-year-old and is a very inquisitive thoroughbred.  We feel that he will do well in a home where he has turnout and can be ridden. The adopter will need to remember that he has navicular bone disease in his left fore and will need corrective trimming and maybe even shoes for riding.  In the future, he may have to be managed differently and may be only a companion horse.   

Update (5/6/08)
Stan has been approved for light riding but because of his navicular bone disease in his left fore this will limit how much he should be ridden. He is full of personality and gets along great with every person and horse he meets. He is still available for adoption.

Update (6/2/08)
Stan has been adopted by the Grady family who live on a five-acre farm outside of Springfield, Mo.

Stan's Adoption Story See video from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

 
Hocks
Hocks one month after the accident (above) and today (below)
Hocks 1-31-07

Hocks

Hocks is a 4-year-old Black Quarterhorse-type stallion with left hind sock. He suffered numerous body and facial scrapes and lacerations on his rear legs and chest. Immediately following the horrific accident, veterinarians anesthetized him to suture his legs and chest. He also received IV fluids and medications to keep him comfortable. An infection has developed in the right hind leg that has to be flushed daily.

Hocks' Update (2/8/2007)
He is available for adoption.  He is not trained for riding and needs an experienced handler as he was not halter trained when he came to us.  He needs to be started from the ground and taught confidence.  He does learn fast though. 

The wound on the inside of his left hock wasn’t healing as fast as we would have liked, so he went back to Dr. Robson and had an x-ray taken.  All looks good internally.  It just takes time to heal where there is constant motion.  We think Hocks is a Tennessee Walker.

Update (4/25/2007)
Hocks is healing well and is still available for adoption.
 

Update (9/24/2007)
Hocks is available for adoption.  He was not halter trained when he came to us, but he is easy to catch now and is well behaved on a lead rope. The wound on the inside of his left hock has been x-rayed and has no long term limitations.  He will always carry a large scar on the inside of his hock, but it does not affect his flowing Tennessee Walking gait. He is not trained for riding at this time.  He likes to be with other horses and gets along well with them.

Update (5/6/08)
Hocks was delivered yesterday to his new adoptive home. Hocks has come a long way, from an unhalter trained stallion to a kid's horse. Hocks also used to have to be sedated to have his feet trimmed by Longmeadow's farrier, Tom Adams, but just last week Hocks had his first set of new shiney shoes put on and he did not need any sedation and stood like a gentleman. Scott trained Hocks under saddle and said Hocks is the smartest horse he has ever known. He was adopted by a young girl who keeps him at a local boarding barn. The family will be working with a horse trainer because they know that Hocks is still green and learning.

 
Bazonka Donk
Bazonka Donk one month after the accident (above) and today
Bazonka Donk 1-31-07

Bazonka Donk

Bazonka Donk is a 13-year-old Sorrel Hinny (product of a female ass and male horse) Both of his rear legs had been cut to the bone during the horrific trailer accident. Veterinarians anesthetized him to suture his legs. He received medications to make him feel comfortable. He has since underwent surgery to debride (take away the dead skin) the wounds on his rear legs.

Bazonka Donk's Update (2/8/2007)

Bazonka Donk is not available for adoption as his right rear leg is still healing. The swelling is starting to go down and the wound continues to get smaller.  He is more trusting of people each day, especially if you have treats (Stud Muffins are his favorite). He is very bonded with DD as they live next door to each other.

Update (4/25/2007)
Bazonka Donk is more trusting of people each day, especially if you have treats (Stud Muffins are his favorite).  He let Earlene Cole, the director of the ranch, know something was going on in his barn the night Mama’s baby was born. He also likes to try and climb gates, stall doors and can unlatch chains on gates. 

Update (9/24/2007)
Bazonka Donk is available for adoption.  His rear legs have healed well and there is a minimum of scaring visible.  He recently recovered from a strep infection in his neck, probably from an injection he received.  Injections are his least favorite thing in the whole world.   He still has trust issues with new people.  He accepted a bareback pad with stirrups, but not a rider.  He will need an adopter that has experience with long ears and their personality quirks.  They can be a challenge to most horse owners.  He loves treats especially Stud Muffins and likes to have his forehead rubbed.  He gets along with horses and bonds well with them. 

Update (7/21/08)
Bazonka has been working with our trainer and has learned how to play soccer with a big red ball against another horse and rider.

Bazonka Donk has an interested adopter who plans on taking him home in the next few weeks.


 

Mama
Mama one month after the accident (above) and today (below)
Mama 1-31-07
Mama and Colt

Mama

Mama is a pregnant teenage Bay Thoroughbred-type mare with small star. Veterinarians have assessed that she is five to six months along in her pregnancy. She suffered a head injury and a cut above her left eye. She also has lacerations to all four legs and her urine appears to have some blood in it. Her legs were wrapped on the scene of the accident and she received IV fluids. Her wounds were stitched and she received additional IV fluids the next day. She is now at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch to continue her recovery.

Mama's Update (2/8/2007)
Mama will become a Barn Buddy.  She is halter trained and leads well.  If she doesn’t want to do something she will stop and back up.   She has gained weight and we see the baby moving.  We are looking forward to her having this foal, but know that one more horse will need a home.   Please help us educate the horse owning public to be responsible breeders.  She wasn’t too sure about having her picture taken for her Barn Buddy packet, but we did get several good ones.

Mama's Colt is Born (4/18/2007)
A new colt has arrived at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. Mama gave birth on Wednesday, April 18, to a healthy colt named Twist of Fate, or "Twister" for short. Mama and Twister are resting and doing well under the care of staff and volunteers at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. Read more here.

Update (9/24/2007)
Mama became a Barn Buddy.  The staff at Longmdeadow love her sweet eyes.  She is halter trained and leads well.  If she doesn’t want to do something she will stop, toss her head in the air and back up. She had her foal, Twist of Fate, late on the evening of April 18th and has been a very good mother. After we wean Twister we will see if she is trained for riding. We just had a scare with Mama; she kept having a small amount of bleeding from her right nostril.  So she went into the veterinary hospital and was endoscoped to see if they could find what was causing the bleeding.  Nothing was found.  So they also took an x-ray of her head to check for tumors.  That came out clear also.  She has been enjoying life, caring for her latest foal and always having food in front of her.

Update (5/6/08)
Mama is still a Barn Buddy and has been recently tried under saddle. We discovered that she must have been trained under saddle before because she was relaxed and comfortable when being ridden. She shares a paddock with Stan and another older mare.

Click here to sponsor Mama as a Barn Buddy!

Headshot of Twister
Twister Running

Twist of Fate
"Twister"

Twist of Fate Update (9/21/2007)
Twister was born on the evening of April 18, 2007 to Mama. The night Twister was born, Bazonka Donk was being so vocal that when Earlene Cole, director of Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, entered the barn she knew something big had happened.  He is not a talker, but he wanted to be the first to let her know that there was a miracle in the barn that night. Twister became a photo hound from the first day.  He would play and flirt for the photographers.
He continues to try and charm everyone he meets.  He doesn’t like to learn his lessons and tries to take a nip at you now and again.  He was weaned on 9/18/07 and is doing well with Willie as his next door buddy.  He will be gelded in a couple weeks and that should take care of the nipping issue.  Who knows what is in store for this guy!   Only time will tell.

Update (10/14/2007)
Twister will be taught to load in a horse trailer and then will go up to the veterinary hospital to be gelded (neutered). 
He lives in a stall next to Willie.  He goes out for exercise with Albert (older gelding that babysits our colts and plays with them).
Twister was a bit unruly when he was with his mom, biting and not being cooperative at all.  Now that he is weaned he is easier going and very respectful of people.  

Update (5/6/08)
Twister was gelded at the end of March. He recovered quickly and was back out playing with his friends. Recently, Twister had a cold and had to stay inside so that he didn't get the other horses sick. He has since recovered and is back to his old antics. Scott, the horse trainer, is hoping to work in some training time with Twister so that we can start taking him to special events.

Click here to sponsor Twister as a Barn Buddy!

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DD

DD is a 7-year-old Appaloosa. She suffered lacerations to her face, right fore and both rear legs. Her legs were wrapped immediately after the accident and she has since received stitches for her wounds. Her wraps need to be changed daily. She is now at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch to continue her recovery.

DD's update (2/8/2007)
DD is available for adoption.  She is halter trained and has her impish moments.  We have found her to be accepting of a saddle and rider.  She doesn’t know how to walk forward with a riders cue, but will follow a person around the training pen.  She is head shy with the bridle and didn’t like the bit, so we are riding her in a side pull.   She does not appear lame, even though she has an old injury and slightly clubbed right fore hoof.  DD needs an adopter that has experience starting horses with a good foundation on the ground.

Update (4/25/2007)
DD is still available for adoption and is going to the trainers for 30 days to learn the basics.

Update (9/24/2007)
DD is available for adoption.  She is halter trained and has become very quiet since she spent 60 days at the trainers.  Scott, Longmeadow’s new horse trainer, has continued working with her and she is doing awesome.  She pushes the big red ball around and goes through the car wash strips.  She does still have a few issues with having her mouth worked with but it is getting better.   She loves humans and looks to them for support in building her confidence up in new situations.  She does not appear lame, even though she has an old injury and slightly clubbed right fore hoof.  She will make someone an awesome riding companion.  She has been ridden outside numerous times and does well. 

Update (5/6/08)
DD is a great prospect for a riding horse and is still available for adoption.

Update (7/11/08)
Therapeutic Horsemanship in Wentzville, MO will be adopting DD to be part of their equine assisted therapy programs. A wonderful way for DD to get her Second Chance by helping individuals with disabilities develop their physical and psychological potential.

 
Princess
Princess one month after the accident (above) and today (below)
Princess 1-31-07

Princess

Princess is a 10-year-old Sorrel Quarterhorse-type mare with star, narrow stripe and small snip with rear socks and left front coronet. She suffered a head injury and several cuts and scrapes all over her body and face. Immediately following the accident, Princess collapsed and veterinarians administered IV fluids and medications for more than two hours. Her right fore received stiches. Veterinary staff discovered that she was pregnant, but she has since miscarried.

Princess' Update (2/8/2007)
She is available for adoption.  She is halter trained and behaves most of the time.  She sometimes likes to push through you or becomes stubborn and won’t move. Her rear legs has cellulitis problems, but our Veterinarian has recommended some alpha-stim treatments to possibly resolve the issues.   She also had a small bowel impaction and we are slowly getting her back on a hay diet.  She has gained weight on the senior horse feed.  It is unknown at this time if she is trained for riding.

Update (4/25/2007)
Princess is still available for adoption.

Update (7/17/2007)
We are sad to report that Princess was humanely euthanized on July 3, after following advice from a veterinarian.

Princess was suffering from a severe case of cellulitis and was not responding to treatment. Cellulitis is a severe bacterial infection that causes swelling and heat in the infected legs causing extreme discomfort and lameness.

The staff at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch is feeling the loss of Princess but realize this was the best decision possible to relieve her suffering.

We want to thank everyone who has supported Princess's treatment and care.

 
Dudley DoRight
Dudley DoRight one month after the accident (above) and being ridden by HSMO President Kathy Warnick in late January (below)
Kathy on Dudley DoRight

Dudley DoRight

Dudley DoRight is a teen Dark Bay Thoroughbred Stallion with a few white hairs on his forehead. In the trailer, he suffered a head injury, partial paralysis, edema between his front legs and several scrapes on his legs and face. He is doing well and the partial paralysis is no longer present.

Dudley DoRight's Update (2/8/2007)
Dudley DoRight has been adopted by Vicki from Hermann, Missouri.  He is just waiting to heal from his gelding before he can go to his new home.  Dr. Frick (chiropractor) adjusted him and found that he loves the tail stretch.  He is a bit stiff in his right shoulder, but have a couple of exercises to do that will help with that.  He is going to his new adoptive home tomorrow and has a new turnout blanket waiting for him.  Dr. Shuff was able to visit him before he goes to his new home.  She commented on how good his manners were when he was at their hospital even though he was a stallion.

Update (9/24/2007)
Dudley DoRight was adopted by Vicki from Hermann, Missouri. He has a nice stable, a blanket for the winter weather and buddies for turn out. Vicki spends a lot of time grooming him and boy does he shine. We want to thank Vicki for giving Dudley a great home.

Frankie

Frankie

Frankie is 10 or 11-year-old White with Black Paint mare with two blue eyes. She suffered scrapes and cuts on her body, face and legs. Her left rear leg was wrapped and she received medications to make her comfortable at the scene of the accident.

Frankie's Update (2/8/2007)
Frankie is available for adoption.  She is halter trained and leads well.  She can be aggressive towards other horses she doesn’t like.  Frankie is very curious about things, but can be a Prima Donna at times because of strange things and gets nervous.  If you give her time to look at it, then she usually wants to go up to it and sniff it.  It is unknown at this time if she is trained for riding.  Frankie will need an adopter that is confident enough to handle her nervous times with calmness.

Update (9/24/2007)
Frankie was adopted by Lori from Union, Missouri.  Lori was one of Frankie's care givers at the veterinary hospital where she was treated.  Frankie has also become the mascot for the Missouri Emergency Response group; they were a huge help at the scene of the semi truck wreck in removing the horses from the over turned semi truck trailer.  Lori said that they butted heads for so long at the Veterinary hospital that they just had to be together.  She is not as horse aggressive now and lives with 2 other horses.  She really likes men and interacts well with Scott, Lori’s cousin.  At feeding time you had better get out of her way as nothing distracts her from eating.  We want to thank Lori for giving Frankie a great home.

cc

CC

CC is a 6-year-old Sorrel Quarterhorse-type Gelding with small star. He suffered cuts and scrapes on his body, face and legs. His legs were wrapped at the scene of the accident and he was given medication to keep him comfortable. Later, he received stiches on his left fore leg, both rear legs and below his left eye.

CC's update (2/8/2007)
He is available for adoption.  The injury to right rear (tendon shealth rupture) will probably prevent him from being ridden.  He did accept the saddle and cinching.  CC and Stan get along well and play together.

Update (4/25/2007)
CC is still available for adoption.  CC had a bad habit of pinning his ears when a person walked up to him.  We have found out it was a bluff and he really likes getting attention.  CC and Stan get along well and play together.

Update (9/24/2007)
CC is available for adoption.  His left rear was x-rayed and no bones were affected by the injury he suffered in the accident.  He does grow a long toe that will have to be trimmed regularly.  He likes to pin his ears at you and stomp his feet, but he is really a sweet guy that has probably experienced physical abuse that makes him act this way.  He accepts a saddle and we will be working with him more now that he is healed to see what he knows.

Update (8/11/08)
After working with our trainer it was found that CC's lameness in his right rear did not improve and he favored his back left significantly. Following advice from our veterinarian, CC was humanely euthanized last week. Thank you to everyone who sponsored him these past two years.

Sweetie
Sweetie one month after the accident (above) and today (below)
Sweetie 1-31-07

Sweetie

Sweetie is a 10 to 11-year-old Sorrel Quarterhorse-type mare with right rear sock. She suffered a head injury as well as numerous scrapes on her face and body. At the scene of the horrific accident, she was given IV fluids and medications to make her comfortable. She has received stitches above her left eye.

Sweetie's update (2/8/2007)
Sweetie is available for adoption.  She is trained for riding, but limps on her left fore and left rear.  She had a chiropractic adjustment done and we hope with time that she will be a riding candidate.  It is hard for her to trust people, but is getting better each day and she tries to do what you want her to.  Her right rear heel has to be x-rayed as she is limping on it.  She had some pretty deep cuts on the outside of that pastern and hoof.  We are hoping it is not too serious.

Update (4/25/2007)
Sweetie is still available for adoption. We found that her right rear pastern has a partially torn collateral ligament.  She will probably not be sound for riding.  She has a very unique quirk after eating an apple she sucks on her lips and then her tongue.  She will do that for several minutes and seems to thoroughly enjoy herself.

Update (9/24/2007)
Sweetie is available for adoption. Her right rear had been injured in the wreck and there is a partial tear in the outside collateral ligament.  She is progressively getting better as scar tissue develops and she is getting more turn out with less limping.  She is trained for riding, but it may be limited to the walk.  She loves apples and even after they are gone she sucks first on her lips then on her tongue, savoring every last drop.

Update(9/19/2008)
Sweetie continued to show lameness in her back leg from the torn collateral ligament and another injury from the wreck to one of her front legs. Following advice from our veterinarian, she was humanely euthanized. Thank you to everyone who supported Sweetie during her time at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.

spanky

Spanky

Spanky is a 20-year-old Gray Quarterhorse-type gelding. He suffered numerous scrapes on his body, face and legs. His right rear leg was wrapped at the scene of the accident and he has since received stiches and medications to make him feel more comfortable. In addition to his injuries, Spanky has arthritis and ringbone in his front legs.

Spanky's update (9/24/2007)
Spanky (AKA Pookie)- has been adopted by Terry in DeSoto, Missouri.  Terry also adopted Mortie, another survivor of the semi truck wreck.  Terry has adopted several horses and a donkey from Longmeadow over the past several years.  She gives them a nice retirement home full of attention and treats.  Spanky has become buddies with Jenny, a spotted jenny adopted from Longmeadow.  They mosey around the field enjoying life. Spanky is a bit arthritic, but doing well on supplements.  We want to thank Terry for giving Spanky, Mortie and the other adoptees such a great home.

darla

Darla

Darla  is a 10-year-old Bay Appaloosa mare with white blanket over rump and two front coronets and a left rear coronet. She suffered numerous scrapes on her legs which have been wrapped and need to be changed daily. She is no longer in critical and guarded condition.

Darla's update (2/8/2007)
Darla is available for adoption.  She is trained for riding, but if she doesn’t want to go she will back up and rear.  She needs work from the ground up and with the bit.  Darla will need an adopter that can work her through this bad habit that someone has let her develop.

Darla is a gentle, quiet mare with all other things.  We have decided that Darla has some very good body parts, but they gave her two backs and she looks a bit out of proportion.  She is very demanding about her food and lets you know when she is not being fed fast enough, which is every feeding.

Update (9/24/2007)
Darla is available for adoption. She went to the trainers for 30 days training under saddle and she is doing well.  She is a gentle and quiet mare. She has a very long back and we joke that she got good parts when being made, but they threw in an extra back for good measure.        

Update (5/6/08)
Darla has been adopted by the same family who adopted Sue! Darla will be their son's riding horse and a companion horse.


crashina

Crashina

Crashina is a 4-year-old White with Black on forehead and ears Paint mare. She suffered scrapes on her body, face and legs. At the scene of the accident, she recieved medication to make her feel comfortable. 

Crashina's update (9/24/2007)
Crashina was adopted by Don & Nicole of Union, Missouri.  They have renamed her Hope.  She had adopted Don as her special person at the triage site after the accident.  Don said that they just kept ending up with each other through the day. When Don comes home from work, Hope follows his car along the fence until he parks and comes to pet her.  Then she waits for him to change his clothes and come out to brush her.  Don said, “She gives hugs, is a great listener and gives great feedback.” Nicole said that even though they have other horses, Hope has brought a lot to the family.  Their 8-year-old son was afraid of horses, but he handles Hope with no fear.  They call her their pocket pony even though she is bigger than many of their other horses.  To prevent her from getting a sunburn when she is out in the pasture, she wears a blue fly sheet and her face & ear fly mask. It sounds like her terrible ordeal turned into a ideal forever home. 
We want to thank Don and Nicole for giving Hope a great home.

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Liberty one month after the accident (above) and today (below)
Liberty 1-31-07

Liberty

Liberty is a 3-year-old Cremella Quarterhorse-type filly with blue eyes. She suffered numerous scrapes on her body, face and legs and was cut on her back at the withers. She is doing well and has won the public's vote for the most popular horse. In fact, she has graced the pages of MSNBC website on "This Week in Pictures".

Liberty's update (2/8/2007)
Liberty will become a Barn Buddy.  She had some muscle tremors last week and was treated with medications/supplements used on HYPP + horses.  We sent some mane hairs off to the University of California Davis to be tested for this condition, and she tested positive/negative for the HYPP disease. 

We have adjusted her diet to eliminate high doses of potassium and she has responded well.  She hasn’t had any more episodes since we changed her diet. 

Update (9/24/2007)
Liberty has become a Longmeadow Rescue Ranch Barn Buddy.  She has tested positive to HYPP (HyperKalemic Periodic Paralysis Disease).  It is a muscular disease that causes uncontrolled muscle twitching and muscle weakness from increased potassium.  We have adjusted her diet to eliminate high doses of potassium and she has responded well.  She hasn’t had any more episodes since we changed her diet.  She lives out in a pasture with Kauai (another HYPP positive horse), Maui and Mouse
Liberty is ready to start working with under saddle and will make a striking companion with her light skin and blue eyes.

Update (5/6/08)
Liberty is still living out in the same pasture with the same horses. Scott has worked with her under saddle and she was calm and willing. He found that she limps on her front right leg. We had a veterinarian look at it and she has an old bowed tendon. This means that her tendon at some point sustained an injury that caused the tendon fibers to be torn and then healed with a "bowed" appearance. Her limp appears to be mechanical and does not cause her any pain or discomfort, but she will only be approved for light riding. She has a friendly personality and is a beautiful horse. She is still available for adoption.

Update (8/11/08)
We are sad to report that Liberty was humanely euthanized last week. She suffered from severe attacks due to a condition known as HyperKalemic Periodic Paralysis Disease (HyPP). This condition causes Liberty to suddenly collapse at any time causing injury to herself and possibly injury to people or other horses. Liberty was also unable to stand on her front right leg due to an old injury to her tendon which made trimming her hoof impossible.We are sad about the loss of Liberty but realize this was the only way to relieve her suffering. We want to thank everyone who supported Liberty’s treatment and care these past few years.

Clueless Too

Clueless Too

Clueless Too is a Sorrel Thoroughbred yearling colt with line-like star and left rear pastern. He suffered numerous scrapes on his body, face and legs and lacerations on his left shoulder, left flank and upper thigh. At the scene of the accident, veterinarians tranquilized Clueless Too to stitch up his wounds. H

Clueless Too's update (2/8/2007)
Clueless Too is available for adoption.  He is halter trained and doing well learning new things.  He is also growing very fast.  He will need an adopter that can use round pen training to give him a good foundation for the future.  He is very curious and will become your best friend. 

We have found that he does not have a lot of patience, but he is young.  He can’t stand still for long because he wants to go, go, and go.  He loves to play with Laredo (a young colt that is a Barn Buddy) and Albert (our 30 year old guy that baby-sits the youngsters).

Update (4/25/2007)
Clueless Too is available for adoption.  He is halter trained and doing well learning new things.  He is also growing very fast.  He will need an adopter that uses round pen training to give him a good foundation for the future.  He is very curious and will become your best friend.  We have found he does not have a lot of patience, but he is young.  He can’t stand still for long because he wants to go, go, and go.  He loves to play with Laredo and Albert, our 30-year-old horse that keeps a handle on the
youngsters.                             

Update (5/6/08)
Clueless Too has been adopted into an equestrian program at a summer camp. The programs director could see his potential. Clueless Too's best friend, Laredo, was also adopted into the same home. 
   

Spirit

Spirit

Spirit is a 10-year-old Dun Quarterhorse-type mare with star, left rear sock, left fore coronet and right rear pastern. She suffered a few scrapes on her body, face and legs from the accident and she is being treated for those injuries.

Spirit's update (2/8/2007)
Spirit is available for adoption.  She is halter trained, but doesn’t like to be touched past her withers.  She will need an Adopter that has experience starting an untouched older horse.  She is not trained for riding.  Recently she is having troubles getting along with her buddies, Karma and Sweetie.  She wants to be friendly to people, but gets worried when you work with her too much.

Update (9/24/2007)
Spirit is available for adoption.  She is halter trained, but doesn’t like to be touched past her withers. She will need an adopter that has experience working with an untouched older horse. She is not trained for riding, but she wants to be friendly with people. She is a very pretty red line back dun even if a bit chubby now.

Update (6/9/08)
We are sad to report that Spirit was humanely euthanized. Despite work with our horse trainer and ranch staff, Spirit never adapted well to being around people and working with the trainer. Our trainer and equine veterinarian felt that her behavior was dangerous and unpredictable and that she was unsafe for staff and potential adopters. Thank you to everyone who sponsored her and followed her story.



Karma

Karma

Karma is a 13-year-old Bay Quarterhorse-type mare with two front pasterns and left rear socks with black spots. She suffered  numerous cuts and scrapes on her face and legs. Her right eye received stitches at the scene of the accident. 

Karma's update (2/8/2007)
Karma is available for adoption.  She is trained for riding. She direct reins only but is very responsive and quiet.  She stands for you to mount.  But she does not have good ground manners.  She likes to run you over if she doesn’t want to do something and she kicks when you try to touch her legs.  However, she does know how to pick up her legs, as we have.  Someone has let her develop these two very bad habits, but with work she is improving.  She needs an adopter that is assertive and firm to reform her.

Update (4/25/2007)
Karma is still available for adoption. We took her to a fun show and she handled it all very willingly.  She was shown English in a walk trot class and in a halter class.  She recently had an upper respiratory infection and was not feeling good for a couple of weeks. 

Update (9/24/2007)
Karma is available for adoption. She is trained for riding. She direct reins only but is very responsive and quiet. She stands for you to mount but she does not have good ground manners.  She likes to run you over if she doesn’t want to do something and she kicks when you try to touch her legs.  Although she does know how to pick up her legs as we have.  Someone has let her develop these two very bad habits, but with work she is improving.  She needs an adopter that is assertive and firm to reform her.

Update (5/6/08)
Scott the trainer has started working with Karma to improve her ground manners. She is improving quickly.

Update (6/9/08)
We are sad to report that Karma was humanely euthanized. Despite extensive work with our horse trainer and ranch staff, Karma's behavior had not improved as much as we had hoped for. She continued to be  dangerous and unpredictable. Our trainer and equine veterinarian felt that this behavior was unsafe for staff and potential adopters. Thank you to everyone who sponsored her and followed her story. 

freedom

Freedom

Freedom is a 4-year-old Gruello Quarterhorse-type gelding. He suffered numerous scrapes on his body legs and face. Rescue crew members wrapped all four legs to protect the wounds and gave him medication to make him comfortable. 

Freedom's update (9/24/2007)
Freedom was adopted by Linda of St. Clair, Missouri.  Linda said that Freedom is doing great.  He is very responsive to his ground work under saddle and so eager to please.   She loves that he picks up his feet for cleaning with a very light touch to the leg. Linda has found that if she just puts up the top strand on the electric fence, Freedom will go under it and follow her to the barn or go over to help himself in the garden.   Linda has also given another horse named Templeton from Longmeadow a home.  We want to thank Linda for giving these two guys a great home.

Jackpot

Jackpot

Jackpot is a 10-year-old Brown Morgan Cross gelding with star and four pasterns. He suffered scrapes on his body, face and legs and received medication to make him comfortable at the time of rescue.

Jackpot's update (2/8/2007)
Jackpot is available for adoption.  He is halter trained and has good manners, but he is very jumpy about being touched on many parts of his body.  We know that he will learn fast as he wants to please you.  He will need an adopter that remains calm with him and can work with him on ground manners to give him the confidence he needs.

We have a person very interested in him and she has been out to work with him twice.  Keep your fingers crossed that he gets a home.

Update (9/24/2007)
Jackpot was adopted by Lona in Linn, Missouri.  Lona said that he has learned to trust their family, but is still wary of strangers. He gets along well with the Farrier.  He shares a shelter in a 2-acre pasture with chickens, ducks and peacocks.  Lona said that he has a track worn around the perimeter of the pasture and loves to run it.  They have decided that when they start riding him they had better have a seatbelt.  He has a pretty natural carriage.  He patiently waits for his two carrots in the morning and two carrots in the evening. Jackpot also has become very enamored with Lona’s 3-year-old niece.  He follows her around and watches her when she is in the yard playing. 

gidget

Gidget

Gidget is a 20-year-old Sorrel Quarterhorse-type mare. She suffered numerous scrapes on her body and legs and has been given medicine to keep her comfortable. Veterinarians discovered that she was in the early stages of a pregnancy, but she has since miscarried.

Gidget's update (2/8/2007)
Gidget is available for adoption.  She is halter trained and leads well most of the time.  She can be pushy.  She is trained for riding, but can be pushy.  She is very quiet and easy going, but pushy.   Did we say she was pushy!  She will make a good horse for an adopter that is assertive as she does behave when she knows that you will not let her get by with being pushy.

Update (9/24/2007)
Gidget is available for adoption.  She has started to develop a cataract in her left eye, which also has some scaring on the outside of the lens. Her teeth are very few so she is on a special diet.   She gets along with other horses when turned out. She has the cutest mustache which reminds you of a catfish.

Update (10/16/2007)
We are sad to report that Gidget was humanely euthanized after following advice from a veterinarian. Gidget was going blind as well as having severe digestive issues that inhibited her from processing hay in a normal way. We are sad about the loss of Gidget but realize this was the only way to relieve her suffering. We want to thank everyone who supported Gidget’s treatment and care.

buckwheat

Buckwheat

(2/6/07)  Sometimes, the best care in the world is just not enough to heal a suffering horse.  We are sad to report that Buckwheat was humanely euthanized yesterday, on the advice of his veterinarian. 

Buckwheat was experiencing pain and discomfort from pre-existing conditions in all four of his legs and his left shoulder.  His pain had increased as he returned to a healthy weight after the accident.

Buckwheat’s veterinarian and the Longmeadow staff did all they could to help Buckwheat heal.  In the end, Buckwheat was suffering, with no prognosis for improvement or a good quality of life.  With heavy hearts, we made a difficult decision that was the right one for Buckwheat.

Buckwheat was a 4-year-old Sorrel Quarter-type stallion. He suffered a head injury, laceration to right rear pastern, a ruptured right rear tendon, and numerous scrapes on his body, face and legs.

We are very grateful to all of the generous people who supported Buckwheat’s care and treatment. 

 

Darlin

Darlin

Darlin (10/20/06) We are very sad to report that, at the recommendation of her veterinarian, Darlin was humanely euthanized last night. Her injuries were very severe and she was not progressing as we had hoped. Her right rear hoof was sloughing off making it difficult for her to stand and she had suffered permanent damage to her spine. The veterinarian assessed that she was in a great deal of pain and that she would not be able to recover from her injuries. When we heard this grave news, our hearts sank. We had been hopeful that Darlin could pull through and recover fully. We want to express our sincere gratitude to the veterinarians and staff who lovingly and expertly cared for Darlin and the Horse Heroes who supported her treatment during this difficult time.

  
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