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    Name: Hallie

    Type: Shetland Pony

    Color: Chestnut 

      Markings: Star & Strip

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 1/1/2010


Hallie’s tale is a sad tale of good intentions gone terribly wrong. In August 2018, a series of photos depicting some emaciated and neglected miniature horses came through Celine Myers’ Ark Watch Foundation newsfeed. The little horses were standing on a small patch of dirt in the heat of the Texas summer without any food, water or shelter, not even a single tree to provide them with a spot of shade. A small foal in the group had an eye injury that had already been left untreated for more than a month. The horses were starving, two of them had died and several others were very near death. Celine knew that most of the little horses would not survive a long trip to rescue in such critical condition. She arranged to have the four in the worst condition transported to a local vet clinic to immediately begin receiving the treatment they needed. 

The man who was housing the equines, no doubt realizing his fault, took the poor ponies to Celine’s hauler’s ranch and unloaded them in the middle of the night. When Celine’s hauler checked them in the light of day, he was absolutely horrified. While loading the four minis to get them to the vet clinic, one little white gelding went down and died. The poor thing was so close to getting the help he needed but he couldn’t hang on for one more moment. Two of the ponies that did survive were a sorrel mare and her paint colt with the eye injury. Celine named them “Hallie” and “Cody”.

Temperament wise, Hallie turned out to be as wild as a March hare! She was not at all friendly or handleable but she was in fairly decent condition. Unable to ultrasound Hallie’s lungs, the vet made the decision to not stress Hallie out any further by forcing the issue. The vet did not want to introduce any sedation at this early stage in Hallie’s rehabilitation given that: 1) Hallie was anemic from malnourishment and 2) she suspected Hallie had pneumonia, despite the fact that she did not present with any clinical signs of respiratory illness.

Hallie was very protective of her colt Cody. This made treating Cody’s eye a challenge for the vet team but it was critical they tend to Cody’s eye as soon as he arrived at the clinic. Hallie didn’t make it easy, but the team at Reata was able to successfully treat her little colt for his injury, a sticky stifle and eventually Rhodococus. Cody’s trials are a story for another time. Celine Myers and Dr. Sutherland’s team at Reata Equine Hospital had their hands full with this pair, but they persevered!

However,  even after settling in and spending some time at the clinic, Hallie did not come around at all. If Hallie never had to deal with another human being for the rest of her life, it would suit her just fine. Celine and Dr. Sutherland came up with a plan and decided to anesthetize Hallie to ultrasound her lungs and trim her hooves. Hallie’s lung scan did show evidence of comet tails in both lung fields. They treated Hallie in the least invasive way possible with two Excede injections. The farrier was able to trim Hallie’s front hooves, but even after sedation, Hallie kicked and bit as an attempt was made to trim her back hooves

Throughout Hallie and Cody’s stay at Reata Clinic, the vet often expressed to Celine that she had serious concerns about anyone handling Hallie. She felt Hallie was dangerous. With that in mind, Celine tried to get Hallie and Cody into Black Beauty Ranch for lifetime sanctuary. Unfortunately, Black Beauty couldn’t accommodate them, so they were stuck at the clinic.

In the Summer of 2019, one year after rescue, Celine reached out to us at Red Bell Run. All of the medical needs had been addressed for these two little horses. With Hallie still unhandleable, both Celine and Mary believed that love and knowledgeable handling was the answer, and there was fortunately room at the Sanctuary. Hallie and Cody soon boarded an Equine Express trailer to their new home at Red Bell Run. Our staff worked extensively with Hallie to gain her trust. It took some time, but thankfully, Hallie can now be handled although she will probably have a lifetime distrust of strangers. She and Cody now live peacefully at our Silo Barn in adjoining stalls with dry lots, grass paddocks and plenty of people to love them! 




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    Name: Cody

    Type: Shetland Pony

    Color: Chestnut & White Tobiano 

      Markings: Strip & Snip

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 05/13/2018


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In August 2018, a series of photos depicting some terribly emaciated and neglected mini horses were brought to the attention of Celine Myers at the Ark Watch Foundation. A rescue had placed the minis with a “quarantine provider” who was pocketing the money and starving the minis in his care. The horses were standing on a small patch of dirt in the heat of the TX summer without any food, water or shelter, not even a single tree to provide them with a spot of shade. Celine and another rescue reached out to help, and Ark Watch took the four most critical minis and immediately sent them to a vet clinic. Two of these minis were a sorrel mare and her paint colt with an eye injury. Celine named the sorrel mare “Hallie” and her colt was named “Cody”.

Hallie was very protective of Cody and virtually unhandleable. This made treating Cody’s eye a bit of a challenge for the vet team but it was critical they tend to Cody’s eye as soon as he arrived at the clinic. Not only was Cody in a significant amount of pain from the injury but the eye was also very infected. Initially, our vet thought she would have to remove Cody’s eye. She began a treatment regimen with a serum made from Cody’s own blood and multiple antibiotics. As Cody’s injury began to heal and the infection resolved, the vet felt she might be able to save the eye but she wasn’t sure if Cody would have any vision in it. Only time would tell. Happily, Cody responded extremely well to the treatment and has about 65% vision in the eye.

Shortly after Cody arrived at the vet clinic, the vet noticed that the foal’s stifle was locking. Initially, it seemed to be an intermittent event but in time, it started to lock and stay locked. Once Cody was old enough to be castrated, we made the decision to put Cody under general anesthesia and do both surgeries at the same time. We had hoped that the vet could do the less “severe” surgery on Cody’s stifle but when it wouldn’t unlock even under general anesthesia, the vet had no choice but to cut the stifle. While Cody was anesthetized, we also took the opportunity to trim his hooves. Poor Cody woke up from surgery to an unfamiliar body but, like all youngsters, he was quickly on the mend. Just when Celine throught Cody’s health issues were resolved, he developed a cough and some nasal discharge. A lung scan revealed Cody had abscesses in his lungs and our vet suspected the poor foal had Rhodococcus, an often-deadly illness that affects very young foals. Cody was put on a course of antibiotics. About 10 days into the treatment, he developed serious diarrhea, a common side-effect of the drugs Cody was receiving. Thankfully, some Bio-sponge resolved the issue and Cody remained on the medications for another three weeks. In time, the lung abscesses eventually resolved and Cody made a full recovery.

Throughout Hallie and Cody’s stay at Reata Clinic, the vet had often expressed that she had serious concerns about anyone handling Hallie. She didn’t care for people at all. Despite this, after several discussions with Celine, Red Bell Run agreed to take on the pair. Fortunately, with slow and patient handling, Hallie has learned that all people are not evil and that she and her son Cody are safe here. Cody’s traumatic eye injury as a baby has caused permanent sight impairment and damage to the drainage system in his left eye. He has to be given eye medication daily and his tear ducts flushed regularly. We keep a careful eye on him and he gets regular exercise for his stifles. Hallie has a new best friend in another Ark Watch resident, Cassie, who looks like a larger version of her little self! Cody loves everyone and is a very happy camper these days! Both he and his mom are much loved residents of our Silo Barn.  

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    Name: Winslow

    Type: Standard Mule

    Color: Dark Bay

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/1998


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In 2016, Winslow was rescued by a well-meaning lady from Alabama when she saw that he was shipping to slaughter. He was one-eyed, half- (well, mostly-) starved, feet were a mess and he didn’t have much to recommend him. His new owner found herself unable to afford his care and turned to Red Bell Run. We made arrangements for him to go to Second Chance Equine Rescue, a rescue partner in Georgia, supporting him financially until we had an opening. The good folks at Second Chance Equine Rescue discovered that while Winslow liked being petted, he had no interest in walking on a lead line, standing for the farrier or doing anything at all resembling work. They worked with him diligently and when an opening came up at Red Bell Run, Winslow was ready to be a good citizen!

However – Winslow is a sensitive mule and within four hours of his arrival laid down with a bellyache (colic)! We rushed him tot he Tryon Equine Clinic where he was given IV fluids and pain medication, recovering overnight and ready to come back to his new home. We have learned that Winslow has opinions and can be quite dramatic in expressing them! For several months thereafter, every 30 days, Winslow would lie down and colic, so back to the clinic he would go. In examining Winslow, it was discovered that Winslow was on the far side of twenty years old, lacked most of his teeth and flatly refused any type of paste given by mouth. After several months of monthly clinic visits, Winslow began to settle into his new life at Red Bell Run.

It took a little time, but we found a group of equines that Winslow is comfortable with and he lives happily with his “girlfriends”, Cheyanne, a beautiful paint mare, and Cassie, a pretty little Paso Fino cross. Starvation has taken its toll on Winslow, and his heart is very compromised. We have had every diagnostic test possible performed, including wearing a Holter monitor to record his heart rate. Winslow suffers from three different heart abnormalities. Several drug therapies were attempted but in the end weren’t found to be effective. So, Winslow lives his best life under constant observation for any signs of heart failure or discomfort, grazing, eating his mush (no teeth), and flirting with his girls. We know his time is limited but as we do for every equine, we will make however many days he has left, good ones. 

Winslow is why we do what we do. Living his best life! 

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