Sasha

Sasha

Sasha

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    Name: Sasha

    Type: Miniature Donkey

    Color: Brown & White

    Markings: Spotted

    Sex: Mare

    Birthday: 12/28/1995

 

Our Sasha is an older lady now, and has  been a mainstay of her little herd for over three decades. Sasha is a spotted miniature donkey with beautiful markings and a pronounced cross on her back and shoulders. She and herd mates Poncho, Micky and Scarlett are old friends. A few years back Mr. Moses and Lilli joined their group and all of them live at our Hee Haw Hideaway barn at Red Bell Run. Because Sasha has Cushings, she suffers from bouts of laminitis which is an inflammation of the laminae on the inside of her hooves. Imagine that you smacked your foot with a hammer and it was swelling and painful but it was encased in concrete or a tightly fitting shoe – that is what laminitis is like. 

When this happens, she stands patiently in her ice boots, and of course, we give her pain medications. Her diet has to be watched carefully to be sure she doesn’t get access to high sugar feed, hay or treats. This is why it is so important if you have donkeys that you have a large dry lot or track system without grass for them to live on. It’s especially true for donkeys with Cushings and to manage their weight. A typical day for Sasha and her little herd involves breakfast (low sugar hay) with a smidgen of grain balancer and medications, and turnout in their dry lot. Sasha has arthritis now and moves a bit slower these days, but she and Poncho, who is her ever-present companion, lie in the sun, enjoy being groomed by our staff and volunteers and are always ready to enjoy the next meal or low sugar treat! 

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Jenna, Jasper, Perdita & Pequito

Jenna, Jasper, Perdita & Pequito

Jenna, Jasper, Perdita & Pequito

The journey to rescue and sanctuary came when the little ten-day old jack foal (Jasper) and his mother (now Jenna) came to the attention of Turning Pointe Donkey Rescue. Spotted in the Bowie Feed lot it soon became apparent that any attempt to transport the pair a significant distance would certainly result in the death of the foal. Turning Pointe paid the bail for the pair and Ark Watch took it from there covering the transport to Reata Equine Hospital in Weatherford, TX and the medical costs to get these two on the road to health.

The pair were met by the vet team that immediately determined that Jenna’s bloodwork indicated signs of stress from her trip through auction and kill pen with a very young baby in tow. It was also revealed that both donkeys had pneumonia. Luckily, both responded well and within a few weeks vaccines, deworming treatments, hoof trims and more were slowly introduced so they were soon ready to leave their temporary home at the vet clinic.

Within days of taking on Jenna and Jasper a frantic call came into Ark Watch from Turning Pointe about a jenny and newborn foal at a kill pen that was in desperate need of help. The jenny had apparently given birth on the truck and the foal was just a few hours old and very tiny. The vet thought the foal might have been born premature. Although he was trying to nurse, he was having a hard time suckling and it became apparent that nourishment was the priority. After trying to get him to drink failed the vet team decided they would have to tube the foal with a medicinal formula to get vital nutrients into him. To keep her milk stream flowing (Perdita) had to be milked every four hours around the clock. If they could keep the foal (now, Pequito) alive long enough…he’d need to nurse.

Within two days of his rescue Pequito’s bloodwork indicated he was developing additional problems. He would need a plasma transfer, a catheter and various courses of antibiotics to survive. It truly took a Herculean effort on the part of Reata Hospital staff to save the little guy.

As the weeks passed, Pequito began to thrive. It became apparent that he was a feisty little donkey, full of spit and vinegar. When the weather was good Pequito, and his friend Jasper who is just 10 days older than his friend, spent their days running and playing together in a pasture at Reata Clinic waiting for Hurricane Florence to pass so that they could make the trip to the Sanctuary at Red Bell Run where they will eventually join other jennies and their foals in a larger herd group.

Today, Jasper, and Pequito play “Chase” and “Tag” while making their two Moms dizzy as they try to keep their eyes on these two rambunctious boys! The Silo Barn at the Sanctuary is their forever home.

credit: rescued by ark watch foundation, ca

 

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