Seven 4.1.22

In Memory of Seven

January 01, 2004 – January 22, 2024

Seven was a beautiful, gaited mare who was found injured and starving in a field near Red Bell Run. Thanks to our friends at Polk County Animal Control and Longears Donkey Rescue, Seven was brought to Red Bell Run for evaluation and rehabilitation. Our staff promptly named her “Seven” because of the marking on her forehead. Suffering from starvation, Seven was evaluated by our veterinarian who found that she also had quite severe neurological issues and was very unbalanced. Because she had been starved, Seven was put on a refeeding plan; giving too much too quickly to a starving animal can throw them into Refeeding Syndrome which shuts down their organs and usually causes death. At first, we weren’t sure that Seven was going to survive. Watching her try to walk was painful and there was a period of time when we thought the best thing for Seven was euthanasia, but Seven proved to be one tough lady!

With treatment, medication and intensive care, Seven’s balance gradually improved. She endured several tests to see if her neurological issues were caused by a progressive disease, but in the end, our vet concluded that she must have suffered an injury, possibly being hit in the back by a heavy branch since none of the tests for disease were positive. She continued to improve to the point that she was not a danger to herself and enjoyed her days with her best friend Molly, a red molly mule. The two lived together at our Mountainview Barn where Seven was adored by staff and volunteers. She was quite a handful at times and the epitome of a “red mare”, but we loved her so. 



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