Color: Dark Bay
In 2019 Celine Myers of the Ark Watch Foundation contacted us about a hinny named Raisin she had saved in Texas. He was in fairly decent shape and was a companion to a blind hinny named Bennie. Both needed a place to go and since Bennie was blind, we didn’t want to separate him from his friend, Raisin. In due course the pair arrived at Red Bell Run and were placed in the Longears Lodge barn. They were inseparable and lived together at the back of the barn in a specially designed dry lot area so that Bennie could find his way around.
However, we began noticing that Raisin had white areas in his eyes. Although he didn’t seem to be in pain, it was quite concerning. Our vet, Dr. Setlakwe examined Raisin and determined that he suffers from a disease called IMMK, or Immune-mediated keratitis. This is a non-infection eye disease that causes the immune system to attack the cornea of the eye; it can lead to blindness. We noticed Raisin would have flare ups anytime he was stressed, so every effort is made to keep his stress level to a minimum. With medication several times daily, Raisin’s IMMK remains under control, and even though (being a hinny) he isn’t overly fond of having his eyes medicated, he’s a good boy and tolerates the procedures as long as there are treats involved!
Sadly, Bennie eventually had to be euthanized because of his eye issues which left Mr. Raisin alone, but not for long! Raisin proved to be quite resilient and eventually became best friends with a donkey named Moe, a Quarter Horse named Pops, a red molly mule named Dory and a little miniature horse named Spicy. Raisin and his group have private stalls in the Longears Lodge barn with attached porches and dry lots that open onto a lovely pasture. We call them out little group of “misfits”, but they really aren’t. They’re all just adorable and we’re so glad that they have found each other!
Raisin spends his days wearing a special UV-rated fly mask to protect his eyes, palling around with his buddies in the Longears Lodge barn area, and snacking on lush grass. All in all, we’re happy to say that Raisin is doing well and his eye issues are under control!