11/17/2022: Lilly is a chestnut Quarter horse type mare with a body condition score of 3 of 9, which means she is thin but not emaciated. She is one of our Golden Girls -- likely 28-32 years old, based on her dentition, though our vet did say she could have prematurely worn teeth. So far, she seems to be a calm, friendly, sweet mare with a very boop-able nose!

We have been collaborating lately with Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) and she came to us through SAFE, where she wound up with her gelding friend Declan when their family's circumstances made it difficult for them to care for the horses. She has been a broodmare in the past, and has not been ridden since she reportedly bucked someone off 13 years ago. SAFE had her evaluated by their vet. Bloodwork was fairly normal, she was dewormed and dusted for lice (precautionary). She will be seen by a farrier shortly. She will have her vaccines and dental float at the end of the month, giving her the opportunity to put on some weight.

We are just getting to know more about Miss Lilly while she's in foster care. We will post more details soon.

Ren is a brown and white pinto horse who we're told is about 11 or 12. He came to us as a seizure from Skagit County Animal Control in really rough shape. We don't know his breed, but at 15 hands, he's very underweight (about 1.5 or 2 out of 9 on the body condition scale). In addition to being so thin, he had lice (treated now) and a noxious discharge coming from one nostril. And another thing...his hooves were overgrown and his frogs were in bad shape from thrush. This poor guy hadn't had proper care in awhile.

Our vet was able to take down the sharp points on his teeth and scope his nasal passages. One was totally clear but there was an infection in the other with some inflamed and necrotic tissue. He's getting course of strong antibiotics to hopefully clear up the infection so we can get a better idea of what's at the root of the problem.

Despite everything he must have been through, he’s really sweet and has some great manners. When the farrier was working on him, he picked up his foot before she even asked, while she was still getting ready. Then he automatically picked up the foot she moved to next, before she asked, with each foot! But he also has some spice to him at times. His foster mom thinks he might be part Arab -- she noticed a little dish to his face, plus, there's the spice.

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Update 5/8/2022: Ren’s infection has cleared and healthy tissue has grown in. We were elated to find out there was no sign of anything worse. He continues to gain weight, and though he still has a little way to go, he is looking much better. His feet are coming along, and he is finally not as sore-footed as he had been. His foster home is starting to do some groundwork with him, and we hope to have him assessed for riding once he has gained a little more weight.

UPDATE September 6, 2022: Although his original infection has cleared up, we continue to work on a few other health issues so Ren remains in Rehab/Assessment. He has been experiencing on-going lameness. X-Rays revealed remodeling of his navicular bones to the extent that the vet has recommended he be a companion horse and not ridden.

Dallas is back with us as of September 2022.

Dallas is an appendix, (Thoroughbred-Quarter Horse cross) mare, approximately 26 years old and stands at 14.3 hands.  When she came to SAIN back in December of 2011, she had a body condition score of 2.5/9, as well as a few old abscesses and a puncture on her hoof. After she regained her health, Dallas was adopted out.

Unfortunately, her adopter is no longer able to care for her so she is back with us. We are told she was last ridden in June and that she was a good trail horse, and is still sound, though they've had difficulty maintaining her weight, of late. We are making arrangements to have Dallas checked out by a vet for full evaluation as soon as possible. Until we know more, she'll remain in Rehab/Assessment.

More to come as soon as we know more!

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