The story of Hope

NOT FOR SENSITIVE VIEWERS! Hope is one of the first cases we worked with under the banner of THE GREYTON HORSE RETREAT. We also wish to thank EARS Donkey Sanctuary for some assistance with this task.

On the 28th of January 2021 a little foal was found near her mother’s carcass. Her mother had been dead for a day or two and she was probably wondering why her mommy isn’t standing up. We could see that there was foam coming from the mare’s nostrils so we suspect that she must have consumed poison in the nearby dump yard – which is always open and badly managed – plastic and garbage everywhere, even in the surrounding area.

We took her in and got some milk for her to sustain her and help her grow a little because she was only 2 months old. We found a mare that we could possibly team her up with and hoped the mare would let her drink but it didn’t happen. So we kept feeding her milk and she grazed a little with the mare.

We chose this mare. We call her Flamby. She often visits us at our home and is very mild tempered.

As a young filly Flamby used to come and knock at the door for a carrot or apple. We have a great friendship with her.

Things with Flamby didn’t really work out so we kept feeding the little filly and named her Hope. She got used to us and whenever she saw us she would come running for her milk and some supplements we gave her to help her strengthen. Fortunately she is quite comfortable drinking for a bowl which made it much easier for us.

Hope slurps up that milk in a jiffy! She loves it and comes running as soon as she sees us.

And so we have been feeding her every day. She is ok but not great. She was looking a bit thin so EARS Donkey Sanctuary helped with giving her a de-wormer. We hope she will improve and will keep updating the blog on her progress.

We’ve been feeding her and caring for her for over a month now. Once we could see that she was attached to Flamby and would walk with her we returned her to the herd and we go out to her every day to feed her. We need to buy more milk and feed her until she is at least 5 or 6 months old and we were very grateful for some contributions we received to help Hope. Should you feel you can help with Hope’s care, please donate to our cause.

If you wish to help please use the snapscan to pay funds to THE GREYTON HORSE RETREAT and we will use the funds to assist with paying for these bills. Please use: Injuries as your reference. If you wish to contribute to the project in general we are eternally grateful.

If you would rather pay an EFT, please contact us for our banking details.

Hope is doing well. Growing and receiving her milk every day.
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