With all this snow it seems appropriate to let you know about our recent rescue, Jingle. He is about 12 years old and a grey paint. I purchased him out of a feed lot at an auction house in NJ on Christmas Eve. It was late afternoon and many of the other horses had been purchased. He was quite lame and there didn't seem to be much interest in him. I purchased him over the phone and honestly, it made my Christmas to know we had saved another life.
On 12/26, my friend Colleen and I went down to the auction house to get Jingle. It took over 2 hours each way and it was pouring rain. Jingle was afraid, especially of the worker who went to catch him in the pen. But he was a good boy, and loaded. He was very lame, which concerned Colleen and me. We boarded Jingle at a local stable to quarantine him, as we didn't have the quarantine space at the farm. We unloaded in the pouring rain by the light of my headlights. We had a small flash light to find our way to the barn.
Jingle was nervous but was a good boy about the whole situation. Our vet came out to examine Jingle a few days later, and was concerned with his lameness issues. We ended up X-raying his knees. He has significant arthritis in his knees, especially his right front knee. His hooves were very long so on New Year's day, our farrier, Gil, picked me up and we went out and trimmed his hooves.
On January 12th, Jingle came to the farm. He was very nervous at first. He made friends quickly with Patty and Lucy. He really liked Apache but the feeling wasn't mutual for very long. We tried Jingle in with Apache and Apache went after him, so we moved Jingle back to being by himself but having contact with the others through the fence.
Despite his being very afraid of certain things ... a dark stall, the hose, some men ... Jingle had clearly been cared for. His weight was good and someone cared about him. He is very friendly and loves attention. His lameness problems have perplexed us because some days he is worse than others. Once he is moving around more he seems better but he has difficulty turning. His injuries are older from the X-ray results.
You don't look into Jingle's cute brown eyes and think he is in pain. He really enjoys life. He loves the other horses. He goes out in a small area with a shed by my house so I can keep and eye on him. We have started turning him out in a bigger paddock next to Linus. He adores Linus, our miniature stallion, which is so interesting because only one other horse really likes Linus here.
We are debating what to do next with Jingle, whether to inject his knee and X-ray his coffin joints. For now we are seeing how he does with more turn out space for part of the day.
Jen Wenzel, the photographer whose photos have graced our calendars, was recently at the farm to take winter photos of the horses for our next one. I wanted her to take some shots of Jingle. Once he realized she had cookies, he just followed her around like a big puppy, making it impossible to get shots. I went in and helped her so she could get some pictures. Jingle is just so sweet and hopefully we can make him more comfortable with his lameness issues. You get the sense he knew how bad his situation was at the auction. Jingle seems to realize he is safe now and well loved.
Your support of Jingle would add to the miracle he's grateful for every day - the chance at a new life. Please sponsor him or donate to his care and help out with his vet care. More photos of Jingle can be found on his profile page.
October 2014 … In Memory of Jingle