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TIER - True Innocents   Horse Rescue Issues

Started 2/13/12 by Whoa4aminnit; 1592 views.
In reply toRe: msg 62

From: Whoa4aminnit


2/20/2017 at 7:45 pm Virgil galloped across the Rainbow Bridge. Although I somewhat expected this to happen due to Virgil's recent illness, I had held out high hopes he would make it through as he always had before. I am at a loss for words right now. He brought much joy, tons of smiles, lots of hair (HA!) and laughter to those that knew him. Virgil was with us for 5 years, 7 months, 26 days. Goodbye to our Big Teddy Bear of a horse. You were a wonderful Gift and will be well remembered.

Link to Virgil's page on the TIER (True Innocents Equine Rescue) website:


From: Lina_TX


RIP Virgil.  Say hello from us to our many friends at the bridge.

In reply toRe: msg 64

From: Whoa4aminnit


2017 has started out pretty rough.  Hopefully, the hard times are behind us for a long, long time.

Our wonderful Sammy has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  He was with us for 14 years.  Despite all the efforts by our Vet, he was unable to be saved.  Sammy had a cantaloupe sized stone (enterolith) that caused intestinal blockage and subsequent rupture/leakage.  His heart rate was very high when we arrived at the vet clinic.  The vet ran several tests and told us the prognosis was not good.  We had hoped that if his heart rate could be brought down he might be a candidate for surgery.  He was given may liters of fluids throughout the day and night.  Although his heart rate reduced, Our Vet felt that he could not be saved.

We and the Vet were amazed that Sammy did not exhibit any signs of pain.  There had been no pawing the ground, looking at his flank, rolling or wanting to lie down.  The morning he went to the vet he had been turned out to see if moving around might help and if he had any interest in eating weeds/grass.  He walked about visiting with the other TIER residents and came when I called his name.  He followed me wherever I went.  When we got him to the Vet Clinic he kept wanting to be near me and put his head on my chest.

 I have been a basket case since I received the call from Our Vet stating the treatment wasn't working and having to tell him to let Sammy go.  The deaths of Virgil (chronic diarrhea), Sunny-The Golden Girl (heart failure) and then to suffer the loss of our sweet, sweet Sammy all within 8 days was a bit much for me.  My apologies for not updating sooner, I just took some time to cry.  I think I will be grieving for some time.  It was painful to lose dear Virgil after trying so hard.  The swiftness of Sunny's unexpected heart failure and passing was a shock and I still haven't wrapped my head/heart around it.  Losing Sammy is ...

Having over $2800.00 in Vet bills over a short period of time has wiped out our Emergency Fund and severely depleted our General Fund for pelleted feed for the older horses, senior feed, farrier, etc.  Contributions to help offset these unexpected expenses would be very much appreciated.  Thank you.


Mailing Address:


17130 Van Buren Blvd., #45

Riverside, CA 92504