Wild Horse Spirit, Ltd.
Blondie - injured wild horse foal
In mid-July 1998, a Virginia Range wild horse foal, free-roaming with her band, came to the attention of the Mark Twain/Stagecoach community residents. Her right hind leg was severely injured but she still managed to keep up with her band. VRWPA, based in Storey County, and Wild Horse Spirit, based in Washoe County, began receiving phone calls about the little one shortly before the 4th of July weekend. As with most callers, her description ranged from a 3 month old to a 9 month old, possibly Palomino. Well, the little one turned out to be a 4 ½ month old filly. Interestingly, Betty from Wild Horse Spirit had photographed her with her family on April 19, 1998. The little one, who was feisty, healthy and beautiful, was about one month old at that time.
We eventually learned that the
little one was not only coping with a
On July 10, 1998, Carol and Jenny graciously allowed Bobbi and Betty from Wild Horse Spirit and Olivia from VRWPA to set up a portable panel trap to catch "Blondie". Once in the trap, her injury could be better evaluated and the rope around her neck removed. Carol and Jenny expressed concern about Blondie and what would happen to her. They were assured that we would give her excellent care. Once Blondie was in the trip, her wounds noted to be more severe than thought. A one-shot treatment would not be possible.
Wild Horse Spirit trailered her to a vet hospital in Reno where, under anesthesia, her wounds were debrided and dressed. She was also given hydrating IV fluids and started on IV antibiotics for infection. Her wounds were serious. She would not have survived in the wild.
After a week of intensive treatment at the hospital, Blondie was trailered from the vet hospital to the home of Sherry and Dennie for further outpatient care under supervision of Dr. Michele Peacock. Sherry and Dennie had other adopted wild horses, including a filly named "Arrow". To help lessen her stress of being separated from her mother, Blondie was able to socialize with other "wild" ones who not only welcomed her and but were delighted with her.
In retrospect, from the description of
Blondie's band and her mother, it was felt this
same home, a year earlier, may have cared for and eventually adopted Blondies sister, "Arrow".
Arrow miraculously survived a bow and arrow shot into her chest inflicted
by a resident in November 1997. Again, with concerned residents
reporting the atrocity, she received help. Treatment of Blondie’s
leg continued. There was no guarantees that her leg would fully
recover, but in her favor was her youth and we are all pulling for her.
Once recovered, Blondie would eventually be adopted to a loving, caring,
committed life-time adopter.
(Above) August 1, 1999, Blondie, a beautiful Virginia Range filly,
at her adoptive home and fully recovered. On this day, Bobbi and
Betty were met,
not only by Blondie, but Sparky, Sugar and Daisy,
previously adopted by Jan, with the usual friendly
wild horse greeting. Also note the young bay filly (right). This is
Arrow who survived a bow and arrow shot to her chest by a resident in
the Mark Twain area and at the time of this 11-9-97 photo was recovering at her
adoptive home with Sherry and Dennie in the Virginia Foothills area. Arrow
is one lucky wild horse.
Blondie's and Arrow's beautiful Virginia Range bay mother, photo taken on
7-10-1998, the day Blondie was taken to the vet. We sadly learned that their mother went upon Pegasus wings to join other wild horses after she was killed by a motorist in January 2000. Bless the precious and beautiful bay, brown, black mares who are "the roots" of all wild horses.