Chantilly gives us a scare
It’s been a tense 24 hours in the barn here at the farm. This little gray mare is named Chantilly. She was one of two foals that we took in five years ago when she was just six weeks old. She’s very very dear to us.
Chantilly was a throwaway foal off of a racing farm. What this means is that at just six weeks old, she was taken away from her mother so that her mother could nurse a high bred foal that was destined to be a racehorse. Chantilly was stuck out in the field to live or die.
There is a rescue in York, South Carolina called Dream Equine Team that collects these foals and brings them back here to South Carolina to try to save their lives. This particular time, the horse rescue also agreed to transport a standard poodle who needed a ride to the poodle farm.
The more I talked with Terri, the director, as she drove home from Kentucky with her load of foals and one poodle, the more I knew that I wanted to help. Chantilly and her sister Carly have lived here since then.
Chantilly is now five years old, a young happy, mostly healthy mare with much potential as a trail riding horse. However, the lack of proper nutrition when she was young has taken a bit of a toll on her. We think her esophagus is smaller than it should be. Normallly this isn’t a problem for we work around it.
Yesterday,for the third time in her life, she did what is called choking. When a horse chokes, a piece of food gets stuck in the esophageal tract. The horse can still breathe, for the airway is clear. However they cannot eat or drink. A horse must eat continually or they will die.
What you are seeing here is one of our wonderful vets actually running a tube up her nose so that he could get to the blockage. Once he reached the blockage, he was able to flush it out. I have never been so happy.
Chantilly is not yet trained to go on a trailer, so the cut you see on the side of her face is when we were trying to convince her that it was OK to go in the trailer. We couldn’t do it, so Dr. Reid kindly came to us. He saved her life.
Carrots are now banned at Dreamweaver Farm’s. And once Chantilly is over her ordeal completely, she will be getting trailer loading lessons.