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I am looking to rehome a Paso Fino mare, fondly known as Melwyn, as she is not happy on the farm. Little is known about her history. She and seven other horses were seized by animal control after two other members of her herd starved to death. She and the rest of the horses were taken to the county fair grounds to live for a few months while the owner was tried for her crimes against animals. In the trials the owner stated that the horses are pure, registered with very good bloodlines, Paso Finos. The owner was prosecuted and the horses went to the animal control.
On Easter morning four years ago people came into feed the horses and saw that Melwyn had given birth to an extremely small and malnourished foal. She was attempting to protect her foal from the horses who surrounded her, but the foal could not walk. Melwyn was so thin that it was not noticed that she was pregnant, nor was she able to produce any milk, including the colostrum that is so important.
The vet clinic knew my family well (we have raised welsh ponies and cobs for generations) and we volunteered to take the mare and foal in since our foaling barn was empty and a good distance away from other horses since the foal would need to be quarantined for a number of months. At the vet clinic we x-rayed Lilly’s legs to make sure that her joints were properly formed, they were. Lilly weighed 79lbs and Melwyn weighed 800lbs, even though she had just had a foal and had been eating round bales for two months. Although she looked old, she was only 7 or 8 at this time according to her teeth. Now she would be 11 or 12.
We named the filly Lilly and fed her through a tube for two weeks every few hours. Melwyn, although being very protective of her foal in the herd, seemed to know we were helping her baby and allowed us to do what we needed with Lilly. Within two weeks of love and good hay Melwyn would let us pet her, brush her, and started to produce enough milk to support Lilly herself. Although vets warned us that she may loose all of her hair due to stress she shed out that spring into a lovely coat. She stood perfectly for our kind farrier, gained a lot of weight, and started nickering to me whenever she saw me.
It was evident, however, that something was wrong with her hind-end. With the help of an equine chiropractor and a massage therapist we were able to get her so that she could walk without much of a limp. The veterinarian that worked on her thought that she may have badly hurt her pelvis and that she has nerve damage in one leg. Stories came out about her previous life, horses chased across cattle guards and shot. She also was not able to get over her fear of ropes and could not always be caught. With that being said she did improve a good deal. She is now able to rest her foot on the farriers stand without any breaks. She can lie down and get up, and she is able to live in the summer on forty acres of trees and grass very comfortably. Sometimes she trots/gaits and canters completely sound, sometimes she is obviously hurting.
After the barn where she had lived since coming to me sold, we moved back to my parents farm. Here it has become evident that she is not happy, especially during the winter. She is very afraid of herds of horses. In the winter she has to live in a herd of two or three and this appears to be too much for her combined with the often very snowy and icy conditions that this area of Montana gives us. She has fallen and getting her up has been very difficult. She will not eat unless food is taken far away from other horses to an area that is ice free, although getting to that area is a long and hard process for her. She also spends a lot of time lying down and when she gets up she is very stiff.
Due to this hardship and discomfort that she goes through every winter I have decided to euthanize her rather than prolong her suffering unless the perfect situation arises for her.
Melwyn is incredibly sweet. She is very shy and bonds only to one person, but when she does she is very happy. She loves being groomed and will stop eating to get grooming. She has a gorgeous long mane and tail. She nickers even after I have been away for weeks. She is not a piggy and is a moderately easy keeper. An ideal home would have another older horse for her to live next to, or maybe with, depending on their personality. It would be in an area that is not known for ice and snow or has exceptional drainage. She would need room to move around and keep as mobile as possible. Work by a gentle chiropractor or massage therapist may be the key to her happiness. It is something that I cannot provide at the moment.
Please contact me if you have a place for Melwyn. I just adore Lilly who I just started this year. She is very small, 13.2, but just a sweetheart.
Thank you for your time,
Eleanore Eberts, email@example.com