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Here is the story of how I met this amazing mare and her friends from the auction.


On the 13 of Oct, I mosied up to Oneill, Nebraska...my goal a horse auction.  My mission, to act as moral support for Lynn  and Jana (a rescue volunteer) and to help with the loading and unloading of horses.  Okay so really my job was to be there and to enjoy a day away from my kids and hubby while also working as a volunteer to help save some horses from the meatman. 
This is probably a good place to mention my restrictions for going to the auction.  The only one I had was from my husband and it was this...Absolutely no buying anything!!!!!  This would be the reason that my husband (keep in mind that I didn't even have a trailer of my own there) only sent me with $13 in cash and an empty bank account.  He seemed to think that with that amount of money I would be able to stay out of trouble. lol.  I spent $2.25 on lunch because I was too nervous to eat before the auction and I had a feeling that I would need every penny that I had.
So on to the auction report.  I am guessing that between 200-250 head of horses went through the ring yesterday.  Sadly I estimate that 16 went to the one killbuyer that we were able to pinpoint.  I suspect that there was one more, but he also worked at the auction house helping the auctioneer see the bids (what do you call those guys? lol).  You might ask how I know for sure that the one guy was a kill buyer, well the fact is that I was sitting directly behind him.  I watched as he made a list of horses on his auction card that was labeled Mexico.  He also had a list of prices based on weight that showed what the Mexican slaughterhouse had authorized him to bid on the horses.  It was one of the toughest seats that I have ever maintained.  If that man couldn't feel the abhorrence that I was directing at him the whole time, then I suspect that he has no feelings at all.  Needless to say, it was all I could do to keep myself from knocking all his teeth out.  That is right, I am a bit of a savage and I also have 9 years of Taekwondo to back it up. lol  I did have a bit of a laugh when he realized that the scale was not on and that he was going to have to guess the weights of the horses.  He looked pretty frustrated at that.  I learned from my Uncle in law (lol...tried to think of a short way to say my husband's uncle!) today that the scale there is broken and that the owner hasn't been able to afford to replace it yet. lol
So prices for the horses were very low.  The highest bid on a horse (a well broke ranch gelding with excellent AQHA bloodlines and just out of the cattle pen) was $1500.  The owner no saled him.  The next highest was a mare with Topsail Cody and Leo bloodlines (for those of you who don't know, these are my mare's bloodlines.  I would estimate that this mare at the right place in front of buyers that knew squat about the AQHA Legend's books would have gone for over $4000) went for $1025.  Another similar mare (with very similar bloodlines) went for $650.  A three year old Belgian stallion (broke to ride and drive) went for $160!!!  His mare (broke to ride and drive) from the same farm did slightly better at $335.  I suspect that the stallion would have gone for a higher price, but his mare was in heat and he kept challenging any male horse gelded or not that went past their adjoining pens.  I think it was a bit unnerving for most of the people who went to look at him. lol
So you might ask...what was the lowest price?  Well, that would be the lowest price EVER paid for a horse at the Oneill Auction house.  A whopping $5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And the proud bidder of that price? ME!!!!!!!  That's right.  I broke the rules and bought a probably pregnant, grulla mare for that small sum.  The second lowest price of the night?  $10!!!!!!!!!  And the winning bidder? ME!!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh yeah, I am in deep trouble with my hubby. lol  Not only did I buy one horse, but two.  (By the way the extra $5 dollars came from Jana...you are all sworn to secrecy because her husband doesn't know that...as soon as Curt gets paid and he forgets and gives me money, I will pay her back! lol) Both of whom are skin and bones, possibly pregnant, laughed at as they walked into the arena, and shunned by even the kill buyer!!!!!!!!!  If I had been thinking instead of reacting when the $10 mare came in the ring, I probably could have got her for $5 too.  No one else would even bid, or look at her...they were too busy laughing at her.  The gentleman in front of me said, well I hope you will give her a good home (this was just before the kill buyer ended up sitting there) And I told him that she would be well taken care of.  He said that he hoped I knew what I was getting into, that it would be almost impossible to bring her back.  I told him that I had seen worse and helped with one that was getting close to that...his reply...well they were probably younger.  To his surprise I told him that it was a 20 yr old gelding with Cushings...he turned and stared at me in astonishment and I politely said, I'm in horse rescue. He shut up after that!  lol
Cheyenne was very frightened when we went to load her on the trailer.  She started to try to go back down the alley and I spread my arms out and stopped her.  At that moment I found out what a special mare we had bought for $5.  What she did will stay with me no matter what happens to me in life.  She simply walked up to me and placed her head against my stomach.  She stood there leaning against me with this air of resignation, scared, and weary.  I rubbed her head and ears telling her that everything would be okay.  I tried out my minimal skills at animal communication and tried to send her mental pics of sunshine and green grass.  Her sleek and shiny in a field with other horses.  And of Lynn's daughters very carefully brushing her and loving on her.  She tipped her head back just a bit and looked into my eyes, then with slight pressure, I put my hand on her neck and turned her toward the trailer.  She went over with great dignity and carefully got in.
In all we were able to save 3 mares (all with a certain amount of troubles...the third is limping slightly on one leg, but we think it may be minor and will go away in time with the correct care), 1 jack donkey (Harriet Pearl, Lynn's personal donkey, now has a friend!!!), and four weanlings (one is a gorgeous leopard appaloosa and the others are adorable little bays!). 
Cheyenne is the grulla mare that I bought for $5.  She has an old injury to her front leg that makes her limp (the bone looks to be fused and she is unable to straighten it).  She walks on it fine other than the limp and doesn't seem to be in any pain, I am hoping that a good trim will help with this problem.  Her feet don't look like they have been done in quite a while, so her limp was more pronounced (she walks like my mare did before her trim and the trim did an amazing job for her!).


Here are all the updates that were posted with her pictures from the time she was at Lynn's Rescue and my home.

Meet Cheyenne.  Cheyenne is the $5 mare I bought at the auction.  This picture was taken the morning after the auction.

Update:  6 Nov 2007:   We have recently learned that based on her teeth, Cheyenne is only 7 years old! 

We believe that Cheyenne is pregnant.

Updates: (6 November 2007)

I have promised updates once a month for these beautiful girls and I am a bit early with their info. That is because things have been so rough for these girls.

Cheyenne had a bit of an accident today. She fell in the barn and was trapped under a fence for a while. Lynn, the rescue owner, was at work when it happened. Her daughter, Sam, came home and went out to feed and worried when she couldn't find her. She found her in the barn and called Lynn. Lynn rushed home along with her husband and they were truly worried that Cheyenne would not be okay. After they got her unstuck from her situation, they couldn't get her to stand. Luckily they have an old cattle sling in the barn and were able to use it and the tractor to assist her getting to her feet. Once up, Cheyenne was much better and went to eat some hay and the grain that she had missed. Lynn said that while she was down, they were able to see the foal moving around inside. It looks like despite the neglect that Cheyenne faced, the baby is doing well. 

The other good news is that we now know approximately what age Cheyenne and Sarah Beth are (we know that Annie is 22 years old from her registration papers.). Cheyenne is only 7 years old!!!!! Hard to believe after seeing her at the auction and with the neglect that she shows. And sweet, scared Sarah Beth is only 5 years old!!!!! These two have a chance now to grow old with a family that loves them!!! Where they will never know hunger or pain. And once they are completely well and back in shape, they may find an adoptive family that will make them a part of their forever family. When we first saw them, we always thought that they were old and would be sanctuary horses at the rescue. Now we know that with love, kindness, patience, and care, these girls have a full life ahead of them. Someday if the right family comes along (or I can convince my hubby to let me bring them home) they will have the opportunity to find their forever home. 

These pictures were all taken around the 5th of Nov 2007.


Here is Miss Cheyenne. Look at that poor pregger girl.  She looks like she is ready to have the baby any time!!!


Please Help Cheyenne!!!

For the third time Cheyenne has gone down.  The vet says that the combination of a bad knee, being so hugely pregnant, and the neglect that she has faced to this point are making it difficult to stay up.  She needs to lay down to rest, but once she does, she can't get back up. Lynn and Darryl have been using the tractor and creating a temporary sling to help get her back up each time.  They are checking her every few hours in case she goes down.  This is taking it's toll on the tractor though!  The tractor has problems with its hydraulics, so it can only hold her up for so long.

What we need is a sling to help hold her up!  So I have set up a chip in account where you can donate directly to helping get Cheyenne a sling.  The chip in will run until February 15th.

Update 16 Nov 2007:  We have a wonderful organization called Horses Forever out of Colorado that is going to loan us a sling to help Cheyenne.  In evaluating Lynn's barn, we have come to the  conclusion that it is not going to be able to help Cheyenne and the sling, so we are evaluating several alternatives.  One is that Lynn and Darryl are coming to my house (provided that my hubby will go along with it...oh he will, I will make sure of that!) to evaluate my barn to see if it will be able to hold Cheyenne, and to evaluate the tractor here to see if it can be used in the event that Cheyenne goes down.  If for some reason that will not work out, the engineers where Darryl works have a plan to create a large support structure for the sling.  We will then build a temporary shelter around Cheyenne to keep her safe from the elements.  


Update 19 Nov 2007:  Cheyenne was moved to my home this weekend.  We will be able to use the barn here to house her in as soon as we work out some details.  For the moment, she is in her sling in the doorway to the barn (my barn is more of a overlarge run in with two doors on each end.).  We had a scare on Saturday night!  

I found Cheyenne out of the sling and on the floor of the barn.  She somehow managed to get out of the sling.  Not sure exactly what had happened, but I freaked out.  Ran to the house and grabbed the hubby.  We worked for a solid hour with no hope of getting her up...she was trying, but seemed too week from the trip to be able to get up.  That is when we noticed that she was biting her stomach.  Fearing colic, I ran to the house and called the closest vet.  he arrived about 30 minutes later and what he had to say in some cases was surprising.
The biggest shock is that Cheyenne is not pregnant!!!!!!  He had his arm in there all the way up to his shoulder and said he couldn't find a baby in there at all.  Struck me as strange because after a couple of times of her biting her stomach and cramping like, I tried her teats.  They were a little baggy and expressed some white milk!  So either, she is preggers and the vet missed it, or at some time she miscarried the baby and we didn't know it (or find it for that matter!), or a possibility that hit me today was that she miscarried prior to being here.  Although we all could have sworn we saw the baby move.  :o)
She was not colicing, just had a bit of a tummy ache most likely brought on by the stress of trailering.
She has a major heart murmur.  He said that on the one side it almost sounds like a washing machine in full cycle.  He said it could be cause by the neglect that she faced, but she may have had one prior to that. 
He was surprised that all in all, other than being very weak, she has great color to her gums, normal gut sounds, a healthy appetite (what ever you do, don't hand feed the girl...she won't intentionally bite you, but if your fingers get in the way she has no problem eating them too. lol), normal temp, and normal stool.  We worked for another solid hour by the three of us with several near misses on getting up.  He ended up leaving with advice that she had less than a 50% chance if she stayed down and only slightly higher if we were able to get her up.  He told us to roll her over every 4 to 5 hours.  He also said that he couldn't imagine us paying for all sorts of blood work on a $5 mare...he obviously doesn't know me does he!  He advised us to do what we could to get her on her feet and then give her a few days to strengthen up before making any other decisions about her.  If only he had seen her five weeks ago when she was even skinnier!
So after only about an hour of sleep, I cautiously went to the barn...fearing the worst, but Cheyenne was happy to see me and hungry. lol  That is when I learned to always feed her out of a bucket...she doesn't do the gentle thing when taking food from your hand, it is more like grab it, as much as you can at one time, no matter how hard you have to bite and then chew quickly so you can get to the next bite. lol  When she was done, the hubby came out and helped me get her rolled over and hay set up for her, then we went to church. 
After church we called all the neighbors before finally finding one who was home.  Mike came  over with his loader tractor to help us get her up.  I think this is his first experience with a really neglected horse.  He looked stunned when I pulled the blanket off of her and he got his first look at her.  I told him her story and about Annie and Sarah Beth.  He looked appalled that anyone could do that to a horse. 
Good news is that we were able to get her back up in the sling.  Bad news is that she isn't really happy about it.  That is because she has a bit of an uneven ground issue...you see the tractor (and the one our landlord has was even worse!) that Mike brought was too tall to get in the barn to where we wanted the sling hung.  So, we had to temporarily hang her suspended in the very center of the barn doorway! Thank goodness that the little window above the door was made so a person could raise it up! 


Here are a few pictures I took after we got her up.  The first is Cheyenne plowing the hay as fast as she could.  She seemed to enjoy it so much more once she was on her feet!

The second and third pictures are two different angles of her bad knee.


Here are left and right views of Cheyenne in her sling in the doorway of my barn.  


I have to admit that it was scary, tiring, and downright mind bending how to get her up.  I had put the sling under her previously and then she wiggled her way around until it wasn't right anymore, so we had to get the sling all straightened out, then it was figuring out where we were going to put her, then it was how to get her up without stressing her too much, then it was getting everything adjusted, etc.  It took us two hours of maneuvering to finally get her up.  We all looked like we had been in the worlds largest boxing match in the end. 
But Cheyenne is up and eating (everything in sight!!!!) and seems much happier.  She is slowly putting less weight in the sling and on getting more on her feet.  She is peeing and pooping normally.  And boy can she be sassy!  She was trying to buck in the sling and even did a bit of a rear up.  It was a little scary, but she settled back down and has been wonderful ever since.
So...we are going to give her a few days on her feet in the sling and then give her a tiny dose of worm medicine, to make sure she isn't wormy, and so she doesn't colic.

Update 20 Nov:  Our landlord has offered to let us put Cheyenne in his quonset!  This means that she will be in a much larger area where a full sized tractor can drive into to help us get her set up in her new sling!!!!!  It also means that she will be on completely level ground so that she can stand evenly on all four legs!  This is a very unexpected blessing.  We also learned that our landlord has a large engine lift in his quonset.  We may be able to use it to help Cheyenne up and down out of her sling.  Until we can get the section of the quonset we are able to use cleaned out and ready, I have created a very temporary shelter for Cheyenne.  Here are a few pictures.



Update 23 Nov 2007:  Cheyenne crossed the Rainbow Bridge today.  Lynn came to bring the new sling for Cheyenne and we got everything set up for her.  When we went to get her out of the sling she was in, we found that the straps were starting to cut into her skin.  We slowly removed the sling and Cheyenne was able to stand for a short time on her own.  We knew though that her time was to be short.  She began having seizures and went down for the final time.  The vet was called and he gently helped her cross with those that loved her there to rub her face the way she loved.  In the final moments of her life, Cheyenne looked over my shoulder and pricked her ears.  I know that she was seeing the friends that were at the bridge to welcome her home and to help her crossing easier.  

Run free my Cheyenne.  Know that I love you and will never forget you!


Cheyenne would like to say thank you to those that have donated to help her.  She appreciated it very much!

Thank you Rosalie for the offer of a blanket and several other items for Cheyenne and Sarah Beth!

Thank you everyone who is waiting for the feed store information in order to donate for these girls

We got an awesome donation of $20 for Cheyenne today!!!  Thank you…forgot to ask Lynn who it was from! Lol

We have a lady from the Alex Brown Forum that is donating two blankets to the mares!!!  Yeah!!!  Thank you!!! This donation means that we have all the winter blankets that we will need for these mares.   :) 

Thank you to Trish for the $5 donation for Cheyenne's sling!!!!!

Thank you to Jennifer for the $26 donation for Cheyenne!!!!

Thank you to Ginny for being the winning bidder on our auction and donating $40 to the girls' care!!!

Thank you to Eva for the donation of feed through my store for Cheyenne.


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