Now you can see this whole amazing story is not the wishful thinking
of a hopeless optimist
(although it came about because of one--- Bunny AKA Scimitar!!!!)
Tuesday, April 23,
Just got a snip
of Bunny trotting and then walking Sunday on my web site! Had embedding
problems with plug-ins (sounds illegal!) but we shall overcome.
If Bunny can overcome his challenges, then I could certainly conquer
(or at least reach an amicable agreement) with my computer!
The boy's doing great!!!
PS I had an interesting conversation today with a woman who saw
us from the freeway when Bunny was first injured. When she realized
I was the horse's mother, she was amazed and happy he was still
alive. She asked why I did not put a sign in the pasture that we
had moved him closer to the barn anticipating rainy season. I told
her about all the horse "experts" who could diagnose what
was happening to a horse 300 yards away while driving 70 mph on
the adjacent freeway and hopefully looking at the road. They were
continually calling the sheriff on us, the "horse sadists,"
who were hobbling the poor horse down and not feeding him nor letting
him get up. The first time the sheriff came out (I was at work those
days) and saw that my husband was camping down there day and night,
and all the apples, carrots, grain and hay around, he laughed, saying
he wished his wife took that good of care of him! It was a pain
in the butt. That's why we had to keep a low profile. We know that
Bunny had a huge local following, though, and believe me, when his
sores completely disappear and he no longer needs the sling at all---
we are going public. She pointed out that many would be happy---
I especially would like the tell the woman and little boy who left
the "get well" balloons and wonderful heart-touching note,
is the footage of Bunny, first trotting and then walking. Because
the sling has been lowered so much that it is only really providing
emotional support and rarely actual support, it swings from side
to side, actually making it more difficult for Bunny to walk a straight
line. He has much more balance at the trot, than at the walk; the
slower the gait, the more difficult for him. The boy LOVES to go!
We are anxiously awaiting the day when he will have the hind end
strength and the confidence to eliminate the sling entirely.
will notice he still has the faint lines from the back butt straps
which held him up for so long. We are looking forward to the time
when we can leave off that panel permanently-- and not just when
he is walking; however, Bunny has sat down a couple of times in
order to escape the sling, which could have caused a major setback---
we were very lucky he did not hurt himself. At the rate he is going,
he will be on his own very soon!!!
reason that the video is so small is that most of us horse people
spend most of our time outdoors and do not get, or in my case CANNOT
get cable or DSL fast connections. So that you don't have to tie
up your computer for days downloading, the file is small. It still
may take while, though, so start the download, then grab a cup of
coffee, a glass of wine, and watch a TV program while it's doing
its thing. Enjoy!
walking in Sling
April 23rd Evening!
I no more than FINALLY
updated pics with the video of Bunny walking with the sling and now
it is obsolete!! He was walking so well tonight, we took a break near
the pasture fence so he could nose the other horses. Instead he chose
to bend down to eat the grass and had soooo much balance Mark convinced
me to unhook the chest piece so that we could let him graze. Well,
when he leaned forward, the middle portion slid so far back it was
worthless. We tried to back him into it and then Mark convinced me
to just take it off while he was preoccupied with the other horses.
Worst case, he would sit down on the grass and we'd use the tow truck
to raise him. I carefully undid the hooks on one side and let it drop
while Mark pulled him gently forward----he walked!!! Wobbly--- but
walked!! And me without my camera! Couldn't have filmed and unhooked
anyway. Mark yelled at me to go get the camera as he continued to
walk Bunny lest he lose his balance--- this was a Kodak moment if
there ever was one. Jumped in the car and flew to the house. Battery
still charging-- but hey--- just enough for a short one--- DV tape
only had 8 minutes left--- no time to dig through old ones deciding
what to erase. Got back down just as Bunny collapsed, exhausted. Mark
held his head with the halter/lead line so it would not hit hard.
He lay there, almost in shock. We praised him and after about 15 minutes,
he was rested enough to give it another go. We were just expecting
him to have enough energy to just sit up so that we could get the
sling under him but he got up ALL THE WAY!!!
I grabbed the camera and started shooting. It was awesome!!! He sat
down two more times and finally slumped down into the straw we quickly
laid down He even got enough balance to stand in one place comfortably.
I want to write more but am too
tired right now. I think it is
from all the stress--- worrying
about him taking a hard fall again---
but he didn't! Have been trying
to get my Firewire to work on
this computer for the last hour
so that I can lift off some stills
without firing up my editing computer
and transferring it and I am tooo
tired to mess with it further
tonight. I'll get pics and maybe
even a video up tomorrow.
Bunny rules!!! What an awesome horse!!!!!
April 24, 2002
are pics taken last night. Wouldn't you know, I didn't have my camera
for the magic moment when he first walked! Oh well, I had my hands
boy works up a thirst!
goes straight for the carrots!
for buddies in pasture
been a looong day!
Wednesday, May 1,
Bunny is still up
and doing VERY well! We let him out of his large paddock during the
day and give him his freedom on the part of the ranch by the barn
. After being literally cooped up for months, he LOVES it!
I'll continue to
update on his progress now and again when he achieves some "milestone;"
so far it is just steady progress. He becomes more sure of himself
and more balanced with every day.
this point I would like to thank
EVERYONE who gave us suggestions,
equipment, support, CARROTS, expertise...
but to name everyone would rival
Gone with the Wind in length.
So many people have helped Bunny.
You know who you are and know
that all you did was GREATLY appreciated
by Bunny, Mark and myself. There
are a few thank-you's which I
do want to make VERY public, though.
A heartfelt thanks to my best
friend and mentor, John-Roger,
whose inspirational teachings
and books (e.g. Loving Each
Day, the Spiritual Warrior, etc.) has kept me (and consequently
Bunny) going these long challenging
months. "And when you meet
another challenge, you just say
'Next!' and move on..." I
have to admit, there were those
times when I said "Enough!"
instead, before your teachings
sunk in. You also showed me that
there is no THERE as in "when
I really make it big and get there"----
there is only the journey...
big thank-you goes to Charlie
Anderson, who invented the
sling which enabled Bunny to get
back his locomotion, and Dr.
Mark Rick and the rest of
the Alamo PintadoVet
Clinic staff, who graciously
allowed us to borrow theirs! And
speaking of vets, Bunny and I
are soooo grateful to Dr.Don Warden who saw the
unflinchable spirit in Bunny and
did not put him down when by all
standard vet practices, he "should"
have--- and his partner, Dr.
Gary Evans -- who also believed
in Bunny. A major thanks to Dr.
Gary Gordon who gave me hope
through it all. He spoke of a
steeple chase horse who was down
for a year, got up, was reconditioned,
and went on to win races! This
kept us going through many hard
a big slurpy horse kiss to Susan
Stoltz, founder of Chi
Animal Therapeutics, who gave
us the AlphaSonic to use
which greatly sped up Bunny's
healing progress, and to Sharon
Callahan of Anaflora whose flower essences and animal
communication skills assisted
Bunny and let us know better how
to help him.I also want to acknowledge Helena Bresk and Christina
Alfonso of Enchante body
Care Center who spent hours
working the Ttouch Therapy of Linda Tellington-Jones and the Neurokinesiological Release techniques of Michel Kaplan on Bunny, as well as administering homeopathics. And also
a big thanks to Dr. Karen Hale who worked her horse chiropractic
magic on Bunny's vertigo.
HUGE horse hug to Pete and Karen,
without whose tow truck, we would
have never been able to make such
huge strides with Bunny (literally!)
and to Ira and Jesse,
who baby-sat many times and were
the official carrot feeders and
waterers! Jesse was also
the "official" liason
to Horse Forum. Also hugs to assistant
carrot feeders Dan and Helene.
a hug across the ocean to Annie
Lovell in England who sent Reiki healing to Bunny.Then
there were Debra and the
other massage therapists at Sycamore
Hot Springs who were kind
to him while he was out in the
field initially--- and the anonymous
woman and her son who left him
get well balloons and prayers
and... and .... and... you can
see my plight. Now it is starting
to sound like Academy Awards night...and
we REALLY appreciate the efforts
of so many... like Bobby Lieberman who gave me Ttouch techniques
to use, and Pat, who donated
the corner ties... and ...and...
and there I go again.
and a last hug to email@example.com and to Steph and John Teeter who tirelessly give horse riders/owners
a forum in which to ask for help
and exchange information. Without
the support of this wonderful horse
community, I'm not sure we would
have been so successful.As I said
in one of my earlier posts, it may
take a village to raise a child,
but it has taken an international
community to literally raise this
horse!God Bless you all!
for Bunny November 2003
has been a long haul with
good progress on Bunny's part.
Other than a few bruises and
cuts from a couple of missteps,
the boy has faired all right.
Every once in a while he takes
what we call his Jerry Lewis
steps, but on the average,
he is very steady at the trot
and usually steady at the
canter. The walk is the one
where one can tell he is a
little unsteady yet. He has
finally trusted his balance
enough to let us pick up all
his feet for the farrier --
a MAJOR breakthrough (as we
no longer have the tow truck
and sling with which to pick
him off the ground)!
two years recuperation, he is finally strong enough to go in pasture
with the other horses. We have tried before but they picked on
him--- not letting him eat. Weakest link, I suppose. Order his
video or DVD to watch the whole heartwarming story (see below).
UPDATE for Bunny March 2008!
Bunny continues to improve in his gaits every year. Only a trained eye would notice the little weakness in his left fetlock joint (and we are looking for it)
He has been trained under saddle and is pissed that "mom" hasn't taken him to the beach as promised. We moved to an old farmhouse with no horse facilities to speak of (hay barn needs help!) so we had to put up various types of fencing ranging from Horseguard for the calm ones, to no-climb for the pregnant moms and babies, and pipe corral for different needs.
As it is an 1875 farmhouse, we have had to paint, put in new flooring, repair things and haul away trash, etc. It is now foaling season so of course there are always things to do now.
Bunny is doing great although he had a little setback a few months ago-- he got dryland distemper. At first we thought a mare had kicked him in pasture and it was just a hematoma; it was so late in the season -- cold at night so no or very few flies --- yet there was one for sure. We've had the abscess lanced twice and then followed up with antibiotics. Bunny was upset at being locked in a paddock instead of out in pasture so he went on a hunger strike. Looked like bi-afra so we gave in and let him roam free on the place -- even outside of fenced pasture. He's put on weight now and is happy again. The boy does not know he is a horse and refuses to be treated as one -- no boundaries and he wants to pick through all our hay bales to pick out the flowers in the alfalfa. The bales are a mess yet it is a small price to pay for his health.
Other than the spoiled behavior, he is great and I hope to ride him as soon as we get more settled and our mares all foal out. This perpetual mare watch is exhausting :-) yet Bunny takes his shift. We always find him near the prego/baby pasture, much to the consternation of the moms.