New arrival at STAR Ranch!

Sally arrived 8/17/14 and is a 10 year old paint mare who is steadily gaining weight. She needs a sponsor!

This 10 year old paint, quarter horse mare arrived at STAR Ranch Saturday, August 16 looking for refuge and a haven of help. Sally is horse number 70 to come to STAR in its 7 years of operation in Haywood County. STAR is currently home to 9 horses, with 8 in foster care, as well as 6 donkeys and 6 goats who enjoy the hoofed animal sanctuary.

Karen Kisses Sally

Karen kisses Sally – awwwwww

Sally intake 02Sally has many issues to be resolved, only one of which is severe malnutrition. On a body score of 1-10, she is a 2. Sally drags her back right hind leg due to a bilateral upward fixation of the patella, or knee caps not working properly. She had surgery for this at the University of Georgia when she was just two. Her back right leg still ‘sticks’ or ‘catches’ when she walks. She may be headed for more surgery when she is able to tolerate it.

She has ‘scratches’ on all 4 hooves, a condition resulting from standing in too much mud and water. You can see the mud marks up about 12” on all 4 legs. White line disease in the hoof is another issue she is battling.

A fecal exam will show the type of worm infestation and count so the proper worming meds can be given. These are the least expensive of her meds and can be obtained at Tractor Supply once we know which ones will be the most effective.

Volunteers dote on Sally

Volunteers dote on Sally

Sally has extreme rain rot on her back which can be treated topically, but she will also start on an antibiotic regime of SMZ’s due to its severity. She was brushed the day she arrived and a lot of dead hair removed. A bath awaits her when the sun is warm on her back and she has adjusted to the big changes in her life. What a fun job for STAR volunteers!

“Sally needs some sponsors to help with her care,” said Karen Owens, President of STAR Ranch. “Anyone who can send a monthly donation, or even a one-time gift, will help cover the costs of her upcoming battle to survive.”

Volunteers pay lots of attention to Sally

Volunteers pay lots of attention to Sally

Someday, if all goes well, she will have a beautiful black, brown and white coat. She already has a beautiful tail! Her old nasty halter is in the trash. She is free roaming and loving the grass.

Sally found a new friend in Mylee and has been well accepted by the few horses around her. They seem to know she needs the companionship and support of a herd.

Sally today!

Sally today!

Donations usually go to help all the horses at the ranch. But, in this case, STAR is setting aside donations just for Sally. The alfalfa she needs is $20 a square bale at Junaluska Feed Center. Her Purina Equine Senior is $20 a bag. Mazola corn oil is $10 at Ingles. Follow Sally’s progress on Facebook or call 828-400-4940 to visit in person. Donations can be sent to 970 Rabbit Skin Rd., Waynesville, NC, 28785 or via paypal on the web site. Tax deductible donations can also be made at the Junaluska Feed Center on old Clyde Road off of Route #209.

Find out more about Sally at the Mountaineer.