Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Horses in Great Need

Right now the HSUS has a seizure pending in Lincoln Co.
The horse is going to have a blood panel to be sure it can
be saved at all.

Assuming the horse can be, there is a need for a foster home
for this horse.

I have a potential volunteer, but I would like to find a few more,
just in case.


Second issue, there is a 16 yr old Standardbred gelding, who is supposed to
be well mannered, that was essentially abandoned by his owner in Logan Co.,
and the girl keeping the horse cannot afford to winter him. He is supposed to be
thin. He would be free to a good home. Transport is possible.

Here is what the girl says about him:

"This is from the girl who has him now:

"hes broke. he's had a lot of trail miles on him. I've know a lot of his previous owners, so he's been traded and sold a lot. he needs a advanced rider who has soft hands cause he seems to have a very s...ensitive mouth. his wolf teeth might bother him or his teeth need floated."
I am waiting on photos of both of these horses and more information.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Mare update: Maybe I am too rash

A fellow that we buy our hay from came a few days ago, and he felt our mare has a good chance of making it.

Maybe he is mistaken, but it gives me hope.

She is still able to walk and is eating well. I cannot put down a horse that is obviously trying to live very hard.

We are keeping it padded and wrapped with a boot on. I wrapped it with a poultice today.

A Summer Day on the Farm

First, my 9 year old son picked dandelion greens randomly when outside playing because he wanted to eat them - I thought that was awesome:  that he knew you could eat them and picked them on his own!

How many kids know what they can eat that grows in nature without human planting, something they do not grow in stores? How many kids actually like to eat those things?

Wow! This is what homesteading would be all about.

Here is the bucket of greens, as he brought them into me, and he is right, they are great when looked like spinach or turnip greens.

Now, I finally got a very nice Sigma 10-20mm F4.6 wide angle lens to do
outdoor and wedding photography.

Might I say, I am VERY happy with this lens, and it will help get the shots
I need at upcoming weddings I have booked, but it also takes
amazing landscape and other creative shots.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fall approaching. . .

Just a day on the farm.

Beautiful weather and a wide angle lens = Glorious.

Jeremino, the Mini Donkey :)

Our rooster, formerly thought to be a pullet and named
after a Disney princess.  . . Bell, perhaps?

Inside the coop with a Rhode Island Red

In the coop with the guy and the gals;
Notice the goats hanging outside

Our senior (retired) Nubian doe, Claire,
and the resident Boss dog, Henry enjoy a sunset

The doe herd

Some sunset shots from the evening

And so the sun sets on another day on the cuspis

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Night time feeding in a storm = good times?

All of sudden, around 9 pm, a storm blows up. A serious storm - crazy wind, lightening, thunder and a downpour.

I like the rain. I like walking out in it, so I tell John stay down here with the kids, I will feed everything and such.

Just walking up the muddy hillside was a feat.

I get up and can't find a flashlight to turn on the lights.

The wind was blowing so hard, I could barely close the barn doors

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Mares

These are some photos and images I took today and
put together of our SE Filly, Arab Mare and QH mare.

Straight Egyptian Filly, Champagne Reminiscing

Below is our Arab Mare, KD Lady ANN

And here is our Quarter Horse Mare, Liz

A lighter note: Photos before the storm

There was a storm on the horizon, if you will, so I ran out and snapped photos before the rains came in here on the farm.

Enjoy :)

Our riding arena

The gals free ranging

Creamer's LF Dutchess Dream, one of our Doelings

Barnevelder pullet

The hens

The boys - very good pals

Liz, our QH mare and Lady Ann, our Arab mare

Liz - our Quarter Horse Mare

Dismal rescue update

The mare, to put it plainly, is not doing well.

We aren't sure what to do.

There comes a point where you think the road to any
type of "life" for her is going to be so long and hard with a
quality so poor. . . is it worth it?

And the bigger question. . .is any type of life even possible?
I am not sure she can recover. I am not sure at all.

Why this sudden turn to pessimism?

The vet asked us when he came out, "Are you SURE you want to do this?"
This meant. . .give the extreme effort to TRY to save her. .. there is no guarantee, and certainly, there is no promise she will ever be comfortable or enjoy being a horse.

I do not want to become so swept up in the rescue that I forget to actually rescue. . .

I wanted to save her from harm and pain. . .saving doesn't always end with a life that is happily ever after. . .it can be simply an end to pain and harm. Regardless, she will have that.

We are not giving up, but I am trying to be realistic about what is actually possible.

When I look at her. .. I don't yet see a SAVED horse.
I see a horse still in pain and suffering.

I want to see her be able to run through fields and do those things which all
horses ought to be able to do. . .
but maybe that is not a possibility "HERE"

* * *
I am not giving up yet, but I hope that I will draw a line and resolve
to do the right thing and not turn this poor mare into a long drawn out rescue
without a peaceful ending.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The rescue mare's new "shoes" and an update

Today, the boots that were so graciously donated by Judi for our rescue mare's use arrived!

I was thrilled and so overwhelmed that someone would care that much.

I could not have afforded to provide these, and our vet assured me they were very much needed.

Although she is till quite thin, she has gained a lot internally. She is a great deal thicker.

She is still trying to figure out how to walk in the new boots, but you can tell that steps

do not cause her near the pain that they had prior to getting them!

Now, I don't have photos tonight, but I will get some ASAP:

Due to the tremendous neglect of her feet, we expected founder, and a small corium prolapse began on the front left hoof.

This photo below is NOT her, but her's looks almost just like this; her's is smaller and is in the front. It simply must heal up, and it takes a long time:

The above is a link I found that shows the healing process of a prolapse.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Update on the Wayne Co. / Pritchard Seizure

It is amazing to see the above video after seeing the actual site and condition first hand prior to the rescue of those horses


Visit my site above for the original video and story.

We witnessed this abuse prior to the rescue, but we were not directly

Having seen first hand what these horses were going through, I want
to make sure people here their story.

The man who did this received only a $900 fine, I hear.

Good Job, Wayne Co and West Virginia. . .way to let the nation know you do not
care about abuse like this. They had let this go on for 10-20 years, as it was.

Horses needing HELP RIGHT NOW

These horses are for sale in Eastern KY right now for $100 each

That means a kill buyer or a horse trader will get them soon - they search online for such ads, so unless a good home comes for them soon, I have no doubt they will end up either
on a trailer to Mexico or headed to an auction to then be put on a trailer headed for slaughter.

We can't help them all, but we can try.

I am up to my eyeballs right now with my own horses and the rescue mare, but I want
to make aware anyone who might be able to help these horses here now.

I have more photos - email tinia@lucasfarmwv.com for
more information.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Judi from Summerfield, North Carolina just bought 2 sets of boots for the rescue mare!

I am so grateful for this help for this horse!

1 set of soaking boots and another set for 24/7 wear.

These are very expensive and the use of these boots will make
all the difference in the horse's recovery.

I expect this will allow her to walk and be turned out to enjoy
being a horse, which is something I know she has never been able to do before.

I simply did NOT have the funds to buy these, and I was not sure where they were going to come from, and our vet us know it was an immediate need, not a suggestion.

Now, I'm sure the vet bill tomorrow when we pick up all the medications will knock me over, BUT I am so happy to have these boots, I will deal with that another day :)

 * * *

Proverbs 27:23: "Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds."

Matthew 6:26: "Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?"

Job 38:41: "Who provides for the raven its prey when its young ones cry to God and wander about for lack of food?"

Matthew 10:29: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?7 And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father."

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Vet visit Update

I write this for those who are following this story to see a happy ending, to update those who have been kind and donated towards her care and to let those who are thinking about ways they might help know things they can do.

Since I have received some kind donations, I want to be as open about the care of this mare AS POSSIBLE, the costs, the treatment, etc. . .

Above is a scan of the vet's report today

We will be picking up her meds when they come in tomorrow or the next day.

I expect that to run $200 - the call charge and exam fee is $60

Our vet highly recommended boots on all four feet.


If bought at Jeffers, they would be a tad under $100.

If ANYONE has any in her size (can measure, just email) that you do not need
or if you would like to buy a set of 4, 2 or even just one:


The above link has the cheapest I can find, and orders of $50 have free shipping.

I can give you my shipping address, if anyone if interested in doing this as a way to help the mare.

He said she will need to wear them for 6-12 months.
****ABOVE revised - someone has offered to generously purchase boots for her!

He felt the wound on the pastern is healing well, recommended collasate spray, which we've had good luck with in the past on livestock and equine injuries, and he said to keep wrapping, as we have already been doing.

He said her teeth looked pretty good, but her age looked to be at least 8 years old, not 6 as we'd thought.

You can donate today or tomorrow directly to Brown Veterinary since we will not have to pay the bill until we pick up the medications on order:

Bute in powder form for 60 days
Chlorhexidine for soaking - 1 gallon
Collasate Spray - I bottle
SMZ tablets - 500 count

It is a LOT of help if you can just cross post this to email, facebook, forums and blogs you frequent.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thank you ALL


Past "Thank Yous" from July for the rescue mare

Sara W.

Sharon Y.

(of Turkey - it is great to know this mare's story

has made it around the world)

Lesley W. of Ohio! (for a donation and free feed coupons!)

Thank you,
Yvonne L.
Tammy W.

AND from new sponsors Today,


Joy C from Florida


thank you for the Free feed coupons from Tammy W. of Ky

We have had a total  of $220 donated since rescuing this mare!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Hens are A layin'

Finally. . . after keeping those smelly chickens in the house during the cold spring and building a coop for $300 plus dollars. .

Those chicks are now hens and two (Rhode Island Reds) are FINALLY laying!

They are the mini eggs that chickens start with when first laying, but eggs regardless!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Raw Milk Petition


If you would like to see the rights of farmers and consumers
protected, please sign this petition and then share it.

New Sponsors for our Rescue Mare

Thank you,

Yvonne L.


Tammy W.
for helping with our rescue mare!
The money and coupons for free feed are very appreciated.
So far we have received $170 to help care for this mare and
some coupons for free Purina Strategy: Healthy Edge.
Ways the donation will be used:






Hoof Trims

Corrective shoeing

Training, when needed

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Finally, a Hen laid an Egg!

Well, finally. . .

One of the hens laid an egg.


I must admit, for all the wait, that isn't much of an EGG!

All are large breed hens

In that coop are:

Black Australorps
Rhode Island Reds
Barred/ Plymouth Rocks

Not sure which is responsible for this little egg though.

The Donkeys are Coming, The Donkeys are coming

Justice and Jeremino are coming at the end of August from the Holy Annunciation Monastery of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Sugarloaf, PA.

We bought our lovely Jersey heifer from them, Stella
back in September 2009.

They wanted to make a gift of the donkeys to us to be sure they have a loving, forever home, and the nuns will be bringing them to us at the end of August.

I know how hard it is to place beloved animals into kind and caring homes!
I am happy to provide these cute guys with a good home.

Paint Mare update

Here are some photos from today

After a Bath

Looks like she has gained some weight over the past 9 days

Her rear might look a tad larger than it did a week ago, below

Leg freshly wrapped
Looking VERY thin from the front, too

Here is a refreshed on what she looked like 9 days prior
Not sure the photos show it - but she looks a bit heavier in person

Front hooves

Front hoof

Monday, August 2, 2010

Huntington News

Also, Huntingtonew.net posted a link to the Wayne Co. Horse Show photos I took in July 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Videos of the rescue mare turned out today

Pastern laceration update

Not seeing a lot of improvement on the pastern laceration that came from a rope or cable being tangled around the rescue mare's leg for several days before we found her.



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington