Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Vet Update

Whiskey went back to Manly Rd Horse Hospital today for more surgery. I will keep you all posted on how he goes. We will also be posting their account details soon so that people can donated directly onto the account if they wish to help. We can offer tax receipts as well. Massive thank you to eye specialist Pauline Gaven who has given us a 50% discount of our bill because Whiskey is a rescue horse. We are so grateful to Pauline and to Manly rd Horse Hospital. Whiskey still needs more surgery which will see our account go up even more. Our current outstanding amount with Manly Rd Horse Hospital is $6482. I will post more details on how you can help soon.

Massive thanks to everyone who has helped so far, because of your kind donations we were able to save Chicky's life. Chicky had surgery two months ago for the same type of cancer and is now doing really well in a new home. xx

Michael Higgin's is coming to our Gilston Rehab centre tomorrow to biopsy Jack's face. He is also doing 4 of our horses teeth and taking bloods from Jet. I will post an update and let everyone know how they are all doing.

This week Chester is having his final vet check done and next week Ryley is having his done.

Massive Thank you to Vibe Creative

Massive thank you to Sharron Marshell and the amazing people at Vibe Creative who have designed some amazing flyer's, posters and our new logo. These guys are absolutely amazing and there designs are second to none. If you are needing any type of graphic design type work done please support the business that supports the rescue horses. I will post some of their details below:

Vibe Creatives:

:: Graphic Design
We provide an extensive range of print design services, from brochure design through to designs for large banner displays.

It can all start from us designing your professional logo, to designing all your printed collateral. If you already have a brand, that’s not a problem, we can work with your existing design to ensure consistency of your branding throughout all designs we create.

:: Web Design
We create all styles of websites, helping businesses just like yours to grow.

So how do we do this, by working with you we listen to what you require and then using our creative minds and technical knowledge, create a website that you and your clients will just want to keep visiting. You will also want those search engines to visit often to, and because we use up to date methods of coding and website SEO, that’s exactly what they will do.

:: Logo Design
To make your business grow you need a brand, and a logo is a great place to start. Helping your business reach it’s full potential.

We create logos for a range of different business, from small to large, but what is important to us is to talk to you about your business and what kind of image you’re trying to advertise to clients. We’re not about creating a sophisticated logo that looks good in our portfolio but about what makes your business shine above the competition.

So how do we go about creating a logo to suit your business? We use a six step design process to reach our goal. You can find detailed information about our design process on our website

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We’re designers who are concerned about the environment and who wish to promote themselves through the use of environmental friendly design and print. If you have a business and would like to have your design work printed on and with environmentally friendly media and inks then we can help you. Vibe Creative is committed to producing high quality, professional design solutions using the most environmentally friendly means available to us. We have designed for environmentally conscious businesses such as the Green Precinct Paddington, Biome, Vitale Naturally, Bliss Ecowear and Nest Nappies.

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We’re always on the lookout to provide environmental ways of printing, without losing the high quality resolution print.
Working closely with environmentally accredited printers, we can offer print solutions like eco-papers, the latest in digital print technology, soya and vegetable based inks. Vibe Creative is committed to producing high quality, professional design solutions using the most environmentally friendly means available to us. We also have access to using The Greenhouse Friendly™ Consumer Logo and various other environmental accredited symbols.

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Website: http://www.vibecreative.net.au/

Monday, May 23, 2011

Oxenford Pony Club Oldies Day

On the 22nd of May the we all went to the Oxenford Pony Club Oldies day. Abbey's first Pony Club Day, Clyde and Bobbie were there. Adonis was going to come but hurt his shoulder the day before.

It was a great day all round, Cindy got third over all in intermediate with Junior, Joanne got third over all in beginners with Bobbie, Carol won ribbons on Abbey and Pete won ribbons on Clyde. I love seeing our rescue horses doing so well in the show ring and at pony club.

This video is Abbey the day she arrived 21st Dec 2010

Below is Abbey now

Clyde ~ another SAHA rescue

Clyde ~ another SAHA rescue

We are so proud of our girl. You would never guess she is 25 years old. Massive thanks to all of our amazing supportors who help to make rescuing horses like Abbey possible. xxx

New Rescue Horse

Jack was surrendered due to some lumps on his body. We are not sure what they are yet and the vet is booked into do biopsy's on Wednesday. He will have his teeth done on the same day. His name is "Tupi Family" or Jack for short :-) 12 year old TB gelding about 16hh.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tyson Update

Tyson is a 3 year old pure bred QH gelding who has gone blind in both eyes. We had the very awesome eye specialist assess him and sadly his blindness is from optic nerve damage which she thinks was caused by an injury when he was a foal. She said the most common cause is rearing up and falling over backwards banging the head and tearing the optic nerve. This is irreversible and he will always be blind. She did advise us to have him put to sleep. The good news is that Tyson can see slightly out of one eye (shadows and movements). We have contacted the blind horse association which is an amazing association, please have a look at their website. Its very inspirational.


We have found Tyson a suitable home. The wonderful Jodie Alderton impairments. Jodie has a number of rescue horses with disabilities where the children who she works with can relate to each horse. If and when Tyson goes completely blind and becomes a danger to himself and others we will assist Jodie in having Tyson put to sleep. Currently, we have both decided that he isn't ready to go to horsey heaven yet and I will keep you all up to date with how he is going. Tyson will be floated to Jodie's healing centre on Saturday which is less than 5 minutes drive from our Gilston Rehabilitation Centre.

Update on Freya

Freya's Story written just after she was rescued:
I first saw Freya at the Gympie Sales on the 20th of Feb 2010. I went there to take photo's for my "say no to the slaughter of horses" facebook group page and was not going to buy a horse due to having enough rescues, however, i fell in love with her and her baby foal. Trying to be strong i left without buying her but on the journey home and for days after i was regretting leaving her there. I was informed that she was purchased by Rathdowney knackery so i called them and offered to buy her. They wanted $400 for her but her foal has already been killed. A few people donated money to save Freya and on the 28th of Feb 2010 at 11am i drove to Rathdowney to pick her up. It was a very long day and she was tired, scared and weak. She wouldn't load onto the float and the two men helping me actually lifted her rear legs and bum and carried her onto the float. She travelled well was very skinny and very weak but an amazing, loving horse that has a very forgiving heart. Even when she was scared as hell, she didn't even try to kick nor did she show any nasty side, just an amazing natured horse... I named her freya after the goddess of love and beauty.

Thank you to Melissa who helped me save her from the knackery on kill day, its something not to many people can do and thank you to everyone who donated money. Freya is alive today because of your kindness...

Freya at the sales with her foal

Me trying to gain her trust at the knackery

Trying to load her on the float.

Freya at time of adoption to her new owner

Update on Freya's Foal who we thought was dead: (posted in March on this web page)
As many of you would remember back on the 20th of Feb 2010 I went to the Gympie sales and fell in love with a beautiful Grey mare and her foal. I wasn't able to stay for the auction due to having a sick horse at home but this mare really played on my mind and i couldn't stop thinking about her. The next day I searched every knackery and dogger trying to find out who bought her and I found her at Rathdowney knackery. She was bought for $90 and was completely unhandled. The knackery owner told me that her little foal had been injured and needed to be killed but she was $400 to rescue.

Myself and the lovely Melissa made the journey out to Rathdowney to rescue her and 7 months later she was re-homed. During her rehabilitation a lovely lady called "Mandy" actually contacted me and told me that she bought the little foal off Rathdowney at the Gympie sales and that he had indeed been rescued, he was about 2 months old.

Well this is an update on how the little foal is doing. Mandy named him Seal and he is now a yearling but he was re-homed to another lovely lady who has re-named him Milo. He was bay, went black and is now greying out. He is happy and very healthy and going so well.

Little foal at the sales

Little foal now

FREYA UPDATE: Its been 8 months since Freya was re-homed and 14 months since she was rescued. She is doing so well and is so very loved by her new mummy. I'm more than happy with Freya's home, she couldn't have found a better home. Massive thank you to everyone involved in her rescue and to her new mummy who loves her so much and gives her everything she needs and wants. Freya is an amazing horse and deserves the perfect home she got. xxxx

If you would like to donate and help save a horse like Freya please make a tax deductible donation to:

BSB: 084852
ACC: 189538671
Name: Save A Horse Australia
Bank: NAB

Please use your surname as the reference and if you require a receipt please email your full name and address to saveahorseaustralia@yahoo.com.au

Many Thanks x

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Rescue Horses

Tyson is 3 year old QH gelding 14hh who was surrendered with some vision problems. The vet seems to think he is totally blind and that it may be genetic which is very sad considering his young age. We have decided to take him to an eye specialist to see whether she can shed some light on his situation and I have been in contact with the blind horse association. I will keep you all posted.


Mishka was also surrendered on the same day as Tyson. We had a lovely lady go over to pick Tyson up and when she did the owner of the Agistment centre asked if we could take an old mare who had been abandoned there. She is 24 years old, 16hh who is in light condition with the worst hooves I have seen in a while. She also has a very large nasty sarcoid on her shoulder. The poor old girl is a real sweetheart though and hopefully we can find her a nice retirement home.

Mishka on arrival

Nasty long hooves

Nasty hooves

Massive Sarcoid

The day after she arrived we had the farrier fix her feet.

So much seedy toe to cut away, but much better

Horse Update

Abbey was rescued in December 2010 when she was left in a massive paddock to starve but a lovely lady called us to come and pick her up, so we did. She was extremely poor and due to her being an aged mare we didn't know whether she would make it, but she did and we haven't looked back. Abbey is one of the most amazing horses we have had in our care. She is dead quite and personality plus and is currently the Queen of SAHA. She is going so well and has found an amazing home. We will update you all with her progress and hopefully we will see her gracing the PC oldies days very soon.

Abbey on arrival

Abbey 2 weeks in care

Abbey now

Enjoying an Equissage Massage

Jet was surrendered on the 30th of Jan 2011 in very poor condition with a few issues. Jet had a large sarciod on his leg and he is suffering from impaired vision in one eye. He is being treated for laminitis and will be off to see Robert Humphries the equine Chiropractor very soon. Jetty Jet is such a good boy and I'm happy with his progress even though it is very slow.

Jet on arrival

Jet a month in care

Jets wedges to help support his feet and help with blood flow

Jetty's wedges are bandaged on

Jetty all warm in his stable

Chyanne is a flood victim that we currently have in care. Her owner was caught up in the floods and sadly so was this beautiful old mare. Chyanne was almost washed away and her owner had to swim her to safety but Chyanne got caught up in a fence cutting her back legs pretty badly. She lost so much weight due to the stress and because her owner lost all of there feed and couldn't get out of their property to buy some more. Chyanne has been in care for about 6 weeks now and her owner has moved into a new home and we are hoping that she can go home to her mum in about 4 weeks time. Chyanne who we have nic named "Donks" is a beautiful old girl, 14hh and between 30 and 35 years old.

Chyanne in the first week

Chyanne now

Marley was surrendered on the 10th of December with the worst hooves I have ever seen. He was so lame that he couldn't walk and on having his xrays done we discovered that he had chronic laminitis and two fractured pedal bones. The vet said we should consider having him put to sleep but there was some blood supply to the hooves and we wanted to at least give him one last chance. We contacted an amazing corrective farrier and we haven't looked back. Marley is almost better, his hooves are almost grown out, his abscess outbreaks are few and far between and his laminitis all but gone. We have him on biotin supplements (retread) and founder guard to be safe but he is going extremely well.

Marley's hoof on arrival

Marley on arrival

Marley's hoof after his first farrier visit

Marley's hoof now ~ Im so happy

Marley now

Whiskey was surrendered on the 12th of May 2010. He was abused and then rescued by an amazing lady who surrendered him to SAHA. We have since found out that poor whiskey had an aggressive carcinoma in his eye and has been treated by the lovely crew and amazing eye specialist at Manly Rd Horse Hospital. Whiskey has had two lots of surgery and three rounds of chemo so far and has been sent home for a break before he goes back in for surgery again. We will keep you posted on how he is going. If you would like to donate some money to help Whiskey please see the "how you can help" section of this website for details. We need all of the help we can get. Thank you. Whiskey is an appaloosa, 15hh and 15 years old.

Whiskey on arrival

Whiskey at Manly Rd Horse Hospital

Whiskey relaxing in the paddock today

June was rescued in June 2010 when she was being sent to slaughter after being used as a broodmare. We got June into perfect health and adopted her out. It was time for her 3 monthly check when We got a phone call saying that the current owners couldn't look after her anymore and wanted to bring her home. She was in shocking condition which broke our hearts. I couldn't believe my eye's when I saw her and broke down crying tears of anger and disappointment. We have since tightened up our application process and will be appointing field officers to monitor our adopted horses more closely. She is currently in care and going really well.

June the day she was adopted into a new home

Three months after she was adopted this is how she came home

One week in care

June currently

Sampy was rescued from the dogger sales in September 2010. He was bought by Rathdowney Knackery and we later bought him off them for a little more than they paid. He was slightly lame which we thought was from a crack in his hoof which went all the way up to the Coronet band but after much treatment and fixing the crack we have discovered the lameness isn't from his hoof at all. We are still trying to find the source of his slight lameness and will keep you all posted. Sampy is a 18 year old SH gelding about 15hh.

Sampy at the Laidley Sales

Sampy's hoof before

Sampy's hoof after

Sampy now

Chester was a surrender only last week. He is about 11.2hh and rising 3 colt but we just gelded him. He is healing nicely and is learning to lunge. Chester is an amazing, smart little pony who is just so willing to please. With time and handling he will make a great little horse for someone to love and train. Chester will stay with us to heal and then will be looking for an amazing forever home.

Chester on arrival

After his first bath

Ryley was surrendered with his mum Mary (who has been re-homed) when they were going to be sent to the dogger due to him having a bent leg. Sadly, Ryley was the second foal that Mary threw with this kind of problem so they put it down to her bad genes. We had surgery on Ryley's leg and he is now going strong. Ryley has also found an amazing home and we will be finalizing his contract this week. What a very happy beginning for this little boy.

Ryley on arrival 7 weeks old

Ryley at 6 months of age and with a leg that is 100%

Midi was surrendered in good health to find a loving new home. She had been rescued but her owner could no longer keep her. She has been looking for a new home but needs someone very special who loves to go fast and hoon around. She is Anglo Arab and even though she doesn't look it, she has lots of Arab in her. She has been used for trail riding and has a few floating issues that needs to be worked through. Midi is 15hh, about 16 years old and just beautiful.

Midi all clean

Me giving Midi big cuddles

Bandit is a beautiful 15hh, 8 year old TB gelding that was surrendered in bad condition on the 28th of December 2010. He has a pretty bad calcified ligament in his back which is caused from his pelvis being out for a very long time. He is only suitable for pleasure riding and he is currently on trial with a very lovely family. Fingers crossed it all works out for him.

Bandit on arrival

Bandit now

Max was surrendered by his owner because he has sarcoids on his nose and she didn't have the money to be able to help him. When we got him home he had all kinds of behaviour issues and we sent him away for training. Max's training is over and he is coming home very soon. Max is a 4 year old first cross QH (TB) Gelding and is 15.3hh. We are hoping to get him home this week.

Max just before going to training

Max during training

Rusty was surrendered on the 28th of Feb 2011 in light condition. He had been rescued and the lady who rescued him surrendered him due to having to many horses. Rusty had gone down with colic while they had him and the vet said he was prone to sand colic. We have been very slow with him and he was showing signs of aggression while handling and rugging so I loaded him onto the float and took him out to see Robert Humphries the chiropractor. Robert said that he was out everywhere and that he was an amazing natured horse to be putting up with such pain for so long. His pelvis was so badly rotated that it was pinching a sciatic nerve causing extreme pain. Robert worked his magic and Rusty was a different horse immediately. On the way to the chiropractor he was almost going down in the float, kicking and scrabbling but on the way home he was soft and hardly moved. It was amazing. Rusty will now rest until the 16th of June which is his next appointment. Rusty is a 17hh, 14 year old TB and just amazing.


Krystal was rescued from the dogger pens in September 2009. She is a 28 year old stock horse mare and has retired with SAHA. She is currently living her days out with a beautiful family who's daughter was having riding lessons on her and who fell in love. The little girls name is Ryley and she loves our beautiful old girl dearly. Krystal and Ryley (the little girl) have an unbreakable bond and I'm pretty sure Krystal will spend the rest of her days by Ryley's side. They both deserve the love they offer each other, its simply amazing.

Krystal Sept 2009

Krystal swimming in her clean rug

Massive thank you to each and every person who has donated time, money or items. We couldn't save anywhere near as many horses as we do without your ongoing love and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for absolutely everything that you do. It all helps more than you actually know. Thank you to Easy-On Rugs, Scenic Rim Lucerne, Yatala Produce, Hope Island Equestrian Centre, Oxenford Produce and many individuals who have put in money and time to help. You honestly have no idea how gratefully I am and the team at SAHA. Thank you from us and Neigh Neigh from the babies.