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  • Peace Once Again!!!-Katrina Rescue Update 10/14/05 Page 13.

    I decided to write an update on the effort to rescue the horses that were victims of the storm. I was at the barn at Lamar Dixon from 6AM to 11PM yesterday helping to care for these horses so I did not have time to check in with you guys.

    As of yeterday, we hvae found 4 owners...or rather they found us. Each of the owners had multiple horses in the barn. They are making arrangements to shelter their horses now. It was a great day...many tears. One owner was trying to get down into the New Orleans area to see if the horses had survived. She was turned back by the State Police. She went inside a store to get some money from their ATM and she happened to notice the article in the Baton Rouge Advocate about the horses we rescued. She recognized a fellow boarder in the picture....when she arrived at the facility, she could not stop crying...it was touching. She and her husband have lost everything....but they still have their "babies".

    Last night...we managed to rescue 7 more from the Folsom, LA area. Five of them were minis! I am 6'1" tall....bringing them into the barn was like walking a bunch of Labrador Retrievers...it was too much fun. Their little whinnies were precious. They were excited to be hanging "with the big boys!"

    We have been hand walking each horse every day and have started grooming them. They really seem to enjoy the attention. The pony clubbers are here and french braided some of the longer manes. Each horse has a new halter and lead rope hanging on their stall courtesy of donations. One of the local trainers brought fans for those really suffering from the heat. Our barn looks great...the volunteers are keeping it spotless. The horses are in heaven.

    The vet students at LSU are diligently caring for the few we have in need of attention....cuts, scrapes, etc. The farrier was in yesterday and did some corrective shoeing on a badly laminitic horse. He stood up immediately after and seemed so relieved.

    We are even treating a horses from a mounted patrol unit out of Texas. The have a horse that was injured in the trailer on the way down.

    It was a great day....now I am off again to see my new friends. All these services are being DONATED by LSU SVM, et al. If you want to donate, please donate to their Hurrcane Relief Fund.

    See ya'll tonight!

    ELizabeth
    Member of the OTTB Clique, Re-Riders Clique and the Thread Killer Clique.

    http://community.webshots.com/user/esimison
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    #2
    I decided to write an update on the effort to rescue the horses that were victims of the storm. I was at the barn at Lamar Dixon from 6AM to 11PM yesterday helping to care for these horses so I did not have time to check in with you guys.

    As of yeterday, we hvae found 4 owners...or rather they found us. Each of the owners had multiple horses in the barn. They are making arrangements to shelter their horses now. It was a great day...many tears. One owner was trying to get down into the New Orleans area to see if the horses had survived. She was turned back by the State Police. She went inside a store to get some money from their ATM and she happened to notice the article in the Baton Rouge Advocate about the horses we rescued. She recognized a fellow boarder in the picture....when she arrived at the facility, she could not stop crying...it was touching. She and her husband have lost everything....but they still have their "babies".

    Last night...we managed to rescue 7 more from the Folsom, LA area. Five of them were minis! I am 6'1" tall....bringing them into the barn was like walking a bunch of Labrador Retrievers...it was too much fun. Their little whinnies were precious. They were excited to be hanging "with the big boys!"

    We have been hand walking each horse every day and have started grooming them. They really seem to enjoy the attention. The pony clubbers are here and french braided some of the longer manes. Each horse has a new halter and lead rope hanging on their stall courtesy of donations. One of the local trainers brought fans for those really suffering from the heat. Our barn looks great...the volunteers are keeping it spotless. The horses are in heaven.

    The vet students at LSU are diligently caring for the few we have in need of attention....cuts, scrapes, etc. The farrier was in yesterday and did some corrective shoeing on a badly laminitic horse. He stood up immediately after and seemed so relieved.

    We are even treating a horses from a mounted patrol unit out of Texas. The have a horse that was injured in the trailer on the way down.

    It was a great day....now I am off again to see my new friends. All these services are being DONATED by LSU SVM, et al. If you want to donate, please donate to their Hurrcane Relief Fund.

    See ya'll tonight!

    ELizabeth
    Member of the OTTB Clique, Re-Riders Clique and the Thread Killer Clique.

    http://community.webshots.com/user/esimison

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    • #3
      Once again, I want to thank you for the wonderful work that you are doing.
      Missouri Fox Trotters-To ride one is to own one

      Standardbreds, so much more then a harness racing horse.

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      • #4
        The last I had heard the state police would not allow anymore trailers in to get horses from the New Orleans area. That was on Friday and I have not been in contact with anyone since then.

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        • #5
          Oh, Elizabeth, I am crying reading this. The bit about the minis did me in!

          BLESS YOU ALL.

          Bopper, I hope that has changed - that would be horrific for the horses left behind. What is their rationale, as long as people picking up horses leave quickly upon doing so?

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          • #6
            That has not changed....we are trying to get ten cats and two dogs out of NOLA and we cannot. Additionally, many vet clinics and boarding places are now having to get those animals out as well. The contact we are working with in Jefferson Parish says that if he leaves to meet us somewhere then he cannot return to the Parish. His store is the staging area for all of these animals coming from clinics and such so he does not want to do that. It is just craziness. He has plenty of food for the animals (limited water though) but the main concern is getting them out.

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            • #7
              Elizabeth,

              Thank you for all the exhausting and wonderful work you are doing to help these horses!

              Our semi-load of supplies will be there at 7 am sharp Monday morning for you!

              There are lots of extra goodies on board..fly sheets, masks, brushes, halters, buckets..you name it and it probably on there. No fans though, sorry! Will try to send with the next load.

              God Bless you for all you are doing and please let everyone who is rescueing and providing care for these horses know that they are our real life heroes!!
              www.horse-protection.org

              No Horses to Slaughter Clique

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              • #8
                Oh Elizabeth, I so needed your post!

                I just got off the phone with one of my army contacts. They are moving out shortly and the COTH convoy and friends hope to be on the road as early as Monday - going into MS with army escort. I hope we'll be able to set up in Jackson, MS what you have at Lamar Dixon.

                I have heard wonderful things about the efforts of the LSU vets & students. Take care and bless you all!
                Y'all ain't right!

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                • #9
                  <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Oh, Elizabeth, I am crying reading this. The bit about the minis did me in!

                  BLESS YOU ALL. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                  Thats exactly how I feel and May God truly Bless ya'll and the horses.I can only imagine the relief of the people reuniting with their animals.
                  http://community.webshots.com/user/windywillow100
                  "Ain't no horse ever run faster than I could ride it"" (Wind Whistling through Willow)
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                  • #10
                    Things seem to be really crazy there too. Kimberden told us that one feed store in Miss. had feed, but due to insurance regulations, had been unable to open. They are due to open shortly and pass the feed out to those who need it. Kimberden was working out of their parking lot and said that word had traveled fast that they were there and people were coming and using just their last little bit of gas to get food and water for their animals. She said there is a huge demand for dog food...... It is just heartbreaking......

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                      #11
                      Today we had a team of people go into what's left of the French Quater and rescue some of the carriage horses. They all came from one barn. We hope to go to a few other of the carriage horse barns tomorrow.

                      This is a great story...the storm was over and the water was rising. The family needed to evacuate, but these horses were not only their pets, but their partners. The old man and the rest of the family were rescued....the middle aged son stayed behing to care for the family's horses. For 6 days the man did all he could to save the horses. The jenny mule freaked out one day and drug him about 4 blocks through waste high water. He held on to her and got her back home.

                      One of the horses got caught on something and paniced. As he was trying to free the large draft horse, he heard her a pop and she fell to the ground. Her neck was broken and she died.

                      When we heard news at the barn that the got the horses, the told us that one was down in the trailer. When they got back, she was barely alive. The LSU Vet Team did everything they could to help her....finally the decision was made to help her over the Bridge. When we opened the back of the fourth trailer to unload there was another horse down. This one did not make it either.

                      All in all, we have 19 very dehydrated, but happy carriage horses. Most are drafts and draft crosses. There are 2 mules and some beautiful Arabs. Hopefully they will continue to recover. The saddest part was knowing the son had to see two more of his beloved horses pass over. He kept saying that he had tried so hard to save them. He went for six days with very little food or water just to save his friends. He was in waist deep water for that long.

                      After we got all the horses settled in, I took him to the shelter at Lamar Dixon and got him a change of clothes, a shower, a hot meal and some medical treatment. When he left for the night, he hugged me and kissed my cheek. It made me cry...what a hero.

                      Tomorrow we are going to try to go back and get some more of these carriage horses. To me, they encompass so much of the character that was New Orleans. They are giant, beautiful and kind creatures. I got quite a few nuzzles and kisses from them before I left tonight.

                      Although I am so sad for the ones we lost, am so pleased we got the 19 we did. It was mass chaos trying to get these beasts out of the trailer at night in a strange place after all they have been through. To make matters worse, they nearly had to jump over their fallen comrads to get out.

                      Tomorrow will bea nother long day.

                      Goodnight!

                      Elizabeth
                      Member of the OTTB Clique, Re-Riders Clique and the Thread Killer Clique.

                      http://community.webshots.com/user/esimison

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                      • #12
                        That is so amazing that you all were able to save so many of the carriage horses.

                        We had a carriage ride following our wedding in the French Quarter a couple of years ago. My favorite pics are of the carriage horse and the driver. I hope that horse is safe and dry right now.
                        Roseknoll Sporthorses
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                        • #13
                          I was listening to NPR yesterday afternoon and a displaced carriage driver called from Missouri wanting to know if the mules were okay. I wish there was some way for her to read this, she was so worried about them and I am sure she would welcome the good news. Thank you for everything you have done.

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                          • #14
                            Elizabeth and all involved in the rescue efforts in the Gulf....God bless you for all that you are doing. Thank you so very much.

                            The true story of what is going on there with regard to the rescue of animals, or in this case, the non-rescue and abandonment of animals, will one day be told.

                            Hundreds of dedicated trained animal rescue workers and volunteers are sitting waiting and waiting and waiting, for the authority to go in to try to help rescue animals. Day 7 and still no help will be allowed for the animals.

                            The resources are there, there is plenty of hay feed and water for these animals, and yet most will die simply because our government was so incredibly unprepared and inept. Can someone please tell me what our tax dollars are doing? Is there anyone in the federal government that has an IQ over 10?

                            The governor of MS has been quoted as saying that it is impossible to save the animals and it is best to simply shoot them.

                            Our government is so inexplicably inept. I am sickened to even admit Im American.

                            Thousands of people are likely to be discovered dead and tens of thousands lives are destroyed.

                            Tens of thousands of animals will die.

                            The blame for the scope of this death and destruction does not fall on Katrina herself. The blame for all this death and despair rests squarely on the shoulders of our federal government whose complete and utter failure to act in the aftermath of the hurricane, is solely responsible the loss of so very many innocent lives who were counting on them to be there in this time of unprecedented crisis.

                            The people and animals of the gulf were abandoned. We have all been abandoned.

                            Please write letters to the editors of your local papers. Ask them why this has happened. Ask them why with all of our training and resources so many had to suffer and die.
                            www.horse-protection.org

                            No Horses to Slaughter Clique

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                              #15
                              I, too, couldn't help but feel saddened at the sight of seeing these two beautiful horses laying dead in the parking lot, knowing if we could have gotten there a day sooner, we might have saved them.

                              And yet on the other hand, our rescuers heard the gun shots and saw first hand what has been going on in New Orleans. Although I would do all in my power to save these guys, one takes a REAL risk by going in to get them. It is hard to imagine that what you see on TV is real, but it is. I applaud the men and women in those trucks trying to find the critters....they are real hero's.

                              While down there, we did get a few abandoned dogs. One was a gorgeous German Shepherd.

                              Up early and home late...gotta go back. Those guys want their breakfast!

                              Elizabeth
                              Member of the OTTB Clique, Re-Riders Clique and the Thread Killer Clique.

                              http://community.webshots.com/user/esimison

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                              • #16
                                Oh Elizabeth, You are an angel of Mercy. You and all the wonderful people doing for these poor animals! I am crying reading all this. The depth of this horror is so vast. People and animals all suffered so muc h. I thank you for all you are doing and continue to do, Things like this make me give thanks to the lord for all that I have! God Bless you all!!!

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                                • #17
                                  Thank you Elizabeth. Please keep the news coming. We are desperate for info on the animals.
                                  bryn

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                                  • #18
                                    Awesome, Elizabeth!

                                    Onthebit - not to start an argument, but it might be wise to learn how rescue/recovery from a natural disaster works: at the state and local level. It's their territory, and their responsibility - and their failure. Federal assistance will come as requested, but they do not take the lead.
                                    HR/MPL Clique

                                    "I am villifying you - for God's sake, pay attention!" - Peter O'Toole as Henry II, The Lion in Winter

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                                    • #19
                                      Warhorse,

                                      Im completely aware how the chain of command works. And I wont argue that these failures are the result of a complete lack of competency at all levels...local, state and federal.

                                      Elizabeth,

                                      I fully understand the delays in the NOLA area, but what is the excuse in MS? No one is shooting anyone else there, and yet they have not allowed anyone access there either.
                                      www.horse-protection.org

                                      No Horses to Slaughter Clique

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                                      • #20
                                        I am so upset by all of this. Those poor animals abandoned and killed.
                                        My heart goes out to those who are doing all that they can to rescue the innocent victims.
                                        Failure, though, can not be on any one source, IMHO. To start with, NO is wetlands and should not have been developed to the extent it was in the first place. The suffering is caused by the greed of man. It just sickens me when the innocent are the ones that suffer the most.
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