I know Molly’s plight has touched many of our supporters and I thought I would share with you a few photographs that I took of her this morning. She has made amazing progress since we took her into our care in May of this year and she is now ready to face a winter in respectably good health. She remains stabled when the weather turns wet and cold but when the sun shines, as it did this morning, I let her walk around the yard and nosily check out the winter bedding and feed as well as graze happily all cosily rugged up in her new donkey rug.
I have had the privilege to care for Molly since she came into the Sanctuary’s care in May. There have been difficult days as I have watched her hoof health fluctuate from pain to comfort and vice versa , not to mention the dental problems that had been identified. However she remained quietly resilient, letting my farrier, vet and equine dentist work away at her without so much as a complaint or an argument. Never once did she pull her leg away from us or try to wriggle away while we worked with her.
Week after week, month after month - I was beginning to lose count of the x-rays , remedial trims , dental routines, extra feeds and medication that she had to undergo. We persisted trying to make Molly’s life pain free, hoping to give her a second chance at life until we saw gradual progress being made.
Progress was minimal in the early days and I would have counted the hours that she spent lying down as opposed to those standing up. Over the weeks she improved and spent more time standing up and we knew we had turned a corner when she spent most of the day grazing, standing up, grooming her newly made donkey friends and even trotting and cantering around the field with them.
Her personality was at last starting to shine - for so long it had been hid behind pain and discomfort. She spent the summer enjoying the glorious sunshine on her back with her friends around her for friendship. Life at last was good!
And so the winter is upon us and Molly will be rest assured of a warm stable, feed, medication (which she still remains on) and continuing farrier and veterinary care as the long cold months bear down on us. She will not struggle with pain, forced to lie down with her sore hooves in a cold wet field this winter. For this I am really glad.
Much thanks to all the Sanctuary's supporters who have been very generous and encouraging in their support of Molly over the last few months. We couldn’t have got to this ‘recovery’ point without you. Thanks also to two very special ladies - Moira and Sandra- for not only spending quality time with Molly but believing in her and showering her with kindness and love - it really made the difference. And of course it goes without saying thanks to Ian my farrier who has done a fantastic job on her hooves and to my vet and equine dentist for their continued professional assistance.