The first arrival to Rosemary Farm in 2016!
This is a percheron filly was just 5-6 months old when she was dropped at auction, alone, because of a physical issue; she has extreme laxity in her front legs. This condition can sometimes be corrected but it takes work, vet care, money and attention, something her original owners did not want to provide. Ella was lucky, because at auction that night was a kind person who was there shopping for a saddle, and took pity on the lonely young filly. Instead of finding her saddle, she saved the filly’s life for just $30. I am told the auctioneer jeered at her when she won the filly on the auction floor… but, she was safe. After a short time, the new owner began to understand the medical challenges the filly faced, and reached out for help and found Rosemary Farm. Ella arrived safely in March, 2016, as a 9-10 month old filly.
We began in earnest. Ella clearly comes from good ‘stock’, and I imagine her parents are work horses somewhere, calm and strong. She has inherited a terrific disposition, and loves attention, learning all we ask. All of 2016 was spent experimenting with a variety of braces, wraps, supplements and trims to see if we could change her front leg issues, the extreme dropped angles that threaten her life. There is more to write but long story short, trims and rest and healthy are her friends, and nothing else really made a difference. We had to accept that Ella is what she is.
Now a strapping two year old baby who is shooting up, Ella seems to be holding her angles. While that may not seem good, we don’t think it’s bad! Her care is tailored to keep her comfortable, but she has her close friends, she runs and plays. She has also become well trained and socialized and loves a good cuddle. However long Ella has on this world, she is loved and she is cared for.
Sponsors for Ella’s care are most welcome. We have a strong reaction to babies that haven’t even had their chance yet, and hope you agree that she is worth giving the love and care to see if she can have a life.
Ella upon arrival, March 2016
Ella grazing with Cole, June 2017
Ella getting follow up X-rays, May 2017.