There was a moment Julie Danton thought the 16-year-old mare and her colt weren’t going to make it.
The quarter horse suffered from a severe hernia and also edema.
“She was starting to tear, and we would have lost them both,” Danton said.
The solution was expensive: A $500 belly band that looks more like a girdle to help with the extra weight. It paid off, and Lindy gave birth to a healthy, active colt Danton calls Poncho.
The pair were part of a 13-horse seizure earlier this year that included three pregnant mares.
Another is expected to give birth in just days.
Lindy’s colt canters around Danton’s property outside Yelm, playing with her two dogs, Abby and Boots, who look after the young horse as if it were their own — as much as Lindy lets them.
“She’s a protective mama,” Danton said. “She’s not trusting of humans — you have to work at it for awhile.”
The extra care for the expectant horses has put a strain on Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County, the nonprofit horse rescue that helps the Sheriff’s Office in animal seizures.
“It’s depleted our budget rather considerably,” said John Countryman, Hooved Animal Rescue member and former president. “But we do what’s needed; it’s what people give the money for.”
To help bolster the organization’s budget and help cover the continual medical costs for the expectant mothers and other animals in the seizure, HARTC is hosting a baby shower-themed fundraiser next month.
The fundraiser is scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 8-9 at Yelm Farm and Pet on Bald Hill Road Southeast.
Raffle tickets will be given for every $5 donated. Tickets can also be purchased for $5 for the chance to win donated prizes including artwork, tack and gift certificates.
There will be tables at the event with lists of what the expectant mares and foals need, as well as other animal care needs, such as hay.
Adoptable horses and other animals including Quinn, a pot-bellied pig, will be at the event.
For information, call 360-701-2007 or email email@example.com.