Our poor mum Malibu was on her last legs on arrival. She was weak, unsteady on her feet, and completely emaciated, yet still she was feeding her foal which left her with absolutely no reserves. She was a walking skeleton.
Her foal is the only horse we pulled off that property that was not emaciated, thanks to mothers’ milk. She has been aged at close to 30 years old and should never have been allowed to be in foal.
The girls at the Beaudesert sanctuary worked so hard to slowly bring Malibu back to feeding. She squeals at them constantly for food and is gaining weight steadily.
Her teeth are shocking, really shocking and will be done as soon as she is strong enough to handle sedation and vaccination.
It’s been discovered that her ‘foal’ Kahlua is going to be 2 years old in March. On arrival she was feeding constantly from her mum, as it seems it was her only food source.
What a champion mummy she is to allow her foal to keep drinking to save her life! Now Kahlua is eating hay and hard feeds and doesn’t need to drink from her mum. They will be weaned soon but stressing the mare out in her current condition was not a good idea.
Unfortunately, the Vet found some problems with Malibu. She has a bent leg and walks unsteadily on it, and the vet is suspecting she has at some stage broken her cannon bone.
Vet results didn’t go as we all had hoped, and this amazing little mother was given her wings.
In her last month of life Malibu learnt that humans can be trusted, and she learnt how it felt to be loved. She left us knowing that her gorgeous baby girl would forever be loved and cherished.