Maverick Medicine Wild Survivor aka "Bailey"
FaJanuary 2020 I was contacted about a local horse that was needing a new home asap. I contacted the current owner and went with trailer in tow to meet Mr Bailey. The owner did the right thing by reaching out for help even though it was tough for her to say goodbye, I am so glad that I was in a place that I could give this guy a chance and work on his refeeding and rehab. Through his brand and working with the BLM, He was "gathered" 7/11/2006 from Maverick Medicine Nevada and was very young then. Per their records he is 14 as of 2020. He's all mustang!
He has been on a calculated refeeding program that I have used with other "rescues" that i have helped over the years and it has worked well. Unless you were able to actually put hands on this guy in the beginning it would be hard to believe that he was a 1-1.5 on the body conditioning chart as his winter coat his it so very well. It took him approx a month to get out of what I call "starvation mode" meaning wolfing down any food in sight as soon as possible. We started out on 24/7 hay in front of him with several small feedings of soaked beet pulp shreds and Poulin Fibremax. I have since weaned him off the Fibremax to a Fibremax/E-tec one mix and now finally he is on beet pulp shreds and e-tec one alone with of course plenty of hay. The change in him is quite remarkable and I am looking forward to him being at his best very soon! He also has a clean bill of health from our vet. She met him within the 1st week that he arrived and when she came back in April for spring visit was very pleased at his transformation so far.
He has become quite a Velcro horse which I had been warned of once a mustang puts their trust in you.. he is a love and a truly appreciative boy.
2021 - Bailey has blossomed! Even his dapples are fat! He has been such a good boy.. Toting Lillie on the leadline a little, going on trail rides with my dear friends Carolyn and Heidi.. and he will be heading to CT to Equine Partners LLC to further his education as part of their program on a year lease! We love love love our Bailey and he will forever have a home here but I want to give him the opportunity to learn and to help others!
Fall 2021 Bailey made an abrupt return home from his lease and is continuing on his journey back to having fat dapples and his easy, calm demeanor, and settled spirit back to where it was. We love our Bailey therefore he will not be offered for off farm lease EVER again. On farm lease may be considered to the right person but I am going to be above and beyond picky.. Bailey has been failed by people enough and if all he does the rest of his life here is eat and be loved on.. I am completely ok with that.
Spring 2022: The "old" Bailey is continuing to shine through.. 3 steps forward 1 step back but he makes progress every single day. I am beyond thankful for Caren Reads (www.carenreads.com) for speaking with Bailey and helping us to find out what really happened both in his time on lease, it certainly was eye opening and has helped immensely with his recovery both mentally and physically . He is a velcro pony to me for sure and I am completely ok with that ( Although Pooper is a bit jealous!)
Fall 2022: Bailey has met new friends! He is currently being on farm leased here with a friend and her family.. He is getting the individual attention that he really deserves with the security of being home with us..