Journey is about 14 years old and was rescued from the New Holland Horse Sales in upstate New York by Project Sage who brought her to Ilene Goltzman at Brookville Stables. Journey was in foal when she was rescued from the sales. When it came time to foal, Journey had a very difficult birth, the umbilical chord broke during the delivery so the foal had no oxygen during the birth. Ilene, her daughter and another friend managed to get the baby breathing after delivery, but it did not look good. To make matters worse, Journey was not passing the afterbirth and the umbilical chord was still inside her. They were able to draw milk from Journey only a few times before reverting to Foal Lac milk replacement, and Journey was started on anti-biotics to pass the afterbirth as a retained afterbirth can kill the horse. Journey retained to afterbirth for four days and when the antibiotics were not working, Ilene researched and found a homeopathic remedy called Pulsatilla which she gave Journey and within hours the afterbirth was passed. The vet really felt that Journey would not make it, but she had no ill effects after it passed. They did eventually get her filly to stand after bottle feeding her for several days, but the vet warned that she was still in dire condition. Sadly, the foal passed a few days later. Nothing could be done due to the lack of oxygen. Journey was frantic. They decided to get a nurse mare foal which is basically a foal who has lost its natural mother; sort of like a foster foal. They brought Miles in and Journey took to him and nursed him. Journey was so scared and nervous around people when she came to Brookville Stables, that it took Ilene and the Brookville Stables “crew” years to get her to trust people. She still does not want anyone picking her back feet, but that’s okay considering what she has been through, she is such a sweet girl. She loves to give “Journey” kisses. Her motherly instinct has not left her as she has a very calming effect on any of the new horses that have arrived at the sanctuary. It is a major credit to Ilene, Brittany Rostrom, Kim Keogh in Pennsylvania, and Janet Steinhaus from Ally Equine for helping with her veterinary expenses.

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