AR-News: (NV - US) Wild foal rescued by teenage boy

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August 2, 2003 
Wild foal rescued by Fish Springs resident
 
by Linda Monohan, Special to the R-C  



Oscar Asbury, 19, was riding his cousin's horse, Sparky, July 18, when he saw some commotion in the road ahead.

Passing cars were honking at a family of wild horses as they crossed Buckeye Road near the East Valley reservoir. The horses galloped away, but something was left behind. A little foal was caught in some wire fencing along the side of the road.

"At first I thought it was a small deer, but when I reached it, I saw the little bitty brown horse laying down," Asbury said. "One of his legs was caught in the barbed wire."

Asbury hopped off Sparky and untangled the struggling colt. It immediately jumped up and took off toward the nearby reservoir in search of the herd. The startled colt ran into the water.

"The poor guy kept going," Asbury said. "He swam across to the other side into the cat tails and got bogged down in the mud.

"I saw his little head bobbing up and down. He started to go under the water."

Asbury took a rein off his bridle and dove into the cold, deep water. He swam to the tiny horse and wrapped the rein around its belly, and then pulled it out of the reservoir. The colt was weak and cut up from its encounter with the barbed wire, but there was no mama around to take care of him. He followed his rescuer home.

Asbury "doctored his leg and called the vet. He got directions how to bottle-feed the little month-old foal.

So now, every three hours, this teenage boy feeds the baby horse mare's milk from a bottle. He said they tried different kinds of bottles and the one that worked best was a regular human baby bottle with a larger hole in the nipple. The little horse drinks about four, 10-ounce bottles at each feeding and is also supplemented with grass hay.

He named the beautiful colt J.J., short for "Jumping Jack Flash."

J.J. has flourished under the teen's care and now he's playing and jumping around like a little stallion.

Asbury said he really enjoys working with horses and he'd like to work on a ranch, "doing anything to do with horses."

A very special bond has developed between the month-old wild horse and his new friend. This bond will be permanent as Asbury is adopting J.J. from the Bureau of Land Management.

Fish Springs' resident Sheila Schwadel has long been an advocate for the wild horses.

She is working to help people adopt the young foals of the wild horse herds. If you would like to talk to Sheila about this, call her at 782-6128.

If you are interested in adopting a wild horse from the Palomino Valley Adoption Center, call (775) 475-2222. There are many beautiful and healthy horses available. All they need is a good home Ð and lots of love.



-- Linda Monohan can be reached at 782-5802. 


 



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