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A Message from President Susan Wagner

Dear Friends,

I hope all of you are doing well and taking good care of yourselves during this very critical time in our country’s history. As you all probably know, this pandemic is now at its height in terms of the possibilities of people contracting the Coronavirus. Too many people are sick and way too many have tragically died because of it. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those who have passed and our thoughts are with those fighting to recover.

As you can imagine, life here at the sanctuary is very different right now. We are following the mandate put forth by our Governor, the Honorable Andrew Cuomo of New York and by the CDC. So far, none of those who work here have contracted this virus and neither have any of their families. Still, with this now being such a critical time, everyone here is being extra vigilant and careful.

Our horses mostly are fine. We had a scare on Friday night with Dallas who developed an impaction in his colon. We called the vet and she was here until 1:30 in the morning tubing him with fluids with the hope that the impaction might dissolve by morning. It did not and so we rushed him to the hospital on Saturday morning. I am happy to report that after receiving IV fluids, the impaction finally broke up and dissolved, Dallas was taken off fluids yesterday. He is eating again and passing manure normally. He will be coming back home tomorrow. His pasture mate, former NYC carriage horse, Bobby II Freedom, really misses his buddy. i know the two of them will be very happy to be reunited tomorrow.

I would like to commend all of the local equine veterinarians in the area who are continuing to answer emergency calls and traveling at all times of the day and night to do farm calls to deal with equine veterinary emergencies in the midst of this pandemic. We are so very grateful to them for working and helping horses in need of immediate and emergency medical attention. We thank them all so very much!

Because there is so much uncertainty right now, we have no idea when regular public visits here will resume. We have had to cancel our Public Open Days in April and May thus far and we may have to cancel more if this situation gripping our country is still going on as we head into the summer months. We have also had to cancel public fund-raisers, including one that was scheduled to be held in NYC this month, as well as other public events that were scheduled at the sanctuary this spring.

Please stay tuned for a series of video tours of the sanctuary that we will be producing in the coming days and weeks, as well as fun and informative tutorials about humane horse care and handling. We also have been creating and posting special fun activities online for kids who love horses.

Be well, be safe and take good care.

With warmest regards,
Susan Wagner, President
Equine Advocates