Farm News Update: Expenses status

Pudge Potter

Dear friends!

Mom and I worked on an update so we can let you know how things are going with some expenses we need help with. As you know Strawberry Shortcake and Domingo have been adopted and we have since rescued two new geldings! So we have lots going on.

Mom told me that we still need help with expenses to meet our operational needs ongoing but we wanted to give you an idea of what’s happening lately.

Mom shared:

Domingo’s recent set of meds cost us $735 before Jay officially adopted Domingo. Jay paid this but we still had a balance from our previous vet bill. We were able to pay that down to $310 then add in the recent vet bill described below.

The farrier for this week’s bill was $207 for our horses this past Weds night. Our vet bills for Nemo and Bam Bam was $500 then add in $310. Plus we got shots via a pharmacy for equines and that bill was $185.

Any help there is very much appreciated.

We have a $350 grain bill(and bedding) with Keystone for this shipment yesterday. Due to funds coming in we were able to pay off last months bill of $500!

Vet came out for Bam and Nemo and they had their teeth checked and floated, blood tests, full body exam, fecal count. rabies shots and Coggins. The Potomac and West Nile were ordered online by Jill from an equine pharmacy which is described above.

We have had to buy miscellaneous things at tack store like buckets, brushes, mare magic, etc for which George donated $250.

Another bill coming up is the manure buggy. It has broken down and we have been repeatedly fixing it. A new one is $329. It lasts about 5 years with good care and that’s about how long we’ve had this one. We need to buy a new one this week.

Property Renovations for the pasture and all that has been spent so far, over $3500 which George has paid.

Friends we will still need ongoing public support as our rescue depends on donations in order to meet the operational costs. Funds we receive from our public auctions, Open Houses, monthly pledges, online store, horse sponsorships and Pudge Fan club go to the needs of our horses. Even though we are a small rescue we have some large bills to pay on top of our monthly bills but we will work on those with your help and the help from our devoted volunteers.

It is important for you to know that we really appreciated the support of Domingo. We were facing some very steep bills on top of our normal bills and it is not easy. Your sharing of his medical needs was so crucial in addition to the generous donations that you sent in just when we needed them was a tremendous and valued help.

Domingo is blessed and will now have a wonderful and kind owner who will ensure that he has everything he needs to recover from his ulcers and heal his fractured sesamoid. He has weeks of recovery ahead but with his hero Jay we know all good things are possible.

Thank you so much for your continued loyalty and support! Every donation adds up and keeps us going! Not one donation is too small.

All for now,
Luv Pudge ♥


Our Domingo: Help Needed for Treatment Costs

Dear friends!

Domingo’s last post revealed that we were going to do some additional testing to see if he did in fact have ulcers and if so what the severity would be. Thanks to many kind generous hearts donations came in so that Mom could have the vet do the necessary testing. Trainer Jill did suspect that there could be ulcers so that part was perhaps not so surprising. We found out that he has 4 to 6 severe ulcers after the scoping was done. So with that in mind, we know that this is treatable and will require some intensive but very expensive care.

Domingo’s initial treatment will be at least $1,000 or approximately $30.00 per day. After that it is likely that he’ll need to have a medication routine to keep the ulcers from recurring. The ulcers at this point are red, they’re angry and they hurt. So his treatment is imperative.

Trainer Jill told us recently that the first set of medication has been ordered but we need to bear in mind that we need a recurring donation ongoing to keep up with the costs of treatment. It is important to us to receive the outside public support so that we can cover Domingo’s treatments and meet the operational costs of running the rescue and the medical needs for our other rescues recently taken in. So while our rescue is small our need is substantial and we cannot afford everything without your continued and devoted support.

We have begun to see donations coming in and it is our hope that everyone joining together can help make this needed difference in Domingo’s life. Domingo is also recovering from a fracture sesamoid that was discovered when we brought him to Mt Hope after getting x-rays. He is a wonderful horse that did everything that was asked of him and he was dealt a tough set of cards in return sad as that is. We need to give him this care he deserves after he gave so much.

So the reality is that Domingo is a special needs horse and though he may not be Champion in the show ring, he is a beautiful dynamic horse that luvs to be luvd on. What greater companion than that! It is our hope that someone will want to make Domingo part of their forever family and be willing and able to deal with a horse requiring special needs. We really luv Domingo and he is indeed a very majestic horse. For those that follow pedigrees he comes from a very distinguished family himself and was a winner in his racetrack career.

So on behalf of Mom, Trainer Jill, our dedicated volunteers and most especially our treasured Domingo, please know your help is very crucial and we cannot do it without you!

So please share out our need with others, please donate and do both if you can! No donation is too small and we will be so grateful for your help. If many contribute together we can do what we need to do to for Domingo!

Donations can be made on our website via paypal or you may mail a check to the farm. Our contact information and our paypal donation button are on our website:

All for now,
Luv Pudge ♥

Volunteer Spotlight: Your Help is Needed!


Hi Friends!

This month our volunteer spotlight takes on a new task! We have amazing volunteers that is for sure but we can use a hand with many important projects and fundraising so we need to add to our team!

Mt Hope currently needs volunteers! We need help in the barn, planning events and fundraising, office work remote from your PC with various projects, in person help in the office, online research, and maintenance and please bring your creativity!

There are many ways to help! If you are interested in a rewarding volunteer job, then Mt Hope is the place to be. You will be rewarded with a great opportunity to work with a wonderful and dedicated owner and have the chance to learn with a talented trainer and equestrian.

If you have time available and a skill that you’d like to put to good use, please contact Pat Potter, Director at

All for now!
Luv from Pudge ♥

Bam Bam and Nemo! Meet the new guys!

Hi Friends!

With distinct pleasure I am proud to introduce my new barn buddies! Meet Bam Bam and Nemo! Yups we are making some good progress here after one short week. Both of my equine friends are geldings and they came from a situation that was not the best. Their owner was not able to give them the care that is needed so we got the call for help. Trainer Jill and Mom took the trailer along and off they went to see what they could do. Trainer Jill was so taken with them and she and Mom knew we just had to help them so here we are.

Bam Bam is a 12 YRO Paint horse with a very kind way about him. He needed his shots, hoof care badly and was 200 pounds underweight. Nemo is a 6 YRO Paint pony, very sweet who needed his shots too. Nemo’s hooves really stink because they need a trim badly and he had not had a baff in who knows when. Somehow I can relate to not wanting to take a baff, but these boys sure needed one and fast!

So they have had their baffs and they look better. They saw the vet on June 20th and our Trainer gave us a note on the initial findings:

Our Trainer Jill shared:

“Nemo and Bam-Bam saw the vet yesterday. They had blood pulled to run multiple blood tests to make sure everything is going okay internally. So far Nemo the pony is healthy as a horse. He’ll be going into training as of Monday. He will also be getting his first introduction to the other ponies on the farm, including Pudge. Bam-Bam’s doctors visit was a little more concerning. He has a level 3 out of 5 heart murmur. He won’t be able to do any hard gallops but should be fine for arena work and trail riding. We will be waiting to start Bam’s training until he’s back up to weight.”

So as you can see her assessment indicates we have a bit of work to do. With time, patience, Tender Luving Care and some training we can be in a good position to help them find a great forever home. Please know that we will need your support throughout this process because our work depends on donations from your generous hearts to support our mission. This is very important as we will see an increase in our vet and other expenses.

So please join us in a hearty welcome!! They’re not too much into cards but Nemo likes technology and stuff like that and Bam Bam is more cultural and artsy I think. From a mascot perspective, I somehow think I am going to be the one learning from them!

Enjoy life and take care.

All for now,
Luv Pudge ♥

Strawberry Shortcake Adopted! Wishing you a Happy Life Little Caker!

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Dear friends!

Whoa, I am happy to share with you that our very own Strawberry Shortcake also known as the Little Caker is now adopted into a wonderful new forever luving home! I am so happy for him. I am sad to see him go too of course as he has been a good friend to me. This is what we work so hard to do for the equine friends that find their way to my barn so it is another success for Strawberry Shortcake and Mom. I know that he will be treasured and luvd.

I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to be friends with this magnificent little pony. He has a sweet personality and boy can he type! When I signed up for my online class, he volunteered his typing skills for my papers and assignments and that was a big help. Such huge talent coming from a little guy. He was such a good student here too. He followed all the barn rules and listened to what I had to share. He was also a star in our Barn Soap Opera As The Barn Turns! Gee but I think he may like to reprise his role remotely from time to time as that attention from his fans is sure to be missed. Don’t worry though, we’ll keep you in the mix! We sure had fun with the professor too! He could not get over two ponies doing all this college work! But we finished up with flying colors.

Strawberry Shortcake now lives in Temple PA on a beautiful farm. His new stablemate is named Rusty and they made an instant friendship. Rusty is so pretty and I think that they’ll be very happy together.

I sure will miss you but I know that you’re not far away and that with the help of tablet and laptop we can make our connections using the virtual way. Thanks for being so good at all you did and for being a great sport with all the little humans that came to our events. You sure know how to put a smile on their faces!!

Take care my goodly friend and you will always have a place in my pony heart. You are a special pony and I am glad you will live a happy life in your new home and with your new friend Rusty.

All for now,
Luv Pudge ♥

Talking Horsies with Cara! Laminitis, PART 1

Cara and Jolly!
Cara and Jolly!

Dear Friends!

Cara has been very busy preparing a brand new series for us to learn. This multi-part series is on another tough disease that takes a severe toll on horses and that is Laminitis. Hopefully with more research, there will be a cure and many easier ways to deal with this terrible condition. Cara has put a great deal of thought and planning into the series and it is our hope that you not only enjoy learning more about it but find it helpful to you as you deal with your equine friends.

Cara wrote this with research from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.


“Every day veterinarians across the country see hundreds of cases of laminitis, a painful disease that affects the horse’s feet. (Throughout this article they keep referring to the horse’s “feet” & I start to type hoof/hooves. LOL!) What is especially alarming is that some cases are preventable. In fact, it may be that we are killing our horses with kindness.”

“Consider that a common cause of laminitis is overfeeding – – a management factor that is normally within our control.”

“By learning more about laminitis and its causes, signs and treatments, you may be able to minimize the risks of laminitis in your horse or control the long-term damage if it does occur.”

(Boy, can I relate to this!! When I first had Jolly those “exact” words about “killing your horse with kindness” were taught to me by Darolyn, a professional horsewoman, trimmer, etc. I had to stop giving him his “most favorite” treat which was Nature Valley – Honey & Oats bars. He CANNOT have regular mints b/c the sugar affects his hooves, but I’ve found a suitable substitute; those small “sugarless” breath mints called “Ice Breakers”, but even though they’re sugarless, there’s a limit as to how many he can have. He can have carrots, which he loves, but I “always” get the mini carrots & much of what is in that one package goes to other horses b/c carrots do have natural sugar. It’s just best to give the other horses carrots when he’s not around b/c he’s a “very” jealous horse. LOL!


“Laminitis results from the disruption (constant, intermittent or short-term) of blood flow to the sensitive and insensitive laminae. These laminae structures within the foot secure the coffin bone (the wedge-shaped bone within the foot) to the hoof wall. Inflammation often permanently weakens the laminae and interferes with the wall/bone bond. In severe cases, the bone and the hoof wall can separate. In these situations, the coffin bone may rotate within the foot, be displaced downward (“sink”) and eventually penetrate the sole. Laminitis can affect one or all feet, but it is most often seen in the front feet concurrently.”

(Jolly’s was in his front left hoof. Being off the Arabian track, a racehorse (in the U.S.) always race in a counter clockwise direction, therefore the most pressure & stress is put on that front left hoof (inside hoof closest to the rail).

“The terms “laminitis” and “founder” are used interchangeably. However, founder usually refers to chronic (long-term) condition associated with rotation of the coffin bone, whereas acute laminitis refers to symptoms associated with a sudden ini9tial attack, including pain and inflammation of the laminae.


“While exact mechanisms by which the feet are damaged remain a mystery, certain precipitating events can produce laminitis. Although laminitis occurs in the feet, the underlying cause is often a disturbance elsewhere in the horse’s body. The causes vary and may include the following:

· Digestive upsets due to grain overload (such as excess grain, fruit or snacks) or abrupt changes in the diet.

· Sudden access to excessive amounts of lush forage before the horse’s system has had time to adapt; this type of laminitis is known as “grass founder.” (I always look @ the time when I take Jolly to graze b/c his pasture is mostly sandy & the horses eat hay out of the hay huts. There are some areas where they can graze through the fencing, but not that much.)

· Toxins released within the horse’s system.

· High fever or illness (i.e., Paynter); any illness that causes high fever or serious metabolic disturbances has the potential to cause laminitis, e. g., Potomac Horse Fever.

· Severe colic.

· Retained placenta in the mare after foaling.

· Excessive concussion to the feet, often referred to as “road founder.”

· Excessive weight-bearing on one leg due to an injury of another leg (i.e., Barbaro developed laminitis in his left rear hoof; the leg that was shattered was his right rear leg. Many think he had to be euthanized due to the leg injury, but Dr. Dean Richardson had successfully repaired his injured leg; it was the spread of laminitis eventually into all 4 hooves which caused him unbelievable pain; they did everything they could possibly do…I never will forget Gretchen Jackson (his owner) saying when she looked @ the pain in his eyes, she knew he was telling her it was time to go…L) or any alternation of the normal gait.

· Various primary foot diseases.

· Bedding that contains black walnut shavings.

· Although controversial, prolonged use of high doses of corticosteroids may contribute to the development of laminitis in some horses.” (There is a huge debate about usage of certain drugs in the racing industry here in the U.S.; especially over Lasix. I’m not an expert on Lasix, but I do know that certain champion racehorses from other countries don’t use Lasix & they don’t bleed out. For instance, Black Caviar from Australia who just retired with a record of 25 starts & 25 wins, the undefeated Frankel in the UK, Animal Kingdom, who previously raced in the U.S. won the Dubai World Cup without Lasix, in the recent Belmont Stakes, Incognito came in 4th place without Lasix; I personally think it “is” performance enhancing & will do more harm than good in the long run, but that’s just my opinion.)

Thank you so much for your research and sharing your wisdom and experiences with us. I can easily see that this subject is an important one to learn and share about. I look forward to sharing the next article in this series!

All for now, Luv Pudge ♥

Pudge Pony Rides at Quentin Riding Club! Please join us!

Pudge is ready for Pony Rides!
Pudge is ready for Pony Rides!

Hi Friends!

Whoa and it is pony riding time at Quentin Riding Club Community days! Please mark your calendars for Sunday, June 23rd! Yups, starting at noon I will be there along with Buck and Fats all set to give rides for an afternoon of great family fun!

Mom will have a table with Mt Hope Horse Rescue and Pudge merchandise for sale too!

For directions to Quentin Riding Club please check out this link below:

I sure hope to see you there and we’ll have a wonderful time!

All for now!
Luv Pudge ♥