Coin's Touch of Magic

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In this shot Magic just turned six and was 6 months pregnant with her second foal.

Coin's Touch of Magic came to us in January 2005 as a 7 1/2 month old filly. She came a long distance in a pretty open stock trailer during a very cold, freezing time of year. She and a riding gelding were part of a trade we had made with a young lady who had a love of horses but little practical experience.

When Magic arrived I just nearly dropped over in a dead faint. My heart just burst with sympathy for her. Though her young owner was proud of her and did not in any way abuse Magic knowingly, she had allowed the little filly to starve nearly to death. You see Magic had been weaned far too young to begin with but then she was placed in a smaller pen with some older mares. Feed was put in for the horses of course but the mares would not let the little filly eat so she was cannibalizing her own body to survive.

Magic in December 2004 just prior to arriving

It is beyond me as to how the little thing had survived so long to tell the truth but she had a valiant heart and a will to live. Magic had learned to drink lots and lots of water to keep her belly from feeling quite so empty. That one habit likely saved her life. Her hind legs were stocked up badly and she was bracing on all four legs just to stay on her feet. Truly I do not know how she had made the trip without hanging herself because she was tied in the trailer and had leaned back on the rope for balance because she was too weak to stay on her feet without support.

Magic had more hair on her than a good Yak. Even her face had very long hair which nearly hid her eyes. The hair on her body was so long that is had hidden the fact she was totally emaciated! On a condition scale she would have been below a '0'. Absolutely no muscle mass anywhere on her body! She was on the verge of renal failure and was so starved her belly was distended.

Magic two weeks after arrival

Her body had begun breaking down and resorbing her tendons for protein. That made her legs like rubber. Her legs bent back alarmingly at the knees and the hocks had to brace against one another to hold her up.

She was stunted in growth and was so small our smallest foal blanket fit her while my two month old colts were wearing size large!

My heart just went out to her. After a good lengthy discussion on how to feed horses with the owner and her father, the people went away to purchase the needed things and have since learned the proper way to feed.

It was all Magic could do to walk to the barn, a matter of about 60 feet. Once inside she was placed in a well bedded stall where there was fresh hay and water. I blanketed her because though she had lots of hair she had no body mass so she was still cold. Her poor little body could not generate heat so anything she did eat just went to trying to keep warm enough to survive.

Once in the stall Magic became very defensive. She was exhausted and too weak to fight for her life so she did the only thing she knew how to do in order to be left in peace. She snapped like a mad dog at anyone who came near her....except me.

Magic at the end of February 2005

Magic could not lay down. She had been bracing so long her legs were stiff and I'm sure she was afraid to lay down for fear she couldn't get back up. Several times a day I'd go in and massage her boney little body. Her eyes were feverishly bright and sunken, her stomach was so shrunken she could not eat much at a time but she continued to drink gallons of water.

The vet was there that day and saw the pathetic little filly. He asked me if I wanted him to put her down there and then. I'm sure most people would have done so but Magic still had a spark and a will to live and it was my intention to allow her the chance to do so.

Since it was January and the coldest part of our Ozark winter which can be quite brutal, there was not much sunshine with which to fortify Magic with vitamins and warmth. Her stall was kept deeply bedding in case she did lay down it would help insulate her.

Finally on the third afternoon following her arrival, Magic laid down. Actually I cannot say whether she laid down on purpose or whether she collapsed and fell down, but when I checked on her she was laying on the floor. She could not get up. Her legs were too weak to push her up and she was so exhausted she just fell back and lay there in defeat.

I went into her stall and sat with her talking quietly and stroking her gently. After a while she relaxed and let her head droop onto my lap. She fell into an exhausted deep sleep.

My hand is resting on the top of her ribs which had absolutely no muscle mass on them. Her spine was slightly above my hand! Two fingers could disappear between her ribs. She was nothing but bone and hair...

Every hour I would roll her over and massage her swollen legs. She was too weak to get up to defecate or urinate so each hour I would clean up after her and place fresh bedding under her. Each day I spent a good while just sitting and talking with her. She would nibble food and guzzle the water I brought her.

Four days later she struggled to get up. She was not making it on her own so I helped her and she finally got up. The sun was out and had a little warmth to it so I took her blanket off and let her out in the paddock to get some sun while I cleaned her stall and rebedded it. She was still very wobbly on her legs

Several weeks after arriving Magic was no longer bracing her hocks together to stand and could come out in the sun for short periods. She still had to rest a lot.

Magic was so thin I could lay my hand sideways on top of her ribs like a shelf and her spine was still above my hand. I could lay several fingers between her ribs and her breast bone was so sharp it felt as though it would break through the skin. Any place on her body it was very difficult to find any muscle mass. Just lots of bone and HAIR!

She had a very downy under coat and long, long hair on top of that. The downy hair matted like angora cats or rabbits do. Big gobby mats that won't brush out but have to be cut away or make sores on the body.

Her hooves had atrophied and were very small and extremely hard. I set up a sort of creep feeder by hanging a feed bucket on the edge of the water tank. She loved the water and would nibble bits of senior feed if the bucket was right next to the water.

Magic could only eat a little at a time but she drank twice what a normal fully grown horse would drink. That probably saved her life, she never got impacted once she started eating hay.

By the time March rolled around Magic was beginning to shape up a bit. On nice days we took her blanket off and let her wander around in the farm yard for exercise and to nibble some of the winter grass. We put hay and grain out for her so she would eat as continuously as possible.

Her pot belly began to even out as the Probios went to work to improve her gut flora and she started digesting better. We had her on what is now called ADM Moorman's Grostrong minerals to help replenish her body that was so ravaged. Her eye got brighter and she was becoming much more friendly. She was not up to much more than just a quiet stroll and then not far from her stall. At least it got her out and moving a bit.

Magic in March 2005 was beginning to put on a little muscle mass and was able to go out part of the day in her own little area.

Magic's tendons and legs began to heal and straighten as her little body soaked up the good nutrition and began the long job of repairing itself. She was not growing but she was starting to fill out a bit. Her heart girth deepened and her neck began to strengthen enough to hold her head up.

She was still a pathetic and funny looking little girl but she was well loved and cared for. People who came to the farm would sneer and turn up their noses at her but we didn't care. Over the years we have rehabbed a lot of horses that people passed by without a second glance. Magic was one of the worst to be certain but we could see her progress and knew it must be slow if one is not to further damage the horse!

By June Magic was a year old though only about the size of a weanling. She was beginning to look like a horse lived inside all that hair all the same! It took hours each day to brush and cut away the matted and shaggy hair to reveal a new and much healthier coat. By this time also, she was straightening significantly in the legs and her neck was able to come all the way up without her having to brace in the shoulders to hold up the weight of her head.

Her ribs still showed just a tiny bit and her body was finally beginning to grow. Though she was still a little pot bellied, she was digesting her food well and was gaining weight at a constant level. Her hoof atrophy was beginning to correct itself though her angles were still steep. It would take several trims to set them to rights and as of yet her feet simply were not growing enough to get that job done.

Magic at 13 months June 2005 though still pot bellied from not breaking down fiber efficiently, she is showing great signs of improvement!

It was in early June that we suffered a set back with Magic. We had a period of bad storms that made it necessary to keep her stalled for a week or so. We live on a hill top that is a lightning magnet and we have no sheltering hills or trees to buffer the heavy, straight-line winds that frequent our area.

Not wanting to risk having harm befall Magic she was kept indoors for the period of storms as were all the other mares. Unfortunately by then Magic was getting to feel pretty good. She, like all the others were more than ready to get outdoors at the first opportunity. When the storms finally passed we let Magic out so I could strip her stall. She went out in the barn yard as usual because she was still too frail and weak to defend herself against other horses and we didn't want her to move excessively until she was stronger.

Off she went like a raging bull. Galloping,bucking, just having a great time! The first we had seen her feel up to even doing more than a slow walk! BUT, her body was not ready for such exercise! Truthfully that is the one thing that had not occurred to me.

When I finished stripping and rebedding her stall, filling her water tank and setting out feed I went out to see where she was. My heart just sank when I found her. She was in the back yard with her head hanging low and was unable to use one hind leg! She was so sore she was having a very difficult time even trying to walk.

I could find nothing wrong by examining her but the fact she was walking three legged was not imaginary! SO I called the vet. He came and was amazed at the progress the little filly had made and declared she had pulled some tendons and was going to be lame a good long while. JUST what we didn't want to hear.

Magic at 14 months. She is starting to look like a horse!

Magic was so sore that it took three of us to get her into her stall. Once there she just folded up on the floor and there is where she stayed. For more than two weeks she could not get up. I went back to rolling her over every hour to keep her from getting pressure sores and so that I could clean and rebed under her.

Once again I sat with her and fed her by hand, brought her water and massaged her legs, hips and shoulders. I don't know who was more depressed...Magic...or me. Some people thought we should have her put out of her misery yet her eye told me she had the will to live and wanted a chance. I had to give it to her!

Eventually she managed to get up again. First with help and then within a few days on her own. All together she was down most of the month of July. When she got back to her feet she could touch the foot to the ground but could not bear weight on it. She had a very dreadful limp. A limp the vet said would likely stay with her!

Magic had other ideas however. I put her on Aniflex GL along with her Grostrong minerals, Probios and all the clean hay and water she could eat as well as her grain. By late August she was walking with just a little limp. She could not run but at the walk she was fairly comfortable. She knew not to get carried away. Some days she would be more sore if she had done too much the day before but overall she was showing signs of improvement.

Her once twisted and bowed legs had straightened out and her pasterns had come up. Her body was rapidly catching up in size, in fact she had finally outgrown the two colts that were in the barn the day she arrived.

She was bright as a penny and very easy to work with. She KNEW she was one lucky little girl. We could overlook the lame leg considering all she had been through. We had quite made up our minds she was likely going to be lame the rest of her life.

Coin's Touch Of Magic at 15 months. She is making steady progress. No one would believe she was the same starving waif that arrived in January

By early October of 2005 Magic was then 17 months old. She was really beginning to shape up even though she rested her leg quite frequently she had hardly any limp left at the walk. She would trot on occasion and then show signs of stiffness but the next morning she would be fine again. If she cantered she got real sore and would be lame the next couple days. We were resigned to her lameness and did what we could to keep her as comfortable as possible. She continued to get the Aniflex GL to help her tendons heal and develop.

Even given her limp she had come light-years from where she was only ten months before! In fact the vet could not believe it was even the same horse!

By the end of October, 2005, Magic was able to walk and trot without a limp or getting stiff. She could canter for a short distance but budgeted her motion so she didn't get too sore. We began to integrate her with a few of the young horses on the place so she would have companionship and learn herd dynamics. It was at this time also that her hooves finally began to grow again. We were able to get her first trim and looked forward to getting her angles set to rights.

Magic nearly developed up to where she would have been without her set backs. She had made a remarkable recovery. The average eye would never know she had suffered so much.

Fortunately she is a robust mare who has never been sick. Considering her state of condition and all the stresses she went through it is amazing she has never had a cold or an illness of any sort!

In latter November, 2005 Magic began to bulk up and bone up. In fact she began to look like quite the little chunk! Her winter hair came in fine and silky and quite short like most of our other horses. She was nearly black and was well on her way to becoming a nice mare!

January 2006, 20 months old and one year after she arrived. Quite some difference!

From this point on Magic's progress was very normal. Her feet, joints and bone caught up and she began to grow along normal lines. She pastured with others and came in at night. She got along with everyone and kept herself to a moderate amount of exercise. At that point we thought she would never be able to run with the other horses. She always seemed to lag behind and just take her time.

When March of 2006 came around Magic was nearly two and was just as developed as any other two year old. She still tired easier than the others but given the amount of healing and catching up her body had to do it is no wonder in our opinion that her energy was still a bit limited! She was hip high again and her body was lengthening.

When Magic turned two years old in May of 2006, she was a whole new horse. Shiny, sleek, fit and beautiful. She was beginning to play more in the pasture and was able to canter and run for short distances without going sore. She was by then totally in our hearts and was quite the pocket pet. Oh she had a mind of her own at times but she was never difficult to handle or in any way less than friendly. She remained a bit shy of strangers but would soon warm to them if they spoke softly to her.

She stuck out like a sore thumb on our farm because we had no other black based horse on the place!

Magic in March of 2006. She had become a very nice looking filly!

I had never been real fond of blacks or bays but Magic's color is so rich and glossy that I've become very fond of it. Most of the year she is very dark and never faded looking.

Magic in May of 2006 just turned 2 years.

It was in the fall of 2006 that all of a sudden one day we realized that Magic was galloping with the other mares without a limp or getting sore. Evidently her injury had finally fully healed and she was just as sound as any other horse! We were so pleased we had to call the vet! After all he was the one who had wanted to put her down claiming she would die anyway...! He just shook his head in wonder at the amazing recovery this little mare made.

The last photo we have of Magic before she was sold was taken in December of 2006. She was two and a half years old and fit as a fiddle as they say. Shortly after that in February of 2007 we sold Magic. We had not planned to sell her but there was a couple who were building a breeding herd for a specific stallion that Magic would match exceedingly well with. Though we had thought to keep her for our own breeding program we let her go because we felt she would do the breed and those people good and would be an asset to them.

January 2007,Magic age 2 1/2..one month before we sold her.

Before selling her we made stipulations to the affect should those people wish to sell Magic that we would get first right of refusal. We also stipulated that since Magic was not quite three years of age that they wait at least until the fall of 2007 to breed her the first time in order to give her more time to complete her healing process and develop more.

Unfortunately Magic was bred shortly after leaving us. She produced a very lovely colt for the people in May of 2008, the month she turned four. As I had predicted however, she was not able to maintain her own body and milk for the foal at the same time. She was expected to suffer the extreme heat and humidity we get here in the south while fighting the persistent biting insects and at the same time try to maintain her body and still provide for her foal. . As a result the foal was weaned early but Magic was not being fed to her needs.

Magic's foal born in May, 2008

Due to many reasons Magic's owners decided to get out of breeding in the winter of 2008 after a short season of disappointments. We reminded the owners of our first right of refusal on Magic so we jumped at the chance to get her back again. In January of 2009 Magic came home to us. We were really pleased to have her back.

When she arrived we were sadly disappointed to see her once more thin and shaggy. Magic came home dull and wafer thin with her spine sticking up and her hips protruding. She was spent and deficient but ever so happy to be home! We set right to work bringing her back to bloom and got her sorted out. In only a few months she came out of her state of deficiency to once again become the shiny, sleek beauty she was meant to be.

Magic as she came home January 2009. Underweight, malnourished and dull with long shaggy hair again.

Magic enjoyed the summer out in our best pasture where she played with her friends and spent the days grazing on sweet Bermuda grass. She was brought back up to the barn for the fall and winter. Once again she was fit and healthy.

In November, 2010 we bred Magic to Foxvangen's Solaris for a late September or early October foal in 2011. We look forward to this foal with great anticipation.

Magic running through the wash July 2009

Meantime, Magic is enjoying being part of our mare band and frolicking in the pasture during the summer. She comes in at night to her safe stall where she is always happy to greet us and be loved on. She has become quite social and sociable! She is the favorite of our vet who thinks she's quite a miracle but he also likes her looks! ( He's a QH man...lol)

Magic in summer of 2009 age 5

While in pasture this summer Magic seemed to come into her own. She became herd boss to the group she was with and was more than ready to be the leader. She broadened out and matured quite nicely and her legs are now strong and healthy.

Magic was bred in November 2009 for an early October foal in 2010. Keep watching for her foal to be posted to her page.

Magic fit right in with the senior mare band. She is quiet and respectful even though when our herd alpha challenged her Magic didn't back down. They got into a back to back kicking contest that ended in a draw but Magic defers to the alpha without issue now. She also defers to the other mares even though she is now stronger than any of them. They all respect her and give her space. She has never instigated a problem which is a relief because she is a very strong mare and could be a dynamo if she so desired.

She wants to be friends with everyone and has been seen scratching backs over the fence with the yearlings as well. She does not mind the dogs, cats, chickens, goats....she is just a very placid, content mare.

The things we want to capture about Magic are her solid bones, joints and feet. Her natural foxtrot and lack of pace. Her lovely, calm disposition and her people loving spirit. What we would like to improve would be to put a little less bulk and coarseness on her offspring. We believe Foxvangen's Solaris can do that.

Magic at age 5 fully recovered from her deficient state.

UPDATE: Magic is now 6 years old. In March 2010, she was 4 months pregnant. Over the winter she finally finished maturing into a very strong, robust mare. She is confident and bold and has a quiet brain. She is starting to show her pregnancy now. We have been debating whether she is a black bay or actually a seal brown. We will be getting a DNA test on her very soon to determine which she is.

Magic taken 3-19-10. She is now mature at 6 years and is 4 months pregnant with her second foal, sired by Foxvangen's Solaris.

It is now May 2010. Magic has shed out to her summer color and is sleek and smooth as satin. She is now a mature mare with a strong and powerful build and a good conformation. She foxtrots in pasture and is a self confident mare. She has a solid top line and a very strong back. Her croup is well shaped and she is conformationally correct.

As a blooming six year old, Magic shows none of her unfortunate start in life!

No one would ever guess this mare had such a tragic start to life or the severe set back in condition and development she suffered while at another home. She is bright, healthy and active. Magic shows no signs of her former difficulties. If she retains anything from her former trials it is that she likes her food! We look forward to her forthcoming foal with anticipation.

As a mature six year old mare, Magic is solid and strong with well-balanced conformation.

Magic is a very self confident mare with a calm temperament. She is not intimidated by much of anything and yet remains very friendly and mild natured.

 

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