Mea Ola (which means “survivor” in Hawaiian) was one of our original rescues from Kern County Animal Control. She was scheduled to go to auction just three days before her rescue. I cringe to think what would have become of her. She was uncatchable, lame on both front feet, and pregnant. Had she survived the trip to auction, most assuredly she would have ended up slaughtered, along with her unborn foal.

It is not every day that someone would take a chance on her. For one, being lame on both front feet is not something just anyone would risk dealing with. A horse without “feet” is usually going to be a dead horse, a heartbreak, and extremely expensive. Then, she was uncatchable and not very friendly. Lastly, she is pregnant. We have no idea what her nutritional state has been, she has been unable to get exercise for who knows how long because of her lameness, and we have had the task of taming her so we can treat her and her foal if need be. We still need to build a safe turn-out for Mea Ola and her foal. The ChipIn at the top left is for that purpose and following this link will show what is planned.

In just weeks, she has made exceptional progress. She has had her feet trimmed and regular veterinary care, including vaccinations and dewormings and general exams. We have elected not to ultrasound her or xray her feet yet, because this would require sedation. She is tame now, but not THAT tame and we decided not to put extra stress on her or the foal. She has been kept on shavings and straw bedding since she arrived which has helped her lameness considerably. She is still off, mostly on right front, but dramatically improved from when we rescued her. She has put on weight and is in “excellent” condition now, per our veterinarian. She eats only the best food and I am pretty sure she can out-eat an elephant at this point in her pregnancy!

We built her a beautiful, safe foaling stall and have put up cameras. Even the tamest mare doesn’t usually want to be disturbed during foaling and this will help us to watch her and only assist her if she needs help. We have also included live streaming so that we can share this miracle with anyone who would like to experience it.

She has been one of our most expensive rescues and continues to be with her daily upkeep. But she is worth every penny and calorie spent taking care of her. It is so rewarding to see her blossom into a healthy, loving horse. She looks forward to her walks and grooming and her nightly “training” sessions that include washing her udder, practice tail wraps, and cleaning her female parts -all important things she must let us do when foaling time is here.

Mea Ola will be here for some time and she could use the support of anyone willing to help. Please consider a one-time donation or an on-going sponsorship for her.

Sponsorship: You can fully sponsor Mea Ola for a pledge of $150 a month, or participate in a partial sponsorship for any amount you chose.


3 Responses to Sponsor Mea Ola

  1. Alicia L Wolf says:

    I was watching the vi. and you have done such a wonderful job with Mea Ola, it’s like going from rags to riches for her. I hope the foal will be good and healthy. Do you know about how much longer before she does foal??? I have been watching her and it seems the weight from the baby is bothering her legs. Thanks for helping this mare.

    • Judy Stevens says:

      Alicia, thanks for your kind words. I’ll make sure Ann sees them. Mea Ola does have issues with her feet. I’m far from expert but she has some laminitis that she is being treated for. She came to the rescue pregnant so he due date is unknown but she has been showing signs (off and on) for a couple of weeks. Mea Ola has her own Facebook page:

  2. Ann KLine says:

    Yes, thank you Alicia. The added weight is certainly part of her foot problem. We are hoping that will be over soon, with those four extra hooves on the ground instead of her belly. She is a beautiful horse inside and out and I feel blessed to have been able to help her.

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