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Hollywood Survivor

pointing the wayToday Holly died of heart failure at age 15. The vet said that the venom from the snakebite years ago weakened her heart muscles. We are sad.

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In 2004, this very week, a nice young mare of ours nearly died.  She was only three at the time.  Ironically, her registered name with the American Quarter Horse Association (A.Q.H.A.) is Hollywood Survivor.  We call her Holly.

What happened?  Well, Holly showed up at the water tank with a grossly swollen nose.  She looked like a cartoon character, but it wasn’t funny.  A rattlesnake had bit her on the nose.  There were telltale fang marks. Now you know why I wrote in a couple other blogs about killing rattlers.  We don’t see them every day or every week or even every month, but in the summer, we kill two or three that we come across. 

When a horse gets bit on the nose, it is usually while grazing, accidently crossing paths with a snake.  Horses cannot breathe through their mouths, so when their nostrils close from the swelling, they just…

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5 thoughts on “Hollywood Survivor

  1. I am sorry to read about this. My sympathy goes out to you and your wife.

  2. Sad for you now, yet it’s great you saved her and had her for those eleven more years.

  3. I am so sad for you and your family. It is so hard to lose such a special member of the family.

  4. Thank you for sharing. How good of God to have invented such great companions for us. I suppose it’s the amount of good times that ways moments like these with heaviness. So sorry.

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