Neno

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Neno

Neno is a Belgian in his twenties, over 18hhs, 2000lbs, soon to be more! Neno arrived here with his brother, Shift, in late August 2017.

We don’t know anything about their origins or the work they did, but we do know that they were working horses.

Neno is strong and structurally well developed like hard working horses are. Both Shift and Neno are well-trained teammates and when they see a team go by they get very excited as though to say “take us with you!”

Neno arrived here with navicular (a painful rotation of the coffin bone in the hooves). After the first trim with our farrier he is already feeling much better.

He is very lame in the front but it is not like it was when he arrived here.

Neno is the quieter, shyer one of the two but LOVES attention nonetheless. Both Neno and Shift are extremely affectionate and they love to eat! You will find them in the paddock with a round bale of their own watching the world go by.

They will be with us as long as they need us or until someone loves them so much and can do better for them. Both the boys have the beginnings of EPSM, a metabolic disorder that will require they get really good food for the rest of their lives. No sugar but lots of good fat and some protein. We have lots of experience with this chronic health issue and we know how to stop its progression and hopefully that will extend their lives in their old age.

Both Neno and Shift are wonderful spirits full of love and power and they are sure to help a lot of humans find their way home …to their hearts…too.

I am finding myself at a loss for words on just how hard it is going to be to say good bye to my friend Shift and his best friend Neno. I woke up with a shock this morning, at the crack of dawn, sat straight up and said the these words out loud…”Shift is dying” It took a few more minutes to really wake up and realize what I was actually realizing…..
….We will also have to put down Neno, there is no way for him to have a quality of life without Shift, no way. Neno is older and has his own health issues that are painful and hard on a daily basis, not having Shift will make his life not worth living either. They are inseparable.

Lenny and Jenna thank you for doing your best to bring these treatments to him from far away in New York at no charge. He knows how much you cared too and in the end that is what matters most to him.
I feel so sad, so sorry, so hurt that once again despite our very best efforts we cannot save such an incredible spirit, who loves life, humans, other horses, food, hay, work and even baby cows. We will all be better for having known Shift and Neno that much I know and I am grateful for that. Thank you, Shift for always reminding me why it is so important to be here for your kind….no matter what.
Shift will be euthanized tomorrow along with Neno. Please keep us all in your prayers and thoughts and the others that will feel this huge loss, like Blue and Star and even Bill. I bet even the baby cows are going to miss him as he has taken to watching over them too.