a beautiful group, the horses that we've rescued.
What a testament to the fact that we do live in a 'throwaway'
horses come to us from auctions, feed-lots, and sale
barns. Most missed a trip to the slaughterhouse by a
single trailer ride. Ours are not even a chip off the
tip of the iceberg. The horses we have taken in are
not even a drop in the bucket of horses and ponies across
this country that are in trouble.
We cry for them when they are too weak to stand from
starvation. We cheer for them when they won't give up
and, against all odds, recover and prosper. We say prayers
for them when they don't recover. We give them the love
they deserve. Above all else, we try. We realize that
we cannot save them all, but at least for each one that
we can - "Someone Cared".
Lucky was starved,
injured, weak, and when she fell and was trampled at
a sale barn she was dragged into an empty lot
and left to die. After her rescue & rehabilitation,
Lucky has been adopted to live her life out as a companion
horse for an elderly gelding.
Here For Lucky's Full Story).
Frodo, a miniature
gelding, had been a little girls pet for the past year
until she "outgrew" him and decided she wanted a bigger
horse. Without a second thought as to what might happen
to him he was run thru the nearest auction. After his
rescue Frodo became a Christmas gift for a family with
three very excited children.
(Shown with my mule, Dannita)
Cochise is an incredible
gaited buckskin mare who I purchased from a "horse-trader"
right after she came off the nearby Indian reservation.
She was so underfed and thin that even a vet exam failed
to reveal that she was carrying a foal that was due
in a month! Sadly, we lost the foal due to malnourishment
and a heart murmur. Cochise now has a home for life
with my parents as a riding horse for my many(11) younger
siblings. (Despite my constant attempts to get her back
ever since I married & moved out!) When I realized
I would not be able to take Cochise (My sisters liked
her to much) I settled for the next best thing and bred
her to one of the top Jacks in the region, Blue Key.
Dannita, my mule is now a 5 yr old and I am keeping
her for my riding
This guy was sold
at a local auction, and was headed out-of-state with
a truckload of other horses to be resold at an even
worse sale barn. Before the buyer loaded him up though,
someone slammed him in a gate causing nerve damage that
affected his rear end. The buyer
left him behind as he never would have survived the
trip without falling & being trampled. (He was also
starved and severely underweight & weak). Seeing as he couldn't be sold as he wouldn't survive a trailer trip, he was about to be shot. On March 13th '03 he loaded up like an old pro
for a slow careful ride over here.
Sidewinder was turned over to a local rescue group with a larger pool of resources. We thought he had been placed, but just received an e-mail stating that they felt that euthanization was appropriate in his case.
Lady was an awesome
10 year old Fresian mare that I rescued from a sale
barn. I intended to keep her a riding/driving horse
as she had some incredible action! She was fresh off
a rodeo bucking string - just didn't buck hard enough
to earn her keep anymore. Named for her quiet dignity,
Lady didn't trust anyone, but was gentle (although nervous)
once caught. After some work, although she could be
saddled & ridden, I decided to just give her some
time to learn to trust again. We were making great progress
when almost a year after I had gotten her she passed
away. I was there holding her head when she died (She
had internal ruptures & bleeding due to weakened
spots from heavy worm infestations before I had gotten
her). While I wish we could have had more time, I am
glad that at least she got to spend the last of her
life in a good place.
Fairy, a beautiful
rose-grey Arab-type mare, was another sale barn rescue.
She was three years old, and had apparently never been
handled at all. It took over a week before she would
even let me approach her without cowering, and over
two before I could touch her. Eventually I earned her
trust, trained her to ride, and Fairy now has a great
home as an endurance/trail horse with a wonderful lady.
Flower, was an untouched
range-horse rescue, purchased an hour before she was
to be run thru the local auction. Because of her black
& white pinto coloring, she was named after "Flower
the Skunk" in the movie "Bambi". Flower foaled (unexpectedly)
shortly after her purchase, but the colt was stillborn.
She has since been gentled and has started her new life
as a western trail horse with a great couple.
went down to pick up these two Purebred papered Arab
mares at a feedlot a couple days before they would have
been run thru the auction (This was the trip where I
found & rescued "Lucky" - See her story above).
One a 10 yr beautiful Blood Bay with flashy white stockings
and an incredible head, and the other a 4 yr old very
refined Chestnut. They were both broke, sound &
healthy mares. I had wanted to breed them to a jack
for a pair of nice mules, but was not able to get the
breedings to the jack that I wanted. These two were
boarded at my parent's house for a bit while I was moving,
and picked up their nicknames from my younger sister
who cared for them (you can tell what she thought of
them)! Both have since gone on to good homes. "Booger"
as a second trail horse for a couple, and "Freak"
to a young Native American on the reservation near us.
(I'm sure both their names have since been changed!)
Casper is our most recent "second
chance" equine - saved from a local salebarn and
a trip to the dog-food cannery - he is looking for a
good loving home. He is a small grey/white pinto donkey,
about 10 hands, young (under 2 yrs), sound, healthy,
and in good condition. He is not yet gelded. Casper
trailers, is halter broke and gentle, but a little wary
of new people at first - nothing a couple weeks of TLC
won't take care of! He is sociable with other horses
& my mule. Donkeys are great companions and natural
"guard animals" for flocks/herds of animals
that are prone to dog attacks. If you are interested
in giving Casper the loving home he deserves, I'd love
to hear from you!
**Casper has been placed!**
Congratulations & THANK YOU
to Leah Saulnier for giving Casper a good home!
Another salebarn/slaughterhouse bound mare,
Lady is a small (12H) mare - with a nice head, a beautiful
eye, and a Wonderful Personality! She is a calm, friendly
mare, and appears to be sound, healthy ... and about
to foal ANYDAY!
**Lady has been placed!**
Congratulations & THANK YOU
to Kathy Powell for giving Lady a good home!
This elegant little filly is Lady's (pictured
above) foal. Tessa measures in at a whopping 10 hands
high, with twice the attitude! With her refined head,
tiny muzzle, long hooked neck, eye-catching action &
flagging tail, she's a nice one. She will probably mature
at 13-15 hands. Tessa is quite a looker, has a lot of
spunk, and a friendly curiosity that makes her Simply
**Tessa has been placed!**
Congratulations & THANK YOU
to Nicole Marshall for giving Tessa good home!