Gracie

Before & After

Gracie was one of our first rescues. I found her on an auction page for the Bastrop, LA kill pen. I only had that single sad picture for information on her. All we knew was that she looked young and very sad. Gracie came to us, with King, in December of 2020. She arrived on a frigid day, scared and clearly very sick. We learned quickly that she was completely unhandled, and very fearful of humans. I could not get near here or she would strike back with very aggressive behavior, often kicking or rearing. She was very dangerous and we could not get her treated. It took many months of hand feeding her and alot of patience, but she started slowly to come around and accept that we wouldn't hurt her. It took us nearly 6 months, but we were finally able to get her vaccinated and treated for her illnesses. Upon finally seeing the vet, we learned that she is likely very young, only a baby. And that she was likely separated from her mom in the kill pen. (Which certainly explained why she hated us so much at first!) She is now a happy, friendly, and very loveable horse who follows me nearly everywhere. We have mastered lead line training and we are moving on to saddle training next. She has grown into the most beautiful horse, and she has her entire life ahead of her.

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King

Before & After 

King was one of our first rescues. We rescued him at the same time that we rescued Gracie. Both of them came to us in December of 2020, from the Bastrop, LA kill pen. As with Gracie, I had little information on him and his former life. We knew he was previously owned by the Amish, and we were told he was "around 10". When King arrived we were completely taken aback, he was MUCH bigger in real life than what his info had listed. And he was also much meaner! He was not treated well in his life, and sought to take out revenge on anyone and everyone who tried to get near him. He was very aggressive and dangerous for the first couple months we had him. Little by little he slowly came to trust us, however he can still be a tad moody! The Vet placed him at age 20, and has told us that he is very sore and stiff. He is officially in retirement and will live out the rest of his days with us, eating and being lazy.

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Lexi 

Before & After

Lexi came to us in February of 2021. She was the 3rd horse we bailed from the Bastrop, LA kill pen. Her video from the auction lot showed a very sweet and gentle mare that needed a home. I have always loved paints, and fell for her right away. She came to us incredibly underweight, but otherwise ok. Unlike King & Gracie, Lexi stepped off the trailer and wanted to be bestfriends immediately. She followed us everywhere, clearly very confused and anxious about where she was. Once she met Sven, the two of them bonded right away and she was able to calm down. The vet put her at age 18, but with no real major issues. As soon as were given the go ahead, we started re-training her under saddle. She rides like a dream and is the absolute sweetest horse we have. She is a true unicorn, and we're so glad to have found her when we did.

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Heart

Before & After

Heart is a 18 year old Standardbred mare. She was originally bailed by a different rescue, at the same that we had bailed Lexi. We work together with that rescue to help combine shipping efforts, so her and Lexi were on the same trailer to Boston from Bastrop, LA. She had stayed at the rescue for a couple months, but no ne was interested in giving her a forever home. She is blind in one eye, and she also suffers from cellulitis as a result of an injury that was never treated. Due to these factors she had no interest, so I agreed to foster her and continue our search for the perfect home for her. She has been with us now for about 5 months and is a very sweet old lady. We are still searching for her perfect forever home.

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Hope

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Hope has been our hardest rescue yet. She came to us named "Gypsy" at the end of February 2021. The picture from her kill pen photo showed a fat healthy Percheron, but that is not what arrived to us. We waited anxiously for 2 weeks for her to arrive from the South. She stepped off the trailer and immediately fell down and could not get up. She was skin and bones, she was shaking from head to toe, she was weak and scared and could not get up on her own. It took us a team of people and several hours, but we were able to flip her over and get her up. This would happen 3 more times over the course of the next couple weeks. Every morning, I didn't know what I would find. For this reason we switched her name to "Hope" because she needed so much in order to make it, from everyone around her. I dreaded that walk, and quite often I would find her down. I had to force her up, begging her to just hold out a little longer. In the meantime, the Vet had been performing several different blood tests on her to see if we could find the cause for her weakness. We eventually discovered that she was Vitamin E deficient, a common issue in draft horses. We started immediately supplementing her with high doses of it, as well as anti-inflammatory's for her pain. Within about a month we saw drastic changes in her, I stopped finding her stuck on the ground and she started to finally gain weight. She has been with us now for about 6 months, though it feels like I have always loved her. She is fat and healthy and happy and has not had any issues since. She does struggle with soreness and with her old age, we decided to officially retire her. Just like King, she gets to spend the rest of her days being a fat, lazy, happy horse, just like she deserves.

 

Gordon

Gordon came to us from a kill pen in North Carolina. A friend of ours had been picking up other horses from this lot and noticed this adorable little donkey looking sad and in need of a home. They called and said "please help" so we agreed to bail him. Gordon arrived sick, as donkeys often are in kill pens. He had a fever and some intestinal issues and was generally not interested in food. He was given wormers, antibiotics and electrolytes for a month. After which he was amazing! He was shy, but so very sweet and lovable. Though some of our horses are with us for retirement and forever sanctuary, Gordon was only 4 years old and still had plenty of life left to live. For this reason we decided to place him in a home with another little donkey. This would be the best choice for him, as horses don't always enjoy them. We found an amazing family with another mini donkey, just his size, and they loved him instantly. He is now in his forever home and very well loved.

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Arien

    Arien came to us in June of 2021. We pulled her from a kill pen in Arkansas. She was in the "direct ship" lot, which means she didn't have much time left, and had no interest. We bailed her with about an hour to spare, to keep her off the truck headed for Mexico.

    The first picture you see is how she looked when she arrived, completely lost and dejected. But she was a sweetheart and she wanted so badly to be loved. She quickly made friends with Lexi and Sven, and thanks to this, she had a family again. This helped to bring the shine back in to her eyes. 

     Unfortunately, she was only with us for 6 short weeks. We found her in severe abdominal distress (aka: colic) early one morning. Our vet tried for several hours to save her, and we did everything we could, but she was still suffering and in a great deal of pain. We made the decision together to end her suffering and help her cross the rainbow bridge. She died peacefully in my arms, while I told her how loved she was. While I know we saved her from an ending that would have been much worse, losing her has been one of the darkest days since we opened the rescue. I imagine there will be many more days like this in the future, and many hard calls that will need to be made. But I don't imagine it will ever get any easier. If only we had found her sooner, maybe the outcome would have been different. We love and miss you Arien, my sunshine, and we hope you are somewhere running wild and free.

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Alessia

   Lena arrived to us on September 9th, 2021. She arrived skinny and completely terrified. We bailed her from a kill pen in Arkansas. As you can see, she was marked for slaughter and was headed out on the next truck. As with the rest of them, we have little information on her previous life. We were told she was around 2, but after examining her the vet has put her at only 1! Just a baby! According to her paperwork she has spent nearly half her life in a kill pen. She is still very nervous but such a sweet girl! She is still in QT so we are not able to introduce her to the others just yet. QT is the hardest part because is desperately searching for her mother or a herd mate. Just as soon as she's recovered and healthy she will join the others. We are excited to get to know her more, as each day passes she gets a little less scared and little bit happier!

   

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