Archive for September 8th, 2012

It’s just impossible to understand. I suppose there’s truly loving your animals and then there’s looking at them as possessions. I would give up any possession to assure the health, safety and happiness of my animals. As a matter of fact… I have. Scottie and I sacrifice time and again to care for those we truly love.

Cass & I have an unbreakable bond.

Now I have to show you the result of someone not truly loving their animals or even feeling slightly responsible. Again, I don’t know the people involved. The owner is an elderly and ill gentleman but there is an able-bodied caretaker on the premises. One must drive past these horses to leave the house. Neighbors must drive past daily. No need to be a horse expert to see there’s a problem. There is a history of neglect on this property. It finally caught up to them. An anonymous complaint was called in to Seminole Co. Animal Services. Gears got rolling once the officer on scene alerted his boss to the situation. Rescues were in place the next morning to remove the horses that were signed over.

Momma & baby Paso Fino horses before leaving for rescue.

Eighteen horses were in total. Fourteen are now safe. These are the four my friend Terri opened her farm to. They will now get food, veterinary and hoof care and simple attention. Just in one day of having some basic needs met, they are brighter. Their potential is trying hard to shine through the the bones and ragged coats.

The yearling filly now named Chica.

Her Momma, Sierra.

A baby so young should not know such hunger.

Chica is cautious but curious.

Momma could very well be carrying another baby. There were 5 stallions/colts on the property.

A horse’s lifeline are their hooves.

These have long been neglected.

Chica’s never had hoof care.

The matted tails are the worst we’ve ever seen.

The protruding bones speak volumes.

Hundreds of pounds underweight. Backbone & hips.

Absolutely no muscle on this baby.

Chica’s backbone & hips.

Pretty grey mare is in better condition. Now named Gypsy.

Still too thin but not as bad as the others.

This sweet girl is Lilly.

She has a wound on her nose. Probably from a halter left on too long.

Lilly has a sponsor. Thank you Gayle! She has a thing for bays.

Lilly keeps herself a bit away from the others.

She seems somehow sadder than the others. Maybe she’s the one who recently birthed a baby only to have it die w/in 24 hrs.? The complaint wasn’t called in soon enough.

Their foster barn is a safe & happy place.

They can actually graze on acres of grass!

This rescue was a joint effort between horse lovers extraordinaire! When the call came out everyone was up for the daunting task before them. It was a long, hot day of rescue. Loading untrained, scared horses onto trailers is not for the faint of heart. It’s dangerous. It took time, some skill and a little luck but the 3 mares and filly were loaded and sent to Terri’s farm. John and Missy of  JM Horse Rescue worked together with Tia of Ridin Dirty Ranch & Rescue and the Seminole Co. Animal Services officers to load up the remaining 10 horses! Bless Tia for taking those stallions/colts. And thank God, no one got hurt! When you do animal rescue, oftentimes you just have to have faith things will work out. You go get the animals out of harms way and worry about the rest later.

A young stud colt getting used to a halter.

His 1st steps toward a new life!

Each of these horses will need work and more importantly, time. None seem to be trained but their medical needs are the most urgent. This costs money. Money the rescues don’t have. We know more horse lovers will come forward to help these babies begin new lives. Please go to JM Horse Rescue to donate. (You can also find them on Facebook.) If you want to help geld the stallions/colts please contact Tia 352-638-0432 or email:  talbert590@aol.com.

Keep checking the blog for updates on Chica, Sierra, Lilly & Gypsy!

Chica, Sierra, Lilly & Gypsy

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