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It’s been just over 3 weeks since we first met the starving Paso Fino horses. When we pulled onto that property and saw the condition of those horses nothing mattered except saving the ones we could actually get on the trailer. Chica, Gypsy, Sierra and Lily were the lucky ones that day. They landed at a little slice of Heaven. Once the immediacy of the situation was at bay and things settled into the daily barn routine it was evident these four girls were going to require more than we could give them.

Enjoying actual grass!

It’s such a disservice to our horses when we don’t train them and show them people can be trusted. These girls were simply scared and unsure. When that’s coupled with not having been handled properly by people it’s downright dangerous. Feeding them was a given and they learned that right away. People with food buckets meant good things. Anything much after that was met with fear and distrust.

Lily needed her nose medicated but was afraid to be touched.

Getting a horse over this type of mentality takes time and patience and then more time and more patience. You also need skills. We realized we didn’t have those skills and needed help. The word was put out to countless forums and rescue groups. Was anyone experienced willing to take on a project such as this?! The general consensus was a big, fat NO!!!! We were getting discouraged and scared. I actually began getting angry. It seemed people were hung up on the fact they were Paso Finos. A horse in need is a horse in need, isn’t it? Then the right message got to the right person at the right time…

I received a private message on one of the forums: “Are you needing someone to take the mares or are you looking for advice on them? We have quite a bit of experience with Pasos. Let me know if we can help you.”

This past Saturday the 4 Paso Fino girls loaded up and were transferred to Promise Acres Equine Rescue. When you do rescue you’re forced to do a lot of soul searching. You must admit your strengths and your weaknesses. Being honest with yourself is the only way you can truly help those animals. When it comes to dogs, Scottie and I are gifted and skilled with the old-timers. That is our passion. Don’t even try to give me a puppy! Won’t work. We (Terri, Gayle, Jim and myself) all knew these horses were beyond our abilities. It wasn’t easy to admit but we had to move forward and do what was best for them. And thank God for the Angels of Promise Acres!

On the way to their next chapter.

They understand the Paso Fino breed. Though I’d gotten a little bent out of shape because of the whole “Paso thing” I now understand there is a difference in breeds – just like with dogs. A Paso requires a certain type of energy and understanding that’s different from my Fjordhorses or a Quarter Horse. At Promise Acres they are in the hands of folks who understand and appreciate this. I know they are going to blossom into the beautiful mares they are meant to be.

The girls at Promise Acres.

Please show Promise Acres some love and “like” them on Facebook. Terri kindly donated funds to care for the girls with their initial vetting and food for at least a month. If you’d like to help also, please go to their website – Promise Acres – they do a lot of cool stuff at this facility. They can only continue their good work through donations and volunteers. We look forward to watching their progress! Chica, Gypsy, Sierra & Lily, we love you. 🙂

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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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