Early this morning we hooked up the big trailer, loaded up Chandler, one of the horses from the last auction rescue, to take him to his new home. Tawnee had on a big coat that made her look so little, it was funny. After Chandler’s adoption, it would be off to rescue some horribly abused horses discussed in a previous blog entry. Click here.
Then it was up what used to be beautiful hwy 70. Now it is burnt to a crisp from one end of the canyon to the other. Fortunately, rocks don’t burn, and the tunnels are still so much fun to drive through. This tunnel was seen in a movie, click here for more info.
Chandler got to meet his new best friend. This little girl is so happy with him. Chandler you be a good boy for this sweet little girl and remember that you are much bigger then she is.
Then it was off to rescue the 7 horses, on the way there we drove past Alex’s home. He was adopted on the 4th of July. He is looking great and looks like a fuzzy teddy bear with his winter coat.
To make matters worse, the foal to this white mare seen in the previous blog, got sold after she signed her over to us. The county investigator knows the buyer of the foal, and is giving us their contact information so we can ensure the foal has a good and proper home, and adoption contracts must be signed and followed. Some people just don’t think. When you sign a horse over, you don’t go and sell it. They used to hang horse thieves.
We found the stallion, locked in this tiny 6×8 stall, with deplorable conditions. The smell was terrible, his mane matted as if no one had ever cared for him. He had been living in this stall for months, maybe years.
The flooring was broken, rotten & slick boards, covered with deep manure. It was a terribly sad sight all around.
Need to clean a stall? Just dump the poop out the window. This was all freshly piled there, as the lady knew we were coming today she probably wanted to clean up a little. This means the stallion’s living conditions were even worse just a few days ago.
For his safety and the safety of others, he was sedated before being removed from his stall.
Then he was led away from that torture chamber forever into the sun light.
He was loaded safely into the trailer and placed into his own 8×8 stall. It’s sad that the horse trailer stall was larger than the one he had been living in for so long.
As they received very minimal handling, most of them had never been in a trailer before in their life. Many were not even halter trained. The few that did have halters on, had been wearing them so long the halters were literally rotting off their faces.
As we were loading them, this poor horse is reaching over the fence to grab at a
dry twig. That is how starving and emaciated these horses are. Anything looks good to them!
All safe in the trailer at last!
It really breaks our hearts to see these horses in such terrible conditions. Ever since 2005 we have been worried about them, it is so nice that they are finally out of there and safe. It so sad they had to be in this condition before something could be done about it.
The stallion is spending the night in his new, improved larger quarters until daylight. We opened up another divider so now he has a 8 x 16 stall to rest comfortably in. He probably feels like he is living in a palace. A few people voiced concerns about us leaving stallions in the trailer overnight. Our trailer is huge, they are untied, and have fresh food and water, and they have their own stalls. If you think about it, if we unloaded a stallion in the dark, that stallion could get loose, run through the fences, breed the mares, and cause utter chaos until we may be able to catch him, it is far better to stay safely in his own stall in our trailer until daylight.
If anyone is interested in adopting this poor guy, please let us know. He obviously would need to be gelded. He has been used as a breeding stallion, so he will still have a lot of testosterone running through his veins for many months after being gelded. Anyone want to tackle that matted mane?
We are almost to the big $5,000 mark for the euthanasia clinic! Thank you so much for your generous donations, they truly mean a lot. We have had some people wanting to sponsor the $25 fee per horse so owners can bring the horses for free. Their thoughts are: “People can give horses away to kb’s, why not make it so they can provide a loving end for free?” It sounds good to us. Thank you everyone for your great ideas and support.