Back in 2014 at one of our monthly auction rescues we rescued this bedraggled, weak Appaloosa horse that was only 2 – 3 years old. She had a runny nose, rain rot, and was very sick. Sometimes we don’t even know if the horses we rescue at auctions will even make it, but we want to give them the best possible chance.
Under our care she truly blossomed and became everyone’s favorite horse at the shelter. She had the sweetest personality and all the staff just really loved her.
It was a happy, but sad, day when she was adopted. We all knew we would miss her, but we knew she needed her forever home. Auction rescue is hard when you fall in love with the horses, just in time for them to be adopted, but it’s very rewarding at the same time.
Last month we received an update from Layla’s adopter. Our eyes were teary reading the update and seeing her picture. She is such a beautiful horse now, and obviously enjoying life very much.
Her adopter writes “I adopted Nellie (aka Layla) from Horse Plus in August 2014. When I got her she had had a rough start. Horse Plus picked her up from an auction and she was not halter trained, had rain rot all through her back and was in overall horrible shape for a 2 to 3 year old horse. Since getting her she has learned so much, I can ride her bridle-less. We compete in trail trials and she never ceases to amaze me on how she does. She meets me at the gate and has such a personality. 4 years later and I love her more than the first time I saw her. If it wasn’t for Horse Plus I would not of found my once in a lifetime horse…so when they say one mans trash is another mans treasure they are absolutely right! I love her and I’m grateful to have her in my life every single day! Thank you for saving all these horses so the rest of us can enjoy them!”
We can’t help but ask ourselves the question “If we had not saved her, what would have happened to her? What would her life be like?” Supporting our auction rescue is so important! There are so many horses with such a bright future, and their life hangs in the balance. You are the one that can make the difference.
We will be going to an auction this Tuesday. We currently have the funds to rescue 2 horses. Our goal is to rescue 20, and with your help we can make that happen.