More than just the heat index has changed since I last posted. We added four fuzzy friends to the herd!
On April 13, in a group effort with my trainer, we rescued two yearlings and a pregnant mare out of Bastrop Kill Pen. They went to quarantine locally where sweet mama delivered an adorable colt on April 27th. They stayed in quarantine a little longer than planned to give him more time and finalllyyy arrived in Vero on May 31st. We all fell in love instantly.
Meet the herd:
Mama Matilda, aka Tillie
A been there done that lady who LOVES her snacks. The poor dear had a bit of a cold coming out of the kill pen and delivered early and in a bit of distress. She’s healthy and vibrant now and will likely make a good riding horse! She’s been an excellent mommy, never getting annoyed with her little monkey and letting him harass her all day. Our vet believes she was used as a bit of a baby factory so we’re happy to promise her that an easier life. She’s exceedingly easy to handle and has taken to our young filly as well.
Oh my gosh, the odds this guy has conquered. Born early, his mama had no milk and no colostrum. He was not off to a good start as he entered the world. The caring Dr Odom of Bastrop Veterinary was on hand to administer plasma a few times. Horses need colostrum at birth from their mothers to develop an immune system so we were naturally very uncertain of his future, especially right out of the pen. By some miracle, he fought on and progressed daily! He was a ‘bottle baby’ and fed every two hours by two lovely ladies during his quarantine. Luckily his mama eventually started producing milk and was happy to oblige him! He is so curious, spunky and snuggllyyy that you can’t help but fall in love with him. Today he is three months old, just a tiny little sprite but so full of life.
Miss Mae is as sweet as they come, always ready with a nicker and a snuggle. She is our true little angel, as she almost didn’t make it to us. There was a debacle with over-payment to the kill pen on my behalf. I wasn’t going to get my money back but I thought just maaaybe they would apply it toward another horse. I asked and they agreed! So the scraggly but potentially gorgeous yearling filly was added to the bunch. We were really only prepared for two horses + the pending foal but the chance to save another life presented itself and thankfully the barn didn’t disown me! Claudia constantly reminds her that she is kind, she is smart and she is important… so we thought it was appropriate to name her after a movie character who got the same words of wisdom.
I know what you’re thinking, gee I wonder which horse Lindsey was in charge of naming. 🙂 I know I’m not supposed to have a favorite, but this horse’s sweet soul just tugs at me. The most nervous of the herd, we are really fortunate that Mae was able to join him. They came to the kill lot together and he is quite bonded to her. He was obviously abused to some extent; he is tremendously head shy and was not handle-able when he arrived. Even through that, he reeeallyyy wants to be with you, he just doesn’t quite trust that you won’t hurt him. Of the four horses, he’s the one that never fails to greet me when I walk out to the paddocks. Day by day he’s coming around and I’m happy to wait. This little guy is special.
If you ever want to chat or get some information about rescuing from the many kill pens, please don’t hesitate to ask!
During this process (and when I rescued two minis last year), I’ve developed a network of amazing people that do this daily. Their unrelenting dedication to these horses amazes me. I don’t know if I could do it on the ground, to see how many horses are not as fortunate. I’ll be posting more about the industry as well, but I’d like to leave you on a happy note today.
Some people who make it possible:
- A&A Transport and Quarantine
- Shur Shot Quarantine
- Dr Odom, Bastrop
- Horses of New Holland
- Kill Pen Movie
- Grumpy Horse Ranch & Rescue
- A Place for Peanut Rescue
- Baby Girl Ranch Rescue
- Last Chance Corral (nurse mare foals that need homes!)
Some of the kill pens for those of you looking to rescue: