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Our website as you can see has not been updated for a while.  Our volunteer that was keeping up with it had some life changes and had to resign from the position.  So with that being said it has left me the non-tech person to try and keep it up to date.  Our Facebook page is where most information can be found and is most up to date.

The rescue has taken a bit of a turn.  We have become more of a sanctuary.   We receive calls, text messages, emails daily regarding aged horses that need  homes.  Horses that have devoted their lives to their owners, done what they have asked and now are no longer useful and are  needing new homes.  Don't get me wrong this is not always the case but more times then not it is.  I have had to come to terms with the fact that humane euthanasia is becoming more and more necessary.  Sadly the owners that are dumping these aged horses don't want to do it they expect the rescues to do it if no placement is found for them.  I wish I knew what the answer was to this growing problem but I don't.  There are not enough retirement facilities, homes or safe places for these horses to land.  So many end up on the slaughter pipeline only to have a horrible end to their lives.  A life again that they devoted to their owners.  A life  where they ran those barrels, worked the cows, jumped those jumps, rode the trails and now are broken down for whatever reason and can no longer do that.  We were contacted by a former adopter they adopted 2  horses from 8 years ago.  He is now retired and needs to thin down his herd.  He has asked us to take the 2 back that he adopted from us and one other aged mare that taught his grandchildren how to ride.  We don't have the room and I explained that he said his only other option was euthanasia.  I agreed with him.  It breaks my heart.  but we don't have the room nor the funds to take on 3 more seniors that the owner now can not afford because they retired.  But he is sure keeping several other younger horses.  The 3 he wants to surrender are all over 20 years.  There is a blog on here where the wife wrote a beautiful poem to the one gelding they adopted it states he is now at his forever home where he will never know neglect or abuse again.  If only words and poems rang true.   

Not only do we have rescue horses but we also have rescue pigs and goats.  They are all available for adoption.  Unfortunately pig rescue has increased tremendously also over the years.  Everyone buys these cute little micro or tea cup pigs.  (and just so everyone knows there is no such thing as a micro/tea cup pig)  The cute adorable piggies are fed they grow and they continue to grow so now this little adorable piglet has grown up and is a 100 plus pound pig.  Well guess what people don't want them anymore.  So they either land in rescue, turned loose or animal control.  

I feel like this post is pretty much a Debbie downer post but I want folks to know what we are dealing with and what an emotional roller coaster rescue is.  It breaks my heart to have to say no to an animal and recommend euthanasia but we are limited to what we can do.   Folks need to realize when they take on the role of animal owner that role is forever not whenever you decide you no longer want or need the animal.  Owners need to take responsibility of the situations and not expect rescues to be responsible.  We will  help in every way possible when possible but rescues are not dumping grounds.  

Here is a list of our current permanent  residents.  This is just our permanent babies. 

Fat Boy is a 29+ year old stallion that came into us 2 years ago from Okeechobee Animal Control.  He was a starvation case.  He is a retired reigning horse and from what we understand his bloodlines are off the charts amazing. He is doing amazing but his feed bill is high due to his teeth.  He is missing several teeth so he is unable to eat hay.  He tries but it just ends up in a big ball that he is not able to swallow therefore he is on alfalfa pellets and grain only.

Tess is a 29 year old registered Paint mare she came from Polk county sheriff's office aprox. 5 years ago.  She was adopted out twice and both homes failed and she was returned to the rescue.  Her latest home had some life changes and they were no longer able to keep her.  We made the decision to bring Tess back into the rescue and not adopt her back out.  She will continue with us until she is called to Heaven. 

Bey Bey is a 25 year old Arabian Mare she  has been with us for about 5 years her and her pasture mate Destiny who is about 22 years old live with an amazing foster where they are able to run free and be horses.  Both came from a large scale rescue we did back in 2011 one of our first rescues.  Tess is joining them this weekend. 

Destiny See above

Maverick is a 20 plus year old gelding that came in from Polk County Sheriff's office about 2 years ago.  He was found in a pasture starved and his pasture mate was down due to starvation.  His pasture buddy had to be euthanized at the location they were found.  Maverick went through a huge depression we thought we were going to have to euthanize him as we were not making any progress with his health.  This was secondary to the depression.  He finally buddied up with a mini we had and he made a complete turn around.  Since then his mini buddy went to heaven due to old age but Maverick has continued to thrive and is doing ok. 

Buford is a gelding we received from Sumter county back in 2011.  He was a 4 year old unhandled starving stallion.  He was so fearful he would not eat or drink out of a bucket.  The land they came from their water source was a nasty green pond.  We don't think the herd had ever seen buckets before.  It took us some time but we won his heart as he did ours.  He was adopted out to an amazing Mom and was doing wonderful until unfortunately some horrible training was performed (not by Mom) and he went completely backwards.  Mom was willing to keep him as a pasture pet until some life decisions had to be made and he was surrendered back to us.  Due to Buford's inability to trust and the hell he has went through we decided to keep him as a permanent resident unless that absolutely 150% perfect home comes along.  He needs a lot of love patience and understanding. 

 

Our biggest expense is hay as we don't have grass.  We place compressed alfalfa blocks out for our residents.  They have 12 hour access to it as we have to rotate in and out.  We also go through obviously a lot of grain.  Shavings are a big expense Maverick and Fat Boy are pigs in their stalls.  They flood them nightly.  Fat Boy hardly ever goes out of his stall he pretty much just stands in the corner.  He acts as though he was not allowed a lot of pasture time prior to coming to us.  Our farrier said he was probably stalled most of his life due to being a reigning horse.   Maverick spends most of his day on the alfalfa block but I swear he pee's 25 gallons nightly.  We also have farrier expense although our farrier is absolutely amazing and works with us.  

 

 

 

 

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Eastern Star is a registered Arabian Mare.  She was one of a herd of 54 horses we handled 2 years ago.  This mare has the personality and the ability.  She has been started under saddle, trail ridden and loves attention.  When she arrives to a new location she acts as though she has been there her entire life. 

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