Faith Equine Rescue

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Rescue Happenings

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.  





Summer is here

Summer is here and so are all the hassles that come along with it.   1st the most annoying of it all bugs.  The flies and mosquitos are already horrible.  We spray daily with no results.  We have used commercial bought items home remedies and nothing seems to be working.  Anyone with any suggestions please let us know.  2nd the heat oh my goodness everyone is already hassling and panting due to the heat and its only May.  We are going to need to invest in some fans for sure.  3rd rain Yep mud pit which doesn't help the bug population any.   We were able to get 2 loads of sand in and can not wait to get it spread.

It is that time to give back to the community.   We are gearing up to start our summer pet therapy program for our special kiddo's.  Anyone that knows any kids that would benefit from some pet therapy emotionally or physically please have them contact us.  We have experienced volunteers that work with autistic children and we love and cherish our time with them.



Challenges Rescues Face

2019 has been a rough year.  We have had a handful of horses returned ( our contract states the rescue is to be notified if the horse is no longer wanted and to be surrendered back to us).  Some that have been returned are due to owner hardships and others have been due to the horse and adopter not working out together.  That is always a chance you take when adopting an animal.  Along with the returns we receive daily messages/emails from owners wanting to surrender their animal due to health issues or the animal is old and they can;t afford the required upkeep of the animals.  The one's I truly love are the calls " I rescued this horse out of the kill pens 3 months ago it is crippled and I can't get weight on it"  folks think they are doing good things by "rescuing" these horses when all they actually do is put them in more danger and traumatic situations.  Now there is a horse that needs help more help then the person can provide and more help then any of the local rescues can provide due to lack of room and lack of funds.  Now this horse is facing being right back in the kill pens and the trauma of shipping and getting it there.  Now the kill pen folks.  That is another scenario.  They take these horses that they obtain for either free or pennies and start posting them all over the internet.  If  not paid for by such and such a date will ship.  Guess what those trucks still ship they ship full.  The difference is now the kill pen folks are eating lobster and steak because folks have just bailed a horse from shipping that they got for free and someone just paid 800.00 for bail money on. Also they have just been provided funds to go out and put 4 more horses in the same situation.  Am I saying slaughter is the way to go absolutely  not but this fight can not be won if we don't battle it in our own backyards.  We have hundreds of  horses in need just in our own backyards but due to the scam of the slaughter pens local rescues like us are unable to assist as many as we would like due to lack of donations.  Everyone is donating daily to pull horses out of the kill pens and pay for the quarantine that is required and shipping costs the amount is astronomical to save one horse when you could be saving multiple for that amount.   Without support from the local folks rescues like us can not and will not be around much longer.  Thus putting more horses at risk.  Please search your local rescues, volunteer time with them, and support them.  If this does not happen local rescues will be a part of the past.   

Hamburger Mary's Charity Bingo


What an amazing night had by all.  Faith Equine Rescue and TLC Petsnip hosted a night of Drag Queen Bingo to benefit the animals.  The house was packed.  There was not an empty seat to be found.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all our supporters as we were able to raise for each organization a total of $950.00.  What a huge blessing.  Please keep an eye out for upcoming events to benefit the animals of Faith Equine Rescue.

Current Status

Things have been hopping around the rescue.  Last weekend we had 3 adoptions.  We were blessed that Peppa and Iya were able to go to the same home.  They were a bonded pair  we received from the large herd of minis that involved neglect by their owner who was a veterinarian.  Lyric has been adopted to an amazing home who that is also a dear friend of mine.  Lisa has taken this girl on and spoiling her rotten.  Misty who is another mini we received from the neglect case that Peppa and Iya came from has been having some hoof issues.  2 days after coming into the rescue she began with laminitis.  We fought that battle and she overcame it.  Now she is blowing abscess's in both front feet constantly.  Oh did I mention she is about to foal any day.  She had a ultrasound done the first of Jan. and the vet said 4-6 weeks at that point for foaling.  We are patiently waiting.  Once the foal is born we are hoping that will take some of the pressure off her hooves and resolve some of her issues.  Butterscotch our little palomino mini we received from Okeechobee Sheriffs office will be going through a new treatment for his sarcoid.  We tried the chemo medication but the treatment was so tortures after 3 months we stopped it as we did not see enough improvement to continue the torture.  He is such a sweet soul and we want to do everything for  him but when it interferes with his quality of life we have to make decisions on if that is the right treatment plan or not.  Maverick our last boy to come from Polk County Sheriff's Office will be a permanent resident unless the right home can be found for  him.  He is only 17 years old and has the body of a 30 year old.  He has really been used and abused and it shows.  He is the sweetest most precious boy.  It took him some time to settle in but finally has.  He was very depressed when he came in his pasture mate had to be euthanized on scene when the sheriff's department confiscated him.  It took him a while to bond with another horse and he finally has bonded with my 33 year old man.  They are now pasture buddies.  Buck (new name to be determined by new owner) has been at foster for the last 6 months trying to overcome some fears he has.  He was found running the streets and seized by Polk County Sheriff's office.  No owner ever came to claim him so he was turned over to us.  He of course is still a stud and a little stud muffin he is.  He was brought the rescue a couple days ago and today he will meet Dr. Waters and the ball busters team.  He will then proceed once healed from his surgery to his new human Merilee.  We are super excited for him.  Willow is a mini we received from the above mini case also.  She is currently in foster and will be coming into the rescue once Buck leaves.  We are unsure if she is bred we will have her ultra sounded and determine then when she will be available for adoption.  Training at the barn has slowed some due to show season with the cows.  We will be resuming the training program in the next couple weeks.  Magnum will begin his training again.  He has a possible home up north this summer still waiting on confirmation.  We have a few other horses that are ready for adoption.  Please adopt don't shop.  When you adopt you save 2 lives the one you are adopting and the one you just made room for.  We are always looking for volunteers and are in search of a new fundraiser coordinator.  Please contact us if interested. 

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