23 Horse Rescue Update – 2 Weeks Later

It has been two weeks to the day since we rescued the large group of horses, first 19 from the owner of the Lincoln Horse Auction, and then another 4 from the Lincoln Horse Auction.  If you missed that blog, click here.

We had been monitoring the situation for months, and the skinny horses didn’t seem to be improving at all at the guy’s place.  This photo was taken back in May, Hope (you’ll see later in the blog) is the horse on the left.

The horses have been in our care for 2 weeks.  Here are some of the photos of the skinniest horses when they arrived, and how they are looking now.  This is Sacramento Kid, a 12 year old TB.  This is a picture of his back.

Two weeks later you can see that his tummy is fuller, and his bones are less visible.

This is a photo of him shortly after coming to us.

And this is a photo of him taken on the 29th.  As you can see, in only 2 weeks, Sacramento Kid is doing much better!

This is Barbie, a 14 year old mare, when she came to us.

This is her taken on the 29th.  Barbie is doing much better and her ribs are almost completely gone.

This is Jones Brother, an 8 year old TB gelding.  As you can see in this photo, he was quite skinny.

2 weeks later he still has a long ways to go, but you can really see that he is gaining weight nicely.

This is a picture of Jones Brother when he arrived.

And this is a picture on the 29th.  He is thriving with proper care!

This is Hope, the skinniest horse from the group that we have been watching since May. She is a 14 year old mare.  Since May she hadn’t improved at all, and when our vet checked her, it was found that she had long jagged hooks on her teeth gouging into her cheeks, gums and tongue whenever she would try to eat.  If you would like to see that startling blog, click here.

As you can clearly see, Hope’s ribs, spine and hip bones are starting to disappear now that she is able to eat without chronic agony.

This is Hope the day she arrived.

And now 2 weeks later.   It’s amazing what food, dental work and proper care will do for a horse!

Poor Hope was so skinny and frail!

She now spends her days eating all she wants and relaxing in the sunshine with some good friends.

Last year we were very dismayed when Butte County Animal Control sent two horses to the Lincoln Horse Auction, which was not a licensed or bonded auction, making it an illegal auction.  We hope in the future that Animal Control’s will not send horses to auctions, especially illegal auctions.  You can read that blog by clicking here.

Thank you so much for your support in our rescue and rehabilitation efforts! You are what make it possible!

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We got a great adoption update from Tante’s adoptive family.  She originally adopted him as a horse for a young man, who was staying with them, but then the young man left.  She wasn’t quite sure what she was going to do with another horse, but she had fallen in love with Tante.  You can read his adoption blog by clicking here.

She sent us this update yesterday: “I am sending you pictures of Georgie (Tante) at the Virginia City 100 last weekend. He did amazingly well and was so quiet throughout the night over Mt. Davidson an elevation of 7629 feet. Riding alone he called out to horses on the trail, only to be answered by the wild horses. It was an experience I am glad I was able to share with this remarkable horse.

“I don’t know if you remember but I adopted Georgie for a 17 year old young man. He disappeared three months later and I wondered why I had been ‘stuck’ with a horse I didn’t need as I only had room for the four horses I had. Needless to say, however, I had already fallen in love with him and now I know beyond a shadow of a doubt he was a gift. There is no other explanation. He has renewed my interest in my sport and he has found his own fan club mostly due to the incredible personality he has. He is truly a character!

“Earlier this year I rode with John Parke who’s Icelandic Pony, Remington, was inducted into the Endurance Hall of Fame last year. At the end of the ride he said I just might have a 100 mile horse. Well he was right but more than that I have a wonderful partner who I adore! Georgie has completed 555 endurance miles so far this year.

“Thank you so much for what your organization accomplishes in the fight to save lives. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have Georgie! Or his Mustang sister, Dun Deal!”

Sunday Kirsty was busy working with some of the horses from the group of 23 we got.  This is Archie, a year and a half old colt.  He was busy with his first haltering and leading lesson.

He caught onto the idea and soon was learning to follow when he felt pressure of the lead rope.

Next Zipper was in the round pen getting his lesson.  He is an almost 2 year old colt.

He wasn’t too keen on the idea of letting humans lead him around and do things to him, but soon enough he had the idea that nothing bad was going to happen to him.

We had a horse surrendered at the shelter.  This is Buddy, an older Arabian gelding.

One of our adopters found a good deal on some hay and volunteered to bring it up.

They were great big hay bales, about 1,000 lbs each.

The little tractor made quick work of putting them where they belonged.

After the hay was unloaded the adopters looked around to see if there was any horses that they could add to their family since they had room.  One of them absolutely fell in love with Knight and decided he would be the perfect companion for the little mini she had at home.  Knight really liked her too.

The other adopter really fell in love with Pallo.

We are so happy that Pallo found such a great home with one of our previous adopters.

One by one they loaded up into the trailer.

We said “Goodbye” to Knight and told him to be a good boy in his new home.  Adoptions always make all the staff at the shelter so happy.

Thank you all for your support!


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