Throw Your Heart Over

bridle-less:

fivegaited:

diaryofaworkingstudent:

I’ve had Buddha a year! Look at that transformation!!!

I could literally cry, when he came he was skin and bones, had only ever driven, didn’t know what treats were, his shoes were three sizes too small and his mane laid on the wrong side.

Now he jumps 3’9, been in a movie and fox hunts like he was born to do it. Love him so much.

He’s also my baby boy he looks for me in the field, he only puts his head down to be bridled for me. They say you find love where you’d least expect and I never thought I’d fall in love with a 17.2 hand Amish mistake.

Such a cool horse

He looks so amazing, you’ve done such an incredible job with him. Literally looks like a different horse 😯

centaursoda:

Zalamero! What an amazing stallion. Had a LOT of stallion character, was a bit of an arse in the stable, but to release him in the plaza… wow. What a horse

(via freeze-branded-heart)

It’s been a long, emotional day.  We had to bid these two sweet souls goodbye, after they were sent to auction, both barely able to walk.  The old branded Quarter Horse mare was crippled from severe arthritis to her knee, rescued for $75, and the young Andalusian filly rescued for a mere *$20,* suffered permanent skeletal damage from what appeared to be an old pasture accident.  Both were very kind, with gentle eyes. But were in significant enough pain to warrant immediate euthanasia. The Andalusian, walked like a dog with advanced hip dysplasia, giving out on her at times, despite her bright happy baby countenance. We spent the afternoon with them, giving lots of cookies and hay, til it was time to cross the rainbow bridge. The half blind grey Arab, who came with the crippled old Quarter Horse was given the ok to leave the hospital. She and Lucy the blind paint, are two peas in a pod. They may not be able to see much of the world, but they are mighty sweet, vibrant souls all the same.  If you can donate to today’s large vet bill, with teeth and vaccinations still needing to be done on Lucy and the grey, please donate through Paypal to auctionhorsesrescue@gmail.com or our website http://www.auctionhorsesrescue.com/donate.html If interested in adopting Lucy the blind paint or the half blind Arab mare, both vibrant souls though limited in vision, please fill out our application at http://www.auctionhorsesrescue.com/adoption-application.html
Auction Horses Rescue

It’s been a long, emotional day.

We had to bid these two sweet souls goodbye, after they were sent to auction, both barely able to walk.

The old branded Quarter Horse mare was crippled from severe arthritis to her knee, rescued for $75, and the young Andalusian filly rescued for a mere *$20,* suffered permanent skeletal damage from what appeared to be an old pasture accident.

Both were very kind, with gentle eyes. But were in significant enough pain to warrant immediate euthanasia. The Andalusian, walked like a dog with advanced hip dysplasia, giving out on her at times, despite her bright happy baby countenance. We spent the afternoon with them, giving lots of cookies and hay, til it was time to cross the rainbow bridge.

The half blind grey Arab, who came with the crippled old Quarter Horse was given the ok to leave the hospital. She and Lucy the blind paint, are two peas in a pod. They may not be able to see much of the world, but they are mighty sweet, vibrant souls all the same.

If you can donate to today’s large vet bill, with teeth and vaccinations still needing to be done on Lucy and the grey, please donate through Paypal to auctionhorsesrescue@gmail.com or our website http://www.auctionhorsesrescue.com/donate.html

If interested in adopting Lucy the blind paint or the half blind Arab mare, both vibrant souls though limited in vision, please fill out our application at http://www.auctionhorsesrescue.com/adoption-application.html

Auction Horses Rescue

This was one of the saddest faces we’ve looked upon, standing in the auction pen late at night, alone, completely blind, and terrified of her surroundings. She could not see, and had no idea where she was, without even a familiar voice to comfort her in her permanent darkness.

In a sickening twist, her old owner who had given her away the week before, sobbing through the evening over her horse’s fate at auction, did not buy her back as she said she was desperately trying to do.
Instead, she bought a younger, newer Quarter Horse at the auction, for double the price of the vet care she had claimed she “couldn’t afford” for her mare, then stood by as that sad old blind mare sold to load onto the truck. We went outside and bought her right off that truck anyway.

We spent the rest of the night, well past 1am, trying to comfort her, as she shook in her pen, completely unsure of the layout of her new surroundings. Leading her to the water trough was a painfully slow process. She seemed to be terrified each step forward would have her plummet off a cliff. Then, the slow descent of her head as she listened to the gentle splashing of water with our hand, like a beacon, til after many false starts, she finally found it. An hour later we started all over again, as she knew the direction of the water bucket, but was completely unsure of the distance.

What a kind, gentle mare. We’re sorry everyone in your life has failed you, until now.

This was the most devastating auction we’ve been to, just based on the emotional toll as a rescuer. Aside from “Lucy” the blind Paint mare, we also rescued the two geriatric Quarter Horse mares, brought to auction because the owner was “tired of feeding” pasture puffs. Both mares appear very tired and worn down, they bring to mind a 98-year-old grandmother at an old folks home, being spoon fed apple sauce… the equine version. Their knees are huge and knobby, walking is difficult for them, and their eyes dull.

The fourth horse to break our heart was the Andalusian mare, who upon being walked into the ring, her hind end gave out, like an old dog being taken to the vet to be put down. Only for her owner, sending her to the auction was their route. To get whatever remaining dollars they could out of her, it seems. Can people be that heartless? Our $20 winning bid — yes, $20 — means, at the very least, they got nothing out of it.

Four horses, four lives, destroyed and discarded. Crippled, maimed, and used up. All to be replaced by newer, better models, who themselves someday will find themselves old, or barely able to walk, and in their infirm state, also left to fend for themselves. The cycle rarely ends here. There’s always younger, better models to replace them with, after all.

We can only hope there’s some karmic justice, and these people’s children will do the same to them, when their time comes.

Also rescued last night was the Thoroughbred mare, “R American Dream,” a descendent of the great Swaps and representative of much Australian and French blood, and her unweaned 2 yo colt. Had we not been there, the mare would have also sold onto the truck, and her colt ripped from her side by the match racers who bid against us at our very first auction in Turlock a year and a half ago, bidding for another young grey by the name of New Macho Man. New Macho Man is now happily retired at Trinity Horse Refuge, permanently unrideable with an old racing injury.

Though our hearts are very heavy from the weight of what we have seen, we can take comfort in knowing a lot of good was done. It’s just so sad the reprieve for these animals has to come so late in their lives, after an unbearable amount of injustice has been done to them. It is wearying.

But for the young Thoroughbred colt, his rescue means he still has a bright future ahead for him. Mommy, too. And we will see what we can do for our battered four. Whether it only be a dignified end. Sometimes, there really is no justice in this world. No amount of wailing will make it so. There are not always solutions. Just picking up the pieces of the messes others have made.

Thank you to everyone who helped by donating and sharing our posts last night, as well as Katie, Terry, Angel, Lori, Becky, Barbara, Alex, and all the auction staff’s hard work. Without the auction, these horses would be doomed to slaughter. With the auction, they stood a chance — to be rescued.

If you can donate to our rescue effort, for this intensely sad group of horses, please do so through Paypal to auctionhorsesrescue@gmail.com, or our website http://www.auctionhorsesrescue.com/donate.html

Auction Horses Rescue

stirrupirons:

two-strides-out:

squeaky-bits:

bridles-and-boots:

daydreamingequestrian:

So Ian Somerhalder adopted a horse. I’m not sure who’s more lucky, Ian or the horse 😉
(Not my photo)

this is too much to handle in one photo

omg this is so cute

STOP stop stop. As if I didn’t love ian enough, this KILLED me.

IAN

stirrupirons:

two-strides-out:

squeaky-bits:

bridles-and-boots:

daydreamingequestrian:

So Ian Somerhalder adopted a horse. I’m not sure who’s more lucky, Ian or the horse 😉

(Not my photo)

this is too much to handle in one photo

omg this is so cute

STOP stop stop. As if I didn’t love ian enough, this KILLED me.

IAN

(via hit-the-dirt-and-get-back-on)

Urgent need of rescue

nohorseunwanted:

Photo: IN URGENT NEED OF RESCUE:  Two Thoroughbred geldings, one a tattooed OTTB (horse in the background -- we do not have an identity or read on his tattoo), were left behind when a boarding facility closed. Owners want $250/each. Both are estimated to be around 7 yo, the deeper bay about 16.2 hh, and the lighter bay close behind in height. It is unknown what type of riding they were used for, and if they are sound, though current owner states their legs appear to be clean.  We are currently very full with a number of rehab and retraining cases -- although a number will be ready for adoption over the next few days -- so short of finding some of our companion horses like Clubhouse a home, our rescue is out of space to take them. However, we are hopeful to find a rescue or private rescuer to take them on instead.  If interested -- while fully aware it is unknown if these horses are sound, how broke they are, etc -- please email us at auctionhorsesrescue@gmail.com  Some friendly advice/reminder: Anyone interested in these horses must be prepared for immediate vet care (teeth, shots, etc), farrier care, and feeding a minimum 20 lb/hay a day. And a willingness to continue caring for them even if they wind up falling short of expectations or hopes. Anything less and these horses will not have found their way into a rescue situation, but in name only. We feel this clarification is essential based on the increasing phenomena of those demanding or expecting "perfectly sound and broke" horses rescued direct from auction and feed lot situations. For those expecting to "have their cake and eat it too," once imperfections are found, the horses are either discarded or linger for months before the individual finally decides to go ahead with paying for vet care or training.  Right off the bat, plan on these things: vet care, farrier, lots of food (Todd ate half a bale of #1 alfalfa hay a day for two months before his weight stabilized, and he was only a little underweight!), and lots of surprises. Not prepared for an adoption fee on a rehabilitated horse, or purchase price at a sales barn? Rehabilitation expenses will easily equal those costs, and more. And you may never get it back.  Welcome to rescue.  These horses are located in Southern California.

Two Thoroughbred geldings, one a tattooed OTTB (horse in the background — we do not have an identity or read on his tattoo), were left behind when a boarding facility closed. Owners want $250/each. Both are estimated to be around 7 yo, the deeper bay about 16.2 hh, and the lighter bay close behind in height. It is unknown what type of riding they were used for, and if they are sound, though current owner states their legs appear to be clean.

We are currently very full with a number of rehab and retraining cases — although a number will be ready for adoption over the next few days — so short of finding some of our companion horses like Clubhouse a home, our rescue is out of space to take them. However, we are hopeful to find a rescue or private rescuer to take them on instead.

If interested — while fully aware it is unknown if these horses are sound, how broke they are, etc — please email us at auctionhorsesrescue@gmail.com

(Come on folks! You know where these horses are going!!!)

Urgent need of rescue

Photo: IN URGENT NEED OF RESCUE:

Two Thoroughbred geldings, one a tattooed OTTB (horse in the background -- we do not have an identity or read on his tattoo), were left behind when a boarding facility closed. Owners want $250/each. Both are estimated to be around 7 yo, the deeper bay about 16.2 hh, and the lighter bay close behind in height. It is unknown what type of riding they were used for, and if they are sound, though current owner states their legs appear to be clean.

We are currently very full with a number of rehab and retraining cases -- although a number will be ready for adoption over the next few days -- so short of finding some of our companion horses like Clubhouse a home, our rescue is out of space to take them. However, we are hopeful to find a rescue or private rescuer to take them on instead.

If interested -- while fully aware it is unknown if these horses are sound, how broke they are, etc -- please email us at auctionhorsesrescue@gmail.com

Some friendly advice/reminder: Anyone interested in these horses must be prepared for immediate vet care (teeth, shots, etc), farrier care, and feeding a minimum 20 lb/hay a day. And a willingness to continue caring for them even if they wind up falling short of expectations or hopes. Anything less and these horses will not have found their way into a rescue situation, but in name only. We feel this clarification is essential based on the increasing phenomena of those demanding or expecting "perfectly sound and broke" horses rescued direct from auction and feed lot situations. For those expecting to "have their cake and eat it too," once imperfections are found, the horses are either discarded or linger for months before the individual finally decides to go ahead with paying for vet care or training.

Right off the bat, plan on these things: vet care, farrier, lots of food (Todd ate half a bale of #1 alfalfa hay a day for two months before his weight stabilized, and he was only a little underweight!), and lots of surprises. Not prepared for an adoption fee on a rehabilitated horse, or purchase price at a sales barn? Rehabilitation expenses will easily equal those costs, and more. And you may never get it back. 
Welcome to rescue.

These horses are located in Southern California.

Two Thoroughbred geldings, one a tattooed OTTB (horse in the background — we do not have an identity or read on his tattoo), were left behind when a boarding facility closed. Owners want $250/each. Both are estimated to be around 7 yo, the deeper bay about 16.2 hh, and the lighter bay close behind in height. It is unknown what type of riding they were used for, and if they are sound, though current owner states their legs appear to be clean.

We are currently very full with a number of rehab and retraining cases — although a number will be ready for adoption over the next few days — so short of finding some of our companion horses like Clubhouse a home, our rescue is out of space to take them. However, we are hopeful to find a rescue or private rescuer to take them on instead.

If interested — while fully aware it is unknown if these horses are sound, how broke they are, etc — please email us at auctionhorsesrescue@gmail.com

(Come on folks! You know where these horses are going!!!)

HOMES NEEDED FOR 31 EXPECTING MARES IN CENTRAL KENTUCKY

***HOMES NEEDED FOR 31 EXPECTING MARES***
CENTRAL KENTUCKY
Jessica.yepko@yahoo.com 

We don’t post “livestock” often, as the majority of our focus is geared toward shelter pets (dogs/cats). However, today we stumbled across a fellow rescuer's page and the images that flowed through our newsfeed broke our hearts. 

A rescue effort this week was underway for over 30 Thoroughbred mares. These beauties had been starved and neglected, despite being pregnant. Rescuers worked diligently to pull all 30+ mares to safety. 

The mares are all needing safe havens, where they can live out their days enjoying field grazing and warm sunshine. If you are interested in adopting one of these horses, please contact Jessica at the email address/phone number listed. If you are unable to adopt, but feel inclined to donate feed and/or supplies to help cover the horses’ care, please contact Jessica for more information.

Adoption fees will range from $150-$300. Adoption fee includes: deworming with ivromectin/praziquantel, hoof trimming, vaccinations (rabies,botulism, EWT, west nile, flu and rhino), a coggins, and a new halter. Mares will be palpated to determine pregnancy, prior to adoption. None of these horses are papered nor can they be registered, though some have lip tattoos.

Pics can be seen here