Monday, March 5, 2012

A New Horse

I have been looking for a new riding horse, but honestly my heart wasn't in it.   My love of horses has a strong emotional element that's hard to describe unless you have it.   So rather than purchase someone's horse who is very nice, broke, etc., I decided to put my money where my mouth is and rescue one to bring home to California.   This guy was on the kill buyer's lot in Pennsylvania with one last chance to be adopted.   So that's what I did.   Last night he was taken to a safe barn where he will be picked up today by a lady who is going to quarantine him for me.   She will bring in the vet, the farrier, and do whatever is needed to fatten him up and make sure he's healthy.   Then he will ship out here to me.   I feel so good about this decision.   I may not have chosen him if I saw him living at someone's nice home, but he needed me and it makes my heart happy.


I am NOT looking for a bunch of comments saying what a good person I am, what a great kind act this was....please don't lay that on me.   I just want to share this story because it means a lot to me.   So many of you have done and are doing so much for animals, and I applaud that.   We do it because it feels right, and that's enough.


I had already given the name Luke to another rescue horse, but he's not mine, so we decided to use that same name for this guy.  




16 comments:

Daryl Edelstein said...

that is one handsome guy and when he's been well fed and groomed I think he's going to be amazing and I know he's going to love living with you .. made my heart full to read this post ..

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Add food, water, love and stir. That's all that's needed. Congrats, Sis.

Nancy said...

I can't believe this beautiful animal was about to be put down....I am so glad you found him and now he is going to have a wonderful new home with you.......I can't wait for the pictures when you bring home.....

I know what you mean about the emotional tie with a horse...My special one died three years ago from cancer and I haven't gotten another one...I do miss her so much...

By the way, I like your new header...so springy...

Rural Revival said...

He's beautiful!

Meggie said...

I bought a rescue horse a few years ago, so I know what you are experiencing. I hired someone to pick him up. When they arrived back at the farm, after dark, I cried when I saw him. Using a flashlight, I could see his backbone and ribs. I named him "Chance" I told him that night, that he had a 50/50 chance of making it. He did...in fact, he filled out real good.

Karen said...

Ok I'm not gonna lay it on ya. But you know.. just saying :-)

Teresa said...

He is gorgeous! Beautiful face. Just a little fattening up and he will be fit as a fiddle! He is going to have a wonderful home with you!

Hartwood Roses said...

There's just something about the emotional pull toward one animal or another that we must heed. It's innate, and it's best that we don't fight it. So we give in, adopt the horse (or in my case, dog) that tugs at your heart, and life is good. Life really IS good for Luke, and it will be for you, too, once he arrives.

A big heart it is you have.

Lynne said...

Luke is gorgeous . . . I look forward to seeing you and Luke in a photo very soon.

CountryDew said...

Way to go. No laying it on. Just ... way to go.

Nancy said...

I haven't been able to get your post out of mind all day...It makes me so mad that horses or any animal has to go through this ordeal of life or death....

I just wanted you to know I am glad you got Luke and I just know he is going to love you forever....They do seem to know when someone saves them....I have a cat that I am sure he knew he was going to die and I nursed him back to health....

I am just so excited for you and I can't wait to see him all fatted up and ready to ride...

laurak@forestwalkart said...

ooooooh...he's beautiful!! and lucky...what a wonderful thing you;'re doing!! welcome home LUKE!

Kelly57 said...

Can't wait to see a picture of you and Luke together. ;)

Nancy Claeys said...

A beautiful horse, Denise. So happy he has found a home with you. :)

Sherry said...

Beautiful - he'll appreciate what's been done for him. I know of people who secretly feed neighbors horses to avoid this situation - the drought (& last summer's heat) in Texas was brutal. Congratulations.

Jenny said...

I came over from Bee Haven Acres. I can't imagine sending any horse to slaughter. And how terrifying that must be for the animals. Our Farrier has a draft horse that he rescued from slaughter. So thankful when people are able to come to the rescue of these animals.

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