Horses' Haven's very own Perfect Image, Sammy and Dollar brought a whole bunch of ribbons home to the barn with them from this weekend! We could not be more proud of how they, and their trainers, represented Horses' Haven at their first show of the season - rescue horses can be superstars too!
Please help us welcome Bruno and Max to the Horses' Haven herd! This duo came to us as owner surrenders from a divorce situation. The husband took off with the horses and left the wife with these minis and very little knowledge to care for them. She loved them dearly, but with her life change was not in any position to care for them properly. We give her credit for doing the best she could in a horrible situation. It took 4 of us to lift them into the trailer which had to be backed up to their stalls as neither of them were able to walk very far. Max is the older one at 31 but he is quite spry for his age, despite having Cushing's Disease. Bruno is a severe founder case, we are waiting on X-Rays to find out what we will be able to do for him - but there is no one better at rehabilitating founder cases than Horses' Haven (many of our current residents can attest to that)! Max and Bruno are already doing much better and their former owner is extremely grateful to us for taking them in so quickly.
It may be bittersweet for the humans at the farm, but many of our residents' Christmas wishes have come true and they are off to their new Forever Homes! Congratulations and good luck to Beau, Clint, Cody, Fortune, Lucas, Lucy and Wyatt!
Reddy's (formal name Ready or Not) return to Horses' Haven has given us an opportunity to reflect on an important event in our past. Reddy was part of the Davison Rescue in 1998 where roughly 57 horses were found in horrendous conditions. Manure in stalls was 71" deep, the horses were wedged between the manure and the ceiling. All of the stalls and outer walls had been chewed through. The roof on the broodmares' run-in barn had collapsed, trapping several, who then had no access to food or water. Many of the horses' hooves were so long that they curled over the top of themselves. Almost all of the horses, even babies, were caked in manure. Horses' Haven volunteers came in and took as many as possible. Some sadly had to be put down on the spot, most were in desperate need of medical care and even basic needs of food and water.
This is what some have called the start of Horses' Haven as before this it was questionable if we were going to be able to continue. The economy was in rough shape and donations were very low. Once word got out that these horses needed us, the donations started flowing and allowed us to continue and become the strong organization we are today. Not only the financial generosity of the community but also the hard work and dedication of volunteers allowed us to save many of these wonderful horses - many of whom are still adopted out living healthy and productive lives.
If you are the proud adopter of a Davison Rescue horse we would love for you to comment with an update and a picture!
We recently followed up with Bella, formerly known as Cinnamon. She was adopted by Joan pretty quickly after she came into Horses Haven. For those of you who remember, she was Nacho's mom. Joan has had horses all her life, and has trick trained all of them - but, she said Bella is the only one who really enjoys doing them, and she says Bella is by far the smartest horse she's had! Giving kisses, taking bows, and parking out are only a few of her many tricks; it's wonderful to see one of our previous residents loving her new life!