These are the stories of some of our Barnyard Family...
More stories will be added, as well as those of our donkey, goat, pig, dog, cat and chicken friends. Stay tuned!
We saw Becky for the first time on a hot summer day in 1997. She did not look like a horse, but a walking skeleton with weeping wounds and severe hair loss. The enclosure she was trapped in was full of junk and weeds, not at all suited for the needs of a horse. She had no water or shelter to help her cope with the blistering summer sun. Authorities were immediately contacted and her owner was ordered to provide adequate care for her. Just one day later, she was spotted again, conditions unchanged. We took legal action and won custody of her in just a couple of days.
As soon as we could, we removed her from that desperate situation. Then, the real work began. We promptly transported her to Texas A&M University where she underwent several surgeries to mend her many wounds. Becky was put on a rigorous program for rehabilitation by the veterinarians that she was being treated by. Her recovery was long and arduous. Considerations had to be made for everything from long term wound care to specialized feeding programs to help boost her immune system and speed recovery.
After several months of constant care, Becky made a full recovery. Her name is a tribute to the grandmother of one of our co-founders; Hope comes from our belief that we can provide hope for all of the abused and neglected horses that are found globally. Becky passed in July of 2016. She is remembered as the beloved matriarch of the rescue that bears her name and was founded to save her and the as many animals, like her, as possible.
Muffit is a 20+ year old BLM caught mustang. In 2013 we received a call about a small horse that was down in a field by herself. When we arrived at the scene this mare was discovered to be foundering in all four hooves and had an untreated abscess in a rear hoof as well. She was in tremendous pain, but managed to remain gentle throughout the entire rescue operation.
She was immediately seen by a veterinarian for all of her ailments and treated accordingly. She has hoof deformities in both of her rear hooves and as a result, she is regularly seen by a Master Equine Podiatrist. She and Becky have an extremely close bond.
Muffit is part of our Sanctuary family.
Rafiq, Beau, and Dahlio are Egyptian Arabian brothers by the same sire and possibly out of the same dam. These three boys are full of personality and character. They were removed from an extremely abusive home in 2012 and have been in our care since. The boys have suffered various lingering effects from their past. Rafiq, the eldest, is fear aggressive as a result of the severe beatings that he and his brothers endured. Beau, the second born, received a blow to his face that rendered him blind in his left eye. Dahlio, the youngest, is a little wary of people, but with time will learn to trust. If you come out to see these guys you will probably see them together as they do share a close bond. Before 2015 they were thought to inseparable, but they have been growing more and more comfortable with spending time with other horses. They have even welcomed Spirit in to their group and she runs with Rafiq most days. Due to their psychological needs the brothers will only be available for adoption to very experienced homes that fully understand their present and future needs as well as their background.
In January of 2015, we received a call from a group of dog lovers in Frisco regarding a horse that they had observed down and bleeding from two wounds at a location in Greenville, TX. They had spoken to the owner who had indicated that the horse, a 2 year old grey filly, had untethered herself from a tree during the night and had somehow impaled herself on an uncapped T post 24 hours prior. He had said that he was not able to afford the veterinary care that she needed. We contacted the owner and he agreed to surrender her to us if we could pick her up. We dropped what we were doing, hitched up the trailer and raced to the site. On our way off property, we alerted our vet and asked her to be ready to receive her at the clinic.
When we arrived, we found an underweight horse, still bleeding profusely, in shock and quietly waiting to die. Although we were fairly convinced that the best we could do would be to give her a humane death, upon close examination at the clinic, it was found that the post had miraculously missed all of her vital organs and that her prognosis was actually good for a full recovery. We brought her home the same day and immediately implemented the care regimen prescribed by the veterinary staff for her rehabilitation. Spirit was a model patient and after just two weeks, this sweet young mare was kicking up her heels in our rehab pasture.
As of March 2015, Spirit is at a healthy weight and her physical wounds are completely healed. We do not believe she suffered permanent muscular damage but we will be able to better assess her soundness when we begin round pen work with her. Psychologically she is sweet, loving and completely trusting.
Spirit began her training with one of our trainers in April. In just a few sessions in the round pen she had marked improvement. Her ground manners improved, she understood cues for her gaits, and is still performing above and beyond expectations. She now wears a bareback pad with stirrups. Spirit’s movement is sound at a walk, trot, and lope. She is filling out beautifully and is only missing some muscle mass in her chest as a result of the accident. We are working on building those specific muscles before we ask too much of her.
As of May she carries a saddle well, but will not be ridden until she is at least 3 years old. Spirit learns extremely quickly and is willing to perform whatever is asked of her. She took a saddle so well that in September, she was introduced to a bit. We expect to begin teaching how to use it in late October. Keep up with her story on our Facebook page!
Due to her unique situation, we are unsure if she will be available for adoption.