Atlas was the second horse that we rescued out of a kill pen in Texas. Two years ago, we rehomed him with Becky. The two instantly hit it off and we knew that Atlas would have a wonderful home. This is our ultimate goal for the horses we rescue to go to safe and loving homes where they can thrive. Whether it is as a companion or riding horse every horse deserves a happy ending. Below is Becky’s story that she wanted us to share.
I will be 62 on the September 12th and I am so grateful that I can still ride. I have been riding since I was seven, I lost my mare back when I was nineteen and I have had a void in my life ever since, then I found Atlas. I bought him for my 60th Birthday for myself. Everyone said, I was crazy at my age, I laughed! I have never been happier. Atlas is a kill pen rescue; he came from N Dakota. I could not imagine ever sending a horse for slaughter! I am grateful to his rescuer Mara Dover for saving him! The picture above is Atlas and me, he was grazing and decided to come to me when he did, he put his head to mine. In that moment, I knew he loved me, it is one of my most favorite pictures I have of him.
Our appropriately named Rowdy. Rowdy was born on 4/18/2020. We rescued Fancy from a Kill Pen and she was in foal.
When Rowdy was born he was a dummy foal. Dummy foal is not a disease but, rather, a broad term that applies to foals that exhibit abnormal, often vague behaviors and/or neurologic signs during their first few days of life. These signs include sleepiness, ataxia, weakness, circling, disinterest in the mare or in nursing, loss of suckle reflex, chewing or licking stall walls, abnormal vocalization, hypersensitivity to the touch, depression, or seizures.
Rowdy and his mother Fancy were both sent to UGA where they would spend the next 2 weeks. Once they came home Rowdy still had a long recovery. Rowdy was unable to nurse and had to take his milk from a bucket. We did not take his mom away from him but put her in the run that was right next to him.
Rowdy is now a happy thriving yearling and will live out his life here at the rescue.
Maia was in foal when rescued and gave us a beautiful dun and appropriately named Star. Star was to remain at the farm as she was given Brad’s mom’s namesake, Martha’s Star. However, thoughts changed when one of our vet techs Jennifer showed an interest in her. After much thought the offer to adopt Star was extended to Jennifer. Star now has a loving, caring home she shares with Jennifer’s other horses. Jennifer remains in touch with us giving us updates on how star is doing, how fast she is growing, how smart and quick learning she is! We could not have chosen a better place for Star to be!