July has been a very active month for us. The most important thing is that all the horses we received are doing great and we thank you for being a part of it.
Before we get to the horses we also want to mention that we helped a distraught owner locate her Thoroughbred that was illegally sold at auction while on a trial. This horse was not a part of Neigh Savers, but we felt we could use social media to spread the word since we had just been at auction and that horse was sold through Mike’s Auction. We were bowled over by the power of social media and that through sharing the post we were able to find the horse and return the horse to its rightful and very grateful owner. People shared and shared and shared the post so nearly 200,000 folks saw it. Social media when used correctly can do so much good and we were overjoyed by the response and the result. Within 2 days the horse was back home. Now that’s success!!!
Once again, at Mike’s Auction between Forgotten Horses Rescue and Neigh Savers, we collectively saved 8 horses…we had saved 18 the previous auction. In addition, we took in 2 horses before the auction.
The first “Joe” is a sweet TB that was very underweight and not properly cared for as his owner had fallen on hard times. In conjunction with our dear friends at Forgotten Horses Rescue we found this sweet boy a forever home within 24 hours. The second horse was turned away from Mike’s Auction because she was too skinny and was then given to Forgotten Horses Rescue through Mike himself. We have taken over her care and named her Xena. She is already doing much better and has put on some needed weight although she has a long way to go.
At the auction we rescued Raven’s Ironwood. He’s becoming something of a barn favorite at his quarantine facility and is quite the ham. He’s also a beautiful mover so we are looking forward to receiving him for training as he does appear sound. Stay tuned!!
Here’s an update from the previous auction:
Laguna Salada – (Belle) has moved to Silverado Stables at our newly minted and TAA approved facility in Bakersfield and is under the care of barn manager Tahlia Fischer who adopted two of our TBs last year (Adam Suances-Adam and Turbulent Creek-TC). She is doing very well and TC has decided he now has his very own girlfriend.
Grifter’s Mark – (Griffin) has moved to Bear Creek Stables in Los Gatos and is now learning to be a horse again. He’s just a baby and will need time to grow up. We don’t anticipate riding him for awhile yet. After he acclimates he will be ponied on trail. The volunteers love him because he’s very gentle and kind.
Blaze – is at PM Farms in Agua Dulce and in training with Maile and Daphne He is a beautiful mover so we will see what develops with him.
We are overflowing with horses at this time. As many of you know since you contributed to the cause, we took in 3 neglect cases. What you don’t know is that immediately after we took these horses we were informed with no warning that a previous adopter who had promised lifelong pasture homes to 5 former auction broodmares was now moving and couldn’t take the horses with her. One of the mares was quite elderly and in the past 4 years has passed on. That left 4. She agreed to keep the oldest mare, but that still left us with 3. Six horses is a lot to absorb at one time but luckily our dear friends Dean and Denise who had taken the 26 year old auction horse Nelly once again opened their hearts and home and we were able to ship the inseparable Cubanita (Cubie) and Stevie to them in Northern California. Slewpy’s Charm, a grand-daughter of the great Seattle Slew, remains in program but has a potential adopter on standby.
The three neglect cases are absolutely thriving with Robin and her family at their small homey ranch in Ventura County. Emma who has since been identified as “Storm on the Ridge” (12 years old) is recovering nicely from her proud flesh wounds. River has been identified as “Retired Habit.” He was quite the racehorse and earned over $200,000 in 16 starts. He is also a stakes horse having run in the California Sprint Cup Handicap. He’s only 17 so much younger than we thought and has gained weight and confidence. He would make a great lesson horse for kids if you know anyone (hint hint). Burt is still not identified but he continues to thrive and is a gentle giant to little people and a very peaceful guy. Having been the worst off weight wise, he is making great progress.
That’s all the news we have, except that in addition to neglect, abuse, auction and surrendered horses we also recently accepted two off the track TBs into our program. One is a gorgeous roan named Doubting Thomas and the other is a lovely bay gelding named Unbridled Falls. Thomas fractured his sesamoid coming out of the gate in his one and only start at Santa Anita. His compassionate owner paid for his surgery and has been paying for his rehab in Santa Ynez. The vet cleared this horse for racing but the owner really feels it is too risky and has asked us to help find him a home. Unbridled Falls is being treated for sesamoiditis and is at Los Laureles Equine Rehab and Therapy along with Lullaby Slew, Impregnable and Dunmore East. Oh yes, we have horses….lots and lots of them.
Auction is coming up this weekend. Please consider making a donation to help us save a life.
Thank you for your donations that allow us to continue this work! We know there are many good causes out there and many other worthy equine foundations as well so we thank you and are very grateful to you for entrusting your donations to us.