It takes a team to save a horse!

OUTSTANDING UPDATE!!!

To all of you who contributed to Comanche’s healing and final rescue to bring him to his forever home in Fairfield, WA we are truly grateful.   This horse has been rescued several times in his life.  He has had owners who neglected him or didn’t understand him.  A lady I know took note of this boy’s sad history as he was stabled in Huntington Beach where her horse was stabled.  She and another woman “rescued” him from his owner, loved him, worked with him and turned him into a happy trail horse who looked forward to his adventures with his “girls”.

But boarding him in HB became too expensive and his eyes were failing him rapidly from uveitis and cataracts, so everyone decided he needed a home in pasture where he would be with other horses and continue to ride as he loved to do.  The lady contacted 70 rescues….no one wanted him. A sight impaired Appaloosa.  When we put him out on our network, we found individuals willing to provide a foster home for him for 18 months then formally adopt him.

But Comanche’s dream did not come true, and we were forced to rescue him from our own foster home to ensure his care, emotional support and future happiness. When I visited him for the first time on August 14, 2010 I found an unthrifty, unhappy, stressed out, over stimulated, underweight gelding, who was slowly starving.  The Rescue board members immediately went into action with a health regimen including changes of feed, increase of feed, detoxing and energy healing to bring this boy back on track.  Within the month he was starting to gain weight, relaxed and was making good progress.  But we knew he needed to be removed from his foster home as soon as possible.

Then one of the lady’s phone calls panned out.  His breeder said she would take him back.  Comanche has not seen her in over 13 years. He was born into her arms but sold after he was weaned.  He has now joined 8 of his half brothers and sisters in his new home–and will share space in pasture with other blind horses.  He has grass to graze, a stall of his own so he never has to fight for food against a sighted horse again…..a soft, warm place to sleep and horse friends and kin, a kind family to love him and care for him every day for the rest of his life.

Happy Beginnings for Comanche….and we are all so happy for him. Thank you for your financial and moral support for this horse.

Special thanks:

  • to Dr. Dean Bader, our integrative veterinarian in Shingle Springs, CA, for working with us to provide energy healing for this boy.
  • to Anna Twinney for running not one but two animal communication sessions for Comanche so we knew what was in his heart.

He has had a troubled life…he deserves peace and happiness among loving people. We will send an occasional photo from time to time as we receive them.

There  is a scene from Seabiscuit that always comes back to me when a horse like Comanche is saved…..it should be one of the mantras of horse rescues.

Howard meets Smith for the first time knowing that Smith has saved the white horse with a broken foot from a bullet. He has hawthorne root tied to his leg to increase the circulation and help heal the horse. Howard asks him why he is fixing him. …his answer…”because I can…  Every horse is good for something. He won’t race again but he could be a lead pony or a cart horse and he still is nice to look at.  You don’t throw a whole life away because it’s banged up a little bit.”

For the horses,

Janet L. Meyer, Ph.D., EBW

Spirit of Equus Rescue

spiritofequus@earthlink.net

News from our friends at the ANIMALI FARM.

Horse Slaughter News

Young PercheronThere are no equine slaughter facilities open in the United States at this time. North American horses (USA & Canada) are being “processed” in Canada and Mexico. Much of the meat is then shipped to Europe for human consumption.

In 2009 nearly 63,000 horses were shipped from the United States to Mexico or Canada for slaughter. 2007/08 were much worse with over 200,000 horses making the trip from USA to Canadian/Mexican slaughter facilities. This makes sense as 2007/08 were very difficult for horse owners. Hay prices skyrocketed and the economy was at it’s worst. Many horses ended up in auctions, sold to the killer buyers, when their owners could not keep them.

Now new rules are impacting horses bound for slaughter, and because of these rules some horse owners are rushing to sell their excess horses to the killers.

Starting July 31,2010, in Canada, all equines killed for human consumption  must be presented with a completed and acceptable Equine Information Document (EID) at the time of slaughter. Slaughter facilities handling equines will need at least a six month history of medication use for each horse brought to the facility starting July 31, 2010. If the horse has been administered any non permitted drugs in the prior six months it will not be slaughtered.  Instead it will have to go to a feedlot for up to six months before being slaughtered.

With the July 31, 2010 date looming many horses are being sent to the killers now. Ranches that need to downsize are selling now, knowing that their horses do not qualify to go to the killers after July 31, 2010.

There is still a large overseas market for horsemeat. People in at least 35 countries eat horsemeat. Horses born in North America are slaughtered, and their meat shipped all over the world. These new rules are meant to protect the people that are consuming these horses. They are not in place to protect the poor horses that are headed for slaughter. Unfortunately for the horse it will mean less health care, if any at all, for those that might be sold at auction, or directly to the killers.

THE ANIMALI FARM

Dedicated to finding loving homes for horses coming out of the PMU Industry.

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