So you’ve read about my first encounter with Shadarobah Horse Rescue and the Whitley 10…if not go back and read that first! Not long after the rescue placed most of the Whitley 10, they received a call for another seizure. I had left work early that day, so I was free to help. Originally, the rescue was told there were 11 horses, so I assumed we would need all hands on deck. Upon arriving, I found out we were only allowed to take the worst 5. The warrant was only signed for horses that had a body score of less than 3. Purina has a great overview of the horse body scoring for those of you interested. I’ll link that below.
There were 11 total on the property that included two minis, a stud. We loaded one of the minis (Andy), a flea bitten mare (Smoke), a palomino mare (Montana), a sorrel mare (Penny), and a black gelding (Dakota). The palomino mare was lame and walked as though she was in pain. The little sorrel mare was in the worst shape. I could count every rib from a distance. I won’t get into the excuses and outright lies the volunteers heard from the owner’s mouth, but it was enough to get everyone a little fired up.
A second sorrel mare was pregnant, making her appear to have a body score above 3. One of our knowledgeable volunteers brought the suspected pregnancy to attention. This volunteer has a lot of experience with broodmares and the foaling process, and the rescue is lucky to have her! Despite the owner attempting to hide the pregnancy, we were able to get the warrant extended to cover the 6th mare (Goldie); hence the Albion 6…and counting.
These rescues were a little different from the last ones that I helped with. Although the horses were a bit nervous, overall they were much easier to handle. We were able to find pictures of some of them being ridden. The palomino mare’s pictures showed that she was once a 4-H horse. Some of the volunteers took a look at the horses’ teeth and got a rough estimate on their ages. Most of them were in their upper teens, and one or two in their 20s.
The shape of the intakes was deplorable. They were so caked with mud that the hair would come out in clumps if brushed too hard. There were some bald spots where the hair had already started to fall out. Their hooves were overgrown and one hoof was cracking pretty badly. We found a large stone lodged in one hoof. Some of the horses had saddle sores that were found after some extensive grooming. A volunteer also found roundworms in one of the stalls when cleaning it.
Overall, they just felt dirty. This is something I personally struggle with, even now. I keep my horse spotless most of the time, so to feel their gritty coats caked with mud is a horrible sensation. It breaks my heart to know the lack of care and love these horses have received. I usually wear gloves because I never know what I will come into contact with, and I would feel awful if I were to bring something home to Cash. But, it doesn’t stop me from loving on the rescues. I would bring every single horse home if I could!
The rescue got in touch with some wonderful people that were able to take all six rescues in as fosters until more permanent arrangements could be made. The new foster home fell in love with two of the mares, Goldie and Montana. They’ve decided to adopt those two and Goldie’s coming foal! Unfortunately, Goldie has not delivered yet so I do not have any recent updates on the foal. The rescue anticipates she will deliver any day now, so I will post pictures and the sex of the foal on my Facebook and Instagram pages once he/she arrives! Links for those pages can be found in the Get in Touch page.
All of the rescues are beginning to look better with some groceries and TLC. With the help of many dedicated volunteers, the horses are getting lots of attention and much needed grooming. Montana seems to be walking better, and all of the rescues are starting to put on some weight.
Because six horses can be a lot on anybody, the rescue was fortunate enough to find a few more wonderful foster homes to help disperse some of the work. Smoke and Dakota recently moved to their new foster homes. The rescue and its volunteers will continue to check in on these horses and provide updates. Aside from the palomino mare, Montana, and the pregnant sorrel mare, Goldie, all of the horses are available for foster-to-adopt homes! The rescue is also looking for sponsors and donations to support the most recent intake.
“Saving one horse won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one horse.”-unknown
If you are interested in adopting, please visit Shadarobah’s website or Facebook page to inquire further. Feel free to reach out to me through the blog as well. I can always help get you in touch with the right people!
Shadarobah Horse Rescue
Purina Body Scoring
“Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart in return.”-unknown