Hey there! If you’ve read my first post on the Whitley 10, you know that this bunch holds a special place in my heart. This was the first time I decided to get involved with the rescue, and I dove in head first! I fell in love with many of these rescues. I’m happy to report that each and every one of them has turned the page to a new chapter. Read below to hear about their progress and success!
Adopted: Sammy (formerly known as Sioux) has been adopted by a loving couple that volunteered at Shadarobah. We wish him the best with his new family!
Fostered: Lucky is the mini of the bunch. His foster mom, Becca, says that he has been settling in well. He loves having full hay bags, fresh water, and plenty of places to scratch those itchy spots! His coat is becoming soft and healthy – it’s amazing what some TLC and proper nutrition can do! One thing Becca has learned about Lucky is that although he has a kind soul, “He is still a pony, so we have to hear and acknowledge his opinions…in other words he’s ornery.” Becca’s favorite part about fostering is the, “Joy in the journey to earning their trust and love, especially after knowing what they have been through.” Lucky has shown some fear yet and will kick at times. His foster mom believes he will do best in a home with rescue experience to help him work through this. Lucky is incredibly sweet and is looking for his forever home! Contact Shadarobah Horse Rescue to learn more about adoption.
Fostered: Maxi is an older paint mare that was taken to a wonderful foster shortly after she was seized. Maxi isn’t too sure about people and is working through some trust issues (rightfully so!). Sydney, Maxi’s foster mom has been volunteering with Shadarobah for some time. She first made contact in 2013, and years later began helping out, ultimately fostering. Sydney has fostered 3 horses, including Maxi. Her favorite part of fostering is seeing growth from the horses. She loves seeing the first stages of trusting again and establishing a routine with them. Sydney stated, “I enjoy seeing different personalities in a horse as well, and fostering allows me to do that without filling my barn to the top.” Sydney believes that Maxi will do best in a home filled with patience; “I do believe she could make someone a nice little companion, but they need to be aware it won’t come free, she needs to really learn and choose to trust.” To find out more about Maxi and adoption, contact Shadarobah!
Adopted: Justice is the little black mare that stole my heart! She was small and a little bit feisty, but it didn’t take long for her to warm up to the volunteers. She was always first to the gate when I showed up with treats. I considered fostering Justice, but ultimately I didn’t have the best place or time that she needed. I’m absolutely thrilled to share that she was adopted by a wonderful young girl named Nevy. Nevy is also being adopted, so she connects with Justice on that common ground. Justice is settling in great and is an, “amazing and sweet horse,” she states. Nevy has learned that her new friend enjoys being brushed and having her butt scratched. Her future plans include training Justice for dressage; “I see potential in her and believe she can do it if we try!” Nevy has already come so far with Justice, completing their first ride after just a few short weeks together. I believe the pair has a very bright future ahead of them and wish them both the very best!
Adopted: Baron (formerly known as Colby) was adopted by a loving foster. Mary has adopted 14 horses from two different rescues over the past 20 years. Through her experience she’s learned that each horse has a different story to tell. She stated, “Adopted horses, especially the neglected or abused ones, really seem to know you are there to help and respond with such love…it’s hard to describe.” Mary says that Baron has easily become a part of her herd. He’s enjoying time in the pasture with his new miniature friend. One thing Mary has learned about Baron is that he LOVES being groomed! She knows she’s hit the sweet spot when he sticks out his upper lip and wiggles it. For now, Mary is allowing Baron time to heal and be a horse. Her future plans include some showing and parades with her saddle club family.
Placed with a specialized rescue: Debbie was the oldest percheron mare of the three rescued in the Whitley 10. Debbie is very sweet and allowed us to brush her, but was not sure she wanted any part of being handled. Ultimately, Shadarobah knew that our facility was not the best fit for Debbie, and that she needed placement with a rescue equipped to handle drafts. With the help of Heart of Phoenix, we were able to network and find placement for Debbie at a rescue in GA! Iron Gait Percherons Draft Horse Sanctuary and Rescue was able to give her a safe place to progress. Iron Gait says that she is settling in quite nicely and has bonded with her paddock mate, Kratos. Their first impression of Debbie was how beautiful she was despite being thin. They knew a long road of rehabilitation and training lies ahead. So far, her biggest successes include weight gain, a positive change in demeanor, and her willingness to learn. Iron Gait is currently working with Debbie on accepting a rider. Her future remains unknown at this time, but there is a possibility of adoption. Time will tell whether Debbie is suitable for adoption or will need to remain at the sanctuary. Follow Iron Gait’s Facebook page to keep up with Debbie’s progress!
ATFO Showcase 2020: Beatrix and Allegra (formerly known as Addy and Christie) are participating in the Appalachian Trainer Face Off Showcase division. Kevin Tempus is the trainer that will be working with our girls to bring out their potential. Prior to this year, Kevin was not familiar with ATFO. He grew up working with Percherons in the Midwest. He has 25 years of experience from training and showing drafts across the U.S. and Canada. Kevin stated, “I was intrigued by the challenge of training unhandled Percheron horses such as Beatrix and Allegra.” His first impression of the mares was how nervous and wary they were after unloading. Beatrix is also very attached to Allegra. Kevin has big plans for these big girls over the next 100 days. While he intends to train the pair in driving, he plans to establish some manners in hopes they will be good equine partners for their adoptive families. Kevin believes the girls have a bright future ahead of them, and I couldn’t agree more! Make sure to check out his Facebook page Kevin Tempus Appalachian Trainer Showcase 2020 to follow their journey as they progress! You can also follow #HOPTeamAllegraandBeatrix.
AFTO 2020: Nakita (formerly known as Nikki) is another one of Shadarobah’s rescues that will be participating in the Appalachian Trainer Face Off. She was selected by Kayla Adam’s, and will compete in the amateur division in August. This is Kayla’s first year as a trainer and she couldn’t be more excited! Kayla decided to get involved in ATFO because it provided the opportunity to challenge herself and try something new. Nakita’s willing eyes made a great first impression on Kayla; “I loved her face.” Nakita reminded her of two previous rescues she rehabilitated and retrained. She stated, “I guess it’s just something about a black and white horse.” Over the next 100 days, Kayla hopes to help Nakita become the type of horse anyone can ride. I can’t wait to watch the two of them compete in August! Be sure to check out Kayla’s Facebook page KMA Performance Horses to follow Nakita’s progress! You can also keep updated by following #HOPTeamNakita.
ATFO 2020: Mirabeth (formerly known as Heather) is Shadarobah’s Belgian cross mare that was rescued with the rest of the Whitley 10. Like Nakita and the Percheron mares, she will be competing in the Appalachian Trainer Face Off pro division. Mirabeth was selected by Zoe Hickman. Zoe has many impressive accomplishments, including multiple Congress championships. Check out her bio on the ATFO Facebook page! This will be Zoe’s first year participating as a trainer. Being a trainer for the faceoff was not in her original plans, but when a last minute spot opened she went for it; “I always love new challenges and I really like the way the competition is set up.” Zoe’s first impression of Mirabeth was how sweet and “in your pocket” she was. Zoe stated, “She just needs to realize she’s huge and give me a little space.” Zoe has big plans for Mirabeth over the next 100 days, including working cattle, jumping, and some obstacle course work. She set a unique goal for Mirabeth of being able to bow before her training is concluded. Mirabeth landed in the hands of a wonderful trainer and I cannot wait to see the two in action this August! Be sure to follow Zoe on Facebook to keep up with their progress! You can also follow #HOPTeamMirabeth to see the latest updates!
The Appalachian Trainer Face Off will span over the next 100 days before ending in a competitive event in August. Please check out the Facebook pages of ATFO and Heart of Phoenix to learn more about the event and adoptable horses. Shadarobah was very fortunate to have such an opportunity to send some of our rescues to. The power of networking is a beautiful thing for rescue horses. Because of this, the horses will receive some much needed training in preparation for their adoptive homes. Be sure to follow the hashtags listed above, as well as Heart Horse and Hoof on Facebook for updates on our girls.
“The world is changed by your actions, not your opinion.”-unknown
Thank you to all of the trainers stepping up to change the world for these rescue horses.
Heart of Phoenix
Appalachian Trainer Face Off
Iron Gait Percherons Draft Horse Rescue and Sanctuary