Congratulations to Lisa White of Vinton County on her adoption of Lethal Whiskey. She took him home today, and is looking forward to having the awesome guy take her two children in some horse shows this summer! Good luck Whiskey!!
While one horse got adopted this week, we still are sooo overstocked with horses. People just don't like to adopt in the winter... summer seems to remind everyone that they loooove horses and want one of their own. Though homes are few and far between for the horses this winter, they still need us and sometimes even demand our help. We acquired four more quite unexpectedly, and here is their story...
The other day, Victoria received a call from someone who had fallen on hard times (like everyone else in this present economy...). After the father lost his job, it became impossible for the family (with 7 children) to continue to provide suitable care for the horses. Victoria decided that this was a special case that definitely needed our help. These horses needed us, and they were immediately put high on our priority list. We headed out to look at the horses and see the situation that they were in. When we arrived, we were glad that they were NOT emaciated. They were a little underweight, but they were not starving. Luckily, these well meaning owners called us BEFORE their horses became skeletons. There are so many that aren't as lucky... you know the story...
But back to the horses. There were four of them, and they were in a barn/shed/overhangie-thingie, all fenced in. Their pasture was just a bunch of churned up mud, and needed at least a season of no-horses and reseeding before it should even have a goat on it, let alone four horses. attacked both Victoria and I as we went to "assess the situation", even though it was clear almost immediately that we HAD to get these horses out. About 45 minutes later, all four horses were loaded up and we were on our way home.
The horses were in pretty bad shape otherwise, though. Dan and Handy had about 3 extra inches of toe that were unnecessary, and all of them were in need of a farrier, a deworming, and a 'super-soaked' bath. For the next few days, Ali, Tracy, Victoria and I all worked on these horses- cutting endless mudballs off of them and trimming back their toes so they could break over in the front... our farrier isn't due to come out for a few weeks!
Now, though, the horses are happy and healthier, and now we know what they really are and how much they know (and don't know) about being ridden.
Here is a breakdown of the horses... they are also listed online. There are a bunch of photos on their web pages, but they are all muddy... it was the first day we got them. I will add some photos of us riding them and of them all squeaky clean as soon as the rain stops and the mud goes away... at least a little!
Here are the new boys!
Lieutenant Dan: 20 year old bay Quarter Horse gelding. A retired , Dan is safe for a beginner! Click HERE for more information on Dan the Man!
Handy: 15 year old black and white Paint gelding. He is a retired barrel horse, and would be great for the intermediate rider looking for a new trail partner-in-crime! Click HERE for more info on Handy!
Hootie: 6 year old black and white Paint gelding. Hootie is broke to ride and is quiet (though still green). He would make the perfect *insert your discipline here* horse ever! Haha! Click HERE for more information on Hootie!
Kipper: 12 year old chestnut Saddlebred/QH gelding. 14.2 hands tall. Kipper is mannerly and lovey-dovey on the ground, but when you try to ride him, he gets extremely nervous... almost like he has never been ridden. He needs to be "re-started", and he is free to a good home. Click HERE for more information on Kipper!