|At the feed lot.|
I found Lady through some volunteers that go to the local feed lot and see the new horses that are brought in every week. They lightly groom them, tack them up and sit on them, or lead them around. They then post a picture on FB, giving a brief description of their experience with the horse, hoping to find homes for them before they are shipped. They act as middle men between the dealer and the public, collecting and paying the bail money. They are not rescuers, just concerned women who love horses. These volunteers are amazing. I have helped with bail in the past, so I texted my contact. No offers of help had come in for Lady.
So the stars aligned and I was able to purchase Lady, secure a forever home for her through a horse rescue group, get the transfer of ownership done and have her transported to her forever home, an hour away, on Sunday. Yay! My mother is sponsoring her care for a year through the rescue group. They will be responsible for her well-being going forward.
It was miserable, wet and windy yesterday, but nothing could have dampened my spirits. I have to say that seeing her in a field made my heart swell. Just after her arrival at the farm, two other rescued seniors arrived; a gelding 26 years old, and a mare a little older. The full time residents include two large dogs, two younger Percherons and a llama. The owner, who specializes in special care cases for the rescue group, greeted us with a big warm smile and told me, My Husband, my sister and my niece to make ourselves at home. My Husband stayed near the car, but my sister, niece and I walked into the field.
For 34 years of age, Lady is actually in great shape. She's a good weight, her winter coat is in, her feet are a bit long, but look good. Her mane and tail are long and thicker than some of the other horses at my barn. :-) I think she was loved and cared for in her previous life. How did she end up on a feed lot.....?
|Lady enjoying being out in the wind and rain.|
|Lady trying to make friends with the other seniors.|
|The gelding didn't like her near his friend and ran at her a few times.|
|Percherons to the rescue!|
|They told the senior gelding to back off. Were they showing respect to Lady because of her age?|
|They stayed with Lady until things calmed down.|
|The resident llama really liked Lady.|
|First contact. What a gentle soul.|
This experience with Lady has been very rewarding. She may just last the winter, or she could live on another few years. Whatever happens, at least she is somewhere that will give her good memories. This experience is also a reminder that horses live a very long time and the responsibility of horse ownership is a big commitment. The owner of the farm said she liked me and I was welcome to visit any time. :-) Lady has quite a fan club now, so I suspect that I will have company when I go out to give her a brush!
Have a good week, everyone!