I know everyone loves happy endings for rescue horses So I thought I'd give my mom a thumbs up, and show off 2 of her successes.
The first one is Minnie, who happened to be my mom's first horse EVER! Mom got Minnie from a well meaning but non-horse family. But I'll start from the beginning. Minnie was a registered arab (I don't know much about arab lines, so don't know if she had good breeding or not). We do know that she was SEVERELY beaten and starved as a foal, so much that she was stunted to about 13.1hh. We do know that her parents were taller, so she was really stunted. When we had her vet checked, the vet told us that she'd had a foal, probably stillborn, that had severely damaged the birthcanal, leaving tumorous scars that had never been treated. She was originally rescued by a humane society, that got her back to decent health. Minnie was then adopted by a family for their 3 kids (who we ultimately got her from). She was well loved & taken care of by them...for awhile. Once the kids grew up and stopped being interested in horses, instead of selling her to new family, they hung onto her. They said she to much a family pet to get rid off. They did make sure she had plenty of decent feed/hay, a shelter, and fresh water, but that was it. No vet, no farrier for ? Long, no brushing. Then my mom came along
By the time we got her, Minnie had developed tumors all over her body (noncancerous) from the beatings, her hooves had curled over starting to cut into her pasterns, several foot absesses, she was missing most of her teeth and a few had grown into the opposing gum line. My mom (who thankfully is a nurse!) nursed her back to health, and was EVEN able to nurse her back to such good health they would often go on trail rides for several hours A friend of my mom's was looking for a horse for her grandkids to just ride around the farm, so my mom gave them Minnie. I think those were the happiest days of her life, giving those kids rides around the farm. She was put down at the age of 28, for complications from the tumors.
The 2nd rescue was a saddlebred/QH cross (I don't have any pics). He didn't work out so well for her. His scars were more emotional, that showed once she got him back to health.
The 2nd pic is of a TW/QH gelding. His pelvis had been broken, and he'd been left to die. Instead it somewhat healed itself, but he was no longer able to do the walking gait. So the owner would hit him in the knees with pieces of wood. Eventually, arthritis forced him to be sold. (some ppl are pieces of work). My mom learned horse massage & therapy excerises to help him. She was the only person he'd let within 5 feet of him, she even had to stand next to the vet & farrier. Even though he was in some pain, he was always willing to take mom on rides for as long as he could. Mom had to put him down at 19 when his knees had fused completly solid. The vet told her he'd never seen a horse ignore so much pain, it seemed that he just wanted to stay with mom.
As of now, she is curently on her 6th rescue at the age of 62 Go Mom!