This is Belle 'Big Mamma', who I adopted/rescued a little over a year ago. I say rescue because she lived with her three year old filly for three years in a 50' paddock with no interaction or care outside of being fed and watered. She has a broken breast bone from what we are assuming was a carriage wreck. When we picked her up, the authorities were there and the debate of whether or not to have her euthanized since she could barely stand up due to her feet not being cared for in years. The first picture is of her and the vets when they were out evaluating her after we first moved her. Not sure if she would ever be sound or even walk, I took the chance with her and she is WONDERFUL.
Belle's three year old filly.....
For those of you who have seen these pictures and heard her story 20 times already, I apologize. However, I love to get her story out there and discourage people from eating at Irwin Street Inn in Hanford, CA.....the owner was her previous owner who left her to rot at a boarding facility.
Thank you very much for sharing Oldhorselady! Belle is very beautiful, and big! I love the picture of you and her walking together.. how pretty! That is a very touching story, thank you again for sharing. :)
I do not own her, but here's Lady - the mare I'm currently fostering for my local equine rescue.
She's a 10 year old Arabian mare who was rescued (owner surrender) about 2 months ago from a family's suburban backyard along with her 15 month old filly (who's at another foster home). She was about a 1.5 on the Henneke scale and now she's coming up on a 4 so yay for her!
This is what she looked like the day she came to live with us (about a month after being rescued) - she was overall super bony and her tailbone was protruding like crazy:
And then yesterday, after she's been here about a month. It's a little hard to tell but she's probably put on 75-100 lbs. Still a ways to go but we're getting there! :)
For the heck of it, here is her baby who was born in February of this year. We are guessing she was about two to three months pregnant with him while she was still underweight. Took about two months at our house to finish putting weight on her.-
I too am sorry to those that have seen and heard her story a dozen times. It is something I am proud to say I did, was save her and her colt from sure death or her being sold off to a broodfarm. Which is where she almost went. I had trouble loading her in the trailer, but when we finally got her in, a lady that had already told the people selling the rescue horses that they wanted to add to their broodmare herd. All the horses rescued had papers, very good papers at that. So when we got her in, she came over and said she had hoped we would give up on her.
Our very first rescue was, Kitty. A pinto pony gelding that was kept in a bare doglot with no food, he had a 50 pound bag of feed they were feeding him, but had the same bag for months, and it was still half full. He had no water source except for a mud puddle, but only if it rained. He mostly ate dead leaves and pine needles.
Kitty right before he left our place to go live up in the mountains with a bunch of young kids who love to ride him and just adore hi in general.
The next Rescue we got was a TB named charlie.
We didn't have him long, as a family decided to take him in and finish rehabbing him.