Tempest, this story isn't a typical rescue story, but I think it shows a lot of faith and determination.
When Walka was born, he was perfect except for his face. He was horribly disfigured, mouth was twisted way to the side. They called it Ryes Nose. All the vets called in said to put him down, as he would be unable to latch on and nurse. He would slowly starve to death. The people that owned him then, decided to wait and give him a chance. Well, three months into it he was thriving. Little guy had figured out how to nurse with his deformity to everyone's amazement.
At three months of age, it was decided to send him with his mom (T) to Tufts University for an operation to help repair some of the deformity. He would never be able to do what he was bred for, racing, because on of his nostrils would be compromised and would not be able to take in enough air to sustain that speed and effort. It was a lot of money to invest in a horse with a limited future.
He is now a very handsome horse, his slight twist of his face gives him character!
He is an awesome trail horse, good head on his shoulders, and you should see him race in the field!
I feel privileged to have him and work with him. He is a constant reminder of what a little faith and determination can do.