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post #1 of 10 Old 06-13-2009, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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I successfully placed my first rescue in a new home!

Hi guys,

I just wanted to share the news that I just placed my first rescue horse into a new home!

Reilly, a 5 or 6 year old Quarter Horse gelding, came to us in November of 2007 from a "rescue" that was not very honest about his condition. He was approx. 200 lbs under weight, he had mites in his coat, his hair was falling out, and his hooves had not been trimmed...EVER. He also had severe biting, kicking, and rearing problems that were not disclosed to us. He was also very wormy.

We put him on a strict diet, as well as being quarantined for 30 days just to be safe. He was on Omolene 200 and alfalfa pellets to help him gain weight, a diet recommended by our vet. After the winter, Reilly bloomed. He finally was in good weight, the worms and mites were eliminated, and most of his behavioral problems were gone. He was even picking up his feet for the farrier! We then put him on Equine Senior as a maintenance feed and to help his coat shine.

And just yesterday, he was placed in his new home to become a cow horse!!! He's going to be in great hands and I'm so excited! I feel so proud that Reilly has made such a turn around!

And pics for comparison!

First: Nov 2007, his first night with us. As you can see, he is dangerously skinny.

Second: Nov 2008, exactly a year since he first came

Third: Just the other day!
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-13-2009, 03:53 PM
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You've done a wonderfull job! Kudos =)
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-13-2009, 04:04 PM
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Great job with this horse. I love seeing rescued animals find happy homes; it always brings tears to my eyes.
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-13-2009, 04:53 PM
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Good job, good for you. Proud of the work you've done. He is one lucky boy. Great work!
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-13-2009, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I'm just really happy he's finally found a good, and hopefully permanent, home!

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post #6 of 10 Old 06-13-2009, 07:02 PM
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WOW! I didn't know you were into rescues - good for you! You did a wonderful job, and to think - you saved 1 horses life - and that will mean everything to him for the rest of his.

He will always remember you.
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-13-2009, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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As much as he was a complete SNOT to rehab (the biting, kicking, rearing, etc.), it was completely worth it to know that I made a difference in his life.

I wasn't really into rescues until I got my own place. I had an extra stall and a pasture so I decided to do my part and help out a horse in need. I'm so glad I did but the "rescue" I got him from was a pain. We broke off all contact when they came to my property hoping to get him back and had to be escorted off the premisis :)

But he was a good companion to my horses and a great learning experience for me. I can officially say I have rescued a horse and rehomed him! I'm sad to see him go but this was the plan all along. This is his last night here :(

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post #8 of 10 Old 06-13-2009, 08:37 PM
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what a wonderful story! You have given a horse a new chance at life! That is an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations!!!
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-13-2009, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, sandy2u1! That means alot! I'm planning on taking in more after college. But seeing as I'm going off to college in a year and this horse took me a year and a half to rehab, I don't want to stick my parents with the next one! Haha.

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-14-2009, 03:43 PM
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Thank goodness for ppl like you!!!! GREAT JOB
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