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wyominggrandma 03-28-2011 12:26 AM

Amazing story with a happy ending
When we rescued Bones over three years ago, we knew what a strong loving horse with a big heart he was. Graded 1.5 on the scale that horses are judged for starvation, it took many months, money, love and a horse that wanted to live to keep Bones alive. I knew somewhere somebody had really loved this horse and could tell he had alot of training, but when we got him away from the man that was starving him, I only cared to keep him alive and give him love and food and care. Bones will be 24 in May and my hubby and I decided to find him a final home out of the horrible cold winters of Wyoming and an easy life so I advertised him on the internet classifieds.
I was called this evening by a man who started asking about his breeding(Bones is a registered Paint) and I looked at his papers and told him who bred him. He said" I saw the photo and just knew it was Tinky, my grandfather bred him. We had him trained in reining and he was a wonderful horse, but had to sell him and he went down the road from us" When I explained that Bones was starved and almost dead and told him where we have bought him from, he realized that we rescued him from the same man they had sold him to . I went on to explain what kind of condition he had been in when we got him and what he was like now.
He apologised for bothering me and I told him it was no bother, and was interesting to know that he had been well trained cause I could tell he had been.
Anyway about 15 minutes later I got another phone call, this time from a girl. She was in tears and explained that her brother called her mom, who called her and told her that we had Tinky, who was her first horse, given to her a year before her grandpa had died. She just got over a bad divorce and had an 8 year old son and wanted to know if I would hold Bones until this next weekend so she could come get her first horse and bring him back home. Of course I said yes and she was crying and so happy. She asked me to call him Tinky and see if he acted like he knew his name.
My husband and I knew we had to sell him for his own health but were still worried that someone would be mean to him or ride him to hard. We are so excited to know Bones will be returning to his first "girl" and live his life out with her and her son.
Kinda a neat story with a great ending. Won't be half as hard to see Bones/Tinky go next weekend.

Dusty1228 03-28-2011 12:43 AM

Oh, that sounds wonderful. I am so glad Tinky/Bones will be going back 'home'. I'm sure it is going to be hard to see him go, but it sounds like he is ending up right where he should be. I find it amazing how sometimes these things work out, it's kind of a small world.

I had this same thing happen to a dog that I rescued. To try and make this short:
My very first rescue was a St. Bernard. He was the greatest dog, but quite protective. I temprament tested him and worked with him for about a month before I rehomed him.
The home I adopted him to called me later that evening to say that he had attacked the woman of the house, and tore her hand up and that they took him to the pound. They said 'they just wanted me to know.'
I asked them if I could come with them to the hospital or if they could send me a bill and they said no to both things, but that everything was fine, they just couldn't handle him.
I called the pound about 30 times over the next two days, only to find out that the dog was on the 'adoptable' list again. Once I talked to the animal control officer, he told me that the people he picked the dog up from had said that he was a stray and that they had found him. Neither party had been injured.
Once again I went through everyone I could find listed on Perfinder that had lost a St. Bernard in the last year.
A lady wrote me back the third day and said that this dog looked like hers that she had lost him on July 4th the year before. (9 months had passed.) And asked me if he was a dry mouth. I told her that he was. She wrote me again the next day saying that the dog was indeed hers and that she had picked him up.
The big deal?
She lived in Minnesota. We live in Michigan. Somehow her puppy had come all the way to Michigan, been missing for nine months and was ONE day from being euthanized.

Just thought I'd share and let you know, I can completely sympathize with how you are feeling right now. It sounds like a happy ending for everyone. I am so glad it was YOU who rescued Bones. Every time I hear a story like this it furthers my belief that all things happen for a reason.

Yay for happy endings!!!

Dusty1228 03-28-2011 12:44 AM

P.S. Pictures? Pleeeeaaase?

Golden Horse 03-28-2011 01:03 AM


Originally Posted by Dusty1228 (Post 977209)
P.S. Pictures? Pleeeeaaase?

Pretty please

wyominggrandma 03-28-2011 01:07 AM

2 Attachment(s)
The first is Bones after we had had him for about 3-4 weeks and he was able to eat grass free choice.
The second is Bones this weekend. Quite a difference, huh?

Dusty1228 03-28-2011 01:54 AM

Wow Bones!!!!!:clap:Biiiiig difference! He's like a new horse!

Golden Horse 03-28-2011 01:59 AM

Great job with bones there, I'm glad that he has out grown his name :lol:

ShinaKonga 03-28-2011 05:19 PM

Oh, wow! I saw Bones on a while ago. I thought this might be the same horse, but I wasn't sure ;) Small world.

equiniphile 03-28-2011 05:22 PM

WOW, good for you for making such a difference with him.

Ray MacDonald 03-28-2011 05:36 PM

Bitter sweet story :) He is looking very good!

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