“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Although the above Statue of Liberty inscription was not written for the arrival of weary, homeless and forgotten horses, it totally fits for what I’m writing today…
One of my pet peeves is the forgotten horse. You know the ones. The old, the sick, the weary, the malcontent, the crippled… Where do they go when their jobs are done? We don’t want to think about that… These horses are often dumped, sadly.
THE OLDER, ABANDONED HORSE
Having a few oldies but goodies around here, it especially pains me to think of them being left for no good. Having been fine and wonderful companions for all of their lives and then to be cast asunder when they are no longer valuable for their work ability seems cold and heartless to me.
Who cares for these horses? Who takes them in when their family has thrown them away? Who is willing to tend to their special needs? Who?
Well, there are a few Equine Welfare Organizations that do… I think they are wonderful. So, today, I’m shining a light on one in particular, THE GOLDEN CARROT.
THE GOLDEN CARROT
BUCK: (28 yrs Tennessee Walking Horse)
Buck is a 17′ TWH that looks like a Fresian. He was left without anyone to care for him because as an ex-show horse, he was a little high strung. However, after years of settling, this champ has decided that his favorite thing is to give little girls rides on his back. Buck adores kids!
HAPPY: (ancient Appendix QH)
No one knows how old he is because his teeth are so far protruded and worn… he could be ancient. And although his tongue hangs out and he drools, the boy is very happy! Happy is self-possessed and spends his time exploring all the areas of the Golden Carrot’s horse areas. He hangs with the other geldings, saying Hi and introduces himself. He was deeply in love with Star, and keeping up with that young mare kept him young!
STAR: (7 yrs OTTB – tattoo)
Star is the young miss… She was abandoned at an Animal Shelter for over a year. As far as TGC can surmise, she is sound, has no injuries, is very willing, broke to ride and very sweet. This is the one horse that could possibly be adopted out to the right home. But, many of the older horses love her so we will see…
SONG: (23 yrs, Arab x Welsh pony) Song was abandoned because her family
was done with her. She has no real ailments other than old age. This girl is trained really well. Put a saddle on her and she is good to go! Song is a little work pony and takes the kids for rides around the ranch. She is little but a powerhouse. She and Star are best buds.
(16 yrs QH) Surely was left by her family to end up in a feedlot in Nevada. She was terrified. By the time she was rescued and brought to TGC, Surely was a wreck. Within 10 days, she was down with an intense amount of severe, stress related ailments. The worst being respiratory problems and drylands distemper. You should see the horrible ailment photos on her page. Eek. She was perfectly healthy until she went through the feedlot trauma. So sad…
This mare is gorgeous and very fit for her age… She has ringbone and very sensitive skin. But, she loves to take easy trailrides with the little girl scouts that come around. Peanut is sweet and easy!
(25 yr TB mare) Shawnee has a sad story. She was very argumentative and hard to be around… So, she was dumped. After much work, the folks at TGC are now able to use her for lessons! She will walk, trot and canter around the ring like the best of them!
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