Remember that horrible trailer accident and the horse Utah? A happy ending!…

About a year ago, I wrote about a horrible trailer accident where the driver’s front right tire blew and that sent the entire rig careening down an embankment…

This is what was left of the truck... (the driver survived)

The workmen trying to upright the trailer. The red tarp says it all. (At this time, Utah was still trapped in the trailer... imagine!)


Several horses died or had to be put down shortly thereafter.  The driver was in the hospital for weeks.  Two traumatized horses (you don’t want to know the details of how these poor horses were trapped in the trailer for 4 hours with their dead and dying buddies…) were rescued and brought to Alaqua Animal Refuge.

One of the horses who survived was Utah.  He was battered, in shock and a mental wreck – as you can imagine.

Utah being triaged after the accident.



Utah was brought back to physical and mental health by the gentle and loving care at Alaqua.  And, luckily, after a year, Utah found his soulhuman!

According to Laurie from Alaqua, Utah recovered and was gaining strength, but he had not bonding with any horses around the ranch.  He was a loner….

And even more interestingly, the woman who adopted Utah had lost her beloved horse after colic surgery a year earlier and hadn’t wanted to bond with a horse since then…

A match made in heaven!

A recovered, healthy and newly adopted Utah with his soulhuman!



A friend of mine, and foster mom to some rescued horses, owns a barn close by.  Her daughter is 23 and lost her big Dutch Warmblood last year after colic surgery.  She has had a difficult time getting interested in riding again (she is a very talented rider).  Our vet suggested I contact them and let them know about Utah.  He finally reached a point where we thought he had recovered to a point where we might CONSIDER placing him in a new home.  

Well, she brought up the idea to her daughter, she cancelled working the next morning after not being able to sleep all night, and headed over to meet Utah.  It was love at first site!  She took him back to their farm, rode him the first day – and each day since – and he has been perfect!  He even has a buddy that belongs to her sister, and that horse was ironically her former horses best pal.  It was meant to be!

Utah is even jumping again!

I cried like a baby when he left.  It was so hard seeing him go and I have stopped by to visit him several times.  I am so happy that he made it and has a home where someone will love him.

Laurie Hood, Founder

Alaqua Animal Refuge
914 Whitfield Road
Freeport, FL 32439

As fate would have it... Utah finally made a horse friend at his new home. Perfect!


HORSE AND MAN is a blog in growth… if you like this, please pass it around!


This is one of the stallions who was rescued yesterday by SF SPCA. Please consider donating to CHAMP'S HONOR the April Bucket Fund for these horses! Click image




Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

HORSE AND MAN is a blog in growth... if you like this, please pass it around!

7 comments have been posted...

  1. RiderWriter

    (Oops, wasn’t done) Thanks for giving us a happy ending. Seems like they make a great pair!

  2. RiderWriter

    What breed of horse is Utah? I also don’t remember why he went to the rescue, and not back to his owner – unless the owner was also the truck driver.

  3. Christina

    I am just wondering what happened to the driver of the rig and the horse’s original owners? I am glad for the surviving horses that they were able to get treatment and overcome what they went through. Thanks for sharing this heart-touching story.

  4. Marty Crawford

    For this to have such a heartwarming ending after such a horrific accident is fantastic!
    I have gone through the loss of 2 beloved horses one to sudden death & the 2nd being euthanized. Both broke my heart in so many pieces’ I thought I would never recover.
    You never think there is a light at the end of the tunnel for you, after losses like that.
    Somehow, you find your way to love yet another horse, as Utah’s new soulmate found out.
    I am so happy Utah found a forever home & a new best friend in another horse.
    God Bless youl & may you all have many, many happy & healthy years together.
    Love, Marty & Bre (my horse) xox <3 <3 <3

  5. Jody Brittain

    What happened to the driver/original-owner of Utah? I am so happy that something good has become of a horrific accident. Utah looks very happy and I kinda know what Utah’s new human was going thru! Sometimes things work in mysterious ways.

Post a comment!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *