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…
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.
GOOD NEWS FOR UTAH!
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 NOTE FROM LAURIE AT ALAQUA:
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!
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
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