The story behind my new mares ❤️👆🏻
I haven’t posted much about my two new mares over the past few months.
Their story of course starts out in the kill pen, as all of our horses
have. When I saw the picture of the paint and her herd, and the
possibility that she could be in foal, it didn’t take much thought. And
no discussion. Sorry about that James Slater and thanks to my BFF Susan Shouse Bryant for helping me eventually break the news.
Suri Sue left the kill pen urgently, and went to a boarding facility in PA that was not a good situation. Thanks to the eyes of Melissa Faulkner Neville, we were alerted to her status, as well as that of her sister, and they were both picked up by Sharon Burrier immediately. And the uphill battle began.
They both tested positive for pregnancy, but further testing revealed that they had lost their foals.
Things went from bad to worse for Suri early on. I remember one day in August, talking to Sharon in between seeing patients, and her telling me that they were going to take one more shot at getting Suri up on her feet, and if it didn’t work, we were going to humanely euthanize her because she was so emaciated and weak. The vet waited patiently. My heart sank into my stomach.
God was on Suri’s side. And the rescue told her they were going to fight for her since she wasn’t able to fight for herself. Due to Danny Burrier Macgyver genius, Suri was up. That was one step. And the road ahead was long.
Many people helped, Cat Clouse even stayed all night in the barn and watched Suri. And day by day, Suri Sue got stronger. Her weight went up. She graduated to the pasture. Her weight continued upward and we started making plans for her to come to TN. But what about her sister? She and Fannie were inseparable, and every picture we came across from their bucking herd, they were together. What would happen if we separated them? I couldn’t think about it. There was never any question in my mind, Fannie was coming to TN. And Sharon was thinking the exact same thing. Also sorry ‘bout forgetting to mention that James Slater 🤷🏼♀️.
We dealt with the sadness of losing both foals due to the severe conditions the girls were in.
Sharon Danny and Barb all planned to make the trip from MD on January 13th. We prayed for good weather and prayed the girls would do ok.
On the 11th, Sharon developed some suspicion about Fannie. The vet checked her the 12th. Text from Sharon. “Guess what”. She is in foal, he could feel that baby moving, and it survived that horrible ordeal. So now we have not one, not two, but three miracles.
And they will all live happily ever after together. No more babies for Suri. No more babies for Fannie. Eat, sleep, eat some more. And, just. Be. Horses. That’s all.
Love them already, and beyond thankful for the support from everyone who donated money to help Fannie, everyone who gave time and love to save these abandoned souls, all the many people here in TN and afar who were praying constantly for them, most of all Sharon and Danny.
We aren’t sure when baby is due. Right now daddy is looking for a home (I believe), and he is gorgeous! Another mare from the herd foaled last month and has a darling little filly. We aren’t out of the woods, not sure how that little one survived, but so happy it did.
That’s the story of Suri and Fannie, chapter 1-5, more to come. They are so special, as are everyone involved in this amazing rescue, God’s love to all!
George came into our care with Momma July of 2014 Due to some health issues George lives at the rescue. George has Stringhalt and EPM. Both of these conditions make George UN-adoptable and he is not safe to ride. George also came in with major burns across a good portion of his back and rump. This gelding was only 4 years of age when he came into the rescue. George was terrified of people, he would physically stand and shake when we had to treat his injuries. Ironically its as if he knew we were trying to help him as we climbed up on a 3 step mounting block to put creams on his burns. Now there has been questions as to what caused these burns. We assume his harness had been left on all spring and the chemicals burned into his skin.
George is a favorite at the Great Frederick Fair. George weighs 2200 pounds now and is enjoying his life at the rescue.
Momma was rescued in July of 2014 as a 20 year old Belgian mare. She was very thin as you can see, with a body score of 1.5. Her teeth were is such bad shape that she couldn't eat any grain without it all falling out of her mouth. No wonder she was so thin! We didn't know it right away, but she was pregnant when we rescued her. She was due this past spring, but sadly her malnutrition and age caused her to lose the foal about a month before she was due to deliver.
Today this beautiful girl resides in Urbana, Maryland, being adopted in August of 2015. She was adopted by a couple who adopted another one of our horses, Bleu, so she is happy with a familiar face.
Gracie came to us as a 2 year old filly in June of 2013. This Tobiano Paint Draft Cross arrived very emaciated and had double pneumonia (pneumonia in both lungs). She was so sick Sharon (CEO of the rescue) had to keep Gracie in her back yard to keep an eye on her, cover her with blankets, and stay with her to make sure she'd survive the night. Things were rough at first with Gracie but she pulled through.
Now she is thriving under the ownership of Sharon. Sharon has since trained this pretty girl to be ridden, and has taken her out on trail rides, even out by the crashing waves of the sea shore. Sharon says a great bond was created between her and Gracie during those sleepless nights of worry but today these two are inseparable. Gracie has found her forever home.
Hope came to us in November of 2014. This 10 year old, Strawberry Roan Tennessee Walker mare was rescued from a kill buyers lot. She was heading north to become horse meat, but we stepped in and Danny (President) fell in love. This girl is so sweet and laid back we couldn't understand why she was thrown away.
About a month after she came to the rescue, we thought she might be pregnant. On May 1st, 2015 she gave birth to a healthy filly named Hope's Harmony (Harmony for short). So not only did we rescue Hope, but we rescued Harmony as well! Mother and baby are thriving at the rescue.
"Mo has been here 6 days and it feels like he's always just been here. He's met all but 3 of the herd and is getting along with everyone. He's actually becoming the bossman! All the mares are in love with him. I rode him this morning for the first time since he's been here, and he was infinitely patient and did great! I love this horse! Even though I have another week left on the trial, I'm officially committing now to adopting him."
-Ame Smith-Bean, May 2015
On March 7, 2015, the 18 month buy-back contract on Teddy/Brody expires. I am sending back the halter you sent with Brody but I'm not sending you the pony! The last 18 months have been my happiest ever! Thank you so much for making horse ownership possible for me! With gratitude & love, Laura" March 3, 2015
China came to us thin and pregnant, but no one believed Sharon that she was pregnant. Rosie was born Father's Day 2014. China was a broodmare without much handling. She is now being ridden. They were adopted together into a very loving home.
Sunshine was rescued from a weekly auction where horses are bought and shipped to slaughter. Abbie came along and adopted Sunshine and it has been a match made in Heaven. They are enjoying life together and are collecting some ribbons along the way!!!
Butterbean and Radish adopted together and living the life. Bonded aged mules.
Duncan has gone to his new home. They love him.
Happy Day ! Karen has adopted Lacie. Let their journey begin.
Karen has also adopted Reds !!!
Woody and Bella (white) owned and loved by Brenda Newman and her granddaughter