Today Tawnee cried. It takes a lot to make Tawnee cry on the job, but by the end of the day, she had an emotional breakdown...
But first off, happy Fathers Day! If it was not for our Dads out there who get the hay, unload the hay, build the fence for our first horse or pony, stay up all night walking your poor colicing horse, if it was not for our Dads our horsey world would be so hard. So once again Happy Fathers Day!
It was hot and it was decided that Parcy could use a bath and since there were a lot of kids who were hot to it was the perfect way to cool off.
Olive's new mom came out to be with her today too. She just can't wait to be able to adopt her and take her home.
One of our previous adopters came by, they are looking to add another horse to their family. He is a contractor, and Larry asked if he would be able to help with the office trailer, if he had any scraps laying around that he could donate and put them up to make it look better. He was more than happy to offer his time and any items he could find. This is such a huge blessing! Larry and Alex gutted it out and it had been sitting ever since we didn't have the time or materials to get it put back together. The med room is painted, but the office area hadn't been tackled yet. He made a list of what is needed. THANK YOU!
It is really nice having lots of water. The horses enjoy standing by the fence and getting sprayed off while the water troughs are being filled.
Now the hard part of the day came. Tawnee had been in communication with the same killer buyer who brought the 4 horses a few weeks ago. He was heading down south to a staging area for horses being sent to slaughter. He said he could bring some horses back to the rescue if we could pay him $100 each for them. The rescue only had cash for 3-4 horses. He asked if we could do 6. Tawnee said she would see what she could pull together, and he said he would be there on Sunday.
When the trailer pulled up it was loaded with horses. He backed up to the round pen to unload. When the door opened Tawnee had to look away. There was a poor horse down in the cram packed full trailer. Then the KB said that there was a goat in there too. The horses started unloading. It was just heart wrenching. He brought back 7 horses, which Tawnee found the money to pay for. He wanted $50 for the goat, but we had no money for her, but April couldn't let the goat stay with the KB, so she bought the poor goat.
The first horse is a beautiful 2 year old filly who was at the staging area waiting to be sent to slaughter.
While she was waiting, people had fun at her expense by roping her mexican style, around the legs. Her legs are swollen and have rope burns.
The 2nd horse is one of 3 horses that were dropped off at the staging area, they were on their way from Washington to Mexico, and were unloaded off a double decker because they were too weak to make the final leg of the trip to slaughter.
This poor baby broke his leg at one time and it was clearly never treated. It healed up all wrong. From his hoof growth you can tell he has been in this condition for awhile. Every step he takes you can see pain fill his eyes.
Next is a old pony, no doubt he has given hundreds of children rides on his back, and when he was old, his life was thrown away.
This is another one of the horses that was dropped off at the staging area. She is completely blind, both of her eyes are gone. It is so sad that she had to be put in a double decker crammed full of other horses.
She put her face up to Tawnee's face, and sat there for awhile. Tawnee told her that everything would be alright now, as she was trying to hold back the tears.
The poor horse that was down in the front of the trailer, the KB could not get up. So he put a rope around his neck and pulled the poor baby out his side door. Tawnee wanted to confirm with him that Mexico takes the skinny horses. His own words were "Yup, Mexico takes the little rats."
The poor little guy got up, and then everyone could see how crippled he was. He could barely walk. Every step was agony on his poor twisted leg.
It wasn't long before he was back down, the poor little guy is so emaciated. What a terrible life he had been living!
At first he was scared when Larry approached, but soon he realized that he was in a better place, a place where people would not kick him, electrocute him, do what they could to get him to load into trailers for rides from place to place. Now he was at a place where people cared about him.
Larry gently stroked his face as little eyes that had been so fearful softened with peace. There was only one name that could be given this precious boy: Dano. Dano is Spanish for "hurt" and not was Dano hurt, but his abuse brought hurt to everyones hearts.
Dano's poor little leg was so mangled, so twisted and deformed. The length of his hoof told us he has been suffering in this condition for a long time. His teeth told us that he was about a year and a half old.
We wanted to make him as comfortable as possible and get him some yummy sweet feed. He really enjoyed it and you could see that he knew his troubles were over.
He was dehydrated, had a runny nose, fever, and was in a lot of pain. Tawnee sedated him to ease him from his suffering and make him more comfortable. There was so little life left in this precious boy that he simply fell asleep forever, for the first time in his life knowing love and compassion. The first time he knew someone cared. That is all he was staying alive for, hanging onto the thread of life, hoping to meet someone nice before his suffering ended. Everyone's hearts were broken. This had been one of the toughest things ever to have to go through. Knowing he was no longer in pain and he knew love was all they could take to heart.
It's hard to imagine that this poor goat was in the trailer crowded full of horses. It's a wonder she is still alive. Thank you April for saving her life!
The other horses were settling in and getting comfortable. They were really beginning to enjoy basic needs that every horse deserves: food and water.
The poor blind girl enjoyed having a fly mask and some medication on her sore skin that was raw from her eye sockets dripping.
The older little pony knew that life was looking up too. Looking into these precious faces helped ease the pain that Tawnee, April and Larry were feeling.
On the way back home after leaving the rescue, Tawnee turned the truck cam on herself. She was frustrated and had to get her frustrations and hurt out. She was a little reluctant to share this, but if it will help wake people up to the suffering that horses go through in the slaughter pipeline, she hopes that it can do some good. To watch the video, click here.
We had to pay $700 to get these horses from the killer buyer, and as you know that is only the start to their care. Any donations are greatly appreciated in honor of Dano. Dano had no reason to suffer, no reason to live an entire life full of agony and abuse because people didn't care, or worse, people enjoyed making him suffer. This fund will be used to rescue and care for more horses like Dano. Please donate to Dano's Fund, click here today.