Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Coon Rapids, MN
Can the animals from there be adopted out or is the Sanctuary just a perminant home for them? You are so lucky, I use to work at a normal shelter but I always wanted to work with a shelter revolving around farm animals since i grew up on a horse far with chickens, sheep, ducks, turkeys, and just about anything else we could keep in a large horse barn.
Recently though I have traded in my hopes of getting a new show horse, need to save up money so I want to adopt a rescue horse instead and just use it for trail riding or dinking around at home. Everyone who adopts a rescue horse says there is nothing better than the love a rescue horse gives to it's owner. My old riding stable actually adopted two saddelbreds from slaughter and worked for years to help them recover their trauma. Both became lesson horses and one of them is even a show horse now. Guess what he went from a horse who was stick thin, ribby, all his legs were swollen to the point we thought he would never be ridden again, and he was too weak to stand. Now he wins pretty much every class he is entered into under academy. Since he didn't have papers...and you don't need them for academy our trainers who saved him named him Heaven Can Wait. They recently just last year got two more rescue horses who were in bad shape and now this year those two are lesson and show horses as well. They both had papers so they are in the big show ring competing against $500,000 show horses and one of them Gusty won his last class. He was all of free because he had been abandoned at some hellhole boarding facility and had a bad case of worm infestation and was in a filthy stall. It just shows you how much they will fight to survive and how well they recover. Three of the four rescue horses from the barn became great show horses and the fourth is too old to show so she just gives lessons to the young kids. Plus less weight on her back is better for her, she can't have adults ride her or else she will be in pain but kids are light enough they don't bother her back. Even we call her the big fancy show horse though we think someone she is half saddelbred half Shetland pony. It was fun being apart of those horses recoveries as well. I remember when my trainer had me help her feed horses and we had to give Buster (Heaven Can Wait) his shots for his swollen legs and give him lots of supplemental to help build up his weight and help him fight of disease since horses that sick tend to tumble downhill if their immune systems get weak. I wish you many long hours of tending to these beautiful animals and i am so happy those calves were saved. I understand people have to eat and all but slaughtering baby animals is just wrong in my mind and people don't realize how loving and cool cows can be. When I have a farm all my own I'm getting a cow and training it to be ridden. I have seen a few people do it and it can be done, you just need a larger saddle or light weight fabric saddle. One person in like Wales even trained the neighbors cow he was going to slaughter, bought her to save her, and now they do show jumping.
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