Who doesn't find miniature horses and little ponies absolutely adorable? We most certainly do!
We feel very sorry for these tiny tots that end up at auctions and kill pens. When purchased by kill buyers, they get stuffed into stock trailers with full sized horses and get injured. It doesn't get any better when they arrive at the kill pens; they get shoved in with full sized horses and get beat up and starved down. Those that are not lucky enough to get saved, are sold by the kill pens to feed the carnivores at zoos. We try to help as many of these tiny ones as we can.
We saw little Tinkerbell and her mom Wendy in a group of horses after they unloaded from a kill buyer's trailer. They were frightened, and so much smaller than the full sized horses. Little Tinkerbell looked to be less than a month old and she was getting slammed around by the bigger horses as they ran into her. We were horrified to see this, after watching a foal be trampled in that very same kill pen with the same scenario. We acted quickly with a promise to pay that day and asked the kill buyer to please move them to safety before baby Tinkerbell was trampled. Thankfully the kill buyer moved momma and baby to a private location as they awaited Melanie Witherspoon to come get them that night and take them to her safe, warm quarantine facility. The weather was turning cold that night with rain and there was no shelter to protect baby Tinkerbell. Melanie was wonderful, she arranged to go get them as soon as we had them paid. They are safe in quarantine and under the care of a veterinarian for contracting the kill pen crud. They are receiving daily antibiotics and improving! We can't wait to meet this precious little family when they finish with their quarantine stay.
Tinkerbell has been a favorite of many, every since she arrived at the rescue. Getting to enjoy Tinkerbell growing up has brought us so much joy! She was the most precious baby! Tinkerbell's best friend is Iris. When Tinkerbell met Iris, she stared at her as if she was looking in the mirror. They became instant friends. Tinkerbell's best friends are Iris, Milo, Sprout and Freesia. She enjoys her life here at the rescue and brings us smiles daily.
We are happy to announce that Wendy has been adopted with Tulip and Heather by a wonderful woman named Betty who is giving them a life of love and leisure in their new forever home.
This precious little baby was seen at Cleburne Horse auction. She was unfortunate enough to be bought by a kill buyer and we wanted to get her out of that situation. We posted fundraisers and wonderful donors responded quickly to help us get her out of there. We are so grateful to the many people who helped us get this baby safe.
Precious little Iris is doing very well here at the rescue. She has made a best friend in Milo. Her little herd is Milo, Sprout, Freesia and Tinkerbell. Iris was unhandled when she arrived at the rescue, and needed to learn to trust humans. Iris has grown a lot and become the most beautiful buckskin pony! Her features are delicate and she is put together so nicely. Iris has the sweetest temperament and is very inquisitive. We love her so much! Iris has a permanent sponsor and will remain at the rescue.
We saw little Freesia at Kaufman kill pen with her mother and another mare and foal. They were taken to Cleburne horse auction when they did not sell quickly. Our friend saw them at Cleburne auction and contacted us to save them. We won the bid and brought them to quarantine. After quarantine, they joined us at the rescue. Freesia weaned herself when she was ready, and bonded to Milo, Iris, Tinkerbell & Sprout. This feisty little girl has a big personality in a little package. She spends her days with her best friends just enjoying her life. It makes us happy to wantvh how happy Freesia is.
Our beautiful miniature mare is safe and is doing well. We are so glad we saved her from the life that she had. We just learned a little bit about this mare by contacting the person on her Coggins certificate. It makes us sad & angry at the same time.This poor mare has had at least two homes in the last month! The person who took her to auction a month ago said she was not pregnant, she did not ride & she was not friendly. She just called her "mare." She had no attachment to this girl. Then when the mare wouldn't breed, the lady took her to the auction.It appears a horse trader bought her & in four weeks had her being ridden by a little girl riding her with a story to tell that clearly wasn't true. Who knows what kind of life this poor girl had for the last four weeks. You can bet it wasn't nice. It's clear all they cared about was making a bunch of money off of her. This is the kind of scammers we deal with in the rescue world. It hurts our hearts to see the way horses are exploited & abused for money at these auctions and kill pens.Thanks to all of you who helped her. This poor girl will only know what love is now. The cycle of abuse stops here. She will only know love from now on! Thank you village, for helping us help her. We have named her Violet. Toxicology results came back and she was given a drug given to humans to treat schizophrenia, to make her very sedate and accepting in order for the scamming horse trader to get a lot of money for her. Very, very sad. We had an ultrasound performed on Violet. She is NOT pregnant. Her abdomen is stretched out from having too many babies. Poor girl was used by someone as a baby machine. Violet enjoys her days just being a horse, spending time with her new best friends, Freesia , Milo and Sprout.