At Palomino Ridge Ranch Horse Rescue, we have a huge soft spot for the youngsters! While it is horrible that any horse gets dumped at auctions and kill pens, we feel it is absolutely awful that human beings would dump the very young ones in such awful places. We try to rescue as many as donations will allow. We love to be a part of their story - to love them, to nurture them, to meet their needs and to teach them that there are nice humans in this world. In return for all that we do for these young ones, they bring us joy watching them grow and develop into happy, well adjusted, content young horses. Hugs from the little ones are the best! Each young horse will stay with us until we feel they are ready to go on to loving homes. Please follow their progress and watch them grow!
We found Wonder at Kaufman Kill Pen in August 2021. He was terrified, running the pen looking for a way out. He tried to go under the fence, over the fence and through the fence - anything to evade the cruel man at the kill pen. As soon as we saw him, our founder immediately purchased him and called Melanie to get him out of there. How a breeder can dump a beautiful newly weaned colt like this, we do not know. He was said to be about 10 months old and a gelding, but our vet has aged him at 6 months old as of September, and he is still a stallion.
Thankfully he did not get sick in quarantine and was able to come to the rescue after 30 days. He arrived frightened, but curious. It did not take too long before he was letting us touch him. He did not do what most untouched horses do, which is try to evade at all costs and attempt to jump out of the corral. Instead he would watch and freeze, and once we touch him, he is submissive and licks his lips. He is proving to be very smart and quite willing! We are looking forward to seeing what we can teach this pretty boy.
Sweet miss Beauty is still limping.....she will still sit up and pivot to her good hip to get up when she has been laying down. At this point, the only way to tell if her limping is from habit or from poor healing, would be to perform a very expensive MRI. It does not appear to be hurting her any, but she is far from being sound. This sweet girl will be staying with us in sanctuary if she remains unsound.
The veterinarian gave us the okay to start letting beauty out of her extra large stall and start to exercise her leg for the first time since her hip fracture. She was pretty sore on her leg at first, but still wanted to kick up her heels some when we let her loose in the front yard. She spent the first week alone in the front yard, to discourage possible playfulness with herd mates. This week we let her go into a paddock with Ray, Liberty and Gracie, for some companionship and she was accepted into their little herd right away. She is still walking with a limp, but the vet said that until the leg and hip develop more muscle from use, we will not know if she can be sound or not. It is okay if she remains unsound....we still value her very much, we all have flaws, nobody is perfect. We are happy to see her active and playing again.
Sadly, Beauty is still on stall rest. We are holding out hope that her leg will heal completely and she will be sound again. She has been wonderful in the stall, and has become very friendly. She enjoys her grooming sessions and extra attention from us. Dr. Niblett says to give Beauty another month of stall rest. Please continue with healing prayers for her.
We are sad to report that we called the vet out to take a look at Beauty. We found her down in the stall and having difficulty trying to stand up. We have no idea how she hurt herself. Dr Niblett regretfully informed us that her hip has been fractured. Poor baby girl! He told us to put down a foot of shavings for cushion in the stall and to leave her on full stall rest for 6 weeks and then take radiographs and reevaluate, Meanwhile, she is learning to slowly but surely trust us.
We decided to put Beauty in with a herd of horses that is very friendly, to include Tamsin and Bam. We wanted this scared, unhandled filly to see us interact with our overly friendly horses and learn that we are not going to harm anyone. She mostly observed everyone else getting loved on and treats.
Beauty arrived at our rescue from Witherspoon Ranch quarantine today. This little girl came to us traumatized. She has been through too much. She had the misfortune of being dumped by her owner, just a baby, not equipped for auctions and kill pens. She is thin, having clearly missed too many meals. She got sick at the kill pen and had to recover from the sickness in quarantine. We have her now....and her healing of mind, body and soul are beginning. We will let her settle, eat as much as she wants to eat, and get as much rest as she needs. We will not put any pressure on her, just provide for her needs for a while. We feel so badly for her.
Beauty continues to do well at quarantine. Her appetite is still good and her runny nose has not become worse. Thankfully no other symptoms have presented themselves. She is still frightened and does not want to be touched, but we will work on gaining her trust when she arrives after her quarantine stay.
Beauty is doing well. Her appetite is strong and she is eating well at quarantine. Melanie said she still has a runny nose but it has not become worse. No coughing or other symptoms yet, which is really good!
Beauty is reportedly quite scared. Melanie is leaving her alone and letting her get used to her stall at quarantine. Beauty came from the kill pen with a runny nose, we are hoping she is not going to come down with Strangles. Melanie will keep a close eye on her to see if she needs to call the vet.
Little unhandled weanling Beauty was dumped by her owner at auction and had the misfortune of being bought by a kill buyer who took her to Kaufman Kill Pen. The wonderful Melanie Witherspoon saw Beauty and started an immediate fundraiser to save her.
Melanie contacted us and let us know we needed little Beauty at our rescue.
Melanie was able to get the funds raised for bail to get this little girl out of the kill pen. Melanie went and picked up Beauty and took her to Melanie's Witherspoon Ranch Quarantine.
*Not for Adoption at this time, due to unsoundness from a hip fracture.