"Elegance"

I've Found A New Home!!

"The Grey Mare"

"The Grey Mare"

April 13, 1998:  New Arrival at the feedlot ... a grey mare, very typey -- about 15-18 years old and broke to ride. We need to get her out ASAP - she has about 30 stitches in her head, and we need to make sure she gets the TLC she needs. Donations or an outright purchase of $550 is desperately needed.

"The Grey Mare"

UPDATE May 9, 1998: Roseann received a call from the horsetrader and one of our volunteers drove out to see her. Her report was simple "She's wonderful!!!"

She wore expensive shoes, which indicated she had probably been a parade or carriage horse. She also had about 30 stitches in her face, which the vet said should have been removed months ago.

Roseann committed to finding a buyer for her, but in the interim someone else purchased her. We were disappointed and hoped and prayed she had found a good home. The interesting thing was she did not leave our thoughts -- and two weeks later the man who purchased her brought her back. I told the horsetrader under no circumstances should he allow her to leave again!!!!

The man who had her for two weeks did not take care of her -- you can see from the second photo that she lost 50-60+ pounds in that time. Due to her skin and bones condition she also developed an abcess on the point of her left hip from laying on hard ground with no body fat or bedding to protect her. Despite her terrible ordeal, this lovely, sweet, and kind mare stood quietly, patiently, and trustingly while the vet wormed her, gave her the necessary shots, and removed her stitches after AHRN got her out of the feedlot.

Many of the horses show up at the feedlot without their papers, dumped and stripped of their heritage with no consideration for their fate. These horses have an even slimmer chance of rescue. But through the internet we found a buyer. Carole Long sent the money from Montana. She named her new mare "Elegance," a name that suits her beautifully.

"The Grey Mare"

June 21, 1998 - The above photo is a recent picture sent to us by this beautiful mare's new owner, Carole Long.  She is shown in her pasture at her new home in Montana! A lucky girl indeed ... Thank you for giving her such a wonderful home and sharing this with us, Carole.

"Elegance" was recently featured in a magazine called Equine Hoofbeats! Another AHRN "Star!"

Elegance

Elegance

UPDATE 7/31/99: Elegance is looking for a new home. We have a few people interested in her and will keep you up to date on progress.

UPDATE - August 1, 1999!: Elegance has found a new home! Here are a few words from her new mom :)

Dear Roseann:

We brought Elegance home yesterday. We met her for the first time on Saturday morning, and it was as though we had always known her. Elegance, and my 11-year old daughter Annie are a match made in heaven.

Janet e-mailed me on Friday morning, asking if we would like to take her on Saturday. (I had been planning on just meeting her.) When I asked if she needed more time, she told us she had already said her "good-byes," and was ready to let her go. So, I scrambled, borrowed a freeway-worthy horse trailer from a girlfriend, and sweet-talked my husband, Scott, into coming along as the driver. (This man can back a trailer into or out of any conceivable obstacle course, besides having the patience of a saint). (What an adventure... picking up a horsetrailer, unaided in the dark, from an Indian Reservation, lots of big barking dogs, the too-small tow-ball was stuck on, lights had to be fixed, trailer was filled with tack, 3 western saddles, 4 bags of horse chow, two bales of hay, yikes!)

Next morning it took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there, with stops at an Auto parts store for trailer hitch parts, food and snack and restroom stops for the two girls, and so on. (Helpful hint, don't buy them the jumbo-sized Gatorade bottles first thing.)

Scott was as patient and supportive as could be, and waited while we talked, and bonded, and exchanged ideas, and discussed what Elle needed. Annie got to groom and pet and lead and play with and then ride Elle, while we watched. We got to see Elle become more and more relaxed as Annie worked with her. I think Janet was reassured, as a lot of the techniques she has been using are the same as Annie knows. (And apparently, Janet has observed problems in the past when tense or impatient people have tried to ride Elle.)

Annie was able to lead her calmly into the trailer. Elle seemed a little concerned at first, as her last hauling experience was about a year ago, and took 4 days. But when she got brave enough to step up, she went right in without backing or protesting. (Janet expressed surprise at the ease with which she loaded.) Elle was able to eat and drink and relieve herself in the trailer. We made one stop, and went back and petted and sang to her and played with her. She was calm, hadn't become sweaty, and nuzzled and snuffled us while we petted her. She has a very high-pitched, feminine whinny, and she called out to every horse trailer we passed.

Elle was very pleased when we got her home, Annie immediately led her off, and showed her the property. She was very well behaved on the lead rope. They ended up under one of the oak trees, with Annie swinging on a rope swing while Elle watched. When Annie wandered off, Elle was right at her heels.

Right now, Elle's job is going to be to settle in, graze (on the upper 10 acres, which also includes our house), bond with her new buddy "Mo", our 19-year old rescued Arab gelding, and forge a new relationship with people. She won't be kept in a stall or a pen (which she had been). After a while, we will see how she does, being ridden in a relaxed setting. Annie is really pleased with the idea of riding her on our hillsides and on the trails around our house. Later on, she may attend a 4-H horse show or two, if she seems to have the aptitude for it. We have a trainer to help us teach her a more relaxed way of going. But most of all, she is just going to be a pet horse, with lots of folks around her to provide pats and carrots and kind words.

I go out in the morning, and in the evening, and feed the two of them equine senior, and hay. She has already decided that people are pretty friendly folks, and she will trot right up when called. (Again, Janet was surprised. When she first got Elle, she was unable to call her in or catch her loose in the paddock.) Elle has caught right on that if she comes up to the house and nickers, someone will come out. I left her this morning, standing and watching Scott working on the patio. She was so relaxed that, at one point, she had a really good roll, and then laid there on the ground for a while, just watching Scott work.

(I am starting to get the feeling here that our way of "being" with Arabian horses is very different than that of a lot of other people. The horses here are very much a part of our day-to-day living, and truly do seem to be "tent horses" in every sense of the word. That is, after all, what they were bred for.)

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to meet with this horse and have her become a part of our lives. Again, she has fit in so well, that it's like she has always been here. I am planning on taking pictures, and sending them to you and Janet, just as soon as I can. Thank you for everything you do for the horses!

Debbie

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