March 1st is National Horse Protection Day also known as World Horse Day was founded in 2005 by Animal Behaviorist and horse lover Colleen Paige. Her goal was to bring awareness to the plight of animals around the globe, and ultimately bring people together to help!
At Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue (HNBAR) we help horses in all kinds of situations. Occasionally, an owner will surrender their horse to us, because they are no longer able to care for their beloved friend and want to know they will be taken care of and rehomed to a safe and loving environment. Unfortunately, it is much more common for a horse to come to the rescue scared, abused, and in rough shape. Many of the horses that are at HNBAR have never had a positive interaction with humans before. This is where patience, kindness, and care are the important building blocks to rehabilitation.
Horses at the Rescue Now
Warrior, Moon Dancer, and Reaper are Mustangs that were bought to avoid them going to slaughter. When they first arrived at HNBAR they had little to no interaction with humans, and what little contact they did have, left them suspicious and fearful. Now they train with a professional trainer, and are socialized with volunteers every day. All three still have a long way to go before they hit the trails with a trusted rider, but everyday they are making progress.
Scout, Heather, Moriah, Mandy and Indy were brought to us by their owners for various reasons. Heather and Indy were previously rescues at HNBAR. All of the animals that come through our rescue have a safe place to come back to if needed. While it is hard to give up a beloved pet because circumstances in your life have changed, we are so glad to be able to continue helping these horses and hopefully find them another loving home.
Graffiti, Clover, and Campo were victims of abuse. The official statement of the Sheriff’s Office said the animals were seized because of a “lack of proper shelter, nourishment, and veterinary care.” However, the reality was so much more horrifying than this simple statement. Horses were in living in half a foot of their own filth, some animals had to be euthanized on site because they had such extensive health issues resulting from the ongoing abuse they suffered. After arriving at HNBAR, all three began their recovery process. During their initial vet exams, we found out they were pregnant! Unable to tell just how far along each mare was, the primary concern was if the mom and babies were healthy.
Malnutrition is dangerous to any horse, but can have even more lasting effects on a fetus. Would the foal develop properly? What health issues might it have once its born? Will the baby survive the terrible treatment its mom was exposed to? These are older horses; how will age affect them and their foals? Would the mares trust us enough to receive medical care? These are only a few of the questions that needed to be addressed. With proper diet and care the mares began getting vital nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy. We had to wait six months before we would know the full extent of the damage done.
In February Campo had a beautiful little girl! Immediately the filly was given a plasma transfusion, to help boost her compromised immune system. She will have to have a hernia removed in the near future. Because of improper nutrition during half of Campo’s pregnancy, one of her foal’s legs did not form properly. We are waiting to hear from the vet if a brace can possibility correct the defect. We are very happy to report that mom and baby are doing well, however the filly does need some medical procedures before she is given a clean bill of health. Our goal is to give the new filly the best possible start in life!
What can I do to help?
Right now, we have a donor willing to match all donations until the end of March. No donation is too small, we need all the help we can get!
You will need to contact us, then fill out an adoption application. Next is a meet and greet, as well as, a home/facility check for suitability.
You will have to fill out a foster application and have your home/facility checked for suitability.
If you want to get more hands on with helping, or can’t afford to donate, fill out our volunteer application online.
Share knowledge about animal abuse and spread information about available resources to help care for animals when owners fall on hard times, such as our Pet Food Bank.