Horses : Pasture Pal Horses
Our pasture pal program is for those horses that can no longer be ridden or driven but are still healthy enough to live their lives as a companion for another horse or animal. Pasture pal horses still require a minimum 10' X 10' stall (12' X 12' for drafts) and at least 8 hours of turnout (weather permitting) per day. Pasture pal horses are also great for folks that are not interested in riding but would like to have a horse to work with, groom, and love.
All horses adopted from Happy Trails are required to have a companion animal at their new home. We consider appropriate companion animals for horses to be another horse, pony, donkey, mule or goat.
Profile for Billionaire
Looking down the aisle, we saw the hind quarters of a big Belgian sticking out into the aisleway, shaking uncontrollably. We went up to the giant horse and noticed that he could not stand still. He legs were shaking and he was trembling all over. He was rocking back, pulling at the lead that tied him to the wall. I guessed that he had a neurological disease, and was hoping to rescue him to save him from going down in the trailer bound for the slaughterhouse. We wrote down his number, and my heart broke for the handsome boy who was obviously in distress. Number 1265 came up on the auction billboard above the callers booth, and out came the trembling horse. When he was being lead about, his trembling wasn’t as visible. He was declared to be “good broke” and could work with any farm machinery. I jumped in on the bidding. However, an Amish farmer did too, and he seemed determined to buy the horse. I stopped bidding, and the farmer purchased the horse for $250. I approached the new owner, explained who I was and why I stopped bidding against him. I asked him if he saw how unstable the horse was. He admitted that he only saw the shaking of his tail when the horse was lead out of the ring. I gave him my cell phone number and told him to contact me if the horse didn’t work out, for I was sure that the horse was neurologic. A short time later, the Amish gentleman came up to us. “Are you the lady who asked me about the Belgian? There is something definitely wrong with the horse. You can have him if you want him.” He handed me the sale papers. I couldn’t believe it. I thanked him, grateful that he had done the right thing for the horse.
I asked the “officials” in the auction office if I could have a vet come see the horse and put him down if needed. I was told a very stern “no”. I called an Amish friend who lived about a mile away, and asked if I could keep the horse at his farm at least overnight until we could secure a vet. We truly didn’t think the horse would be able to stand for the hour and a half trip back to Happy Trails. He agreed, and we settled the big guy in for the night. The next day we trailered the draft horse a short distance to a local vet clinic, where he was diagnosed with West Niles. A three day treatment was agreed upon, with the understanding that it should help remedy his situation.
Update: Billionaire's diagnosis of West Nile was incorrect. He has gone through thorough testing with the Equine Specialty Hospital on Rapids Road in Burton and was tested for an assortment of neurological diseases. All tests came back negative. The concensus was that he was 1) weak from severe malnutrition and 2) had most likely been physically abused. From what we can tell, his trembling is a fear reaction. The vet actually said that Billionaire may come back as ridable after some time of being worked with and handled . As of today, he is doing great — looking for his forever home. Check out his before and after pictures…
Profile for Butch Whitefeather
About Butch Whitefeather
Butch Whitefeather is a handsome 10 year old grey Percheron gelding. Butch Whitefeather came to Happy Trails through the Amish Horse Retirement Program because he was losing his eye sight in his one eye and not doing great with the team in the field.
However, Happy Trails sent Butch Whitefeather to OSU for eye surgery in 2010 to stop the deterioration of his one eye. The surgery was successful, and he has adjusted quite well at his foster home.
He is very loving and gentle and will be great to ride in an arena. In addition, he knows how to drive and ride under saddle. Butch is an exceptional horse and will require understanding, patience and love regarding his sight restrictions.
Profile for Kate
Kate is a very sweet lady with a lot of love to give. She was rescued right off the meat truck in January 2012. She was very thin and her shoulders were very prominent and close together, lacking muscle tone across her chest. Kate has now gained a great deal of weight and will make a wonderful family pet and a friend for another horse or pony!
Profile for Hiroki
Hiroki is a very polite older gentleman and a fantastic babysitter. He loves to watch over younger horses and likes to keep everyone in line in a quiet, dignifed way. He is very affectionate and loves attention. Hiroki cannot be ridden due to poor suspensory tendons. He does have a good quality of life and has a lot of love to give back to a caring family. Have a horse or two who simply needs a buddy while you're out riding or a lonely horse who needs a friend? Then Hiroki is the horse for you and your family!
Profile for Darlin’ Dixie
About Darlin' Dixie
Darlin' Dixie came to Happy Trails through our Amish Horse Retirement Program. She could no longer pull a buggy the distance she was required to go so her family called the sanctuary to see if we had a stall available. Lucky for Dixie we did! She is a gorgeous mare that has excellent ground manners. Due to arthritis issues, she can no longer carry the weight of a rider. She would make a wonderful companion for another horse and awesome pet. She loves to be talked to and enjoys being groomed.
Would you consider giving this lovely lady a forever home?
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