A very handsome Standardbred gelding was brought onto the auction block. He could “do it all” the announcer claimed! He was traffic-safe, kid-safe, good for the women, and an all around great buggy horse. I was sure that someone would pick him for their family horse. The auctioneer called for bids, but received only silence from the crowd. I couldn’t believe it! The horse appeared to be sound, sane, and simply beautiful. The only thing against him was his age – he was said to be 20-years-old. However, for a 20-year-old buggy horse, he was in great shape! The beginning bid was dropped down to $50, and a meat buyer jumped in. I couldn’t let this wonderful, gentle horse go to the killers. In the end we brought him home — home to Happy Trails. What was his life worth? A mere $75. I was completely amazed that such a great horse was slipping through the cracks. I shouldn’t have been surprised. Many healthy horses go to slaughter every week. Editon has a purpose, and there is some person’s life he is destined to change. His life has meaning, and he needed a name to reflect his importance. “Editon” is an Omaha Native American name meaning “standing as a sacred object”. Editon is probably the most gentle horse I have ever had the pleasure of rescuing. He is obedient, quite, docile, unafraid of anything and will definitely make someone an incredible trail horse and can be ridden lightly by a lighter rider.
September 3, 2013: Just received word that it is official! Editon has a new home. It takes a very special person to accept a senior equine into their family. We wish you the best of luck and know that your kindness and love will be paid back tenfold.