Welcome home, El Chapo and Dominic

In the hustle and bustle of the move and setting up our new facility, we almost forgot to introduce the two boys who joined us the the last two months of 2015.

12244379_937769052926522_3285220796524732940_oMeet El Chapo and 8 year old OTTB, Chappy for short. Chappy was rescued from auction in 2014 as a stallion with a blown up knee. While we were not the rescue that pulled him, we helped connect them with his track owner and he promptly bought Chappy back.

A year later, now a gelding and with a new owner, Chappy found himself looking for a home once more. While neither the rescue that found him at auction nor TheraPony are responsible for him (he was bought by his former owner, not under rescue contract), we felt that since we had a hand in saving him once, we are not going to let him fall though the cracks again. This horse needed someone to be his safety net from here on out. He is now a TheraPony horse. Whatever the future brings, Chappy will always have a home here

What started our as “he can go straight to the trainer, get trail miles and find a home” turned into Chappy being a permanent resident of TheraPony. Chappy’s swollen knee, at 8 years old, is not just cosmetic. His joint has deteriorated over the last few years since his injury in 2010. We are glad we said yes to Chappy, he definitely should not be ridden ever again or go from home to home. There is no reversing the damage done to Chappy’s joint. All we can do going forward is provide the best care possible to extend his quality of life.

 

12346377_945221168847977_4726338590147562763_nMeet Dominic. He is a 30ish year old gelding who found himself in need of a new home or facing a grim end. The truck was literally coming for this one and he only had days left on his deadline.

Dominic wasn’t purchased from a feedlot, lingered in quarantine, and carted cross country costing thousands. He was literally around the corner.

The oxymoron in this situation is that while never abused or neglected and much loved by their families, horses like Dominic are regarded as farm animals, and slaughter is an acceptable end for them. Just think of them as any FFA animal raised with love knowing that they will be sold by the lb. and being ok with it. His owners are not heartless people, they put down an older horse when it was time and knew Dominic would not do well alone. This is, however, the country and killing a fat seemingly healthy horse and burying him in your back yard is considered a waste. They were grateful the rescue was able to offer him a spot and we are grateful for the opportunity to intercept this horse without having the extra costs of bail, quarantine, and transport.

In life, you always have two choices: do something or do nothing. In this case, doing nothing meant watching a horse at best head to auction and at worst, straight to Mexico. Dominic is now a TheraPony horse.

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Welcome, Mezzanine!

DSC_0003Mezzanine the Thoroughbred was born December 16, 2014, a few months ahead of her due date. Through the dedication of her owners and determination of her vet, Mezzy pulled through and continued to thrive. Although she possesses some very impressive bloodlines, due to her health, Mezzy’s owners decided not to pursue her racing career. Instead, they looked for a home where she would be loved even if she can never be ridden. Although it is our hope that Mezzy will outgrow her condition, TheraPony is committed to this baby regardless of what her future hold. One thing for sure: that future includes no racing and no babies.

Mezzy and Maven have their very own Facebook page Two Worlds, One Family where you can follow their daily lives and adventures.

Splash Into Summer Auction was a success!

Thank you to all the sponsors who sent in items for the Splash Into Summer Auction from near and far. We raised over $1,100 for the ponies!

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Welcome, Maven

DSC_0046Her wild mustang mother was rounded up in February of 2015 in Little Fish Lake, NV and little Baby Mustang was born at a holding facility on April 1, 2015, her freedmen gone. Her mother did not properly care for her, so the baby was raised by a very kind person from the time she was 3 days old. On June 12, 2015, Baby Mustang became a TheraPony horse. Since then, she has made great strides, gaining weight, strength, and improving her health. She may not longer be wild and free, but she has a promise of forever that comes with being a part of TheraPony Family. It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you Maven the mustang, a TheraPony horse

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DSC_0190An easy way to help the horses without too much work: Take a Ziplock bag, empty your pockets of any change at the end of the day, help feed the ponies. It’s that simple. At the end of the month, either drop by for a visit with your baggie of change or cash it in at your local bank and make a donation to TheraPony via check or PayPal.

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Welcome Home, Annie Bananie Mae

DSC_0038Annie Mae is a lovely 16 year old mare who had a wonderful loving family that was faced with a very difficult decision to make. At the end of January, Annie was attacked by one of their rescued dogs with anxiety issues. Her family did all the right things, called the vet right away, started treatment and continued to treat her wounds and infection. Unfortunately, a tiny bite on the back leg developed into a nasty tendon sheath infection resistant to most antibiotics. After two months of treatment, the family simply ran out of funds for what needed to be done next. They also lacked the time Annie’s continued care required. They made the difficult decision to let Annie Mae go. There was no time to spare in Annie’s treatment. She arrived Monday night and started aggressive treatment Tuesday morning. A week later, Annie took a trip to San Luis Rey Equine Hospital for a life-saving surgery. Dr. Jessica Stokes and the vets at SLREH along with you, our village, are true heroes to Annie Mae. Three weeks later, we are very optimistic about her prognosis. It is with greatest joy that we officially introduce the newest member of TheraPony family, Annie (Bananie) Mae.