These are the horses that we saved and who have been successfully re-homed.
Blind Orka was rescued after spending 15 years being injected with snake poison to produce snake bite antidote for years before she failed her titer test. Now she is happily re-homed.
At only 5 years old Liverpul found himself surplus to requirements and was sadly being auctioned off for either meat or to another owner - most likely to be destined for years of abuse and mistreatment. He is the type of horse expected to pull loads far too heavy for him. When he tires or falls down exhausted he will be beaten into getting up. When he can no longer get up, he will be sent to the meat man.
We were fortunate enough to prevent that from happening and were able to give him a chance to enjoy life and be loved and cared. He is now happily re-homed.
Milo was spotted tangled in rope that his mother was tied up with - he was more dead than alive. We wanted both mother and him but sadly by the time donations came in, his mother was dead He was only 45 or so days old and we had no idea if he would survive. Miraculously he did! and is doing wonderfully . He's not scared of anything and loves to scratch his bum under the hammock!
Ankona, like Arap is rare 'Nonius' breed. She is so overbred and now too old to foal she was going to end up slaughtered but now she will have a lovely peaceful retirement. She's very very shy around people, who knows what she's been though.
Update June 2016:No with Shira enjoying their retirement with an elderly retired gentleman who needed help with keeping his grass trimmed on his huge property.
Shira was sold by the kilogram to the meat man so we stepped in and rescued her. We dont understand why she was sold for meat... because she was so thin.
update: Less then a year on and look at these old ladies Shira and Ankona,now ! They're fully enjoying their retirement with an elderly retired gentleman who needed help with keeping his grass trimmed on his huge property!
Gwen's mother is Aria when we found her she was 6 years old and was used in a riding school. They were overstocked so she was sold to be slaughtered. On the way to the slaughter house she went into labour. Her owners took her off the truck and let her foal. They were going to wean the foal and sell it, then send her back to slaughter. We stepped in and got both the mother & babay - Aria and Gwen.
Gwen has nowbeen sucessfuly re-homed!
You helped us save Chance from being slaughtered earlier this year and now we have some wonderful news to share but we'll start at the beginning of his story.
Chance is a native Serbian breed known for its strength, despite being on the small size. They are used as working horses and unfortunately for him, his owner was a logger. This meant that chance pulled logs in the forest all day long, the load was as heavy as him if not heavier at times.
One day he injured himself and there was no way he could pull the heavy load. His owner didnt even bother calling the vet, once he realised Chance would never be able to pull the logs again, he sold him on cheaply to the local dealer.
No one came looking to buy an injured emaciated horse. The next stop for Chance was the slaughter house.
This is where his luck changed. Once we found out that he was going to be sent for slaughter, we asked for your help to buy him and the help of @Azil za konje "Staro Brdo" - Equine sanctuary "Old Hill" to take care of him. Chance arrived to the sanctuary a very skinny and shy little stallion but he was alive and we knew everything else could be fixed!
The sores from ill fitted equipment slowly faded and he slowly put on weight. The sanctuary volunteers and the vet's were happy with his progress. In no time, he was ready to be castrated and rehoming.
In August this year we met Chance ourselves and were impressed with how well he looked, as well as how sweet he was once he realised we were nice and were not going to hurt him. We didnt really think he'd be easy to rehome because he was rather 'plain' looking and his story wasnt all that interesting. It is just a typical life for a horse in Serbia for the most part. Work for a living, and when you cannot work, be sold for your flesh.
So, imagine how thrilled we were last weekend when we heard he's got a forever home in Serbia? His new owners have some goats and rabbits and were looking for a horse who was happy living on his own to help with the grass cutting duties.
The sanctuary volunteers felt that he'd be more than up for that job! He preferred being on his own at the sanctuary and was always busy stuffing his face with grass.
His new owners are thrilled and already love him! Chance is the chief grass cutter and seems very pleased ! He will enjoy the rest of his life as a pet, loved and cared for; he will never have to work and he will never be beaten and starved again.
Chance, really did get a new chance in life, thanks to you !