Diamond arrived at BHR on May 31, 2013. Diamond is a very sweet, nine year old, Palomino who had a very rough start to the year but landed right side up when two wonderful ladies took her under their 'collective wing'. They have provided Diamond with excellent care and she is now on the road to recovery.
Diamond has arthritis in her knees and was diagnosed with navicular after her shoes were left on for an extended period of time with no hoof care or farrier work. During this time she was being ridden despite her pain. Diamond is now recovering and doing much better but still has quite a way to go. Diamond will be continuing her rehab at Blue Horse Rescue until she is ready for a new home where she will be loved and receive the care she needs.
Sunny arrived at Blue Horse Rescue on December 23, 2012 during a nasty winter storm. Sunny has joined Sapphire, the very second horse to come to Blue Horse Rescue for training and the skills she will need to be successfully adopted into a wonderful home. Sunny was part of a rescue on the day after Christmas in 2010. She is now three years old and a Paiute mustang.
LuLu - Our Permanent Resident
What can I say about LuLu! LuLu is a nine year old QH mare and one of the kindest, most gentle, horses I have ever met. She has great patience, much humility, a calm temperament and is the most forgiving of teachers to both young horses and people. I know this first hand because she has tolerated and corrected not only my mistakes but also my young horse Patriot, who is on his way to becoming a more knowledgeable herd member. (I love him dearly, but right now he's a punk!) To this day, she lets him know when he is somewhat over the top, and believe me Patriot can go there in a heartbeat. LuLu reminds him firmly and justly that he still has some manners to learn, and believe me, he gets it! And yes, I get it too. I know LuLu will be the perfect calming influence to settle and teach the young horses during their time at Blue Horse Rescue and she will also be a great companion to the older horses. There's nothing this girl likes better than just hanging out with her buddies and relaxing. We consider ourselves very lucky to have LuLu as our first and permanent resident at Blue Horse Rescue.
LuLu is our one mare that is not available for adoption. LuLu came to us with a history of lameness issues and severe arthritis in her knees. She is presently spending her days on an acre and a quarter and her comfort is our #1 priority. LuLu's one challenge this past year has been weight and we have started an exercise program that will hopefully shed the pounds and keep her knees comfortable - quite the challenge.
If you ever meet this mare, you can't help but fall for her. She is definitely an old soul and a wonderful teacher. I have promised her she will live her days in peace and as naturally as possible. She is my mentor, my balance, my female soul mate, and being an excellent judge of human & equine character, a great teacher for all.
Patriot - Our Ongoing Inspiration
Patriot deserves a mention and a big thank you for bringing me to this point in my journey with horses. He's a four year old TB/something that I adopted when he was approximately 18 months. Cute, gentle, kind and ... yes, cuddly, sort of summed him up. Oh, and I forgot to mention, at the time, extremely small for his age. Needless to say, he quickly found his way to my heart and it was soon after that my learning process began. It was also about the same time that he began to grow, and grow, and grow! Almost over night, sweet and cuddly began to transition into adolescent, opinionated and suddenly very big. I think you know where I'm heading with this. In all fairness, I'd been warned, but I never thought all those warnings would ever apply to me and "sweet little P"! My most memorable words of advice, that I didn’t listen to, were: “If it’s not cute at a 1000 lbs, it’s not cute at 200!” If only I had listened! I don't think any species escapes adolescent attitude, and that especially includes horses. At this point I realized I was way in over my head and needed help. I did find help and during the past year (yes, it’s been that recent) realized that sometimes you just have to admit, “I don’t have the skills and this is about to go really bad for us both. I need help!”. Like I said, I found the help I needed and life has taken a dramatic change for the better, but for a while, the stress we were both feeling was huge.
Out of this experience an idea began forming. I had always wanted to start a rescue or sanctuary, but had always leaned towards the older souls. It was now that I began to see a real need for not only rescuing young horses from disastrous circumstances but taking it a step further and giving them a good start at becoming willing and safe partners for life. I remember the day I asked my instructor that one breathless question. “Would you be willing to help me start a rescue that not only saves these young horses, but also gives them a really great foundation?” She thought for what seemed like a very long moment and said “yes”. With a great sigh of relief, the concept behind Blue Horse Rescue was born.
Although not a part of Blue Horse Rescue, Patriot is definitely the ongoing inspiration and, like Blue Horse Rescue, a work in progress. Our journey together is a life long commitment - he keeps me out of my comfort zone and on my toes! I can’t help but move forward on my journey, even on those days where I just don’t want to, and for this I thank him. Because of him, I strive, with the help and dedication of others, to be able to give once ‘unwanted’ young and older horses a healthy and confident opinion of life and the desire and willingness to become the best human/equine partners they can be.
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