Sometimes recovery takes a long time. At After The Homestretch, we are in no hurry to place a horse. Rehabilitation takes as long as it takes. A horse is naturally a “herd” animal, seeking other horses for safety, but when a horse knows it is vulnerable, it will isolate itself for safety–knowing it is weak against a possible opponent. Such was the case of Sandy. He became withdrawn and would put his ears back when approached by other horses.
Then Buddy arrived. His former owner said after a colic, Buddy was unable to gain weight. He, too, was lethargic, obviously needing to put weight on and get strong again. Buddy and Sandy were not together but when each started to get better, we noticed their true personalities. Both were gentle, kind and non-assertive. After each of them got strong enough we decided to put them together….and as we hoped, they trusted each other and became inseparable!! They ate together, drank from the same bucket together, played together and groomed each other.
Our ultimate dream was that a family would adopt them together….enter: The Dixons — dad Scott, mom Connie, and daughter Amanda, started volunteering at After The Homestretch. Connie had grown up with horses and Amanda was taking riding lessons. Mom and dad wanted to get a horse for Amanda and Buddy was their goal for her. Circumstances worked out that they were able to adopt Buddy and Sandy together — Buddy for Amanda and Sandy for Connie.
What a win-win-win outcome!!