(Picture above is of Joey at auction April 2017)
What’s the story? TIER is a rescue/sanctuary for mistreated, abandoned, unwanted, neglected horses & donkeys in need of a safe place to land, room to breathe without unjust demands or the need for defense and to be able to heal. A place to mend, be loved, cared for, and given a chance to be valued for who they are. Bits & Pieces.
I always wonder what their journey has been like prior to them coming to TIER. Sometimes, I wish they could talk to tell me if they were ever loved by a person, some of the friends they’ve made and had to leave behind, what happened for them to end up in the situation(s) that brought them to us, etc. On the other hand, I am glad some of them that arrive in deplorable shape physically, mentally, spiritually damaged and broken cannot tell me what they have experienced as I might find myself behind bars! Sigh. And yet, for most of our residents, they are again willing to trust?
How does a small rescue help them to mend and do right by them? Simple BASIC CARE: Feed, Vet, Farrier, Dental, Exercise, Socialization & Love. None of which could happen without Donations, Supporters and Volunteers. I have to believe there is more good in this world than there is bad. Unfortunately, the bad seems to get more attention and drama. But, it is because of Good People, Donations, Supporters and Volunteers that we CAN help a few horses.
Bits & Pieces. For 20 years, the majority of the horses that have arrived here have no back story. Or, the story we do have in incomplete with huge blanks of time tarnished with deceit, deflection, excuses. Most of them do not come to us with even a name! If we are fortunate and the horse or donkey has a legible brand or tattoo, we can sometimes at least find out where they started out (race records, ranch info, BLM area they came from, etc.). In the case of Ranch or Race Horses, from time to time, we are able to glean information about a horse’s breeding and heritage…their identity. Who they are!
Someone, Somewhere knew/knows these horses! There are times that someone recognizes them from the pictures we post and they contact us. In that case, we can get a small part of their story. Bits & Pieces
Let’s look at the newest TIER resident. His new name is Joey. He was listed on Craigslist as a free horse needing a home because his owners were moving and he needed to be gone by that weekend. A neighbor of ours was looking for a first horse for their son and had seen the ad with no pictures and asked if we thought it was a suitable horse for their son. Since these nice folks were new to horses, TIER contacted the owner to gather more information. Owner was pleasant, told us the horse needed groceries, was prone to abscesses, probably needed his teeth done and sent us pictures. They said they had acquired the horse at auction a few months prior and then said maybe 8 months prior. They indicated that he was thin when they bought him. They told us he was gentle, their kids had ridden him but that when the man of the family mounted him the horse buckled. They told us he needed probably needed chiropractic care and there might be something going on with his hip because of the way he walked. Bits & Pieces
The pictures arrived. He was quite thin in the pictures. We did not feel that this horse was in good condition for a first time horse owner, and we could not turn a blind eye to his need. We again contacted the owner and arranged transport the next day. Our transporter, the lovely and always there for the horses, Dana, picked him up, called me and said “You are going to cry”. As expected, he was thinner than the original pictures.
STILL READING? Thanks to the help of another rescue, pictures were found of when Joey went through auction in April 2017. He arrived at TIER with the same halter seen in these auction photos. Almost a year ago this horse was in decent weight and was ridden through the auction. Bits & Pieces
According to the tattoo on his upper lip, he is a 15 year old Thoroughbred named Smoke N Wagers. We know he was born in 2003, last raced in 2008, earned a little over 25k. From 2008 until he was purchased at auction in 2017 we know nothing of his story. We will know the rest of his story and are grateful that he is here at TIER. He appears to be a very kind and gentle horse.
The neighbor family that originally contacted us about his Craigslist ad are very interested in adopting him, have been over here twice a day since his arrival. Of course, adoption will be some time down the road of recovery…once he has healed, gained weight, seen the dentist, chiropractor and continual care of his feet. They are learning about horses and will be involved in Pony Club to learn even more. They plan to have a trainer for both the family and Joey…that is if he is sound for riding. Please, keep your fingers crossed for Joey.