Yesterday, Athena come for a visit.
Athena is a 3 year old Buckskin Appendix mare. She is a nurse foal. This is one of the reasons that I am doing this blog- to help horses like Athena.
Athena was born as a bi-product. Immediately after she was born, she was taken away from her mother. Athena was lucky that a rescue took her. Others like her are shot and thrown into “foal”pits or taken to auction for meat or their pelts. Another foal was then given to her mother to nurse. In turn, that foal’s mom was bred again- and so the cycle goes on.
This is not against the law, it is common in the Thoroughbred industry, and it is appalling. I hope that by bringing awareness to it that it will stop.
That wasn’t the worst thing that has happened to Athena- believe it or not. After she was rescued, she was adopted out to well intending people who then didn’t feed her enough. Two weeks ago she was taken back by the rescue because she was starving.
And now she is here, to get healthy and learn how to be a good citizen. She’ll do Parelli with us, get started under saddle, and we’ll help her find a good home. This is where you come in.
I will let you know about her progress and hope to find her a good home in a couple of months- will keep you updated.
The Hungry Horseman