By Amy Kathleen Miller
I have a couple of different “horse angles” in my blog article this week, one that shares a great concern of mine lately and one with a lighter touch.
My opening story will be about a horse I helped rescue. When I first saw Milo as I went jogging along a fence line, he was very tall and very emaciated and sad-looking. His hooves were overgrown, with shoes partially off or completely off of one hoof, his head drooped because of lack of energy, his ribs were protruding, he had a drooping back with back bone sticking up high, and hip bones sticking out. The woman who had him was a person who made money off of selling horses for clients and then getting her cut out of the final sale of that horse.
“Ahh, just sell him to the meat packers,” is what the neglectful owners said about this poor horse.
I fell for this poor soul and wanted to help him have a different outcome than going to the meat packers. In doing my research on horse slaughtering in Canada versus Mexico, I’ve found that neither one is very humane.
I searched hard, did a lot of convincing, and found him a wonderful owner with my friend Amber, who is an awesome horse enthusiast, not to mention an amazing horse trainer. Her true colors showed through for this horse. Amber didn’t like his original name so she named him Milo. The name fit.
The first challenge she found and searched for a solution with him was aggression from Milo toward her and people in general. But her determination to find the answer paid off tenfold, she eventually found out that he had a stomach ache. She wormed him once but then eventually wormed him a second time with different paste and the aggression stopped. After that, the aggression never reared its ugly head again.
Amber put him on a stomach calming diet. The last worming medication was also the trick to take away any stomach problems. Milo became a dream horse after this. He was checked by a vet, put on an exercise program, and was loved regularly by Amber. Milo fell head over heels for Amber because — for the first time in a long time — he was loved again. Milo used to be an eventing horse who did jumps, some dressage, and cross-country. But he was so unloved for at least the last five years, once he fell into Amber’s hands he was at last loved once more.
Amber bathed him, exercised him, brushed him, and Milo loved it. He even got some time where he could wander around an indoor arena and was able to look at himself in the mirror. He admired himself, I was told, which he did on a regular basis. Then he would roll around in the sand. He just had fun going wherever he wanted. But then to end this great little harmony between Amber and this horse, who needed a lot of healing, the owners of the boarding stable made the environment suddenly toxic for Amber. They no longer wanted an emaciated horse on their premises. To them it made them look bad. They said animal control officers would call them. I don’t know if this was true, but all you would have to tell anyone is that he is a rescue and he had a vet examine him. But they then made it hard for Amber to work with him. Amber decided she had to find Milo a new home and save up to buy her own horse property so she doesn’t have that experience again.
Our search started and it took months for me to find a wonderful place for Milo. After searching high and low for sweet Milo, wondering if I could ever place him with someone to trust, Karen O’Donnell of the Friends in Need Animal Rescue and Sanctuary stepped forward to save him. However, she has rescued many animals and needs tax deductible donations for Milo. Because Milo’s care is crucial, he is going to need a lot of feed and vet care. But Karen has done another recent rescue of a yearling colt who was found abandoned and with an injured eye that may need surgery to remove it. This is a very worthy cause. The money could be sent to Friends in Need at this address: 5194 North Lake Mountain Road, Eagle Mountain, Utah, 84005. You can write “For Milo” in the memo, and it is a tax deductible organization. I am hoping I can get many donations for Milo and all the other animals that they help. Or you can donate through PayPal at the Friends In Need Animal Rescue website at http://friends-in-need.org/
My next topic — on the lighter side — is where I want to share with you the next trick I have taught Cheyenne. How many of you know how to properly introduce yourselves to any new person you could meet? Well, let Cheyenne and I show you how and you shouldn’t have any problems with it. I hope you enjoy watching this trick, and I will be excited to show you many more tricks that Cheyenne can do.
Editor’s Note: “Amy’s Angle” is a weekly Wednesday feature in this blog.
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