Posted on Feb 16, 2014
By Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn
We got a call this week, early in the morning, from an animal shelter
officer asking if we would rescue a four year old horse who was
scheduled for euthanasia that day. They said that they were crowded,
the horse was skittish, no one had adopted her in the two months she had
been there and her time was up. We usually take in old horses who are
not rideable, but they killed three horses at this shelter that day and
we wanted to save her before she was killed too.
Jay went to the shelter to pick her up and it was very difficult getting her in the trailer, she was so scared, they could not even get her halter on. But patience won in the end and Jay was able to load her and get her to The Gentle Barn and to safety.
These animals are being thrown away and being put down by no fault of their own. As a society, we are destroying wild pasturelands and robbing horses of their freedom. Then we take them home and make them carry us and, when the economy changes or they get too old they are tossed out for doing no wrong. This sweet mare is still so young and was clearly not shown the compassion that she deserves. We will right that wrong. We apologized to her and asked for forgiveness in the name of our species. We will give her time and show her the kindness and respect that she has always deserved and one day she will exhale, relax, and know peace and happiness.