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Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse

by Sound Equine Options
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Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse
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Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse
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Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse
Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse
Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse
Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse
Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse
Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse
Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse
Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse
Give Health & Purpose to a Neglected Horse
The physical progression of Miles
The physical progression of Miles

Miles has come a long way since Sound Equine Options rescued him from near death in February 2017. His recovery was touch and go at first, but he's blossomed into a happy, healthy horse. He is now in training for our Lucky 7 Training Challenge and doing very well.

 

It has taken many months of proper feeding and veterinary care to get Miles to the point where he was strong enough to train. Now it will take many months more to give him the high-quality humane training he needs to become a safe and dependable riding partner for his future forever home. But giving Miles the time and care he needs to heal and train helps insure he will never find himself in a neglectful and abusive situation ever again.

 

Thank you so much for your generous support. We could not help horses like Miles without it. We wish we could say cases like Miles' are unusual, but unfortunately they are not. It breaks are hearts, but we have to say no more often than we can say yes.

 

With your continued support, we will say yes to horses like Miles whenever we can. If you would like to help us to say yes more often, please consider making a donation on GlobalGiving's Rewards Bonus Day on Wednesday, July 12th. GlobalGiving will be matching 50% of donations—but only while their $110,000 in matching funds remain—so please donate early!

 

Learn more about Miles' story at these links:

 

Miles Rescued by Sound Equine Options https://www.facebook.com/soundequineoptions/posts/10155822662349554

 

Miles Rescued by Sound Equine Options Day1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9tMgB0k-BI&feature=youtu.be

 

The Time & the Care to Heal. The Story of Miles, Part II

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zks29XUcQ0

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Giselle at her new foster home
Giselle at her new foster home

The last 30 days have brought 7 horses to our door needing help.  One of those horses was a little pregnant Indian Reservation mare named Gisele.  She came to us along with 2 other horses from what we call “The Superbowl Rescue”.  On the day of the Superbowl, we were contacted by an adult son caring for his mother’s horses while she was out of the area.  He has distraught as he described finding a dead new foal that morning.  He explained that his mother was a hoarder and that 3 horses had been living in a 24’ x 24’ uncovered area for the past 3 years.  No one was aware that either of the mares were pregnant.

When we arrived we found the horses in a mucky, wet area and the foal dead and very cold on the ground.  Its mom, who we now call Lady Gaga, was underweight and lethargic. Also in the pen where two pony sized horses that we were told his mother had “rescued” as foals from the Indian reservation only to end up in a tiny enclosure.  We named these horses Brady and Gisele. 

Lady Gaga ended up staying at our veterinarian’s office for a week.  Her uterus was badly infected and required daily flushes.  Brady was castrated and little pregnant Gaga was ultrasounded and estimated to be approximately 9 to 10 months in foal. 

Little Giselle stands under 14 hands, is sweet as can be and has a belly that is exploding.  We estimate that she and her foal will be under our care for at least the next 5 to 7 months.  Once Gisele has foaled we will wait until the baby is about 5 months old to wean it.  Once that happens, Gisele will come into the training barn to give her a wonderful start as a ridding pony.  Hopefully that training will make her adoptable and safe for the rest of her life.   It just takes time, love and money. 

Giselle enjoying her foster home
Giselle enjoying her foster home
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Some of the 63 adoptions in 2016!
Some of the 63 adoptions in 2016!

 

As 2016 comes to an end we reflect on our busy year.  Somehow in the middle of 5 law enforcement seizures, the birth of 6 foals, countless new horse intakes, fundraisers and moving the training barn we have adopted out 63 horses.  That makes us feel better, at least we know we are tired for a darn good reason!

December has decided not to give us too much of a break.  Our new training facility continues to make progress but the barn and stalls are not quite completed.  Last week’s icy winter blast meant lots of scrambling to get the horses in from the pasture and into make shift stalls in the arena.  This week’s forecast looks to call for more of the same.

Currently, we are over half way to our $6,000 pasture shelter goal. Once we have the funds secured, construction will start on a 12’ x 48’ loafing shed that will protect the horses from the notoriously frigid east winds. We are so close to having the infrastructure up and running for the horses that will need us again this winter. 

None of this would be possible without amazing supporters such as yourself. May you and your families have the warmest of holidays!

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Rudy & Rachel Jerome
Rudy & Rachel Jerome

SEO’s second annual Lucky 7 Training Challenge was a great success! Congratulations to Rachel Jerome and Rudy, for winning grand champion! The auction was a nail-biter again this year, with Rudy, Freya and Hayden all getting great adopted homes! Thank you to all our trainers, volunteers, adopters and spectators for helping make this adoption event possible.

Sarahlynn Miracle and Carlos won reserve champion. Carlos was not put in the auction after recent x-rays showed that, while greatly improved, his OCD lesion is still there, and will prevent him from competing in rigorous disciplines such as endurance or jumping. He was, however, cleared for dressage and will be going home with Sarahlynn.    

Quest, Jazz and Addie are still available for adoption as riding horses. Quincy is available for adoption as a pasture pet due to lameness issues. Please contact SEO's adoption chair Kelly atkelly@soundequineoptions.org if you are interested in adoption.

Carlos & Sarahlynn Miracle
Carlos & Sarahlynn Miracle
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Some of the 2016 Companion Adoptions!
Some of the 2016 Companion Adoptions!

A truly amazing thing has happened in this year.  Sound Equine Options (SEO) has already found homes for six pasture companion horses. Six does not sound like that many adoptions does it?  In the grand scheme of things it is not, but to SEO board members and volunteers, one companion home is like hitting the lottery!

Americans love their pets.  42% of households own a dog.  35% of households own a cat.  Unfortunately, the potential number of homes for horses drops to below 1% of US households.  Now, take into account the limited number of potential homes for a horse and add in the fact that 95% of those homes want a horse they can ride. Are you starting to see how wonderful and rare these homes are?  

What is a pasture companion horse?  To SEO, it is a horse that one reason or another should not be ridden. Maybe the horse is comfortable in the pasture but when ridden, becomes painful due to arthritis.  Perhaps it is an elderly horse that has never received any training. Occasionally it is a horse that due to previous harsh treatment by humans, will just never quite be secure enough to be safely ridden.  

Where do these horses come from?  In almost every large group of horses that come to us from law enforcement cases, there will at least be one horse that needs to be a pasture companion.  Often, we do not know until we get the horse healthy and start to evaluate if they have had any training.

One of the more frustrating things we deal with is a constant stream of horse owners asking us to take their older horses on because they can’t ride them anymore. “We just need to find a retirement home, for free”.  After years of faithfully packing their owner around, many of these horses get handed off to the first person that will take them.  Often, that person does not have the knowledge or financial means to properly care for them, and the horse suffers. We have ended up with several of these horses after the new owner is charged with neglect.

The average pasture pet stays in SEO care for 1.5 years before we can find them a home.  During that time they take up finances that could be going to help many other more adoptable horses, but we know they deserve a fair chance.  Many of the elderly pasture pets end up being some of the sweetest horses, with the largest personalities that we work with. Hard to believe they were so easily discarded.

So, it is with heartfelt gratitude that we celebrate the kind and generous people that have opened their homes to these deserving horses. We also want you to know that your donations are what have allowed us to give these horses a fighting chance.

Thank You!

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Sound Equine Options

Location: Gresham, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Kim Mosiman
Executive Director
Gresham, OR United States

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