"Cool Shades" was one of our feed lot rescues this summer. The 23-year-old emaciated mare, with a huge hanging broodmare belly, filled with worms and sand, her owners dropped her off stating they had "forgotten to feed her." Pictured is Cool Shades, the day we rescued her.
Well, along with a rescued recipient mare, Cool Shades spent the summer and fall at Barb's facility in Atascadero, til we were able to find the mare permanent placement -- at Vanessa's beautiful ranch in New Mexico, alongside the adorable pony Lucy, another once-emaciated save.
Vanessa sent us this adorable video, with text attached. She states:
"Cool Shades and Lucy graduated out of the quarantine barn and at first I was very nervous for her (Cool Shades) running so hard, I was afraid her heart couldn't take it but the more I watched her the more I was thinking, run girl run, if her heart gave out it gave out with a full belly and a happy loved horse. She was so beautiful running! Her old knee got a bit tired and sore, we gave her some bute to help after. She is living the life, and loving it."
Thank you Vanessa for giving a forever home to such two lovely companions. Horses have so much to give, and life left to live, even when their days of heavy riding are behind them!
Here's Cool Shades, running with joy, likely for the first time in decades: