Winston was a 30 y/o Appaloosa gelding we rescued off a free horses page in April 2020. He was near death & we couldn't imagine him ending up at auction or a home who couldn't properly care for him. He was blind in his right eye, partially blind in his left & had skin cancer. Despite extensive vetting & proper nutrition Winston began to decline further in August 2020. After 2 weeks in the ICU on IV fluids, antibiotics, & countless blood samples, it was confirmed that Winston's kidneys were failing & his body was shutting down. We made the decision to euthanize him. He was the most charismatic & lively horse we had in the barn. Just a complete joy. He loved to be loved on & scratched. He was everyone's favorite & we will never have another horse like him. We are all devastated by his passing.
Squirrel was the first rescue from the dude ranch near Fort Davis, TX. He was extremely emaciated & starving to death. The camp took him to the vet & denied the dental care recommended because "he was not worth it". I agreed to pay meat weight to save him. He passed on my way to the camp to pick him up. He starved TO DEATH. I rescued Thunder that trip then all the others headed to slaughter following. What I would have given to give Squirrel the life he deserved.
Thunder was rescued from a dude ranch near Fort Davis, TX. He was extremely lame from improper care at the camp. At age 17 they were dumping him at slaughter for lameness. We rescued him for meat weight. Radiographs showed progressed ring bone in both front pasterns. Fusion and any treatment would have caused excruciating pain for months if not years. Even on pain medications & with special shoes walking was painful for him. He laid down most of the day & with the heaviest hearts we euthanized him to end his suffering. He died loved & pain free. He was spared a horrific death at a Mexican slaughter plant & we know he was thankful.
Doc was a 25+ year old gelding we rescued from the Stanley Bros slaughter operation. After rescue, we discovered Doc had pleuropneumonia. He was admitted into ICU & despite weeks of treatment his lungs continued to fill with fluid & become necrotic. No amount of money could have saved Doc. The only peace I have is that he died loved & peacefully. Despite being with us for less than 2 months Doc was my heart horse & always will be.
Mystery was our first rescue & the reason we started Freedom Reins. We found her in April 2016 on an abandoned lot in the inner city of Houston. She had no food or water & was a body score 1/10. After 3 days with no water, we decided to take actions into our own hands & take her. She was 23 years old at the time of rescue & underwent multiple sinus surgeries & dental procedures. She gained over 300 lbs. She was with us 3 wonderful years before we euthanized her due to age related decline.