More and more in these dreadful economic times, we are seeing horses suffering and being forgotten. We work closely with our local Animal Control and we are often asked to asses situations and take in horses.
In these situations, it takes all our resources and the whole team to care and help these animals. When a family can no longer take care of their horses, we urge them to get help or place with us for rehoming BEFORE the horse gets to a 'rescue' stage. Once the horse reaches this level of emaciation and sickness, the family/owner is often too embarrassed or ashamed to then ask for help, and so, it gets even worse.
Over the last few years, SCS has helped over 50 very sick horses, as well as rehomed many healthy ones. We have paid for three surgeries and countless shots, farrier visits, coggins and dental treatments. We do not accept donations, we consider this our 'give back' . Rescue & Rehab is rewarding for our whole team. We all have a hand in getting them back to health and finding them a home.
Questions? Please contact us anytime! We look forward to hearing from you.
Our most recent happy ending, January 2015 we paid a small fortune for this big guy, very thin and weak in his back end, but we saw something in him and took a chance. He was a 17.2hh dutch warmblood
So our journey with Optimus Prime begins, we poured money into this gentle gentle boy, He had been living with cows and surviving on winter grass with no nutrition, no hay, no grain. We started him off on 4 small meals a day to get him used to grain and then eventually to 3 huge meals of very high fat grain. He had the farrier every 4 weeks to help with his feet and the theraplate every two weeks to help with muscle gain. Dr Dillard did his teeth and checked him over for us. Everybody helped in his rehab.
It wasn't long before he started to feel better
It wasn't long until we could start to ride this big boy, and what an education he had!!
At last, our big boy was ready to leave
Meet some of our most special clients on the 'Pony Tails' page, thier stories will make you laugh and cry
'I'll help unload the feed!'
Lance was found by Nikki chained to a tree, no food or water. He was brought home and had the dentist for major work on his teeth. After a few weeks of getting him stable, Lance went to live at a racehorse farm with one of our key team members Gina Crawford.
We received a call from Animal Control at the beginning of the summer, about a very sick horse. They asked if we could come and get him, they said the horse was very weak, emaciated and dehydrated. We began to hook the trailer to head out for him, when animal control called back and said he had gone down and would probably be put to sleep. We carried on anyway and by the time we got there he had gotten up, although very wobbly on his feet.
We named him Artic Fox, and after two weeks of intensive care, we knew this beatiful gelding was not only going to make it but was going to be very special.
Mr Artic Fox, are they fat rolls I see....?
Artic Fox now lives 5 miles away from us and we receive regular photos and up dates of his progress
These are just some of the horses who have come into our lives and touched our hearts. Some of these horses have gone on to be champions and all are loved.
If you are having difficulty looking after your equine friend and are worried what will happen to him, please do not hesitate to call us. You will not be judged and we will help.
If you would like to place a horse with us for rehoming or rehab, then please call and will assist in any way we can.
We will spend time helping the horses recover mentally and physically, bringing them back to health and work with the time and resources they need.
Call Nikki on 352 587 1369
More Optimus Prime
''Gentle and grateful, such is the nature of a rescued horse''
We could not have imagined a better home for Optimus, in March this year he found a 13 year old girl called Savanna and it was love at first sight for both