Rhythm came into our rescue program on August 12, 2010. Rhythm is one of 17 horses that survived a horrific trailer accident on the Turner Turnpike on May 18, 2010. Rhythm along with 29 other horses were headed to Mexico on that horrible day, fated for slaughter. Unfortunately, 11 died instantly or had to be euthanized on scene of the wreck, 2 later died once they were transported back to the kill buyers property in Missouri. It is horrible to think that an overturned semi trailer is a blessing. But to these surviving 17 horses that horrific day is what ultimately saved their lives. These beautiful horses were given a second chance. These horses have remained in the custody of the kill buyer in Missouri until August 12th, all pictures posted are from the day of arrival into our rescue program and our Veterinary Day, which was 4 days after arrival. Thanks to HSUS for assisting us in our efforts to gain custody of these wonderful horses. It is a blessing to provide these horses a chance to be adopted and given the opportunity to be loved and someone's companion, such as many once were before being sold at a Livestock Auction in Missouri and Illinois. Many still wear their scars and wounds on them from that horrible day. Nothing about the Slaughter industry is humane. These horses not only suffered a horrible trailer wreck, but it is clear that they received little to no care while waiting at the Kill buyers to make that awful transport again. Thankfully, their horrible road to hell has ended and now we are providing them the care that they deserve, so that wonderful families can enjoy these sweet, sweet horses. It only takes a few minutes to look into these horses eyes and see the love, fear, uncertainness, and forgiveness that they have to offer. They will send you a message of thanks daily, from a simple nicker to a loving caress. Please note that the 17 horses are located in foster care. If you are interested in adopting one of these horses, please notify us, so that we can make arrangements to get that particular horse here at our facility to be seen.
Rhythm is a super sweet, Black, Tennesee Walker, Mare. She is estimated to be 5 years of age. Rhythm is currently with Natural Horsemanship Trainer Robert Hayes. Rhythm is a beautiful girl and very sweet. However, Rhythm does kick and we feel that it is in her best interest, as well as, a potential adopters, to have her started over with her training. I am sure that Rhythm has many reasons that she feels it is necessary to kick. After everything that this poor girl has been through, I can honestly say I don't blame her. No one has given her a reason to trust, up until now. We are taking the steps to show that their are other options available. Maybe Rhythm has always kicked, maybe the owners felt that they were not equipped to deal with that behavior. Every horse deserves a family that is going to take every step possible to correct the problems and be part of the solution. We feel that Robert can work with her and get her mind focused on the positive. She is truly a beautiful girl and just needs someone to show her that they can be trusted. I am simply amazed at how much Rhythm knows. She is not spooky at all. She handled a tarp being thrown on her and she never flinched. She is broke to ride and has a beautiful gait. This girl has been through some extensive training at one point. If only she was able to talk and tell us what happened. Robert will continue to work with her over the next 30 days. Rhythm has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, hoof maintenance, and teeth floating. We will continue to update as she progresses with her adoption status.
Update 3/20/2011 -- Rhythm continues to stay with horse trainer Robert Hayes. Unfortunately, we can not post any great progress with Rhythm. Sadly, whatever has happened to her in the past, she is not able to let go of. Rhythm will NOT be placed for adoption, as she is extremely dangerous. She does not give warning as to when she may kick. She usually approaches you and all seems well and she will turn and double barrel with both back feet kicking you. She does not have an issue with other horses, only humans. She simply CAN NOT be trusted and we feel that she poses too much of a risk to adopt out. We do not want to see anyone get hurt. She will remain with the trainer until further notice and we pray that she will eventually see all the positive behavior from humans and change her habits. However, I don't feel that she will ever be a horse that you can fully trust. We will continue to update as she progresses.
Rhythm has been adopted to a wonderful family in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Rhythm has overcome a lot of obstacles this last year with trainer Robert Hayes. Robert stated that she was one of the most psychologically damaged horses he has ever known. While Rhythm was with the trainer, she found her forever family that Rhythm has desperately been seeking. Rhythm's adoptive mom states: "Robert has asked me hundred times why this horse? She's beautiful, misbehaved, broken hearted, and sometimes dangerous but the real reason.....I understand! We are two peas in a pod. If you act bad enough and push eventually everyone will leave........finding the one person you don't scare or drive away......priceless!" It has truly been a blessing to see Rhythm advance in her training and now see that she has a forever, loving home that she deserves. She is still not 100% trustworthy, but the connection between Rhythm and her adoptive family is truly remarkable.
Please call or email to schedule an appointment to visit the horses currently available in our rescue program. We are generally available by appointment Monday - Thursday after 5:30 and anytime Friday - Sunday. We do maintain full time jobs, so we are not always available on weekdays. Please be patient with us and we will return your call/email as soon as possible.