Saturn came into our rescue program on August 12, 2010. Saturn is one of 17 horses that survived a horrific trailer accident on the Turner Turnpike on May 18, 2010. Saturn 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.
Saturn is a super sweet, Sorrel, Quarter Horse, Gelding. He is estimated to be 4 years of age. Saturn is one of the horses that broke my heart the minute he attempted to come off the trailer, after finally arriving back in Oklahoma on safe ground. Saturn could barely walk and you can tell that it took every effort possible to just take a few steps. I imagine that this poor boy has been turned out to pasture and left to try and hobble around. You could clearly tell he was in pain. We immediately made arrangements for Saturn to be seen by our Veterinarian the next day. X-rays showed that Saturn has large p3 extensive process fractures and bilateral chronic laminitis with severe subsolar abscesses. Thankfully, his abscesses are healing and the infection is under control. Saturn has been placed in hospital plates on his front feet. He is walking comfortably and gaining more confidence to test his new shoes daily. Saturn will always need to be in front shoes. The shoes will provide comfort and allow him to remain sound on his front legs. Our Veterinarian believes that Saturn will be able to handle light pasture riding in the near future, as long as, he always remains in shoes. Saturn is a complete sweetheart. He handled his twice daily injections with no problems. He never batted eye while doctoring his feet daily. He is a complete love bug and deserves a wonderful, forever, loving family. Saturn has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, hoof maintenance with corrective shoes, x-rays, and teeth floating. We will update as he progresses. Please consider making a donation towards Saturn's rehabilitation.
Update 4/12/2011 Saturn is doing great, he has gained a lot of weight and looks absolutely beautiful. He has come so far since the day he came off that trailer. He is a beautiful, very stout gelding. He is sound with front shoes on and will need to remain in front shoes, however, that does not prevent him from being a wonderful pleasure/trail horse. Saturn will be featured in our upcoming Blaze's Ride to the Rescue Trainer Challenge, scheduled for August 20, 2011. We are so excited to see the next step in Saturn's life. Saturn has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating and hoof maintenance. If you are interested in adopting Saturn, please submit an adoption application or call/email to schedule an appointment to come visit Saturn.
Update May 14, 2011 Saturn was picked for our Blaze's Ride to the Rescue Trainer Challenge. He was chosen by Trainer Jessica Wortham. Jessica will be working with Saturn for the next 100 days, turning Saturn into a dependable riding companion. Jessica will be going against 10 other Trainers in our Trainer's Challenge. Competition is set for August 20th, 2011 at the "Heart of Oklahoma" Shawnee Expo Center. For additional information regarding our Trainers Challenge, please visit our trainer's challenge website and follow your favorite Trainer/Rescue Horse on their journey to competition. Blaze's Ride to the Rescue Trainer Challenge. Saturn will be available for adoption immediately following the competition on August 20th, 2011. Saturn is a sweet boy and loves attention. Saturn has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating and hoof maintenance. If you are interested in adopting Saturn, please submit an adoption application and get your pre-approved status, in order to adopt Saturn or one of our other Rescued Horses competing on August 20th.
Saturn has been adopted to a wonderful family in Sparks, Oklahoma. Saturn was adopted by his Trainer Jessica Wortham. Jessica fell in love with Saturn the moment she came to pick her horse for the Trainers Challenge. Jessica and Saturn have been through so much in the last 100 days, and Jessica knew he was meant to stay home with her. Saturn has retired from Adult riders immediately following the competition, but he is doing what he loves the most and that is being a lesson horse to children with disabilities. We are thrilled that this special boy has a forever, loving home to call his own, where he will always be loved and cared for!
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.