This weekend there was an open house at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center (click here). It's a safe haven for horses that have been removed from an abusive situation by law enforcement officials. The goal is to get these horses healthy, and to make them good candidates for adoption through training.
The facility was donated by the big-hearted owner of Harmony Sporthorses. Talk about giving back. It's 168 acres, and it's top notch.
Walking up to the Adoption Barn,
there are pens to the left.
Inside, there are stalls with attached runs.
Each horse had a sign with his name, photo,
and a bit about him.
There's also a huge indoor arena in the Adoption Barn.
Read no farther if you are a big softie like me, and can't bear
these horse's stories.
The horses all have heartbreaking stories. I will spare you the worst. Many were from foreclosures, where the owners moved out and left the horses behind. Some weren't found for months.
Pretty Harley here was one of 23 mares and stallions in a field. In addition to starving, the stallions were trying to kill each other. Harley was so terrified, he'd rather go through a fence than be touched. And when the flight instinct didn't work, he opted for fight, attacking the rescuers. I wish you could see him now, loose, following his trainer around like a puppy dog. He was smitten.
This pinto was kept in a stall and never let out. Not once.
And the stall was never cleaned. Not once.
For 3 years.
I am so thankful for the good guys.