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Our Results - Rescued to Rehabilitated

Your support is tangible . When horses come into Serenity, they often need intensive medical care and targeted nutrition to help them regain their health and strength. We rely on donations and volunteer support to ensure our rescues have good food, quality medical care and a clean, safe environment to enable them to rehabilitate physically and emotionally before we find them loving forever homes.
 We rescue them like this...
This is Face of Excess. She is an Off-The Track Thoroughbred. When she was found she weighed a little over 780Ibs. She should weigh 1200Ibs so is over 400Ibs under weight. Her body is covered in lice and she has weeping sores from lying in her own manure and urine. 
She was found in a dark stall waiting for the kill buyer to pick her up and take her to slaughter in Canada. She had run at Emerald Downs but just didn't run fast enough.  Faces is 5 in her intake picture.
This is not an unusual story. Thousands of OTTB's are sent to slaughter every year when they break down or are not fast enough to win
 
 
Baby Jahmaal Before ......
 
 
 Jahmaal came in at just 4 monthsi with his Mom, Dove.  He was  underweight and covered in lice.  Although he tried, he could no longer get any milk from his mom.  Dove was just too malnurished to produce milk for him.  Both Dove and Jahmaal were fed a mash along with their hay to help support their weakened immune system.
Dove Before......
  
 
 
Trina Before with Dr.. Evergreen . . .

She was found on a February day abandoned in a field along with 2 other horses.  There was no shelter from the cold, wet  winter weather.  Trina had the worst case of rain rot that our veterinarian had ever seen.  She is emaciated, parasitic, and her hooves have not been trimmed for a very long time.

 Trina After ........>

What a beautiful face!  After six months of rehabilitation Trina has grown her coat back and has gained over 200 lbs.  She is a healthy, gentle mare who loves attention.  Trian has been adopted along with her pasture mate Dove. (above) They will have each other and a loving forever home.

 

 
 
 

Flight to a Star Before .....











Sweet Year Before....






Starry Eyed Prospect Before....







And help them become this...
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This is Faces after a lengthy rehabilitation.  It took six month for this transformation to take place.  She has gained over 400Ibs.She is back to being a content, confident mare and loves attenton. 
 She has been adopted by one of our volunteers and lives a wonderful life with her pasture mate, another Serenity rescue, Jahmaal.(Below)
 
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Baby Jahmaal After.........
Jahmaal is 8 months old in this picture. With the help of a good nutrition plan, Jahmaal has grown a lot.  His dull,  lifeless coat has shine and so do his eyes.  He is a happy well-adjusted little colt. 
 
Dove After.......
 
Trina After....
 





Pasha II Before....

This beautiful black Arab mare was found in the kill pen at the Enumclaw Pavilion waiting to be shipped to slaughter. We could see from her scars that her back legs had  been tied or hobbled probably for breeding.  She is still lactating so we thought she may be pregnant.  She has many injuries on her body and her tongue was nearly completely severed.
We can only guess at the sad existence this mare has endured; giving birth to foal after foal until she was thrown away.
A vet check reveals that she has either aborted or her foal taken and that she has a very serious infection.  She does not want any human near her.
Her kind eye and beautiful face reminded me of my little black arab mare Pasha, who was my companion for many years, and so I named her Pasha II - (Patricia)






Pasha II After....

Pasha II's story is bittersweet.  After a year of rehabilitation and lots of love and attention she is ready to be adopted. She is still wary but she has a kind eye and is stunning.  Pasha was adopted by a wonderful family and went to a very kind and knowledgeable trainer where she excelled.
Unfortunately, after two years with her loving family Pasha II was put to rest.  Like many who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress, something triggered her fear and she lashed out.

Pasha II paid the ultimate price for the cruel treatment she endured at the hands of a human.  A sad reminder that inflicting pain, using restraints and other cruel treatment does not work! 
 
Horses have memories almost as good as an elephant and traumatic events are not forgotten.  Read Temple Grandin, a noted animal expert and advocate for autistic humans; Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human for a brilliant insight into how a horse learns and how trauma affects memory and behavior.


Flight to a Star, an OTTB,  was found in a dark, filthy stall emaciated, covered in lice and had a very large infected cut below her fetlock that was wrapped in a piece of cloth and duct tape.  
She was emaciated, covered in lice and severally depressed.  When Star arrived at Serenity she was 1023Ibs. at 17.2 hands.  She had rain rot, lice, worms, weeping sores and was very malnourished. 
We developed a nutritional plan for Star and had our Veterinarian treated her badly injured leg.  Two surgeries later Star was on her way to normal movement in her fetlock.

Flight to a Star After......

 Here is Star at 1350 Ibs, a shiny coat and a healed fetlock.  Star has been adopted by Madison Grove Farm and works with special needs children.  She has her own Facebook page; Star Madison.  


Sweet Year After....



Starry Eyed Prospect After....