This is an update from All About Equine Rescue.
All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.
This cute little guys is Diesel. He came to AAE with two of his buddies way back in 2016. Of all of our adoptable horses, Diesel has been here the longest waiting for his person to arrive. He’s about 10 now, and he’s such a cute lil’ guy. His situation is challenging as he has some baggage. First, some history.
The trio was originally part of a herd in the Carson National Forest in New Mexico, and they were rounded up and moved around by the US Forest Service. Some of the gathered horses were adopted and a small group who weren’t adopted in NM were transported to Solvang, CA for a wild horse gentling program at Monty Roberts International Learning Center (MRILC). They group was rather sickly when they arrived. After the program and much improved, some of the horses were adopted but Diesel and his two buddies were not. The USFS considered their stay at MRILC their third adoption attempt and third strike. They found their way to AAE, instead of being listed on Craigslist for $25 (as was requested by the USFS).
Diesel returned to MRILC in 2017 to participate in another program. Unfortunately, he became lame in the hind end, so his stay was cut short. He returned to AAE, and he was put on stall rest for a few weeks. Sadly, on his follow-up vet visit, Diesel was diagnosed with Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis or EPM.
Diesel was treated, but the EPM caused irreparable damage, and he has residual neurologic deficits that make him unsafe as a riding horse. That said, he’s still a spunky yet kind young man. Sadly, he’s still untrusting of humans, but he has quite the playful and curious personality that makes him a fun liberty horse! He’s terrified of ropes and 1st touches. We joke lightheartedly about his 5,940,392 first dates. When he’s in a small area, he’s halterable with a slow approach. When he’s worked with consistently, he improves. He’s been living in a herd situation, and he regresses quickly when turned out. That said, he’s always one of the first to show up when someone’s in his pasture. He wants interaction, but fears it. Given ample time, patience, and persistence, he’ll come around. Once he does, his sweet personality will shine ever so bright!
Diesel is current with vaccines, deworming, and hoof and dental care and he has a microchip. He’s so ready for a person of his own.
Diesel is a wonderful horse. As a non-riding horse with special needs, Diesel has had a more difficult time finding the perfect home. He needs someone who is patient and willing to give him lots of love and daily interaction. Consistency and continuity are key. A mustang experienced person is a must.
If you think you and Diesel would go together like peanut butter and jelly, please visit his page to learn more, and submit an “Adoption Inquiry”.
Can’t adopt? Sharing his story is so helpful, too! Maybe your family member, friend, or co-worker would be his perfect match!
You can also sponsor him to help cover his care costs until he is adopted. Sponsorships help give us the stability and flexibility we need to make sure we can take our time finding the right home for each of our adoptable horses.
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