The following is from All About Equine Rescue:
All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc.
A RAGS TO RICHES STORY:
It’s only been a couple of weeks since we told Whiskey’s story, but we are so proud of the progress this guy is making, we need to give him another update!! Whiskey is truly going to be a rags to riches story; as a matter of fact, he already is. (Don’t miss his video, below).
Whiskey came to AAE through a nearby law enforcement situation. He is an estimated early-teen Arabian gelding. He was a stallion when he arrived, and he was a difficult one at that. He’d been neglected, beaten/abused, and despite his former family’s attempts to rehome him, no one wanted Whiskey. He was tied with a rope around his neck, and he walked in circles for years. They said no one was able to halter him, and he was mean.
When we picked him up, he accepted a halter fairly easily, though being at the end of a rope made it much easier. He was hesitant, but given a little time, he loaded into the trailer willingly. He knew he was going somewhere better.
The easy was short lived. Once at AAE, he turned into a bit of a “donkey”. He snarled his nostrils and lips, he pinned his ears, and he charged with intent at anyone approaching him or his food. Likewise, walking a horse anywhere nearby triggered him. He was a bit of a beast. It was understandable, but far from appropriate behavior. It’s not often we say dangerous, but he was, and he was truly one strike away from euthanasia. Euthanasia isn’t something we take lightly. We’ve never euthanized a horse for dangerous behavior, and this was only the second time it was seriously considered since AAE was founded.
Thank goodness, once he was castrated, he had a change of heart…or a change of brains. Whatever it was, we got the change we’d hoped for and so, so much more! This guy has made such a heart-warming turn-around. He’s becoming much more of a model (equine) citizen. He is still a work in progress, but by leaps and bounds, he’s a different horse. He’s housed without issues in his own paddock between a mare and two ponies (a mare and a gelding). He takes casual walks around the paddocks and pastures near other horses without acting out. He’s responsive when he needs to be. He’s learning, he’s willing, he’s trying, and he’s accepting so many new things. It’s such a pleasure to see such an incredible change, and now we can see so much potential ahead. Whiskey still has much to learn, but he’s enjoying the process!
We’re excited to keep him moving forward, but Whiskey is available for adoption to an experienced home where he and his human partner can work together to develop a lifelong relationship.
If you’re interested in a different kind of partner, check out our other available horses below and on our website.
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