Some of our rescue horses....
Laurel Lee (the one who started it all)
Laurel Lee was ground zero for me. She was our first rescue from a farm in Floyd more than 16 years ago, where she and over 20 other horses had been beaten and starved nearly to death. When she first came to us she was so afraid of people she would tremble whenever we got near her. After lots of hard work and love Laurel Lee soon became one of the best horses we have ever had. She is so reliable we can put a nervous beginner on her with no concerns. She has a heart of gold and wants only to please her humans. Laurel Lee is currently used as a lesson horse. We are truly blessed to have her in our lives!
Carmen is a young Standardbred mare that is almost 17h. She came to us in late August of 2011 with three other horses. She was originally purchased at a horse sale in NC as a research horse. Carmen was adopted out when the research concluded. Her adopting parents had her for about two years but were not experienced enough with horses to train her. They attempted some training only to find that Carmen was very bossy and quick to learn that if she acted threatening to people they would stop what they were doing and leave her alone. It didn't take long for Carmen to figure out how to get what she wanted when she wanted it, For those two years she ruled the roost. Then her parents found themselves in a difficult financial situation, no longer able to care for their horses. As a result, Carmen and her other horse family members came to live with us. It took a few good trims to get her feet back to looking normal. It has taken a bit more time to get her to understand that humans are the boss. It turns out that Carmen has a sweet side few knew she had. She is now one of the first to greet you in the field. She also respects her handler's space, even when they are carrying a big bucket of grain! Carmen is lovely on the trail and we use her regularly in our Ride-a-Rescue program.
Jake is a beautiful Spotted Tennessee Walking Horse cross that came to us in December of 2010. He was three years old when we got him. He has the cutest almost-heart-shaped marking on his side. Jake's former owners decided to find him a new home because he was doing nothing but hanging out in the field, not being used. His mother was a great speed racking horse and we hope that he will someday find his feet to be as swift as hers. Jake has become Chris' project horse. He is very gentle and sweet. Jake is very willing to do whatever is asked of him. It should not take long for him to become one of our great horses. Jake rides out regularly on the trails.
Dew Drop is a young quarter horse. She grew up on a farm with just her mother for company. The only handling she had was getting brushed and given the occasional treat. Her former owners were in a position where they could no longer care for her so they asked for our help. When Dew Drop arrived on Winterfrost Farm she didn't know much about ground manners or respecting a person's space. On the up side, she was very sweet. Dew Drop had also foundered in the recent past and her feet needed a good bit of attention. She was put on a low sugar diet and had a few visits from the farrier to help us get her feet back to normal. Once her feet started looking good we stared her in our training program. Dew Drop showed herself to be a quick learner and was very accepting of her first saddle, bridle, and rider. She didn't even buck! She has come a very long way and is now so well behaved that she is one of the horses that goes to scout camp in the summer, and on most of our trail rides.
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