There are horses at Last Stop Horse Rescue that are given sanctuary, and will remain at the farm for different reasons. Reasons include: deep rooted physical abuse, neglect, severe starvation, physical limitations, conditions of surrender, and age. We are looking for sponsors for these horses. Horses can have group sponsorship to help with the monthly donations. Sponsors will receive photos of the horse, and updates on their rehabilitation with Parelli Natural Horsemanship. If you would like to sponsor one of our rescues, please send us an email with the name of the horse you would like to sponsor. Email: Laststophorserescue@hotmail.com or Horsesmaine@hotmail.com
BCS stands for Body Condition Scoring. The BCS is an objective system of evaluating a horseʼs level of body condition (amount of stored fat). We have included a download of the BCS, and it includes drawings of horses at each score. This can be helpful in determining if a horse needs assistance.
Lucky 12 year mare (BCS score day of rescue= minus 0) Near death
Lucky is by far one of the worst body scores that have come to our rescue. We were fortunate that she arrived in the summer, giving her time on green grass before the harsh winter temperatures of Maine set in.
When Lucky first arrived she had fear of humans. She would walk away when we would approach. In Parelli Natural Horsemanship, we use a carrot stick that is considered an extension of our arm, and horses that are rehabilitated with this program have no fear of the carrot stick. Horses that show fear of the carrot stick when they first arrive at the rescue, most likely have “triggers” from lunge whips or other objects that have been used to force or intimidate them. Even in Luckyʼs state of condition, she had the strength to show fear when we approached with the carrot stick in the downward position, as if used as a walking stick. She showed concern when her feet were touched . It was clear that Lucky has suffered from not only neglect, but abuse from humans in her past.
Lucky is now in rehabilitation at the rescue. She is gaining weight, and her score has improved to a 2. It will take time for Lucky to regain her body condition, and even more time to heal her emotional wounds. If you would like to help Lucky with her rehabilitation please consider sponsoring.
Lucky ... The day she arrived.
Lucky ... 5 months into recovery. Still a long road ahead.
February 2013..Lucky had successful surgery at Cornell. Lucky will be having several followup visits for dental correction. Lucky will remain at the rescue and sponsorship will help with Lucky's medical care.
Spirit Age: 8 months old Body score: 3
Spirit is Luckyʼs foal. We are unsure what happened to Spirit when he was a young foal, but when he arrived at our rescue he had a broken right front knee that had healed in the wrong position. He was covered with bot eggs that were scraped off his hair, and had an injury to his right rear stifle area, which was swollen. Since we reunited Lucky and Spirit, they have both made progress in their healing. When Spirit saw Lucky the first time after being taken away months prior when he went with another family after weaning, he whinnied to Lucky and went right to her side. Today Spiritʼs back leg has healed, but his front leg remains a concern. Spirit has gained weight, is content with his mare, and loves having the visitors at the farm give him love and attention. Our equine specialist has informed us that he is not in pain. Here at our rescue we do not turn away horses that have medical conditions. We want them to live their life in comfort and peace. Some would euthanize a foal like Spirit if they could not be ridden in the future, but here at Last Stop Horse Rescue if a horse is not in pain or suffering we give them a permanent home at the rescue. Itʼs not about what they can do for us, itʼs what we can do for them. Spirit will remain here at Last Stop Horse Rescue.
If you would like to help in the care of Spirit please consider sponsoring.
Spirit's first day at Last Stop Horse Rescue.
Spirit ... 4 months into recovery
February 2013..Spirit has now been gelded and is able to put weight on his front legs without discomfort. Sponsorship is still needed for Spirit.