And that is how I wound up 'rescuing' Charm and Paddy. I brought one friend and I think it took about an hour to catch Paddy and slowly walk him into the trailer. Mostly I was driving him with a lunge line and using the side of the round pen to push him where I needed him to go. Luckily, his mother loaded fairly easily so he could see Mom inside and he walked in. They were both skinny, with neglected feet and a ton of dead winter coat on them, even though it was late April.
Although the colt had been weaned, I put the two of them back together in my round pen for a while. I felt the trauma of the move was enough for them to cope with, and having a friend might help the colt get friendly. It really helped that the mare was easy to catch - she set a good example for her son. But it was not an easy task to gentle him.
Next was to get their feet trimmed. Both were so neglected that their tendons were under strain. I am so grateful that our farrier, Steve Olney, is a patient man. He worked with these two to get them in shape. The photo below shows Patrick's feet. In the top image, the right front is After trimming and the left front yet undone. The right front was the worst of the two - but you can see even the left is seriously back of the angle.
Of course, Now came the hard part - finding them forever homes. Because if I can't sell or place the horses I rescue, then there is no room in the inn the next time I hear of a 'stray' that needs a safe place to land.
Paddy was easy. I asked Kristina's family if I could give him to her for Christmas. They agreed and that was that. Yes, I lost money on the deal, but we had gotten some donations to assist in Paddy and Charm's salvation, and I felt this was the best home possible for him. Kristina is also a budding photographer and took this lovely portrait of him. Hard to believe this is the same raggidy baby I coaxed onto my trailer. Less than a year later, and he looked like this.
So, two happily ever afters. The accounting on their salvation doesn't look so good though. I sold Koda for $750. I fed her for nearly 2 years. I had her teeth done, I had her feet trimmed and finally put shoes on her. All total, I believe I spent $3000 on her rehabilitation. We did collect donations via carriage rides on Lancaster Blvd - and also some very good people donated money to the cause. All total, I think we were gifted $1500 to help save Paddy and Charm. And it was because of those donations that I was able to give Patrick to Kristina. And I am SO happy that both horses are now loved and cared for, and healthy and happy. Hard to put a price tag on that.
But don't ask me if I do rescues. I will keep saying No, I can't afford it. But somehow strays keep finding their way into my barn. Next I will tell you about Star and Prince.