Nova and Celestial

Nova and Celestial
Celestial
  Celestial
Nova
  Nova
A small horse rescue organization was contacted regarding two mares that were within four hours of being shipped to a place of horror - the slaughter house.   The situation was most urgent and this rescue group was these two doomed horses’ very last hope.

Both Nova and Celestial are safe now where they are loved, appreciated and well taken care of. This marks the beginning of the rest of their lives.

The trip was arduous for them.  The transport took two full days without food or water.  They arrived at the rescue stressed, fearful, most hungry and thirsty.  An appointment with the veterinarian was scheduled a couple of days after their arrival.  They were wormed and vaccinated.  He deemed them to be in fairly good health despite being emaciated. Both mares appear to have whip marks on their shoulders, rears and back legs that have nearly healed.   Their hooves are in terrible condition and will need trimming, but Nova and Celestial will be given a few days to rest before the farrier is called.  The vet confirmed that Nova is pregnant and should deliver very soon.  He believes Celestial could also be expecting, but could not establish she is gravid.  If she is, we may all have to wait another six months for the new arrival.  Gestation period for a horse is eleven months.  As an aside, there is a disturbing trend underway, where people send their pregnant mares to slaughter to get more money per pound because of the weight gain!

Celestial
 Celestial
Both horses are settling into their temporary quarters nicely and doing great!   They have been placed in a quiet area where they can destress.  Right now, all they want to do is eat.  They are on a special diet of oats twice daily, alfalfa and unlimited grass hay.   They are observed to be happily munching on their oats and hay.  The rescuer reports how she loves the look of thanks they give her in their big brown eyes.  The mares have already bonded and spend time grooming each other.

A few days after their arrival, wonderful news amid the nightmare these two mares escaped from!  A gorgeous Appalousa was born early Monday morning at about 3:30am.   Welcome into the world King’so Right!   A male that appears to be in perfect health.  Look at his picture.  Is he not beautiful!  The mother will not let anyone approach the foal for now.  Within a few days when Nova realizes that her baby is safe among these strangers, she will permit her rescuers to meet her new son.

Birth of King'so Right
  The birthing
King'so Right
  King'so Right with Nova
Celestial and Nova will enjoy their new lives in this safe harbor until totally healthy prior to being adopted and King’so Right is old enough to be separated from his mother.  This will take time and money.  They will require more veterinary care down the road and special diets to replace the hundreds of pounds each horse lost from starvation.  This rescue group depends on outside funds to save as many horses as they can. 

Slaughter bound horses is a business.  Each horse that enters the gates of hell is doomed.  They are shipped either to Mexico or Canada.  Quoting Steward M. Powell, Hearts Newspapers, Saturday April 5, 2014 “Texas’ border crossings to Mexico have handled 400,267 slaughter-bound horses since 2007 including horses auctioned in Texas and elsewhere."


King'so Right and Chickens
King'so Right and chickens
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