The adult horse we rescue from slaughter has been through hell. Most often a gelding, he comes to Swingin’ D Horse Rescue in pretty bad shape. They don’t trust humans, they’re afraid of their own shadows, they’re starved and sick.
The Ultimate Betrayal for an Adult Horse
Think about that adult horse that winds up on a kill lot. Take Harry (left), for example. What did it take to get get this perfectly-healthy, well-trained 25-year-old ranch horse here? Remember that horses live in fight or flight mode. So in his mind, every being he encounters wants to kill and eat him.
First, Harry trusted his human enough to allow him to catch him and put a halter on him. He overcame his natural terror and allowed himself to be led around on a lead rope. Fighting his fear again, he allowed his human to throw a heavy hunk of cow skin on his back and fasten a tight strap around his belly. Then he allowed his human to mount him. He learned to carry his trusted human over logs, rocks and water. Every step Harry took was a huge leap of faith, believing his human was his leader – a leader he could trust with his life.
Imagine the fear Harry had to fight to allow himself to be led onto a little box with wheels. Any time his friends got on the box, he never saw them again. But once again, Harry put his ultimate trust in his human – his leader.
Then one day, his trusted leader hauls him on that scary metal box to a yard where a human on a loudspeaker barks out commands. Cowboys wave cards around, yelling and spitting and shuffling Harry and other horses around. Harry’s trusted leader heads in one direction, Harry’s dragged on to another scary metal box, never to see his trusted human again.
Foster an Adult Horse
For some, their future success depends on their fit with their human adopter. Ask about our foster program.
THIS ARTICLE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS…