Horses in Rehabilitation
These horses are currently being rehabilitated.
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Percheron Gelding - 17 yrs. old, approx. 16 hands
Chevy was saved out of a kill pen by a lady named Julie, then came to us with some medical problems that IGP is trying to help him overcome as best as possible so that he can live a pain free life. We thought he was blind in his left eye but it was just severe infection and he had some damages to his back legs from working hard as a Amish plow horse .
Saddlebred mare - 34 yrs. old, 15+ hands
Miracle came to us through the Ga. Ag. Dept.
She was 1 of 30 starved and neglected saddlebreds confiscated from a breeder. IGP helped 7 of this herd. She is now one of our Sanctuary elders at age 34 and has lived a very hard life. When she came in she had severe allergy discharge from her left eye. Or so we all thought it was allergies. It would come in heavy, clear up with treatment then months later return.
Miracle has developed an ongoing eye infection. She is currently under Veterinary supervision to try to save her eye from removal.
This will be a long road for her with antibiotics being applied 4x per day.
We will update as we hear improvements or setbacks from the vet.
Percheron mare - 15yrs. old, 16+ hands
Miriah is a Percheron mare, approximately 10 yrs. old 16 + hands, that arrived at Iron Gait in 2011 after we were asked to help her. She was previously rescued by a loving lady with a big heart who contacted IGP out of concern and asked for Sanctuary for Miriah because she felt it was best to get her the help that she desperately needed.
Over the past few years, Miriah has become a very special and dear horse to everyone, and especially to me personally. Since her arrival I (Denise) have watched her actions and read her eyes daily. She has brought tears to my own eyes as I imagined what she had endured in her short life so far. Our paths crossed for a reason, which was to provide love and understanding and to help her get past this horrible phase in her life.
When a group of volunteers and I picked her up, Miriah was scared to death of people because of her prior abuse that happened about 7 years ago now. I was informed that Miriah had been beaten with a baseball bat in the head by the previous owner as well as went through a barbed wire fence while the man was handling her. For her correction of this, the man tied her to a training post so that she could not move where he cleaned her wounds by scraping them out with a pocket knife… This is the reason for Miriah’s fear of humans. She never had the chance to “connect” with or the pleasure to trust in anyone. There were a life-time of damages that occured which could not be corrected in a short period of time.
I had decided to give Miriah her freedom for a couple years to slowly learn that no human here at Iron Gait would ever hurt her. During this time, all of us plus her visitors quietly talked to Miriah through her stall and while out in pasture several times daily. A few of us sat quietly in the stall with her to help gentle her nerves while showing her to learn what love truly is. I personally believe that when a horse is severely abused mentally that it is best taking time (no matter how long ) to earn their trust, respect and love, and that this is so much better than rushing the process. When I felt the timing was perfect, I found a gentle, soft-spoken trainer’s hand to help me, to help her through her fears and the process of being handled by a human once again.
All of us here at Iron Gait, as well as Miriah’s supporters, send a huge THANK YOU to Josh Peebles for his gentleness, patience and persistance in helping us give Miriah the second chance at living a normal loving life again, and being cherished for the rest of her life by everyone.
Even though Miriah still has a long road to travel… This IS Miriah’s very happy ending for what was a tragic beginning. While others may have thought that euthanasia was a more appropriate ending for Miriah, this just goes to show that time, patience, determination, and dedication can be a much better alternative.
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