The outlook last winter did not bode well.
Early into the fall of 2009, HPS had already seen numerous cases of equine starvation: a dirt lot with 10 starving horses,
a backyard with starving horses.... Animal control visits and an occasional round bale appeared but the problem
continued. Equine abuse cases are costly, and local governments cannot afford to care for large herds of animals so
they desperately try to get owners to comply enough to prevent them from having to seize the animals.
came from Rowan county. She was in a muddy round pen in her owner's backyard with a little black mare we have named
Truffle. There was no feed. A few sprigs of hay were lying in the mud. The owner of the two horses came
out of the house and begged us to take her horses before they died. She was unemployed. Her electricity had been
turned off. A relative had dumped her two small children off with her days before. A thin dog was tied to the
porch and a puppy whined under the deck. Neighbors have since reported that there had been a third horse but it died
in the round pen back in the summer.
Autumn has now completely recovered from starvation and is being worked under
and going out on trail rides. Her trainer says that she is a fabulous trail horse who really enjoys
getting out on trails. She loads into a trailer easily, stands quietly while being tacked, gets along with other horses.
She can be ridden in any position on a trail ride: leads, in the middle with another horse on her tail, or bringing
up the rear. She has no trouble crossing water and stops at street crossings and waits calmly for traffic to pass
or other horses to catch up before crossing roads.
Autumn is not a good horse for a beginner and will do well with an experienced horse person.If you are interested in this
lovely mare, contact the sanctuary to make an appointment.
|Starting back under saddle July 2010
|Autumn being ridden on trails by her trainer, Tamara Eichorn July 2012
|Autumn, October 27, 2013