Shinook's story as it appeared in the May 2019 newsletter. Life can change regardless of where you are in the economic spectrum. There are different degrees of need. We must never become immune to the issues in horses that are not a bag of bones. People get horses for different reasons, and sometimes those reasons disappear. People become busy and they are away from home and the caregiver is not doing their job, or they forgot or think that the horses are okay. One day they look out and realize, “Something needs to be done for them.” I have found that normally these folks are going to do things to benefit the horses before it becomes life threatening. Tusca’s owner had called HPS almost a year ago with a request for us to take him. They had tried everything and couldn’t get him to gain weight. Today Tusca is gorgeous!!! Just because folks have had horses for years, have a beautiful property and mean well, it doesn’t mean they are well versed in horse care. Feeding and caring for the three horses just was not at the top of the priority list, and because things in life changed.
The third sweet baby is a Rocky Mountain Horse look alike. He is cute, full of himself, and the coat color should darken with good nutrition. The mane and tail are a light golden blonde color, and his body is a light chocolate color. He is in good health with no issues. He is about 13 years old according to the registration paper provided. The association is named Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse. The top side of the registration has all the names of past sires and dams as you would expect to see. The bottom half of the lineage showing the dam’s lineage is all “unknown.” There are examiners in states that come and look at the horse and determine if it meets the standard. This is not a true registration association. It is like registering as half Quarter horses in the Half Quarter Horse association.