Possible Horse Retirement Sanctuary for Emma?

19-20 year old 13.1h Paint mare was saved from the Yakima Feedlot in March 2006. Is scared of humans and needs to build confidence, love and trust. Entering training in May 2006.

Possible Horse Retirement Sanctuary for Emma?

Postby Foxie on Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:00 pm

Has anyone looked into this place?

Broken Oaks Equine Retirement Center
Dallesport, WA - 509-767-1461 - gpratt@gorge.net
- http://brokenoaks.org/index.htm

It looks like a nice place. Anyone heard of them? Another plus is that it's in Washington.

(I am behind on if Emma still needs a new home, please regard this if it's already been talked about). :wink:
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Postby Nickie on Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:28 pm

Thanks Foxie! Both of Emma's adopters at this time have fallen through, so this might be just the thing! :D
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More on Broken Oaks

Postby Epona on Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:58 pm

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Karen Erikson, and I live in Lyle, Wasington, about ten miles from Broken Oaks.

I moved here in 2004 from Sammamish. In Sammamish, I met my first pony love, Sugar. A beautiful, noble old lady with a horrible history of abuse. Having been an animal rescuer since I moved into my first apartment at age 18, I had experience with raising, rescuing, retraining, etc., of dogs and cats and a whole host of little critters. We brought Sugar home and I discovered natural horsemanship and was hooked. I began using Frank Bell, then Parelli's method, and then discovered Gawani Pony Boy. Sugar blossomed with these methods into a wonderful, kind, caring mount for my daughter.

I see some of you are in Sammamish, perhaps you saw Sugar in the neighborhood, she was a chocolate dappled palomino 13.3hh pony ridden by a blonde girl or lead by me, mom. She was in the Sammamish Review, regularly around McAuliffe Elementary, and I also had there a huge black walker named Max I rode in the neighborhood. We also had a huge pet sheep named Spice who we walked around the neighborhood. We lived on 244th, across the street from Camden Park homes, down the road from Mystic Lake stables.

We moved here to Lyle, however the move was too hard on poor old Sugar, and at age 37, had to be humanely euthanized from severe founder. Her memorial is here: http://www.hoofbeats-in-heaven.com/hoofprints/Sugar/

Since having Sugar, my lifelong dream to own my own horse was complete, even though she was a pony and my daughter rode her. And she hooked me on ponies. I learned when we moved here, which for those of you not familiar with this area, is very open country. It's semi-desert, right on the banks of the Columbia River. My town has less than 500 people. I learned we have no animal control. No services whatsoever. I also learned about Broken Oaks. I was needing my 'horsey fix' after losing Sugar, so I began volunteering at Broken Oaks, working natural horsemanship and also daily care for the horses. Jeannie and Gary Pratt run the place, and it is truly superb. There are no skinny, nelgected horses here. There are no overlooked horses here. There are many old, injured, abused horses who are now happy and well fed, shiny coats, neatly trimmed hooves, and once again trusting of people. These are good, honest folks who run this rescue. I've been there through the good and the bad, through saying painful goodbyes to horses as they passed away, through new arrivals, through the joys of seeing a recent arrival turn the corner and become healthy again. I've laughed and cried with these people. They're good. The other volunteers are kind, caring people. I have no complaints.

I'm what you'd call 'the pony rescuer' around here. I take primarily old, blind ponies and give them permanent home. I have one blind guy now, I call him Peach. He suffered horrible physical abuse and has finally blessed me with his trust. I recently had a cute little rescue mini who I was able to place with an older mare seeking a pasturemate. Before that, we had a mini donkey who was successfully paired with a home where a mini donkey gelding had been rescued and was lonely. Before that in Sammamish I rescued a pony from neglect and brought her back to healthy bloom and placed her with Tanya at Party Ponies, where she at last I heard, was happy, healthy, and loving the goats there!

I also take abused sheep, so I have two now. I have Spice, the big old gal who came over with us, who was previously destined to be someone's lambchops. And we now have Scarlett, who had been attacked by dogs as a lamb, her face disfigured, and wasn't earning her keep as a breeder on a sheep farm. There is nobody who rescues ponies here, I learned after we moved here. So that's me. The pony rescuer. And I'm darned proud to call myself that. I spoke with Gary at Broken Oaks today and he passed along Emma's info and asked if I'd be interested in her if she came to Broken Oaks. I have read all her info and think she'd make a nice addition to my little farm, where she would live out her years here, as a companion pony.

I'm a stay-at-home mom, so my pets get lots of love. We have a beautiful place here, about an acre and a half to two acres fenced for the ponies and sheep. I feed grass/alfalfa hay mix, grain with whatever is required of the ponies, and have regular farrier and vet care for my critters.

My vet in Sammamish was Dr. Poitras, anyone is welcome to speak to her about me. My farrier was Rich West, and again, talk to him about me if you like. They both know well my efforts in pony rescue and care.

I understand Gary will be contacting this group to let you know we are interested in Emma. I personally have a fondness for horses that have lost that trust in people. I guess it's the personal growth and satisfaction from making tiny baby steps with them and letting at least one animal know that there is love and kindness for them in this world and safety.

Please feel free to ask me any questions, and I'm happy to tell you anything about myself or Broken Oaks.

Thanks for your time :)
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Postby ptownevt on Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:01 am

Thanks so much for your post and offer. I hope this works out for poor Emma. She has to have been brutalized in her past to be so deeply afraid of everything to do with people. In my opinion I would love to see her somewhere there would be no pressure on her to ever be "useful", but just a safe place where she could at live a peaceful, contented life with some horse friends if she chooses not to engage in a relationship with a person, but where that relationship would be available to her should she choose. Your offer sounds like that. I hope and pray that Emma finds a home that she feels safe in.
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Postby Juliane on Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:02 am

Hi Epona,

Your post and offer sound wonderful for Emma! I believe Nickie, Emma's owner, has already been in contact with you! I would love nothing more than to find a happy home for Emma to go to. She's a real sweetheart, but tends to take steps back in her trust and confidence when pushed to trust! She really just needs a no-stress environment to live as she chooses!

Thank you so much for offering you home and opening your heart to her! :)

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Postby Epona on Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:02 am

Hi there. I hope this works out, too. I have been talking with Nickie and also Broken Oaks should be working with you guys to get her down here. While Emma doesn't quite qualify in the 'old and blind' category I usually take in, I have a special place in my heart for any horse that becomes so abused as to be terrified by a person merely looking at them. Breaks my heart, but does it good, too, to show that horse that there is kindness and love and an end to abuse.

My last rescue, Cuddles (named so because he was so not cuddly) was a little mini who had been horribly abused and hated people with a passion. His forelock had been 'scalped' from his head, completely detached, as that was how they moved him around. He had mace sprayed in his eyes and was terrified of anything on his face, even a halter. I took that as my challenge to turn him around and by the time I placed him, he was sweet and responsive and enjoying being haltered. He would have stayed with me, but he was young and enjoyed a rowdy game every day I called "skin the sheep", meaning he would chase the sheep and pull their wool out. Not good for sheep, let alone rescue sheep! I did some clicker training for fly spray, and bless his little heart, he would touch his nose to the bottle, trembling and worried, but trusting that I wouldn't hurt him and treats would soon follow. That was a huge accomplishment for him, he would run in terror whenever someone so much as picked up a bottle of anything. I used wipe on him, the spray sound was just to horrifying to him. Those are the kinds of baby steps I find myself proud of. He would put his head in his halter. He would lunge freely by voice. He would whinny and come when I called him, away from the other pony and sheep.

I hope Emma can find comfort here. I have no expectations for my rescues beyond showing them they can trust me, however long it takes. I am a kind and caring 'boss mare'. I never let anything into their pasture that can hurt them, and I always protect them from anything scary. I think that helps create a bond that they can then turn to me when they are scared, or just simply feeling affectionate.

Anyway, sorry if I'm rambling. I have a new baby and have only had about three hours sleep! Perhaps not the best time to try to put my thoughts to print!!!

-karen :)
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Postby Eileen M on Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:06 am

Adding my hopes for a happy home for Emma :)
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Postby cat_67 on Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:45 pm

You really do sound like the right one for Emma! I hope it works out.
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