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Saddlebred Rescue Continues Their March

Saddlebred Rescue is so very grateful for all of the contributions that have been made to their efforts to save as many horses as possible from a fate worse than death. For the love of the horse, you have made it possible for over 800 horses and counting to continue to live useful lives.

A little girl by the name of Izzy celebrated  her 4th birthday at the Sabino Equestrian Center, Tucson, AZ on November 30th. Izzy’s mom, Lisa McGilvay, heard about the horse pictured here that was saved by the stable when the owner had no more use for him. Shocked, Lisa asked Tara Weber, stable owner, if there were a lot of horses like this one, sweet and serviceably sound, that needed to be rescued. Tara replied, “unfortunately there are”. Lisa decided then and there to help other horses like this one by asking for donations to Saddlebred Rescue instead of presents since Izzy loves this horse so much. (It appears that the feeling is mutual!) 


TASHA, The Texas American Saddlebred Horse Assoc. held their Holiday Classic Horse Show in December in bitter cold weather (colder than Alaska)! In spite of that, they had a record number of horses turn out. Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. benefited through a silent auction. A “Giving Xmass Tree” and matching funds by TASHA. This in addition to their donations to SBR at their Texas Spring Classic benefit show! Show participants are pictured thanking all the sponsors and donors.   

Sarah Watson of Oak Park, IL pictured here with her husband, Eric Leon. has donated “We Ride for Them”  t-shirts for anyone that signs up for the monthly donations or the monthly virtual foster program. The foster program is explained on the SBR website under Sponsor a Treasure when you go to Donate and Ways to Give.  Why not go there now and choose a monthly pledge or a horse to “adopt”!
Pledge now to make a difference between        
life and death.  

Featured for Adoption: “Bess”
Bess is a registered mare, 15.3, 2004 model.  Bess was in an accident and has an old injury to her knee. She has been cleared for light work. She does live outside with other horses and does well. Bess is good on trails but is not a beginner horse nor should she be on extreme trails. This mare gets a little nervous in the arena but we have found out she has never been in one. She is more relaxed outside. We recommend her for walk and trot only due to her old injury. Bess is the type horse we feel would benefit from having just one or two riders. She is reported to drive well.  Opt to Adopt! 

There is More to “The Story of Bess”
As you know, many of the horses that come to SBR are horses that had to be given up by their  owners due to unfortunate circumstances and sent to the auction.  Many come from fine Amish families.  We would like to share a little story about Bess from a letter written to SBR by her previous Amish owner.  Following are excerpts.
           “I cannot tell you how grateful and thrilled we are to have found out that  “Bess” did not end up in a butcher pen! She is still a very special horse to me and I couldn’t bear to think about her in such a place.”
           “….. our horses are our main source of transportation, not to mention treasured friends to some of us.  I have loved horses for as long as I can remember and I liked Bess right away—it felt like I just clicked with her personality.”  Bess was bred by her husband’s father and part of the family until they had to sell her due to limited finances.  She was sold to a widow and her daughter. Unfortunately, she was kicked by another horse and again, due to lack of  money, the new owner did not take proper care of the injury and decided to sell her.  So…
           “Again, let me tell you, we are so thankful someone bought her who cared enough to keep her out of the killer pen.  May God bless your work!” 
It is the Mission of Saddlebred Rescue to educate the public on concerns facing the Saddleseat breeds and to save the unwanted horses from slaughter, returning them to useful, productive lives.
Our goal is to make a difference in their lives and to provide a “safety net” so that the horses that are saved are never at risk again.
*Condensed version-Please read the entire Mission Statement on our website.

Reprinted from Saddlebred Rescue

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