Skipper’s story (reprinted with permission from Coast to Coast Draft Horse Connection)
With the help of a network of awesome folks we were able to save Skipper’s life – folks stepped up to network him, share his story, pay his bail.
This morning our quarantine barn was scheduled to pick him up – when we got a call that he was down and unable to get up. Skipper had the signs of advanced Tetanus, although we don’t know for certain. What was clear is that there was no more we could do to help him. This morning, Skipper was put to rest.
Sometimes rescue is hard. Sometimes we don’t win. But what I can tell you is this. If Skipper had gotten on that truck, if we had not stepped up and ransomed him to keep him off the next one, he would have gone down in transit and died beneath the hooves of the other horses in the trailer.
Although we could not give him a new life, at least we could give him a painless death. It is not the big victory we were working for, but it is a victory none the less.
Rest now, Skipper, in your greener pasture. You’ve gone on ahead, we know you’ll be there to greet us at the pasture gate.
Here is a super Belgian who almost shipped even though he was sick with tetanus. Makes you wonder how many get killed and eaten with every disease under the sun.