Remember we said we might have some exciting news coming. Well things have come together and we are excited to announce that we have found a pasturemate for our mostly blind, orphaned foal, Forest. Trudee has been a good companion for Forest, but we noticed that at his age, almost 9 months old, he now wants to play and he is very rough with Trudee the donkey.
We went on a search to find an appropriate companion for Forest. We reached out to 500 rescues who are part of The Homes For Horses Coalition, looked at the ads from rescues nationwide via A Home For Every Horses' posts on Equine.com and even checked local Craigslists and Facebook sales ads.
We found a few weanlings around the same age as Forest and after interviews to discuss their demeanor, level of training, probable size when grown and more, we chose Shooter because of his mellow personality and that he has been in training for months. He leads, ties, stands for the farrier, works of a lunge line and has followed his mother when she was being ridden on numerous trail rides. We feel that he is the perfect choice both for Forest with his blindness and the safety of our volunteers with his level of training.
Foaled June 17, 2022, Shooter has the same birthday as Buddie....what a fabulous coincidence as Buddie was purchased to be a companion for Rimson. A very special birthdate indeed.
Based on Forest's age when we rescued him, approximately two-three months old, that would put his foal date sometime in July 2022 making Shooter and he very similar in age.
I am sure you see the snow in the pictures and that is because Shooter is located in New Castle, CO, much closer than some of the other foals located in the midwest and east coast. We are headed to pick him up this coming weekend. Dr Amy Daley, went to examine Shooter for us on the 14th and found him to be easy to handle and in good condition. He will need his feet trimmed when he arrives, booster vaccines, castration (which can be done with Forest at the same time) and other normal health care for a colt his age. She also did a coggins test and health certificate for travel to Arizona. Her invoice was $275.
Round trip is approximately 1100 miles, if there are no detours for weather, and will require an overnight stay as it is a full day up and a full day back, with our appointment to pick him up being Monday morning. Transportation costs will be approximately $700 and needed health care after arrival approximately $500.
Our fundraising goal for Shooter is $2000 to cover transport, vet care, needed health care, food and hay, etc. If you can help with a donation of any amount it will be so appreciated. We know times are tough for many so we don't want to strain anyone's budget in our request for donations.
Forest, being mostly blind, needs a companion he can play and grow up with and we know from our expirience with Rimson and Buddie, it is SO good for their mental health and esteem. For Forest to succeed with his sight limitiations, he needs to learn to be a horse and there is no better way than to have a companion the same age.
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