It was cold and the rain was pouring down last Wednesday, March 15, 2023, when Derek arrived to pick Diesel up. Heidi was out in the pouring rain and asked Derek if he could load Diesel for her....such a heartbreaking time for Heidi...having to say goodbye to her beloved horse and watch the trailer drive down the road. Too often doing the right thing for the horse, or any animal for that matter, is difficult and sorrowful.
Diesel arrived late that evening a little later than planned because of the rains hitting both California and Arizona. Much care was taken the entire journey, especially through the mountains up to and over the Mollogon Rim.
Diesel unloaded and settled in for a stormy night. He was tucked in a dry barn stall with Forest and Shooter across the walkway to keep him company.
Many of you will no doubt remember Diesel, the orphaned foal and have followed his journey ever since. He even has his own Facebook Page (see below of read it).
After the rains ceased we were finally able to let Diesel enjoy pasture time. We tried putting him with Sable and the mini donkeys, but all he wanted to do was follow the mini's around and big as he is, that scared them.
We next tried Buddie and Rimson, but Diesel was more interested in the standard sized donkeys we have in our big 5 acre pasture. Buddie and Rimson, while curious, didn't seem to find a connection.
Today I called him from the barn, he stopped eating and turned to acknowledge my call. When we go out in the pasture he walks over to greet us and we are able to give him his medicines in a horse muffin. The mares seem to like him now as do the donkeys.
Will he become a herd leader? It is possible. He is smart, sensitive and confident. The donkeys and the horses seem to like him.
With 5 acres to roam and a bunch of new friends we see him settling in just fine.
We can't thank you all enough for your donations to help get him back to the rescue and to cover his health care needs and medicines for the next six month. We reached and exceeded our fundraising goal which covers his care for even longer.
We are in contact with Heidi every day giving her updates on how he is doing. While such a tough decision, she is happy that he is happy. We wish her a complete recovery and have extended the invitation to come visit Diesel at any time. In the meantime, I will update her with pictures and stories of his antics.
Working together, we all have made their lives better and kept a commitment we made the day we rescued him back in 2011.....he will always have a home to come back to if needed.
You can follow Diesel's Facebook page by clicking the link below.
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