Cuba is an absolutely stunning 5 yr old in need of surgery! We are currently discussing a collaboration with two other wonderful equine rescues in our area to hopefully be able to collectively help Cuba. We may soon be accepting donations for a surgery that is needed to relieve his pain from kissing spine. This is a painful condition that will only get worse in time if he can not receive the surgery needed. We are going to meet him soon and will post more pictures of Cuba as our photographer will be with us. We are excited to be able to collaborate with other rescues to help a horse in need. Keep checking this page for updates!
Apollos is a handsome, 18 yr old Paint/Draft Mix Gelding. He was in need of surgery to relieve severe pain from Kissing Spines. He had over 9 areas in his spine that caused extreme pain. His only hope for a happy, pain free live was surgery. His owner reached out the SMEM to help him as the surgery was expensive and the rehabilitation was unknown. With the help of our supporters, especially friends of Free Rein, LLC, we raised enough funds to provide the needed surgery and rehabilitation The Trainers at Free Rein, LLC are donating all the assessment and training required to help Apollo be able to return to normal activity and usefulness. Apollos is loved by so many as he was well known in our community and his personality is that of a sweet gelding who appreciates love and attention. WE THANK all who have helped us and continue to follow his progress. Your donations help us with on-going feed, hay, vaccines, dental and farrier care. Once accessed, Apollo will be available for adoption based on his ability. Stay tuned for his story...
Maverick is a 4 yr old mini gelding with a BIG personality. He arrived at SMEM in Oct. of 2021 as an owner surrendered along with two other minis. Maverick suffered from a condition known as Patellar Luxation. He was unable to take more than a few steps without his rear legs locking up. He had been like this since birth. Through generous donations we were able to raise the funds needed for his surgery. During surgery it was discovered that he was also in need of castration, and our donors stepped-up to help with the additional costs. After months of stall rest and exercise, Maverick was able to run in the pasture with the other minis. He is currently being provided lots of TLC from our wonderful SMEM youth volunteers. He is a pasture mate for our sanctuary mini Willow who is totally blind. Maverick may be available for adoption to the perfect home after some ground manner training as he is still very young. If you are interested in Maverick, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Willow was SMEM's very first Rescue. She was pulled from a horse feedlot in Pennsylvania in 2017. Willow was estimated at that time to be about 10 years old. She was scared and untrained and totally unfamiliar with halters and human handling. She more than likely had been left in a pasture without human interaction for many years. When we tried to pick up her back legs to clean her hoofs, she would sit down. It took much patience to get her to trust us. After some time with SMEM, we sent her to a local trainer to try and learn to pull a pony cart. . Willow did the best she could, but it was obvious something was wrong. SMEM sent her to New Bolton University Equine Medical center where she was diagnosed with moon blindness. Knowing that she would eventually become totally blind, we decided she would remain with us as a sanitary rescue for the rest of her life. Today Willow is almost 100% blind and she can only see shadows at best. We keep her in a pasture away from larger horses with our little Maverick as her companion. Our young volunteers have learned how to handle Willow with patience and kindness. They are taught to avoid frightening with quick movement by talking to her as they approach and they continue to reassure her of their presence with soft voices. She is loved by all who meet her.