lol i love it when horse people try to act like holier than thou know it alls
Noor, the first horse to beat two Triple Crown winners, all the while breaking records in the process.
Compliments of Charlotte. A. Farmer via the Thoroughbred of CA.
Also known as “The Best Racehorse You’ve Never Heard Of”
Seriously though, it’s such a shame how overlooked Noor is. He was brilliant
Picture on left is from yesterday evening (3/23). Photo on right is from less then 20 hours later, today in the afternoon (3/24). Same location, same horse. Got to love St. Louis.
It’s beautiful in both pictures
I am desperately hoping to pull this mare out of the kill pen.
I know everyone is tight on money, including myself, but if anyone could donate anything at all it would be SO very appreciated. Donations can be made to “End Of The Line Horse Placement” on PayPal with the email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you all SO much. And if you do make a donation please let me know and you will be getting a present from me and my new friend:)
On August 18, a draft horse rescue in Cambridge took in a black stallion.
They knew his name was Ollie, and he was in bad shape, with two teeth knocked out, sore feet, a skin infection, dull hair and malnutrition.
“He was probably 400 pounds under where he should be,” says Lisa Gordon, of Frog Pond Farm Draft Horse Rescue.
Ollie thrived at Frog Pond Farm.
He came around quickly on his rehabilitation diet of five meals a day, gradual gentle exercise, and vet and chiropractic care.
Ollie was shockingly charming and polite, and quickly became Lisa Gordon’s favorite.
“I always tease her about favoritism, how she favors him over everybody else,” said Emmi Gordon, Lisa’s 15-year-old daughter.
Then Lisa discovered something amazing.
Ollie wasn’t any old draft horse.
He was Fox Valley Oliver, champion and reserve champion in the United States and Canada.
Of all the Shire breed, he was a rock star among horses.
He was chosen by the prestigious Breyer Company to be the model for their special edition Breeds of the World toy model horse.
But since then, he had gone from rock star to rock bottom.
Now at age 16, Ollie has found himself a permanent home at Frog Pond Farm.
He is the chilling illustration of what can happen to horses as they are sold and re-sold, as owners lose interest or fall upon hard financial times.
“It just shows everybody that it doesn’t matter what horse it is,” says 18 year-old Taylor Gordon. “It doesn’t matter if it’s an old Amish work horse or a top-of-the-game show horse. Any horse can end up where he was.”
And even Ollie was just two step away from the fate of many horses these days.
“You know, that’s for our horses to be shipped and slaughtered and to be sent overseas to be eaten,” says Lisa Gordon.
This happens to be the tenth anniversary of Gordon’s very first horse rescue.
Since then she has rehabilitated and re-homed nearly 1700 horses.
But she says nobody tells the story better than Ollie.
Ollie is currently being rehabilitated by OSU. His current bill for care stands at over $3,000 and growing. Donations are being collected to help offset these costs… remember this is a working rescue and Ollie isn’t the only horse in their care.
Update from the vet as of 11:00am 2/18/2013
OSU vet called. Ollie is still holding his own. He was just receiving another protein treatment. He still has significant diarrhea but he did well overnight and his high temps at this point are only 101. Continued supportive care will continue. They will see about weaning him off IV fluids maybe tomorrow since hes drinking so well on his own. They are also treating his abscess in his hoof. As of right now…his total bill is $3200. Manure panel came back negative on all possible contaminents. Belly ultrasound again tomorrow or day after. Just a monitor and care as needed thing at this point.
Find Frog Pond Draft Horse Rescue on facebook here
Ways to donate:
Ohio State Vet Hospital: 614-292-6661 X2
Valley View Animal Hospital: 330-364-2552 X3
Frog Pond Farm Drafts
64385 Larrick Ridge Road
Cambridge, OH 43725
A very sad update…. Ollie passed away this evening surrounded by the people who fought so hard to save him.
Let this be a sober reminder that no horse is safe from such an awful fate, any horse is one sale away from this… If a horse who had a Breyer model in his honor was thrown away like trash what does that mean for the dime a dozen quarter horses, paints and grades people keep breeding?
My heart is so sad for Ollie. He wasn’t the first and he won’t be the last. Please instead of breeding save a life and bring a horse who needs you home…