We call her Big, Old Bessy Girl and believe me, she is all that and so much more. A mighty Appaloosa, approximately 39 years old and completely blind, Bess was a force to be reckoned with when she first came to live at the sanctuary and more than a couple of times, sent my husband diving into the dirt to escape the wrath of her powerful back legs. If we tried to approach her, she would swing her head violently from side to side as if to say, “Don’t you dare come any closer!”
And for quite some time, we didn’t.
HartSong Ranch rescued Ciara from a despicable breeding farm in Central California when she was just 5 weeks old. She weighed a mere 60 pounds. There she was, a completely blind, very underweight Quarter Horse filly, prancing around in an old, dilapidated barnyard.
She reminded me of a princess in rags. Taking any baby away from its Mother at such a young age is generally not a good idea. In Ciara’s case, however, it was an absolute necessity. Her mother wanted nothing to do with her…
We welcomed Cloudy, a beautiful little Welch pony, the early part of June – shortly after Lacy, the blind Shetland pony passed away from colic. Sadly, before coming to HartSong, Cloudy lived a life of neglect and despair for many years. She was in trouble and in desperate need someone to help her.
May 2, 2014, HartSong Ranch welcomed Scrumpy, an ex-racehorse, to a life of peace, quiet and tranquility. He is, without question, the Thoroughbred poster child of what happens to a beautiful, nicely bred, successful racehorse when he leaves the track in the wrong hands.
Scrumpy was born on March 29, 2003. His lineage is quite spectacular. His great, great grandfather was Secretariat – his great grandfather was Seattle Slew and just recently, we came to know that he is a cousin to California Chrome. On March 6, 2006, Scrumpy, now 3 years old, ran his first race at Golden Gate Fields in San Francisco and WON! Over the next two years, he had 23 starts and won nearly $200,000.