Kay Gerda and Colleen with horses 11.7.2011
- Nov. 9, 2011 -
People and horses alike have fallen victim to Irene, Lee and the economy. Lucky, a 3 year old thoroughbred stallion, was rescued by Equine Rescue Resource Inc. of Pine Bush, NY. Lucky was living in a horse trailer, after Hurricane Irene ravaged the farm he resided at, and the owner was seeking help. Lucky had a jaw fracture, skin conditions and needed to be castrated. The nonprofit rescue removed him to a new facility, and provided for his needs. Glory, a 7 year old paint horse, was sold at a horse auction in NY, where he was bid on by horse meat dealers. Very few private homes are buying horses at this time. Money is tight, and farmers hay crops were ruined by the record breaking rains of 2011. Despite these concerns, Kay O’Hanlon of Goshen NY attended the auction. When she came across Glory on the auction line up, she was touched by how gentle and calm he was, despite the chaotic surroundings. Later that evening, Glory entered the sale ring, and Kay outbid meat men to save his life. The meat men would have shipped this beautiful horse to either Canada or Mexico, where he would have been slaughtered for European consumption. Glory went home with Kay that night, safely tucked in to a warm stall. Resources were limited at both the rescue and on Kay’s farm. The horses would need new homes so that resources could be freed up to help more horses in need.
Gerda Silver, of Animal Aid Inc. in Townshend, VT, had read online of the rescue and the woman helping horses in dire circumstances and reached out. Animal Aid would take the 2 horses at her VT facility, provide them training and rehoming. This would enable more horses in NY to be saved.
Meeting half way in the Albany area with horse trailers sounded like a good plan to transfer Lucky and Glory, however, finding a safe facility for the swap was a challenge.
Colleen Segarra of Equine Rescue Resource made several calls to various stables and even the Albany Mounted Police Unit, but no return calls. The Troy Animal Hospital answered their phone and recommended Capital Agway. There’
s a horse feed store in Troy? There certainly is and they are quite horse friendly. Cindy of Capital Agway quickly agreed to hosting the transfer, and allowing horses, trucks and trailers in their parking lot on Hoosick Road in Troy, NY.
Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. Lucky and Glory arrived at Capital Agway, transported by Kay and Colleen. Moments later, Gerda and Barbara from Animal Aid pulled in to the feed store’s lot. The two horses were safely transferred between trailers, and the women took a few moments to share information and details on the horses, their health and plans for the future.
As Lucky and Glory left to start new lives in VT, Colleen gave the bay thoroughbred she rescued a kiss on the nose and called him “a Lucky duck”.
Capital Agway has agreed to further help the rescues in their mission to help more horses, by allowing them to use their facilities for future transfers.
Photos available upon request.
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Grassroots nonprofit organization helping horses in need. Providing rescue, rehabilitation and adoption services. More information available online at www.equinerescueresource.comPhoto: