Chickadee is a prime example of the shuffle that horses in the slaughter pipeline go through before landing at a slaughter house.
The farthest back we can trace (without bringing in the CIA) leads us to the fact that someone rode this little mare, in an effort to show her off at auction, until she was dripping with sweat. She was then auctioned off only to be bought by a dealer. Soon to be sold again, Chickadee was already knee deep in the pipeline... and slip sliding away quickly.
After that auction, this kind and sensible black mare was loaded onto a dealer trailer to be taken to yet another auction, only to find herself immediately owned by a kill buyer (she was sold directly to him, she wasn't even auctioned off). Are you confused? Imagine how poor Chickadee felt! Being owned by people that value their bottom line over a creature’s well being is not a good thing for a horse!
Thankfully, we showed up after the auction (better late than never, right?) and checked her over as horses were banging and crashing in the same trailer that she was about to be loaded up on. We were pressed for time, but it was decided that we could help this little horse skip the worst part of her slaughter pipeline journey. She didn’t know us from Adam, but was kind and trusting despite her recent interactions with people. Aside from being thin and needing her dental issues addressed, we couldn’t fault her. This horse knew stuff, she had manners, and she had a brain. She came home with us.
Chickadee has settled in nicely. She has had hours of pampering, and went from being tricky to catch to jogging up when she sees us coming. She snoozes in the sun and takes her time when she’s eating her grain.
Chickadee is lucky. We walked down the right aisle at the right time on the right day. We can’t wait to get this gal all fixed up and back to being her best self so we can find her a home that will love her and never let her go. Until then, we hope that she knows she is safe.
Chickadee is a new girl! While she is still a bit "lean", she has gained a massive amount of weight, has shed out her nasty old coat for a sleek shiny one, and actually enjoys seeing people.
When riding her, she doesn't act her age at all! She has a bit of get up and go, is sound as a dollar, and rides in just a hackamore with no issues. This mare would love a home that goes trail riding and would be suitable for children (with adult supervision/instruction).
She is branded with a “rocking D” on her left hip, but we still have no history on her. She is who she is, though... and she’s the best!
UPDATE 3/18/20: Chickadee was adopted in October 2018, and was returned not long ago. Unfortunately, her owner was in a motorcycle accident and couldn’t keep her horses anymore. Chickadee was treated kindly and taken care of very well while she was gone, and now that she is back we are excited to find her a new owner that will love her just the same!
Chickadee has many good years left! Adopt her today!