The Dorset Equine Rescue started in 2012 when I heard a news story about 38 abused and starving miniature horses that were up for adoption just outside Boston. I adopted two and brought them to my backyard barn in Vermont. I didn’t know it at the time but my life was forever changed.
When the horses arrived they were a very sorry sight- they had rotting patches of hair falling out, they were all ribs and their nutrition was so bad their teeth were black. Daisy and Duke were put on strict diets to help them regain their health and to put on desperately needed weight. After many months of care and work they slowly regained their health and learned to trust people again. They also learned proper horsemanners so they would be safe around people and behave correctly. After a year, Daisy and Duke grew thick coats, gained lots of weight and started to look like normal horses again. Their teeth even returned to being white.
As the horses got better I realized how much Daisy and Duke were part of my family and how important they were to me. Rescuing horses fed my soul and I knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Daisy and Duke weren’t just horses, they were an essential part of me. Rescuing horses is now a major part of my life.
—Jen Soderberg Straub
“An old man was walking on the beach one morning after a storm. In the distance he saw someone moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman gently picking up starfish and throwing them back into the water. “Young lady, why are you throwing the starfish back into the ocean?”
“The tide is going out and if I do not throw them back they will die,” she said.
“But young lady, do you not realize that there are thousands of starfish and miles of beaches? You cannot possibly make a difference.”
The young woman listened politely, bent down, and picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea.
“It made a difference for that one.”
More than 140,000 unwanted horses get shipped from the United States to Mexico and Canada every year. There are so many horses sent abroad to be slaughtered but if we work together we can make a difference for at least one. Join us by making a donation today.
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