Success Stories at Peaceful Ridge Rescue
As of October 2015, Peaceful Ridge Rescue has saved over 100 horses. Forever homes for horses can be difficult to find, however we have been successful placing our horses with loving and caring people. Below, read some of our recent success stories, and you just may be inspired to help us, or even to adopt! You CAN change the life of a horse in need.
Adopter: Susan Pfister
Susan Pfister, "He came into the rescue in 2013 he had foundered really bad. He'd not had any hoof care for years. His right front foot looked like a huge club foot. He would lay down a lot because of the pain he was in. His tail and mane was very thin and he looked underweight. I really fell for him, but I already had Charlie. I asked Victor if I could get an X-ray of his foot to really see what's going on. The X-ray showed his coffin bone had dropped and he was literally walking on the tip of the bone. My vet advised me not to get him because he'd never be ridden again. I didn't want to give up on him so I asked Victor could I sponsor him and pay for his hoof care. I had more than a few farriers tell me to just put him in a field and leave him. One farrier suggested I put him down!! I decided to ask Dr. Ashley what she thought and she told me about Marianne Allen she's a barefoot trimmer who only deals with severe founder cases. It's a LONG process, I told her I don't care how long it takes or even if he can never be ridden again (she's confident he can) I love him for who he is. I love his spirit, his goofy personality, his bravery and patience. In August, 2015, Ed my hubby, adopted him for me as an anniversary gift. It was the BEST present I've ever had. Every time I'm with him he heals my soul. On bad days I look at him, especially when he runs around the arena, and I feel free and happy. I've promised him one day when his foot is 100% better he'll get to run through lovely green fields and graze just like all the other horses."
Spirit (Adopted – July 2013) – 14 yr. OTTBAdopter: Hailee Loiselle & Kayla Mascetti
Hailee is one of our wonderful young volunteers and Kayla is also, here at Peaceful Ridge Rescue. They has been working tirelessly to help all the horses here at our ranch! They both have been with us since 2010 and they loves the horses and do all they can to make them comfortable. Spirit was one of the first horses that was rescued prior to the creation of Peaceful Ridge Rescue. He was primarily used by the original ranch as a trail horse, but was and still is very dear to all of us. Spirit was originally leased out to Kayla in the summer of 2012, who then wanted to adopt him and share him with Hailee, to teach her about horses. Today Spirit is loved by both girls, but is mainly handled by Hailee, who now has learned how to ride and has a wonderful relationship with her stubborn partner! Spirit is a calm and beautiful horse, who loves to be around kids, and is a perfect fit for Hailee who is a small girl learning the ropes of being a horse owner. Hailee and Spirit have developed a bond together through the tireless help of the Peaceful Ridge Rescue team.
Dreamer (Sponsored – Jan 2015) – 8 yr. old OTTB
Adopter: Kayla Mascetti
Kayla is one of the wonderful volunteers here at Peaceful Ridge Rescue. She has been working tirelessly to help all the horses here at our ranch! Kayla has been with us since 2010 and she loves the horses and does all she can to make them comfortable.
Dreamer is an 8 year old OTTB. She was found in an abandoned field with another horse PRR took in named Haven. Kayla fell in love with her about a year and a half ago. She had two previous owners who adored her, but were unable to support her many food and medical expenses. She is having difficulties with her feet, they aren't perfect and it will take time to rebuild. She is doing all she can do, to help Dreamer become more comfortable. Kayla’s hope is that one day she will finally get over all her hoof problems and one day be a great trail horse or maybe even an all-around horse. This spunky mare has a very unique character and personality.
Polo (Adopted - May 2015) Paso Fino
Another great adoption success story!!! Thank you to Alyssa for adopting sweet Polo. We are even more grateful that you board him here so he and Bob can stay together. He is such a great Paso Fino.
Adopter: Susan Pfister
Susan, "Charlie is the first horse I've ever owned. I've always loved horses and I took some riding lessons with my daughter many years ago, but that's the extent of my horse experience. I saw an advertisement for volunteers needed at PRR and I thought it would be a good way to help horses and be around them. I started volunteering in February 2013. I told my husband how I love the horses and would like to ride again. I spoke to Laura about looking for a really lazy, slow and patient horse. I had no experience with horses at all so I didn't want anything crazy. One day she told me about Charlie who had been given up by a little girl because he was lazy and she couldn't get him to do anything...sounded perfect for me. When I first met him it wasn't love at first sight it was more like wow you're big and I'm scared already!! The thing about Charlie is he taught me everything I know about horses and he was and still is very patient with me. I think he knew I was scared, but he was very gentle with me. He has Navicular which is a disease of the navicular bone. It's very painful and when it flares up he can't be ridden. I knew no one would adopt him with his condition or if they did they'd ride him into the ground and not help his problem. I had fallen in love with him, so Charlie became my first horse. He's taught me so much. I've ridden other horses at the barn, but when I'm on Charlie it feels like home. He knows me and I know him so well. He's my first love!!"
Romeo (Adopted - March 2016) – 20 yr. old Warmblood
Adopter: ElizabethAdopted March 2016
Kimberly and her daughter, Elizabeth, adopted Romeo in March 2016. How did this happen? Kim is not too sure! Elizabeth was an avid soccer player, 8th in the state, in fact. One day, she decided that she didn’t what to play soccer anymore and wanted to volunteer at Peaceful Ridge Rescue. And as they say, the rest is history…
Elizabeth very quickly bonded with Romeo. She came to the barn every day and groomed him, fed him, picked his feet and above all learned to treat his chronic Florida sores. A true match made in heaven. Romeo is now in Southwest Ranches loving life. The barn is small and quiet. He has buddies and Kim swears he knows some of the horses at a neighboring show barn from his show days. He neighs at them and they neigh back. You never know…
Elizabeth is now taking lessons and hoping to do dressage with Romeo. When asked if this was a successful match, with no hesitation, Kim said “absolutely”.
We agree and are thrilled that Romeo has finally found his “FOREVER HOME”.
Tall Bob, (Adopted - March 2015) Paso Fino
Adopter: Peggy Patterson
Tall Bob is a 5yo Paso Fino gelding. Ridiculously sweet, calm, and nice under saddle. He has zero health issues and is gaining his weight back at a nice healthy pace. Neck rubs and carrots are his kryptonite.
Tenacity (Adopted – January 2015) – 4 yr. old OTTB
Tenacity was part of a police seizure of OTTBs and was the youngest of the bunch. He was underweight but overall very spirited with a huge heart. John came to Peaceful Ridge Rescue to adopt a quarter horse. He saw Tenacity and they immediately liked each other. John sponsored him for a few months while the rescue trainer worked with Tenacity and John really bonded with him. He made the decision in December, 2014 and they have been enjoying each other ever since.
Shorty, Arabina and Tiffany (left to right), March 2014:
Sandy adopted Shorty, a Standardbred on May 2014. She realized that Arabina was Shorty's buddy, and in June 2014 Sandy adopted her, too. As she was working in the barn, she noticed a big thoroughbred mare, named Tiffany, who always stood with her face in the corner of the stall. One day, as Sandy stood with her back to Tiffany, the big horse put her big head on Sandy's shoulder. From that time on there was a bond. Sandy adopted her third senior horse, Tiffany in October 2014!
After Sandy adopted them, the three horses started looking amazing and healthy! Sandy Piacente is a horse adopter, PRR's Website designer, Board member and volunteer. She has been working, tirelessly, to help all the horses here at our ranch! Sandy has been with us since March 2014 and is an experienced horse listener who likes to work with difficult horses.
Cathi and Slim Shady - A New Beginning With a Happy Ending
The moment he walked off the trailer the delicately boned OTTB got a new name...Slim Shady. He was also ready for a new career and a new home, and Peaceful Ridge Rescue was happy to help in his transition. Slim was a stream-lined, 4 year old that had a kind eye. Cathi was an at home Mom that was volunteering for the rescue and definitely not looking for a horse for herself. Fate had a different plan.
Cathi has a diabetic daughter, Shelby, that was home schooled and horse obsessed. They came to Peaceful Ridge to lease a horse for Shelby and volunteer. They quickly became part of the family.
Slim was adopted (his first day) and while walking through the barn with Laura Jones, Cathi looked over and their eyes met. Cathi said, "That’s my horse". Laura replied, "I’m sorry but he’s already spoken for". Cathi was heartbroken. Laura tried to comfort her, "You will find your horse. If it’s meant to be with Slim it will be." Slim was returned within 30 days, during which Cathi had never stopped thinking about him. She knew the last thing she needed was a horse…she also knew she could never let him go again.
"I recommend rescuing a horse because they know. They have something traumatic that happened to them in the past. They are so grateful and bond very quickly with their new owners. Slim is in his forever home and I just love him. More than I thought possible." Peaceful Ridge is grateful to people like Cathi for taking on a horse with no known past and an unsure future. Without adopters like her, what we do would not be so fulfilling.