So, without consulting my hubby Jeff, who was on a hunting trip, I jumped in and grabbed her from, well, we all know… death. I believe I paid a bail to the kill buyer of $249.00. Then the next adventure began: to find someone who would move her to the quarantine Sinse I have never rescued a horse from the kill buyers, I had no idea how all this would go. Keep in mind I live in Virginia, and she was in Pennsylvania. And all this was on the spur of the moment. Luckily Kelly put me in touch with Brandywine Vet in PA who found a person willing to transport her to the Brandywine vet for 30 days of quarantine. Keep in mind not just anyone would move these horses due to disease. This kind and wonderful woman did it for me for a bit under $150.00.
She arrived at Dr. Holt’s with a few issues: lung infection, slight fever, ulcers and heaves. Wow, what did I get myself into? Now to break the news to Jeff on his way home from hunting ….. I did it by text. It went something like this. “Honey, I want to let you know before you get home. I bought another horse. We rescued her from the kill pens. She is a nice little TWH mare……” Funny, he didn’t get mad. He just said “I’m glad you found her; we’ve needed another horse.” NOT the response I thought I’d get. Whew! It was not an ordeal like I was expecting.
Next to get Miss Ginger Snapp though the quarantine and home. Dr Holt and his team were fantastic to work with. They do a ton of rehab work with the rescues from the kill pens. They are wonderful … Susie and I went to visit Ginger after about 2 weeks there. My friend Jill met us there also. She lives close by and could check on Ginger too. When I went to meet Ginger I just stood in the stall and let her approach me. I just relaxed and took deep breaths…. And tried to convey that I was there to help her to a wonderful new life. She took a few minutes then slowly approached me. It was truly magical. I just slowly touched her and softly rubbed her all over. She allowed me to remove the red tight halter she came with and replace it with one that fit. A few photos of our first meeting:
Daisy Bicking was close enough to buzz by and give Ginger her first trim. She gives her the thumbs up. This was huge, a horse with nice feet!
I do kinda crazy things, like using a wonderful animal communicator Kathy George. We had a nice talk with Ginger. This helped hugely. The one big thing Ginger said to us was … she did not like to be alone. I promised her she would never be. And she hasn’t. Kathy said she was super smart… that she is. She had given birth at some point. She knew who I was, that I was the lady who brought her apples and carrots and removed the tight halter. She was glad that she would be coming home with me. I had Kathy tell her she could come home as soon as she feels better, to a beautiful, peaceful farm for a forever home. Where she could rest and recover and most of all be loved.
Debbie Shultz was kind enough to open her schedule and bring her to us.
Since Ginger’s arrival here, she has been helped by Jessica Lynn of Earth Song Ranch with her immune builders, equine enzymes and many other wonderful herbs, which all helped get Ginger up to snuff. She also referred me to Dr Wessner in Florida, a holistic vet who helped me with her ulcers and heaves. She has recovered nicely from both. EPM was off the charts with her blood work: she was treated with a round of pathogen and did great. YES there was a bit of money spent on this young lady. But well worth it. I kept a record. $2324.00 all together. AGAIN she was well worth every penny.
The day she arrived she fell in love with Thomas. They are inseparable.
In June of 2016 I decided, “what the heck let’s see if she can be ridden.” She was feeling good, and the time was right. Well, that went great! Other than her stirring mechanism, she is a fantastic riding partner. We are still learning to give to pressure. It is so fun to ride a walking horse… No bra needed with her. She is so smooth and fun. She loves to explore the trails with me.
Ginger has taught me so much. My daughter told me not to give up on her; she was a survivor. And that she is. She is worth it all!