So many of our horses and foals are here to run into 2016 after being saved from auction in 2015, including Kitty, forefront in this photo. Kitty is one of three mares we saved who is expecting a baby this year! We have a lot to celebrate as we close the gate to 2015, and open it wide to new possibilities in the new year. Thank you to those of you who continue support us, and who have helped to make these new beginnings possible. Wishing you much love and joy in 2016.

Two (three!?) More Enter our Gates.....

It's a cold and gloomy day, but the light is shining brightly here regardless. The mare and foal pair we picked up last night are here, and wow, are they beautiful! Keep in mind that I agreed to buy these two sight unseen - the owner told me he was taking them to the auction this past thursday, so I asked him to hold them back. All I knew was that there was a paint mare and 3 to 4 month old foal. There was no doubt that he was serious, as he'd taken a group to tofield auction last weekend (we saved one). We didn't get much of a chance to see this pair when we picked them up as it was freezing and windy, and then night fell before we got home. So, I was up at 5 thirty a.m. waiting for dawn! I can't stop looking at them. They are basically unhandled, so I have some work to do with the 7ish year old mare in particular, but that's nothing new to me, and they are definitely worth it. I need to work on that mane too! I'm so grateful that we were given a chance to buy them before auction... the mare has a foal on board as well (but no, there are no papers...).

It's a cold and gloomy day, but the light is shining brightly here regardless. The mare and foal pair we picked up last night are here, and wow, are they beautiful! Keep in mind that I agreed to buy these two sight unseen - the owner told me he was taking them to the auction this past thursday, so I asked him to hold them back. All I knew was that there was a paint mare and 3 to 4 month old foal. There was no doubt that he was serious, as he'd taken a group to tofield auction last weekend (we saved one). We didn't get much of a chance to see this pair when we picked them up as it was freezing and windy, and then night fell before we got home. So, I was up at 5 thirty a.m. waiting for dawn! I can't stop looking at them. They are basically unhandled, so I have some work to do with the 7ish year old mare in particular, but that's nothing new to me, and they are definitely worth it. I need to work on that mane too! I'm so grateful that we were given a chance to buy them before auction... the mare has a foal on board as well (but no, there are no papers...).

9 Saved at Auction (September 26-27, 2015)!

The two day Fall auction that marks the anniversary of the sale where we saved Adorado's mom Peaches back in 2012 was one of the toughest I have ever experienced - I went to the sale both days, the second day on my own, and am still debating how much of that experience to share; apparently, the tofield auction mart follows Adorado Nino's Facebook page. I have never said anything negative about them - ever - but i have a few things i'd like to say now. Full stop for the time being. In terms of the good news, over 2 days, we saved two stunning mares who are likely in foal, 3 foals, and 2 yearlings. So, all in all, 9? I tried to save more, but did the best i could. I am struggling with that now and will for some time....the faces of those we lost. These we brought home are pretty gorgeous, dont you think? Thank God for those of you who support what we do.... i would not have made it through today without you.

More Auction Foals Safe!

More Auction Foals Safe!

In August 2015, we picked up these 6 foals, all about 3 months of age, from the local auction mart. These babies were way to young to be there - it's a terrifying experience for any horse or foal - but they are on their way to a wonderful future, now. Thank you to our farrier, Leah, who contacted me from the sale, and helped to make this happen, and to those special people who donated funds at the last second, so that we could buy them and get them to safety!

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Standardbred filly's Racing Career Ends - but she Enters the Starting Gate to Her New Life

About A month ago, I came across an internet post indicating that a young dark bay filly had 24 hours to find a home, or would ship to slaughter.  It turned out that she was only two years old, coming three, and that her harness racing career was short lived, as she'd suffered some type of injury to one ankle.  Sadly, many race horses are shipped without having any chance to find a home, so I'm very grateful to the trainers who made it possible for us to hook up our trailer and race into the city before it was too late for this stunning girl.  She is a very enthusiastic, energetic, and intelligent standardbred and we have been trying to name her based on some suggestions posted on Adorado Nino's FB page, but so far, a fitting barn name is eluding me.  She is going to have her injured ankle examined and x-rayed by a lameness specialist and surgeon this coming week, so hopefully, her prognosis is a good one.  What a doll she is - so loves to run, buck and play, and literally seems to say, "Look at me- I'm so happy to be here!"

For Jessie

I wrote this a few days after we lost our Jessie and thought I'd share it, as I know so many friends miss those horses who they have loved and lost- (in the photo below, Jessie is on the right).

For Jessie

 

Life is excruciatingly fragile –  

Yet there is no way to wrap it            ,

And keep it like a package

To truly grasp tightly to it.

We cannot dig in hard enough,

Pull back on the reins with enough

Whoah- to keep those we are

Enamoured with – here –

Entrenched in the grit of it;

For when it is time they will break

Free – of us – of all that can be

Touched with the glove, the eye

The brush – and soar – gallop

Into a place we cannot see,

Nor visit – until such time

As we hit that gait – flow

Fast, to a hidden dimension,

tear after them – wide open

Hurried feet high off the ground

Pounded dust exchanged for

vapour of exquisite lightness –

where to hold on is not necessary.

As to break free of earthy

constraint  - no tracked time –

and ride a wave of unconscious magic,

Catch up to those we’ve looked after-

know their familiar form without hands

Love again - close up- forever free  -

That is the greatest and divine finish.

 

January 10, 2015 Lynn Tracy

 

Evie

About a week ago, Cherylann Blaikie let me know that another well loved horse was lost just days after our precious Jessie. I will rely on Cherylann's words in describing "Stevie":

"My closest friend had to put her horse down ...[s]he had him his whole life, even groomed his mother before he was born. He was 35. I've known him for 22 years myself. It's so heartbreaking. There is just never enough time! 

I'm so glad the he was active a trotting around right up to the last few days when thing started shutting down. He was never unsound or in pain. He just suddenly got very tired and weak wasn't wanting to eat or drink much. He told his Mommy that it was time. Only true horse lovers understand the magnitude of the loss of a beloved horse. His name was Stevie, (Docs Stevador)....

Stevie was a spunky smart sensitive horse with that classic DocBar 'am I in trouble' look in his eyes. A more versatile athletic willing and kind horse would be difficult to find.... He was very well cared for and loved beyond words. I'm so glad I was blessed to know him so well. He was a best buddy to my horse Lazarus that I lost in May 2009. I'm sure he knows how much we will always love him! Lazarus has been waiting to see him again."

Stevie's mom does not know about this yet, but I offered to name the one 'nameless' adoptable filly after Stevie, and Cherylann thought it was a wonderful idea. I hope that his mom agrees - I had given serious consideration to naming this filly after Jessie, but this just felt so right. Caron and Cherylann, I share your heartache at this time, but hope that this lifts you up, as you remember your special man, and think of him reunited with Lazarus. This is a little tribute to the large love experienced by Docs Stavador, aka "Stevie". This filly, whose life it just beginning, was my favorite at the auction - she had such a beautiful and patient energy, despite the chaos around her. May she be as treasured, and have as full a life, as the beautiful guy who has inspired her barn name. Introducing....Evie.

Deva

As Deb Hokanson were messaging today in relation to the sudden loss of Jessie, she told me about the first TB mare she rescued from the track, named "Deva," aka "Devasted." Deb's family fell for this mare, who was from California, and decided to keep her; she was her husband's horse and had a bond with her grand daughter as well - she was very much loved. And because Deva loved to jump, they had her in training to become a hunter/jumper. Then a sudden veterinary emergency forced Deb to make the hardest choice those of us who truly love our horses ever have to make - she had to let her go. 

As we hold on to our memories, it helps to share with those who understand how deeply one can love a horse - how they are forever missed. And we always want to say the right thing, or do something to help our 'horse friends.' And it is the least i can do, but it just seemed right to name one of the adoptable bay fillies after this treasured mare. Deb thought it was a wonderful idea saying that it is lovely to think that Deva's memory lives on through a foal who is so lively and who has so much ahead of her in this life. "Deva" means 'heart of allowing.'

Thank you, Deb, for sharing the story of your precious mare with me. I hope that this little girl finds her meant-to-be family who will love her as much as you loved your precious TB. We will love her in the meantime. This is a photo of Deb's beloved mare. And also, let me formally introduce you to our....

Teddy Pirate Stays Where He Landed....

Pirate, aka 'the Teddy Pirate" is no longer up for adoption. When we purchased him at auction, we only knew that he was a tiny colt who was going to the feedlot and then slaughter, if we didn't intervene; we only found out he was already registered with the Alberta Quarter Horse Association, when we paid for all the foals - papers often come with the foals and given that we bought 9 that day, I did not look that closely at the papers - until recently, when we started getting inquiries about his blood lines - when I looked at them, I realized that he was the product of a mare being bred to her own colt. I have not yet called the breeder to find out if this was accidental, but i did call the AQHA and it is their practice to register any foal that is subject to the proper paperwork and out of two registered parents. I was waiting for a veterinary opinion, and today, i was told that because of the lack of genetic disparity, he is more prone to congenital diseases, and that he may not be that trainable. Please be aware that this is very atypical, and that in the 5 years we have been buying at auction, we have never seen a foal or horse with breeding 'this close up' - i just don't want to propagate the myth that auction horses are somehow defective - many of the breeders sell next to ALL of their foals from a given year at the fall production sale, not just a few of them who may have issues. I am willing to take the risks that come with him, but I do have more than a few to train and ride, so it's not right to expect that from someone else. He will be safe here, no matter what emerges in time. So, all that said, I guess we have ourselves a Teddy Pirate! So far, he is halter broke and leading, and I hope to turn him into a solid riding horse one day. He sure is cute! I hope you will cheer him on from here. 

If we had any kind of flag it would be at half mast - we have the Christmas lights on instead, and will keep them on for some time. I ask that you be patient with me if i dont respond to messages this week. We are beyond deeply saddened and shocked at the loss of our beloved Jessie, Jonathan's first riding horse, who passed away incredibly suddenly and without warning, yesterday. Jessie was a ranch horse before he came into our lives, and was one of those special gifts who had amazing abilities as a performance horse, and yet would be the most gentle soul if any child or novice rider got on his back. He was the lead horse in his pasture group of 11, and was closely bonded with our mare, Misty - she is clearly looking for him today - they were inseparable in turn out. 

We love you, Jessie, and can't quite grasp the fact that you are gone -Jonathan was saying yesterday, through tears, how he learned so much from you, and had thought you would be with him always. I literally had to go out and tear him away from you in the pasture last night - he was hugging your frame, and crying so loudly that I could hear him hundreds or meters away, from the house. But I told him that you were not there - that you had gone. There are no words to describe what you meant to us and the rest of your group - love, admiration, and respect were yours here. We know you were happy to your core and that is something to hang on to for now. 

All of our love, our sweet and strong Jessie. Take care of Adorado on the other side of the rainbow bridge? - but then, I guess no real care is needed there - I hope that you are immersed in immense joy and peace, and are running, bathed in light gleaming and warm, with the boy. xoxoxoxoxo Thank you for teaching Jonathan so much, and for being his incredible, patient, and beautiful friend.

Even though we have a relatively small following of special people, I feel that I can never thank you enough for your support. Nothing can change for the majority of horses and foals who face slaughter without people who understand what is happening in Canada, and who care to change their fate. No, we didn't sure didn't change the world for horses in 2014 - - but we did forever change the world of those particular foals and horses who lived to see 2015 because some of us cared enough to make that happen. I know I said it on New Year's eve on our FB page, but I have to say it again: Thank you to those of you who have supported us this past year, and Bless you all.

These precious auction foals got to see 2015....Happy New Year!

This isn't an elaborate video, but just a tiny clip of the foals we were able to save at the September 2014 (two day) auction - six are still up for adoption. This is the only moment I actually breathe and think properly on auction day - - the moment when the trauma of all of those lost is balanced against that sense of relief and exhilaration that comes from knowing that some babies are arriving in a 'sunny' place. At this moment, a figurative door opened for these foals - they made their way toward a renewed chance at a bright life. (We still had to make a trip back to the auction mart to pick up Sonita (bay mare in foal) and yearling filly Solitaire (since adopted), when this clip was taken - but we sure got a lot of munchkins on board for the first ride)?!

We go into the new year in celebration of what we have been able to endure and accomplish with your love and support. Again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! xoxo from everyone of the 52 precious foals and horses here at Adorado's Legacy. We wish you Peace and Love in 2015, and look forward to continuing on this journey with you in the coming year - a journey which was inspired by little colt with a huge presence and a zest for life: our beloved Adorado.

Thank you to my Two Spectacular Special Santas!

I was the only foal lucky enough to have TWO Santas, Connie King, and Laura Copping, both of whom suggested names for me (thank you)! After a name draw, I finally have a barn name all my own now, submitted by Laura. I'm told that my name was derived from and inspired by the name, 'Red Spirit', which was condensed to "Sherry" which is a type of reddish coloured wine/spirit. My name is to be pronounced as in, 'Mon Cheri' which has a pretty sweet meaning. Formally introducing:

If you would still like to support some of our babies by being a special Santa...

If you would still like to support Adorado's Legacy by being a SPECIAL SANTA, and sponsoring your foal or horse of choice, these 4 yearlings are very deserving of a stocking (with your santa name on it) in the barn. Some of you will know that these little ones need no introduction, but for those who are new to us (thank you!), Raiden, far left, and Glo, far right, were saved at the fall auction in 2013. De Oro, (left center) is Adorado's full brother, of course - born here to Peaches in 2013. And little Addie was born about the same time to Scarlett (also saved at the 2013 fall auction while in foal). 

These are four of the sweetest souls you will ever come across. I was working with De Oro this morning, and he is very easy going, and wants to figure out what you want him to do - he really reminds me very much of his big brother, Adorado, in temperament -  which is a bittersweet but beautiful thing. 

Please consider supporting one of these sweet boys for Christmas? Any contribution can be sent to adoradoslegacy@gmail.com, through pay pal or e-transfer. Thank you for loving the horses!

Be Our Special Santas While We WAIT for the GIFT of a Forever Home?

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          Ho, Ho, Ho!  I know there are many 'babies' worldwide to sponsor during the 'holiday season' (and we sponsor a human child year round), but it looks like 6 of the foals who we saved at the September 2014 auction will be staying for Christmas, as they wait for the gift of a wonderful home.  If you would like to 'Santa Up' for one of the SIX babies, by contributing ANY amount, we will put up a stocking for them in the barn, and put your name on it as their Special Santa - unless you would prefer to remain a truly Secret Santa.  We will also send you a card with their photo on it, recognizing your support.  Also, as a foal's SPECIAL SANTA, you may submit a suggested barn name for your select foal - more than one SANTA for each would be amazing, in which case we will draw one name from those submitted.  

          If you would like to be a SPECIAL SANTA, please send any contribution via paypal or e-transfer to ADORADOSLEGACY@GMAIL.COM and include a message describing the foal you would like to 'santa up' to, whether or not we can publicly post your name on their stocking, and any name submission you have for your selected foal.  ALSO, please include your mailing address, if you would like to permit us to send you a card recognizing your kindness and generosity. 

          Please know that we have 46 other horses and foals in our care, and some, including geldings Georgio, and Irresistable Blue, are newly rescued from auction.  If you would like be a special santa to any one of them, we will put up a stocking for them too - the foals don't eat apples and carrots yet, but the 'big babies' certainly do!  

          Every single penny of any amount donated will go directly to the care of the foals and horses; vaccinations (including boosters) and deworming for one foal is almost $100, for instance, and our monthly hay bill is presently over $2,400 per month.  Every foal available for adoption, and the new geldings were vet checked, and Irresistable Blue required dental surgery for a problem with is still requiring treatment.  One of the fillies requires hernia surgery.  These are not exactly Christmas toys, but the health and welfare of these deserving foals and horses is the best gift that we can possibly provide to them.  And we will sneak some treats into their stockings.  :)

          Thank you for your compassion for these beautiful creatures, and for any support your provide to Adorado's Legacy.  Merry Christmas to all!