When 'Adorado' was saved from a Canadian slaughter plant and reunited with his mother, Peaches, after they were separated at an Alberta auction, he was only known as an 'appy colt' - the light that he ignited in the hearts of a small group of worldwide followers during his ensuing fight to live, however, inspired the name, "Adorado Nino," meaning 'adored boy' in spanish. His sudden passing, less than a year after his rescue, left a void in his home pasture that can never be filled by any other colt - while at the same time, the special grace that he displayed during his short year of life, and the recognition that so many like him face a more tragic end, inspired a legacy.
Adorado, aka, 'the boy'....
"Adorado's Legacy" is a new name, inspired by our precious Adorado Nino, who was reunited with his mom, Peaches, in 2012, after being rescued from the slaughter plant.
My desire to save these beautiful animals from slaughter was sparked back in 2010, when I learned of the thousands of young, sound horses and foals who were selling to the meat buyers at auction - I could not grasp that they were 'processed' in Alberta, Canada, for human consumption in foreign markets. We bought a mare and several foals at that auction, and began to acquire horses at risk for, or who had been saved from slaughter. In 2012, we bought 2 mares, and 3 foals at a 2 day sale where hundreds ran though; most sold to the meat buyers. Unbeknownst to me, at the time, that is when Adorado's story began. Without even knowing who he was, we 'coincidentally' had purchased his mom, Peaches, and his half sister at the auction where the boy was lost to his mother.
Adorado, Nino's name, meaning 'adored boy' in spanish (aka "the boy"), was derived out of recognition for the love and dedication shown to this appy colt by a small number of people from as far away as Texas and England, who began to cheer for a miracle when I was trying to get him out of the plant. This special cluster of people prayed for a miracle, and it came to fruition - the boy was saved from the plant. I have often thought, 'if only' - - if only I'd been ring side when he'd been run through - if only I'd known that Peaches, who was safe, and about to be loaded onto our trailer, was missing her foal already. If only I'd have been able to offer to pay the meat buyer for him - right then. He would have remained healthy, and he would still be here today, grazing on green pastures. He would not have succumbed to strangles, the disease his small body acquired during his 10 days at the plant.
But it was not meant to be. No amount of love could keep him here with us, and his little horse family. The way many see it, however, is that the special little colt, who ultimately lost his battle against the disease acquired at the plant, created a human family - the profound love and dedication that was consistently demonstrated by that small cluster of people who who followed the boy's story from beginning to end, was a gift. The boy, and those people who loved his spirit, and who appreciated his light, have inspired a legacy.
So, where do we go from here? The 42 horses who have come to know Adorado's home as their own will stay; they are family. But from this point forward, I would like to continue to save some of these deserving, amazing horses from auction, and to find them loving home. I do not want to become a registered charity because of the restrictions imposed on lobbying by the federal government. I simply want to be forthright and honest about slaughter, so that people can learn how the supply of horses in Canada exceeds private demand - that many foals do not even get a chance to start a life before facing a traumatic end. I owe that to the boy.
Thank you to those of you who have supported ADORADO, and ADORADO'S LEGACY; you truly have made a huge difference to some gorgeous foals and horses.
On their behalf, and mine, I thank you.
if you are Interested in Adopting:
Please e-mail ADORADOSLEGACY@GMAIL.COM and indicate WHO you would like to adopt; in reply, you will receive the Pre-Adoption Information Form to fill out. We will then contact you by phone, and if all goes well, proceed with the next step in the adoption process, which includes meeting your chosen foal!
* Please know that Foals who are adopted out though Adorado's Legacy are the subject of an adoption fee, and a contract containing clauses prohibiting breeding, prohibiting selling at auction or to meat buyers (slaughter plants or their affiliates), and providing a right of first refusal to Adorado's Legacy; these clauses are meant to follow/protect the foal or horse for life.
Two Black Beauties have been ADOPTED! Thank you, and Congratulations to Linda Dayani of the UK. You are the first person to adopt a special baby through Adorado's Legacy - and not just one, but two! This colt and filly have become bonded - it is amazing that they can stay together.
Auctions 2014 & 2015
HUNDREDS of foals and horses sold at tofield's annual production and loose horse sale/ auction on the last weekend in September, 2014; this was the 2nd anniversary of the sale where Adorado was 'lost' in 2012, and we decided to go in his memory to save some babies to adopt out. Tragically, most horses and many foals sold to the meat buyers - not by any fault of their own, but because the supply of AB foals and horses far exceeds the private demand.
WITH THE SUPPORT OF SOME AMAZING CONTRIBUTORS, WE SAVED 9 lives in 2014: 7 FOALS, 1 YEARLING, AND 1 pregnant MARE. In 2015, by complete coincidence,we saved 9 more through that auction: 4 foals, 2 yearlings, and three mares who are likely in foal. many of these beauties are available FOR ADOPTION!
A Look Back: 'Adorado's Legacy Auction' 2013:
We saved 5 at the first auction we attended in memory of the boy, including this special mare, Evelena, who was bred in Wyoming, her grey colt, at side, who we call, 'Glo,' and Evelena's then unborn foal.'
This little guy was born to Evelena the day after mother's day, 2014.
If you would like to support the special lives saved and preserved through Adorado's Legacy through a donation,please send it via pay pal or e-transfer to our e-mail address or contact us for our mailing address.
**Please note that tax receipts are not available (for reasons explained in the write up on Adorado Nino). Thank you so much for thinking of these deserving foals and horses!