OHR horses: Before and After
It all started with a horse named Katie Sue.
She was a badly neglected Percheron mare that had been posted for free on Craigslist, a popular marketplace for kill buyers. When co-founder Jane Kelly saw Katie Sue's listing and pictures of the mare with her ribs exposed and spine jutting out, she knew she needed to intervene before the horse met a perilous end. Jane contacted the owner of the horse who surrendered not only Katie Sue, but three additional horses, too. At the time, the Kelly's were still one month away from closing on their property that would become the site of today's rescue operation, so Katie Sue and the others were boarded at a facility in town. Eventually, they brought the horses home and started what has now become the thriving 30-horse sanctuary of Oregon Horse Rescue. Though Katie Sue is no longer with us, she will always have a special place at the rescue.
Rescuing Katie Sue opened up the doors for more than 100 horses who have come to Oregon Horse Rescue over the years seeking shelter and sanctuary, rehabilitation, or just a soft spot to land. While we know that our impact on these horses and our community isn’t always visible, the photos below show some of their remarkable transformations as these resilient and strong animals gained weight, were treated for medical conditions, or learned to trust again.
Please be warned: some images have graphic content.
In May of 2019, Pansy went to training with McKenna Hein of Paint the Wind Stables, thanks to funds from the Right Horse Initiative’s “Be Mine” training grant.
McKenna worked with Pansy for a little over a month before deciding to add her to her own herd. McKenna says that Pansy seemed so at home and comfortable with her, that she just had to let her stay. “She continues to surprise us with her bravery and playfulness,” McKenna wrote in a synopsis of their time together.
Pansy will now be spending time with her new brother, a Paint gelding named Banjo and will be a lesson pony for McKenna’s summer camp program.
Congrats on your happy ending, Pansy, and thank you, McKenna for giving this lovely mare a second chance to have the life she deserves!