In June 2020, we received a call about a mama horse and her 2 month old philly being dropped off at a slaughter auction. We went to attempt to rescue them from an unknown fate and keep them together. Once we arrived, we learned that The owner of the mare and philly went through a bad break up while the mare was at another farm being bred again! He didn’t want to deal with them so asked the farm to just get rid of them. And they ended up at a livestock kill auction as the easiet way to dispose of and get their “stud” fee back.
When we asked if they had names, we assumed at least the mare who we were told was approximately 12 yrs old would have one. But no....the farm that dropped them off said the owner never named her because they had asked as well. With all they had already been through and the poor condition they were in, that just broke our hearts a little more. We bid and bid to make sure we got them AND make sure they both stayed together to come here. With the initial vet visit, this girl’s age was estimated at 20 yrs old, not the 12 yrs we were told. She was determined to be quite malnourished.
Since she has been at Xanadu, she has thoroughly enjoyed just being in a pasture. Her demeanor suggests she may have been stalled for quite some time. She loves rolling in the grass, and munching on grass and hay, and LOVES her peppermint and molasses treats. She is also an exceptional mama to her baby girl Ripley, always watching out for her, and making sure she is behaving, and making sure we are too! We wanted a name to express her beautiful personality. She waited her whole life to finally have one. This is our Ella Grace~