It’s the hardest part of our job here at Elouera, but we have long since realised that we need to be brave. We fight through the tears, sadness and anger to focus on the horse and it’s needs. We can’t change their past or wipe their memories of torture, neglect or abandonment, but we can change their future and replace those memories with love, care and kindness.
Each horse that comes to us has their own story, some are luckier than others; which in itself is sad to say, because they aren’t lucky to be have been through any of this. If you have a weak stomach I suggest you stop reading here; however feel free to visit our donate page and pledge a donation, however small, so we can continue to support these horses where others can’t.
In November 2016 we took in our first rescues, Cookie (black) and Jasper (grey). They are a couple of sweethearts, literally, they are boyfriend and girlfriend and had a foal together – Zuki. Their neglect had been long term and they were in a bad state, we fought to get the whole family, but the owners would not relinquish Zuki, so we were left to just take mum and dad. We vowed to return and rescue Zuki. Spoiler alert we went back for Zuki later and managed to rescue him too.
In August 2017 Harli came to us in a bad way. Harli is an ex-race horse who was retrained and lived with a private owner. After running through some barbwire he sustained a nasty injury to his right hind leg. The owner sought medical assistance for him, but on the results of the vet’s assessment were unable to financially care for him, both in the immediate and long term. Harli was then surrendered to Elouera and we began the his long road to recovery. You wouldn’t think to look at him now, it’s like it never happened. This is what the right care, time and love can do to a horse. Never given up on them, ever!
The brave and gorgeous Chino arrived with us in November 2018. Chino suffered extensive wounds after he was tied up at a star picket fence, spooked, then bolted. In doing so he dragged one of the pickets with him which bounced and pierced him, slicing his whole left side from front to back. His owner was unable to afford the vet bills and he was headed for the doggers if we didn’t intervene. Elouera didn’t hesitate to take him in and I am pleased to say that with the investment, resources, and care, Chino has returned to full health and will be up for adoption once he is back in work.