You may remember Austin, a Quarter horse we took in in 2017. His owner had abandoned him at a neighboring facility because Austin was blind in one eye. Austin was underweight, had no muscle tone, he had been standing in muck and his hooves were diseased, and he had scars from fungus on his legs that had not been addressed. He was angry at the world and would threaten to bite anyone who came near him, especially when food was involved. We worked with Austin to get his physical self healed, but … [Read more...]
We adopted out Austin this year to a wonderful young woman. Austin had been dumped by his previous owner because he was blind in his left eye. Taylor did not believe that was a deterrant to his being a good horse, however, and worked with him for several months at Hanaeleh before she brought him home. She rides him out on trail and in the arena, and he is also the companion to another, younger, Quarter horse- but he's able to keep up with the young guy without a problem! His owner … [Read more...]
UPDATE: Austin Has Been Adopted!
We are so happy to announce that Austin was adopted yesterday! We took Austin in last year because he had been abandoned by his owner and suffered a great deal of neglect. He was underweight, had little muscle tone, and had fungus all across his coat and legs. He had been standing in muck for so long that his feet were diseased and infected. In addition, because he had very little human interaction, he would put his ears back and threaten to bite people when they came up to his stall, … [Read more...]
It's been a few weeks since we brought Austin back to Hanaeleh, and it was pretty obvious that our big boy needs a job. His feet have finally grown out and he's feeling great! We have been working him in the round pen, but that was getting boring for him- unfortunately with his blindness in his left eye he was uncertain in the arena, and we didn't want to try to have him run in the bigger area where he was uncomfortable. Because he has such a stoic personality, however, we thought it might be a … [Read more...]