During the interview, Elizabeth was asked what horse was the epitome of our rescues, and whose rescue stood out. Ulysses’ rescue and rehabilitation immediately came to mind, because his story really shows what rescue is- it is not flipping horses and only focusing on those horses who can be adopted out; also, rescue isn’t about completely rehabilitating a horse who has been abused and “fixing” him.
The truth is, abuse and neglect leaves scars- sometimes physical, sometimes emotional, but they are there, nonetheless. Rescue is about taking a horse in and loving him and caring for him, and letting him know he is safe now and will be safe for the rest of his life.
Ulysses can never be ridden again; he will always carry those scars from those who abused him. Nevertheless, his life has value and he deserves to live out the rest of his life in safety, knowing he is loved.
The Animal Rescue Site created a lovely video (below), and you can read their article here: “Severely Abused Horse Left To Die In Dry Riverbed Gets Rescued Just In Time.”
Finally a huge thank you to Andrea Powell from The Animal Rescue Site for her time and creating the video and post!