We are very pleased to report that Lexie is now at her new home in Menifee, with several horsie friends and a lot of carrots! 🙂 Lexie is a Quarter horse who was taken in as a trade by the owner of a stable in Orange County; when she came up lame, he was going to send her to the auction. She has an enlarged knee and a clubbed right foot, so her most likely end would have been slaughter. When Hanaeleh picked up two Arabians a few weeks ago (who were also going to be sent to the auction and possibly slaughter), the owner told us about Lexie, and offered to give her to us instead.
We didn’t have much time to get her a home as the auction was last weekend, but thanks to a lot of networking, we were able to find Lexie a very nice place with a woman named Shannon up in Menifee! We picked Lexie up this morning, and while she was a bit nervous, she walked right into the trailer, and was pretty quiet for the long ride. When we stopped at her new home, however, Lexie decided that she had had enough of the trailer, and began to try to push her way out, finally scrambling out of the trailer while Elizabeth grasped the end of the rope. We finally got Lexie calmed down, and she walked back up to the trailer and began eating grass, although she did eye the trailer suspiciously, possibly wondering if we were going to ask her to get in again.
When she was calm, we walked her to the arena at her new home, where she met and flirted with several of the boys on the property. She also enjoyed a nice roll in the middle of the arena after she got a nice long drink of water. Lexie is going to have her teeth floated (what is left of them!), and she will have her knee and hoof accessed. If she can get better, and become sound, she will be used part-time in a small lesson program at her new owner’s house, although one of the students has already offered to take her home and have her as a backyard pet! 🙂 We are thankful to all of those individuals who offered to help Lexie, and we appreciate any financial support that might help us pay for the cost of transporting Lexie to her new home. With everyone’s help, we can continue to try to help rescue these horses who have done so much in their lives in service to humans. They really do deserve a more fitting end than a trip to an auction, and definitely do not deserve the horrors of a slaughterhouse.