On March 25, 2013 we bought her from the auction. She is a 2006 Quarter Horse mare who came into the rescue emaciated, dehydrated and completely haunted.
We began her TLC and, only a few days later, we found out that she was still owned.
It turns out that her owners, who have had her since she was three, had given her away on lease back in October due to her mother being sick with cancer. The family wanted to find her somewhere she would be looked after while they cared for their own.
We feel blessed and very happy that we were contacted to bring her into the rescue after she was almost shipped, unnoticed, to slaughter. We are even more thrilled that her owners contacted us and, after working out some of their concerns, we were able to re-unite them with her. We are looking forward to seeing photos of her in the near future and can't wait to see her back as her happy previous self.
This story might have had a happy ending, but there is a very important lesson in all of this - be very careful in leasing your horses off property. Make sure you have signed paperwork and a contract stating the lease terms, which was not done here. In this case, the owners still had her registered paperwork and, with the help of lots of references, were able to prove to us that they are in fact Hope's owners, but this is not always the way these stories end.
Please be careful and vigilant as there are horse thieves and abusers everywhere. Make sure you have a paper trail and that if you are going to participate in an off-site lease, you make sure to get regular updates on your horse from the leasing party.