We headed out at 10:30am to meet the hauler in Bellingham. She ended up running behind and we rerouted and met at the border at 2:30pm to swap out the horses. They all did very well in the parking lot, the most nervous one being Nigel, but he is currently our favourite because of that.
We managed to get a photo of each gelding their details organized, which you can see below. We are planning on giving them the weekend to settle in and any potential adopters can make an appointment with us to come and see them next week.
Freedom, aka Garfield as per the feedlot, is a 9 year old Arabian gelding who stands 14.2-14.3hh. He is said to have been saddled and sat on, ties well, loads and trailers okay, understands verbal commands such as "walk" and "whoa." He is a little on the nervous, but was very willing to please. He got into the trailer without much fuss and hauled quietly. He was easy to handle on the ground and will be very sweet once he has a chance to settle in. He is curious and willing.
Magic, aka Garmin as per the feedlot, is a 14 year old Arabian gelding who stands 14.2-14.3hh. His previous owners said he loads and trailers great, loves men, and is broke to ride but has not had professional training. He was their lead horse; ties great, understands "walk" and "whoa" verbal commands, is respectful of fences, and does well with dogs, cows, and honking horns. He loaded and hauled like a champ and was very easy to handle. He needs a trim, but is otherwise in good shape.
Nigel, aka Gunsmoke as per the feedlot, is a 9 year old Arabian gelding who stands 14.2-14.3hh. He is reported to have been saddled and sat on, ties well, and understands verbal commands such as "walk" and "whoa." He is said to be fine with dogs, cows, and honking horns. He is the most nervous of the four and was the hardest to load. He is curious, but definitely scared. He needs a trim, but is otherwise in good shape. He definitely needs an experienced handler who can take the time to build a bond with him.
Apollo, aka Governor as per the feedlot, is a 12 year old Arabian gelding who stands 14.2-14.3hh. He is said to have been saddle and can be ridden in a corral. His previous owners say he is calm, gentle, loves kids, and is very willing. They said he ties, trailers, and loads fine. He understands verbal commands such as "walk" and "whoa." He is said to be fine with dogs, cows, and honking horns. He loaded and hauled like a champ and was very easy to handle.
The rescue ended up costing more than we had anticipated, but we are happy to have the boys safe and sound at home.
Below is a breakdown of our costs for this rescue:
Cost to Bail: $1,600 (400 x 4)
Cost at Feedlot: $50 to pick-up
Cost of Board: $365
Cost of Hauling: $375
Cost of Vet (Coggins/Health Certificate): $410
Cost at the Border: $240
We did what we could to save on costs by making the trip over the border to meet the hauler (thanks Cheryl and Steph for helping us out at no charge), but it was still more costly than we had anticipated. Thanks to a generous donation of $1,800 from Kat in addition to $345 in other donations, we were able to make this rescue work. We were hoping we would be able to pull horses from this lot on a more frequent basis as there are tons there who need saving, but the costs just aren't feasible for us.
However, It is a great cause for anyone looking to save a nice horse right from the feedlot. These horses came from Yakima County and we found them at Auction Horses on Facebook. If you are in Washington, or the surrounding areas, and looking for a horse, we urge you to check them out and consider saving a life.
We are happy to have these boys home and are really looking forward to finding them new families so if you are interested in adopting, contact us ASAP for an adoption application or to set up an appointment. Their adoption fees are $500 with a two-week trial period. They are currently located in Maple Ridge, B.C. and would be best suited to intermediate riders and handlers.