Patti Lovelace knows what it means to do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Not everyone is in a position to take in a foster horse, but since she is, she uses her time and talents to affect positive change in her community. You can't do everything, but you can do something. We're a long way from ending animal cruelty, but to this one special horse, that "something" means everything. Here's what Patti has to say about Chief, her latest foster. They're both Warhorses in our eyes.
"Chief is a very old Spotted Saddle Horse or Tennessee Walking Horse gelding that was purchased at the Vale Horse Auction in April of 2016 by Carolina Feedlots who is a local kill buyer in Polk County, NC. Chief was on his way to Mexico to be slaughtered when a lady from New York purchased him to save his life.
On April 28, 2016 he went to Foothills Humane Society for a 2 week quarantine period and then came to Red Oak Farm for rehab. Chief was emaciated, had no teeth to process his food, and was covered with rain rot. He still had some old remaining winter coat that he could not shed. He had what we call 'blow outs' in all 4 hooves from where they had abscessed at the same time from lack of care.
I started feeding him 5 times a day with soaked senior feed and beet pulp with molasses. I also dewormed him and had him vaccinated. Donated Warhorse helped tackle his bad skin. With the proper nutrition, deworming, and bathing, he began to shed the old hair and his coat looked amazing. In about 2 months, he had gained 150 pounds and his coat looked like black satin. What a transformation for an old horse headed to slaughter. Today he is happy, healthy, and full of energy for an old guy."
Here at Warhorse, we aim to work for people and organizations who help other people and animals. We make small batches of Warhorse cleaners to donate to animal rescues like Chief. While we can't foster a horse, we can support Patti in her mission.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. "