Each of our residents here at Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary have beautiful stories of triumph. Read on to to learn about the obstacles they have overcome, and how they’re helping others! All of our horses also have their own monthly support plan, so be sure to show your favorite some love. Don’t worry, all donations are tax deductible! You can also learn about who else is supporting FAAAS.
Known as Big Amos on the race track, this 8 year old joined us on June 23, 2017. Previously a race horse on a track in West Virginia, he was sent to auction and purchased by a kill buyer (meat man) to be slaughtered. Luckily our connections at The RACE FUND got ahold of him before he shipped for processing! Emaciated and suffering from many injuries that happened both on and off the track, he is only one of the many race horses who get abandoned when they stop winning or become injured. We are lucky to be able to provide him with a warm stall and lots of fresh hay. Spirit has been diagnosed with a variety of conditions including severe arthritis, narcolepsy, obsessive compulsive and anxiety disorders. Treated terribly after he got off the track, Spirit is safe now. Spirit is now a member of our treatment team for our EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) Animal Assisted Therapy program. This program officially launched in May of 2018! He will be one of 7 horse residents helping military veterans and other who suffer emotionally through our EAGALA program. Please consider sponsoring him. He requires a LOT of extra TLC to keep him comfortable!
By donating monthly, you can help Spirit on his road to recovery!
One of our hardest cases, Passion was rescued on April 10, 2009. 2 years old and suffering from worms, malnourishment (300 lbs underweight), with most of her tail and mane pulled off, she had been severely abused and neglected. This all happened on a southern Ohio Amish farm. Her previous owners beat her and kept her locked up in a small closet. Her stall was never cleaned and she was provided with no water or hay. Once rescued, her rehabilitation began. Attended by a volunteer, Passion took walks around the sanctuary. She began to assimilate into a herd for the first time, slowly learning to socialize with the other horses and people. By winter 2010, this once frightened little pony had not only learned to trust humans, but became the first greeter of visitors to our farm! She is now the resident escape artist of FAAAS, opening gate locks to let the other horses out, stealing grooming brushes, cell phones, hoho’s, and opening up garbage pails. Though she suffers from stomach ulcers, insulin resistance, arthritis, thyroid imbalances and more, she thoroughly enjoys her time with her friends here. Passion is a client favorite during Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions. She teaches clients how to trust again and is always ready for an equine activity in the paddock like hula hooping or playing soccer.
Would you like to help this spunky pony continue her reign of terror at FAAAS? Choose a monthly donation option today!
Originally known as Crafty Cape during 7 years of his racing career, his story begins at Beulah Park Racetrack on April 14, 2012. Just nine days after running his final race there, he was abandoned. Left behind a barn, a rescue network partner found him and contacted Michele to assist in Freedom’s rescue. Four days later, on April 18, 2012, Freedom joined our sanctuary. For the first time, he would be part of a herd. Life on a farm takes time, but Freedom’s demeanor is easy because he knows instinctively that he is safe here. After a year of rest from the track, and given time to acclimate to his new herd and his new life on the farm, Freedom has free run of our 10-acre pasture and is enjoying his new digs. Freedom began training to carry experienced, advanced riders however after a coffin bone fracture in his foot and arthritis he comes up sore and no longer rides. He also suffers from recurring colic episdoes and is on a special diet plus herbal supplements to help control that. Freedom is now a therapy horse here where he helps humans with their own recovery as a EAGALA Equine Assisted Therapy horse. Freedom knows how to teach clients to slow it down and not stress out! Keep Freedom happy and healthy by becoming one of his sponsors today!
Bodi’s Buddy “Sage”
Meet Bodi’s Buddy (renamed Sage), an 20+ year old off the track thoroughbred who has now made his way to a life of retirement at FAAAS (as of October 2016). Here he will stay and has become a vital part of our animal assisted therapy program soon. Our network of friends rescued him from the New Holland Auction, kill pen in Pennsylvania late one Sunday evening in September 2016, before the meat man shipped him to slaughter. Bodi was at the auction with 5 other OTTB’S and he was the only one that didn’t have a home offer from other rescues. We couldn’t turn our backs on him. Bodi suffers from a previous shoulder injury, arthritis, anxiety, colic and more. To help him with anxiety, Bodi recieves Reiki Therapy along with medicine and supplements for his other ailments. Bodi is known to teach friends to push through depression and overcome anxiety. Bodi is still on the road to recovery and could use a hand. Support him with a monthly donation today!
Hap The App
Meet Hap the App. In November of 2016, we happily welcomed this beautiful now 29 year young Appaloosa gelding to our facility. Now a retiree, Hap the App spends his days frolicking in the fields with his friends here at FAAAS. He was retired to us by a wonderful family who understood that they couldn’t take care of him any longer at the boarding facility where he once called home as a lesson horse and trail riding companion. We are more than happy to give this senior guy a loving home! Hap is already become a healing element to the Military Veterans and barn buddies, and many visitors of FAAAS! Hap is the comedian of the herd, always playful playing halter tag with Spirit in the pasture! Hap has a very special bond and connection with Bodi and Spirit. When Spirit struggles with his addictive behavior, Hap is the first in line to nudge his butt and remind him that he needs to go off and enjoy life with the herd, and not to let his addictions and stress get the best of him! Hap teaches everyone the beauty of patience around here. He is a wonderful teacher to all that meet him! Give our old friend some love by supporting him monthly.
Allegro (previously Fash)
Registered as Pioneer Fashion of Pride, previously called Fash, now called Allegro, meaning swift with the wind, quick tempo, fast moves turns 26 in the spring of 2020. He’s a Tennessee Walker with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder). Allegro had been with various adopters since he was surrendered to us several years ago, but then got returned to our sanctuary in November of 2018 when his last adopter could no longer care for him. When he arrived here at FAAAS in November of 2018, his teeth hadn’t been floated for a while and his feet were in need of some extra work. After our farrier examined and trimmed him for the first time after his arrival in November, she told us that “His front feet have a dropped sole, some bruising and the white line is pretty stretched out, he may require shoes eventually make him more comfortable.” To top if off, our sweet buddy has lesions in his right eye from an old injury, that were worrisome to the vet. Our vet prescribed an antibiotic creme and other antibiotics to help Allegro get better. He wears a fly mask year round outside to keep the elements out of his previously injured eye. We’ve gotten his feet, teeth and eye issues under control and his body condition has greatly improved as well! His COPD hadn’t been an issue until this Spring of 2019 and he now requires medications to help him get more comfortable. Allegro is also now on arthritis and joint supplements as he’s showing us that he is stiff, when he’s not on them. We are feeding him senior feed which helps him gain further weight and muscle. Allegro is fitting in nicely. He’s joined our treatment team as an Eagala certified therapy horse here helping heal military veterans, first responders, teens and adults dealing with trust issues, acceptance, stress, anxiety and grief. Would you consider showing him love by supporting Allegro monthly?
Doc (a.k.a Mount Defiance)
Welcome Home, Doc, an almost 7 year old OTTB, born with a deformity called sway back. Because of this deformity, Doc’s racing career was short-lived and like far too many, he was on his way to a kill-pen when he was rescued by our friends from The Race Fund. Doc arrived at the sanctuary in the early morning hours of March 25th, and is well into his integration with our herd and preparing to enter into a very long, purposeful life as part of our EAP treatment team. This gentle giant has the sweetest, most gentle demeanor and is quickly becoming a sanctuary favorite, winning over even the likes of strong-willed Freedom. Our hearts were broken when we said goodbye to Shari last year, and her stall remained empty awaiting Doc’s arrival. Our sanctuary “forever home” once again feels “complete.”