Known as Big Amos on the race track, this 7 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 he suffered 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 on the track. We are lucky to be able to provide him with a warm stall and lots of fresh hay. Our vet has diagnosed him with a variety of conditions including severe arthritis, rain rot, mouth ulcers and more. Spirit was treated terribly after he got off the track, but he's safe now. Spirit will be part of our EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) Animal Assisted Therapy program beginning in Spring of 2018! He will be one of 6 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!
In November of 2014, FAAAS received this 20 year young ex-broodmare, Trakehner Warmblood mare “Shari” as an owner surrender. Shari was placed with a new home and protected with our First Right of Refusal Contract. When her situation turned sour, we rescued her once again. Our barn buddy David paired up with Jasper County Sherif Department to bring her to our sanctuary safely. Due to multiple rehoming, we have decided to make her a permanent resident here at FAAAS. Shari is currently suffering from tumors on her reproductive organs. Luckily, we have caught this early. She is receiving treatment and extra hay too!
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 pulled off, she had been severely abused and neglected. Her previous owners beat her and kept her locked up in a small closet. Her stall was never cleaned and she was provided with very little food and no water. Once rescued, her rehabilitation began. Attended by Paul Bolinger, 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 and the occasional mood swing, she thoroughly enjoys her time with her friends here.
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. Left behind a barn, Canter, Ohio, found him and contacted Michele to assist in Freedom’s rescue. Four days later, on April 18, 2012, Freedom joined our sanctuary. Becoming accustomed for the first time to being part of a herd, and 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 continues his training to carry riders for light riding on the farm; a new career for a thoroughbred with too much life and too beautiful a stride to be wasted on retirement. Freedom suffers from colic symptoms. He is on a special diet and herbal supplements to keep it under control.
Meet Bodi’s Buddy, an 18 year old off the track thoroughbred who has now made his way to a life of retirement at FAAAS (as of October 2016), where he will stay and hopefully become 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 couldnt turn our backs on him.
Meet Hap the App! In November of 2016, we happily welcomed this beautiful 27 year young Apaloosa gelding to our facility. Now a retiree, Hap the App will be spending his days frolicking in the fields with his new friends here at FAAAS. He was retired to us by a wonderful family who understood that they couldn't take care of him locally anymore. We're 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!