When Toody and Lars Lundin moved to Colorado from Pennsylvania in 2010, they agonized over bringing their old draft horse along. There was no question Josh would be coming. It was just a matter of how to minimize the stress on the 25-year-old Belgian.
New Horse Rescue and Rehab Center in Franktown Colorado
With help from new neighbors, Lars contacted a man who had years of experience in transporting horses. The two took nearly a week for the 1,800-mile trip, trailering old Josh safely from Scranton to his new home in the foothills near Pine Junction.
Sadly, Josh only enjoyed the mountain air for a few months before an intestinal tumor brought his life to an end. Toody still chokes up when talking about him.
“I expected him to live 10 more years,” she said.
In March, a friend mentioned a news clip announcing the newDumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center for formerly abused and neglected horses. Featured in the clip was Natalie, a draft mare whom law enforcement authorities seized last year from a substandard rescue facility in Conejos County.
Natalie, who had been restored to health at the center, was just what the doctor ordered for Toody. And, at roughly the same age as Josh, she was a good fit.
Deborah Wilke, the equine center manager, explained the adoption process and said, “We’ll want to see where Natalie is going to live.” “No problem” was Toody’s response. “We have 10 acres, with one acre securely fenced and a stall that’s under the house.”
Within a few days, Natalie moved from the Franktown center to her new home. When she came off the trailer and into her own pasture, Toody said, “She whinnied one time and that was it. She didn’t run the fences or look for a way out.”
Since then, Natalie has acquired a new name and a new buddy. Her call name is now Sophie and her new friend? It’s Sula, the resident Great Pyrenees/shepherd dog. While Sula’s primary interest may be the feed in Sophie’s bucket, Toody says it doesn’t matter. For now, she’s providing the companionship that the good and gentle mare needs.
Toody doesn’t rule out coming back to the center for an equine pal for Sophie. She’ll be looking for another mature draft horse that needs a lifelong home, another one that’s come through some tough times and “won’t ever have to do anything she doesn’t want to do.”
The video below tells a heart wrenching story about a severely neglected horse that the equine center has given a second chance..
Source: Press Release Dumb Friends League Denver Colorado