At this point I had seen lots of great horses but none of them made me think “I cannot live without this horse”; that is until I met Bindi. Bindi was beautiful! She was more than anything I could have ever dreamed up in my head.
He looked up at us and we looked at him and knew immediately he was our horse. We couldn’t be happier with our choice to adopt. He gives us his everything, every single day. We found our forever horse through adoption.
Her name was Cinnabar and I like to think that she adopted me. She told me in no uncertain terms that she was meant to come home with me. I rode her and took her for a trail ride with some of the ranch staff.
I didn’t just pick her, she picked me. Here was this horse that no one could touch, and she chooses to love me. I know that she’s my “right horse”, because she has shown me time and time again that she sees me as her right person.
Seven months after I found Belle, I founded AHRE with the rescue of Helena. I’m asked often if Belle was a rescue. I did rescue her to some degree and she to some degree, she rescued me.
As time progressed, I noticed that she was getting somewhat round around the edges. A blood test was performed in July 2017 and to everyone’s surprise, she was confirmed in foal. Baby Bunny will soon be one year old. My three horses are my loves and my best friends ever.
My big, lanky Thoroughbred who is supposed to be an English horse is a big, tall, neck-reining trail boss! Scotty ended up 14th in Ranch Work at the makeover and received a TCA (Thoroughbred charities of America) award in Ranch Work at the Retired Racehorse Project.
I had not intended on adopting a horse that day, but in that moment, I knew I had to have her. It was an instant heart connection. I did not grow up with horses nor have had a lot of hands on experience, but Sugarfoot proved to be such a gentle and patient teacher.
She is now solid, strong, fast, agile, confident, and one of the finest performance horses I have ever met. She is a gem, a gem that was sitting among so many other gems at a horse rescue just waiting for her chance to show the world what she could do.
After our first full year of training, and we qualified for our regional championship, and from there qualified for the USDF Nationals in 2016. Kyff is my partner, my friend, my heart horse. We are on a journey to inspire others to adopt, and to pursue your dreams, no matter your age.
All these horses could have had a totally different ending. I adopt because the animals left behind deserve humans that won’t fail them. They deserve to know love. I rescue through Copper Horse Crusade because they are honest people, doing amazing things.
Bodacious and Shawnee have forever homes with me. Thank you to my husband that encourages me every day to follow my dreams. Julie thank you for all you do in saving good horses and giving them hope. Here’s to many happy trail rides and countless hours in the saddle.