Rescue Organization: Central Virginia Horse Rescue
- Mailing address: Central Virginia Horse Rescue, 389 Boydton Plank Road, Brodnax, VA 23920
- Phone: 434- 774-6607
- Email: [email protected]
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Horse Rescued: “Doug”
Doug should have died. With a body score of 1 and severe respiratory infection, even after one month post rescue by animal control he was not gaining weight. In November of 2012, Central Virginia Horse Rescue received a call from a sheriff’s deputy in a very rural town in Southwestern Virginia. They had a horse that had been abandoned and it had just been remanded to them by the court. In winter, rescues are short on space, but how could they say no to this little horse in such dire need of saving?
Doug, A Story of Healing and Hope
YouTube Video Description: In mid November of 2012, Central Virginia Horse Rescue was asked by the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Dept to take in a horse that had been abandoned. Although we are always short on room in the winter, we always make Animal Control and Law Enforcement cases a priority. We feel that if we are going to pressure them to act, we need to be there to back them up when they need it. We agreed to pick the horse up that week.
Doug had been tied out in a pasture at an old mine. He could see the grass but could not reach it. He had actually tried so hard to get to the grass that the metal pieces of his halter had dug into his head. With a severe respiratory infection and a body score of 1, the vet did not think he would live.
I was shocked when I saw him. After 30-45 days, he had not gained noticeable weight. He still had signs of a respiratory infection. We were concerned that he would not be strong enough to make the trip. We stopped several times during the 4 hour trip to check on him and let him rest.
Once at the rescue, we treated him for the respiratory infection and started to gradually increase the amount of feed he was getting. Even though he had been in custody for over 30 days, he was not getting enough food to actually gain weight. Doug quickly gained weight and health. His love of life and his independent spirit was apparent in everything he did. By the end of his fourth month, it was decided that he was strong and healthy enough to start evaluating for riding. We were delighted to find that he was very well trained and gentle under saddle.
We are lucky to have placed several of our horses in two Therapeutic riding schools. The horses are well taken care of and loved and they give back to the children. We were thrilled when Allen’s Place had a spot for him as a foster horse. Since May, Doug has been giving therapeutic riding lessons to special needs children.
About a month ago, a special girl entered Doug’s life. This child had suffered severe emotional and physical trauma. Within days, she and Doug had developed a special bond. She has told him things that she has not told anyone else and he follows her around like a puppy. Allen’s Place wanted approval to let her adopt him.
On Christmas day, one small girl will be getting her wish. Doug will be arriving with a big red bow. And those of us who grew to love him will be getting ours as well. Doug will be the light of one child’s life.