Sweet equine souls and Casablanca

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Watching Casablanca with the family. Amazingly, I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen it. Nice to see where many now common phrases come from: “Here’s looking at you kid,” “Play it, Sam”—the more commonly heard “Play it again, Sam” is actually the title of a Woody Allen movie which references Casablanca, “We’ll always have Paris,” “Round up the usual suspects,” “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” etc.

This morning, we joined some other VegNet folks for a tour of Equine Outreach horse rescue. It was freezing out, especially when the wind whipped up, but it was great to meet so many beautiful souls—EO cares for over 100 of them! Plus two miniature donkeys. There were also a couple of farm dogs and a cat who enjoyed following us around. The stories of neglect are horrible, but the stories of recovery are inspiring.

Interestingly, the rescue has taken in a herd of “Tarpan” horses. Apparently, a man had spent many generations breeding them to resemble the Tarpan (Equus ferus ferus, also known as Eurasian wild horse), which has been extinct since 1909. Unfortunately, the man has passed away, and there was nobody to take on his research or the herd, and they’ve found their way to the rescue. The stallions have been a handful, it seems, and they don’t know how long they can hang on to them without gelding them. I can’t believe there’s nobody else in the world that wants this herd! It was hard to get a close picture of them, because they weren’t interested in coming up to the fence. Here’s an article that may reference this herd.

Equine Outreach has also taken in many wild mustangs, and many horses from the Warm Springs Reservation. Last year, they took in a large number of them {I think they were destined for slaughter} and then almost all the mares had foals! They’ve adopted out all but two of those babies {we met them today}.

We had a good time. One of my favorites from today is River, who used to be wild, but has come a long way and had no problem eating out of our hands. My older step-daughter bonded with Boon. My step-son felt a connection with an injured Tarpan stallion who was in a holding pen. We all want to go back, and hubby and my younger step-daughter would like to go {she was too sick to go today, and hub needed to stay home with her)}. This may be our summer volunteer activity.

River and Boon, Equine Outreach

River and Boon, Equine Outreach

River, Equine Outreach

River, Equine Outreach

The "Tarpan" herd, Equine Outreach

The “Tarpan” herd, Equine Outreach

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