Is there anything as beautiful as a thoroughbred horse in it’s prime? Lean muscle twitching, coat shining, eyes glowing; they are creatures of wonder. We always assumed that after these animals gave their heart and soul to their racing careers that their owners would retire them to a gorgeous grassy pasture to live out their lives in a verdant wonderland. It wasn’t until recently that we learned the horrific truth. “150,000 plus young, healthy, pregnant, and senior American ponies, donkeys and horses are sent for slaughter to Mexico and Canada for human consumption abroad each and every year. They are transported hundreds of miles with no food, water or rest, and slaughtered in the most inhumane way imaginable.” This is how we repay these majestic creatures for their years of hard work and dedication. It’s heartbreaking.
Enter the phenomenal women and men with 3 Sisters Equine Refuge, a 501(c)3 non-profit, Federal ID# #47-2229765, volunteer-based organization. Nestled on a quiet slice of heaven, on a ridge overlooking Shevlin Park there lies an immaculate barn surrounded by swaying trees. It is here that angels walk among us. Women and men who give their time and their hearts to heal wounds that run too deep to see with eyes alone. Patiently stroking, cooing calming words and nursing the spirits of animals who just weeks before found themselves facing the end in overcrowded kill pens.
The Betties have been in awe of the work being done at 3 Sisters for a while now and when co-founder Carin Cundey spoke to Kirsten of an off the track thoroughbred who was going to be slaughtered, she knew she had to act. Further tugging at her heartstrings, the horse was named Gladys, as was Kirsten’s grandmother. She made the decision then and there to sponsor her and bring her home..
Hot Box Betty, the thoroughbred was brought to her new home just this week. We had the phenomenal opportunity to go meet Betty in person and it was love at first sight. Tenacious and headstrong, (as if a Betty could be anything else) she’s still settling in to her new stress free life. Appointments are lined up to begin the work to fix her overgrown hooves and tend to her teeth. Basically, we now begin the work to roll back the effects humanity has had on this gentle creature. To show her the love and compassion she so greatly deserves. We are honored to be a small part of this journey and implore everyone to help in anyway possible. You can donate to 3 Sisters Equine Rescue here or if you’re in a position to adopt, many of the horses are available for adoption.