We get tagged a lot in out of state posts about draft horses that need saving and too often we can't step in because we don't have enough funds and the distance and associated cost with the rescue of the horse is just too great.
We also don't encourage buying from Kill Pens and "feeding that circle" and filling the kill buyers' pockets with money. We rather encourage people to attend auctions and save them from there before they fall in the hands of the kill buyers and end up in the kill pens. But we know it's almost impossible, there's just too many out there!
But Goliath touched my soul! When I looked at his picture, knowing that no one had stepped up for him in the weeks that he had already spent at the kill pen, I knew we had to get him out of there! And his case was a little bit different as a group in Texas offered to fundraise with us. So within a matter of days, we were able to get this boy out of a horrible situation and into safety!
Thank you to all the wonderful donors! We have raised his ridiculously high bail of $875, we had an anonymous donor for 12 bags of senior feed and alfalfa pellets as well as some Equiderma for his rain rot. Kevin Saunders of CPM Rescue Horses offered to pick him up and rehab him for us and we were also able to raise an unbelievable $1367.09 towards his shipping cost (approx. $1100) with a little bit of funds left towards more feed, vet bills, trimming, etc.
As you can see in the pictures below, Goliath is extremely emaciated with a body score of 2, at a height of 17.2 hh. We weren't even sure if he was going to make it through the weekend after he was first picked up, but he did. He has a long road of recovery ahead of him, but we will provide him with the proper care and nutrition and he should blossom back into his handsome self again real soon!
And NOTHING makes my heart more happy to know that he already has a wonderful forever home waiting for him after a couple of months of rehab at the rescue! Please follow Goliath' journey on our Facebook page for regular updates!