"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs...[they] are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty." ~ James Herriot   

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Iredell Surrenders

Meet Buddy, Maggie, & Colonel


Welcome Buddy & Maggie as our newest Sanctuary & Select Hearts and with some time to settle in & recover we hope that Colonel will be adoptable & find the right fit with a forever family. They arrive today, January 16, 2019. Thanks to their previous owner for surrendering these precious old-timers and giving them a chance to live out their lives in a farm setting with the care they need & deserve, and not giving up and taking them to auction or a local feedlot/killpen. A huge shout out of thanks to the Defenders who have donated towards or sponsored their care. Please keep watch, we will update their story as we go along.


Buddy (A205370) was surrendered to the shelter along with his pasture  mates after their owner was no longer able to care for them. Buddy is  underweight, needs to have his hooves trimmed, is Coggins negative, and  is aged at about 30-35 years old (the owner said he could be older than  that). He is very attached to his pasture buddies… Especially Maggie.   Due to Buddy being underweight, we are reaching out to rescues to give  this gelding a chance at gaining weight and becoming the beautiful horse  he once was. Buddy halters well, leads well, and trailers well. While  he has been here, he has seemed to prefer the company of women over men  and will sometimes pin his ears back at men.

Maggie (A234253) was  also surrendered to the shelter along with Buddy and Colonel. Maggie is  BEAUTIFUL! She is a little bit underweight, but she is a very tall and  lean girl. We are thinking she is Thoroughbred. Maggie is somewhere  around 30-35 years old, Coggins negative, and needs her hooves trimmed.  This sweet angel is very attached to her friend Buddy. She seems to  depend very heavily on him due to the fact that she is blind. While  Maggie does have significant vision loss in both eyes, there is the  possibility that she can see some shadows. This mare is going to need  some special care with someone who understands the needs of a blind  horse. Maggie does not seem to have any bad habits. Loading her onto a  trailer can take a little bit of patience, since she is vision impaired.  However she does ride very well once trailered.

Colonel (A234171)  was surrendered to the shelter with Maggie and Buddy. Colonel is the  alpha gelding of the trio. According to the owner, Colonel is around 18  years old. This handsome chunky gelding is Coggins negative, halters  well, leads well and trailers well. However, he can be pushy on the  ground and will try to get away with bossing you around. We recommend  that he goes to a home with a very experienced horse owner who will feel  confident working with this guy. Colonel is very attached to his  pasture mates.  The owner did state that Colonel was broke to ride years  ago but has not been ridden in a long time.