Help Bring Muchacha Grande To Her Forever Home

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UPDATE!  A race horse trainer friend of mine has offered to pick up and deliver Muchacha to us in the next couple of weeks!
What a huge blessing! We are so very grateful to her! You’re an angel Mary Alice Caesar Pattershall x0x0x We will post all about Muchacha once she arrives at our barn!

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Hello All,

The Lord has put this horse on our hearts to rescue and bring aboard to our ministry. She will given to us on a free trial basis and after that her adoption fee is very low. We are fund raising for transportation costs to bring her from her rescue to her forever home with us.

Here are the links to donate and her story below. http://www.gofundme.com/HelpBringRescueHorseHome

OR  http://thelordsleadline.chipin.com/transport-costs-for-rescue-horse

MUCHACHA’s STORY 

Muchacha Grande was in a trailer accident, sold to slaughter, rescued and now has found a forever home after over a year of waiting. The only thing standing in the way is cost of transporting her to her new home! Can you help? ANY Amount is appreciated!

 The route would be from Airville, PA. to Quakertown PA. About a 2 hour trip one way. Thus the high quote amount ~ Thank you for any help! God Bless!
Here is the horse’s story – she has been waiting over a year for her forever home: [Scroll Down To Muchacha Grande]
http://www.omegahorserescue.com/adoption.shtml

Muchacha Grande

Age: 17
Thoroughbred
Mare
15.2 handsMuchacha, as we fondly call her, is one very sweet lady. We were told that she was involved in a horse trailer accident a few days before she was sold for slaughter. We found her in the meat pen with a look of not caring if she lived another day or died. She was very thin and had many wounds and abrasions all over her body. A few short weeks with us and she is a totally different horse. She loves attention, getting treats and grooming. You can do just about anything to her. Super companion with other other horses, gets along with both mares and geldings. She has had training under saddle and appears to know her job. We would recommend a low level intermediate rider or above. She would make a very nice family horse for light pleasure or maybe even a fun show here or there.
We hope to have her home with us by August 1st. Any amount donated towards this cause, no matter how small is appreciated and a blessing to us!
Thank you & God Bless!
Patti and all of The Lord’s Lead Line Family
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That’s it! I Quit!.. Pogo’s Story

Before you begin, you may want to grab a cuppa cha (tea) and put your tootsies up, this one is a little long 🙂

All set?.. okay, groovy.. here we go.. (insert wavy flashback scene and music here) *SMILE*

One day a few years ago, I learned of a horse that was headed to the kill pen in two days if no one took her. Of course, my heart broke but, all I could do was pray. My husband was a copier technician and well.. needless to say, copier techs are not rich by any stretch of the imagination.

We had limited income and were already taking care of some expenses for Lady Pony like vet, farrier, teeth etc. So it was that left us with little to spare. While driving to the barn that day, I started telling my husband about this horse that the barn owner told me about and asked him to pray that she ends up in a good situation. He listened and then said, “Lets get her”. I literally stopped breathing for a second, then said, “Oh no! I did not tell you about this so that we could buy her I am simply asking you to pray.” He replied, “Well honey, we’ve been talking about rescuing horses for a long time now. I think it’s time to stop talking and start doing.”

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I sat there stunned for a minute. I found myself making arguments against saving this animal because of limited income etc.. My husband, however, went right on ignoring me and my reasoning. Instead, he made pleas on behalf of this mare that he had never met and to top it all off, he’s not the horse person! I am!

So it was, that upon getting to the barn, I asked the barn owner, if she could contact this broker and get more information. She had already had some dealings with him and thought that he was pretty honest. (A rarity in the horse world). She called and spoke to him at length with the broker’s wife in the background cautioning that this horse had, this and that issue, hates being tied, saddled, rears, it’s not for a beginner, a real “B” word etc.. but they’ll take $450.00 for her if we want to come & see her.

The barn owner thought that the wife may be exaggerating as the broker assured her that this horse was indeed not for a beginner but, was not as bad as the wife made her out to be.

We decided that we would at least go and see her. We made arrangements with the barn owner to drive out there with her truck and horse trailer hitched up just in case we decided that we would be coming back with her.

ImageSo after withdrawing $450.00 from our account, we discovered that we were left with .10 cents to manage for another week! I was getting more and more uncertain of the wisdom of this potential transaction. I forged ahead trusting God and my husband’s leading and went out to see this horse that I heard so much conflicting information about.

During the trip, I stared out the window and prayed that God would guide our decision making and give us wisdom.

We arrived at the broker’s place and there she was, a sorrel and white paint. She looked like nothing special but she did have striking markings. She was tied to a post, standing quietly.

Hmm I thought. Yes, the wife was exaggerating. The broker quickly saddled her up but made an offhand comment that she had not been ridden in about six days so “it ought to be a rodeo”. I thought, OK not building my confidence here Mr. horse broker but, I appreciated the honesty none the less.

He mounted her and she stepped off quietly at a walk. He put her through her paces and she only popped up a little at the end of a canter when he pulled her up to a stop. I thought, perhaps it was a teeth or bit issue which could be easily remedied.

As I watched him ride, it appeared that she was green broke and she was confused at some of what he was asking her to do. He rode her in a straight line up and down a pathway. She turned mechanically and with some hesitation, for which I again mentally blamed the bit or her teeth. He stepped off of her and before I could really discuss anything, ask for more time to think about it etc.. the barn owner was handing over my $450.00 and agreeing to the sale!

< Now on this piece, my husband and I remember this event a little differently > Apparently, my husband recalls verbally agreeing to buy her but, in my recollection, I was still hashing it over in my mind.

In any event..

Well.. okay.. I thought, I guess we just bought a horse. She followed me right onto the trailer without hesitation, at which the broker seemed a little upset and made some muttered comments that he and his brother in law spent 3 hours getting her onto a trailer etc..

She stood still and was calm for the entire ride. I could not help but think about the look of mixed emotions in her eyes. The dullness with just a shadow of fear and a hint of hope of being saved. I knew then that she must have been given a calming agent and I silently waited for the storm to happen.

I did not need to wait long, a day or two after being calm and sedate, she literally broke through the concrete stall and tore down all of the boards that made up the the front wall and in the process, nearly ran over the barn owner’s husband who was in the middle of feeding.

I received a frantic call from a fellow boarder and the barn owner’s daughter. They told me what happened and that I needed to come get my horse. They said, after busting through the stall, she ran out of the barn and was now running around and they are not going to go near that crazy animal!

*Sigh*

My husband and I got in the car and drove to the barn. There she was, grazing on the little patches of grass in the front yard. As we pulled up in the car and approached the gate, she calmly walked right up to us and nickered softly. She allowed us to catch her easily.

Wow.. ok.. I did not expect that at all. I expected a game of catch me if you can at the very least.  We decided to let her graze a bit while we went to look at the damage to the stall. We cleaned up the mess, spilled buckets, hay, dirty bedding and spent that evening rebuilding it.

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Again, she was easy to catch and she allowed us to put her halter on. We put her in the newly rebuilt stall without any problems. We gave her some feed, hay and fresh water. Stayed for a little bit to make sure she was not going to try and break out again. When we were satisfied that all was well, we left.

A few days later, the barn owner told me that she needed a gate over her stall door. She came down in the morning to feed and found my horse half in and half out of the stall. She had apparently reared up in her stall and got her front legs caught over the stall door.

*Sigh*

I ordered the gate and installed it as soon as it came. A few days later, she broke the stall down again.

*Sigh*

I started working with her and lunging her in the corral. Doing basic ground work to see what she knew. She knew very little of what I was asking her to do. When she got tired of working, she broke from lunging and charged inward at me with ears back and teeth bared.

That only earned her more work. So as I made her work harder, she then tried a new trick, to corner me in the corral and kick my head in. I ducked and rolled under the fence. I thought that’s it! I quit! This horse is insane! She is going back on a stinking trailer! I labeled her an outlaw horse and wrote her off and gave thanks that I was not emotionally attached to her yet.

When my husband came to pick me up from the barn that day, I told him what happened and of my decision to get rid of the crazy animal. As it turned out the broker’s wife was not exaggerating.

My husband calmly said to me, “I have never known you to give up on anything”

POP!!!

There went my anger, my frustration and my determination to rid myself of this “orangutan” as she was now dubbed by everyone at the barn and even by the barn up the road!

*Sigh*

I studied, consulted, studied some more.

I even dug around and made many phone calls trying to learn more about her history. I came to learn very little other than the fact that she was mainly used as a broodmare and that the man that owned her previously used to abuse her with a broom handle. A vet confirmed this when a rectal exam revealed deep fissures and scar tissues. The vet had to sedate her to even to get close enough to examine her properly. I called the vet out because, I noticed she had some blood in her manure and seemed to have a hard time with bowel movements. My heart went out to her in a new and fresh way.

I had my challenge set before me, I was going to be victorious!

I decided I was going to try some new approaches with her. I prayed and then saddled her up for a ride. She reared and bucked, twisted & bulled. I stayed on (Thank God) – and thus earned the nickname “Krazy Glue Butt” or “Liquid Nails Butt” … 🙂

Anyway, Pogo was peeved! Right or wrong, I started to feel a sense of amusement come over me not anger or fear. I calmly told her that if she bucked me off, she’d earned it. She turned her head to look at me and with a look of resignation, walked calmly off.

EUREKA! we achieved a break through that day. I continued to work steadily with her and teaching her ground manners, lunging and working off of hand and leg commands. Worked on despooking her and other fear and trust issues.

Even after all of that, she still had some issues. So much so that the barn owner’s daughter asked to take her out riding into the park bareback. She was an experienced rider so I agreed. She told me later on, after the ride, that she was feeling down and decided, as she put it, “it seemed like a good day to die”.

It turned out that Pogo was very well behaved and did not do anything wrong! So the training was indeed sticking with her and she was learning to trust more & more! I was so very glad that she was coming around.

Now my beginner husband is riding her after she had not been ridden in about 10 months due to a sciatic nerve issue I have been suffering with for some time now.

So needless to say, I am very happy that I allowed my husband to lead and did not quit! She is now an important part of our family and ministry.

It just goes to show you, to truly trust in the Lord’s leading and don’t quit so easily! I am fully aware of the fact that if my husband had listened to me and allowed me to give up on this beautiful creature, she would have been shipped to slaughter and destroyed.

Thank you for reading! All the best and God Bless!

Patti (Yeshuazgirl) and proud horse momma of Pogo 🙂

By the way, the barn owner named her Pogo because, she used to rear up and down like she was on a pogo stick. Now we just call her Pretty Girl Po’ 🙂

Waiting on the Lord and Lady Pony’s Story

It seems like yesterday that my husband and I spoke about starting this ministry with horses & children.

In reality, it has been about 11 years since that idea was planted in our hearts by the Lord. This series of articles is being written for two purposes.

1. To give you a little history of our journey with the horses specifically and tell you their stories individually.

2. To thank the people that have prayed for us, helped us start to network with families and given financial and spiritual support.

Part 1 – The Horses

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Pogo (Left) & Lady (Right) Grazing

Lady Pony’s Story

I was born with a defect of sorts, a hole in my heart, a hole not in the literal sense, but a hole in the shape of a horse. From the time I was born, I loved all horses. I was privileged enough to fill that hole for a time when I was twelve years old. I was able to rescue and own a horse through high school and kept him at a barn in Northeast Philadelphia. Fast forward many years, now with a twelve year old of my own. One 4th of July weekend, I decided to take the family to visit the old barn then go for a family picnic in a park. It was during this visit that an old ex-stable mate’s daughter pulled me aside and asked if my daughter would be interested in taking care of and riding a pony that she and her mom had recently rescued from the New Holland Auction.

This pony had a three month old foal by her side and was blind in one eye. She was taking care of and training the foal but, they wanted someone to give some TLC to the momma as well. I had no idea what to think, say, or do. Our intent was to come for a quick visit, say hello how’s it going after all these years, pet a few horses and then head on to the park for our picnic and fireworks not get into commitments of caring for a pony.

We were told that she was somewhat shy of people and was purchased for this ex-stable mate’s niece who wanted no parts of the pony. My daughter entered the pony’s stall and it was love at first sight for both of them. Oh great! (Insert best sarcastic voice here).

Well, how could I refuse? They were not asking for any money, just help with some stalls in exchange for helping to care for and ride this pony. Sensations of the deep, hot ache through the once empty horse shaped hole in my heart shuddered through my body. I knew that God must have arranged this meeting so I prayed that He would show me what to say and do. Well, we agreed. It was not long before Lady (previously known as Cloud) became my daughter’s best and dearest friend.

My husband was Mr. Mom at the time and we homeschooled our daughter (another story for another time). So it was that they faithfully went to the barn daily to muck stalls and work with Lady, get her more acclimated to being handled, groomed, saddled, ridden etc.

Since I was the one with the horse training experience, I would give my husband and daughter some tips and they would implement them into Lady’s daily program. Hubby came up with some good techniques of his own as well! Soon Lady was pretty “bombproof” – in horse people lingo that means that nothing much bothered or scared her.

After several years of being at the barn faithfully and helping out where we could, chores, stalls, laying concrete, fixing fences, installing fence posts etc. for some reason, our relationship was starting to decline with the woman who had offered this pony to us so freely. It occurred to me that if we were ever asked to leave, that this pony that was so near and dear to all of us was in fact, not technically ours.

I prayed that the Lord would make a way for this woman to offer us the pony and, or that He would soften her heart towards us. Well the time came when I sensed that she was getting ready to sell a few horses. In my heart I knew that Lady was one of them. I prayed and then asked her how much she wanted for Lady.

She said $400.00 well, at the time we were on a very tight budget. My husband drives to client’s offices to repair machines and our car had just died. We had to buy a relatively new one that would be reliable and large enough for my husband to carry his equipment, parts and tools in. Needless to say, this put a huge dent into our cash flow.

Knowing there was no way we could afford to buy the pony on our own. I prayed again that the Lord would make a way. He put on my heart to ask my friends to help out via Facebook. Within 24 hours we had exactly enough money to purchase Lady! God is so good and my friends are so kind and generous! I was moved to tears! My daughters and I danced around the living room!

Then, as suspected, a few weeks later, we were asked to leave. I still have no idea why, or what happened with the relationship but, am so thankful that the Lord allowed for her heart to be soft enough to allow us to buy Lady from her.

Now Lady is an integral part of our ministry with these wonderful children and their families! So you see God is faithful no matter what things appear to be on the surface. Our ministry’s verse is Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

We have experienced this verse over and over again in our lives in real and mighty ways! God is always making beauty from ashes over and over again. He even uses our own mistakes and short comings to bless us for His good intents and purposes. How awesome is that?!

Just think of it! If we had continued to just be at that other barn, day to day, happy & content with just helping out for the privilege of riding and working with Lady, we would never have had that “shove” to get our own place and start this ministry that we have been praying about for so very long!

For more background on that, see our about page here. http://www.thelordsleadline.com/about

Until Next Time, Thanks so much for reading & God Bless!

Patti Cianflone

President and Co-Founder of The Lord’s Lead Line (Pending Non-Profit 501(c)(3) status.