In Loving Memory of Spark Plug “Sparky”
1/1/1998 – 10/25/2017
On October 25th, 2017 we had to say “goodbye” to MWHR resident mustang Sparky. Sparky came to MWHR several years ago with another mustang, Sweetie Pie and was trained by our Founder, David Hesse. Unfortunately, Sparky suffered from COPD which had to be carefully managed by steroids. One of the side effects of long term steroid use in horses is laminitis or founder. About six weeks ago, Sparky started suffering from a serious laminitic episode and despite all efforts, his condition continued to worsen. Ultimately there was nothing else we could do to help him and his condition was causing him great pain. MWHR is extremely grateful to all of those who worked so hard to help Sparky the past six weeks. A very special “thank you” goes to Dr. Kaylin Touche with KLM Equine for the countless hours of research and consultations, as well as loving support she gave Sparky not just in the past six weeks, but in the last two years. Sparky will be greatly missed but we know that he is finally running free again.
We are so excited about Midnight’s pending adoption with one of MWHR’s own volunteers, Michele. They make a great team and both are already quite smitten with each other!
Beautiful Maya. Clearly she’s enjoying the good life in her new home
Kichi is a chestnut mustang mare born in 1995 and captured in 1999 from the Salt Wells Creek HMA in WY. She was surrendered to our rescue in late spring 2015 by an owner who fell on hard times. She was emaciated, suffered hair loss in her mane and tail, and her hooves were in such terrible shape that she limped when she walked. In late summer 2015, we were approached by an experienced local horseman who was willing to take on the extra care that Kichi still required to complete her recovery. He was looking to provide an ideal job for this senior mare as a pasture companion to his aging quarter horse, Tuff. We recently visited Kichi in her home in Alpharetta, GA and are pleased to report that she is happy and healthy, her hair is still growing in, and her hooves look amazing. Her owner tells us that while small in stature she has the big personality of a lead mare and bosses great big Tuff around (even stealing his food if given a chance). She is loved dearly by her new adopters and is enjoying life.
Midnight has been getting a little “refresher” on his round pen work. MWHR evaluates and works with all of our mustangs as part of the rehab process before being put up for adoption. Special thank you to our volunteer/trainer, Chris, for working with our horses.
Happy Mustangs! You can see Maya running at the back of the herd.
On Saturday MWHR delivered Maya to her new family in Vidalia, GA. They are of course already in love with her and she has her very own 10 year old girl to groom and care for her under the watchful eye of her mom, who is a TIP trainer. We can’t wait to see all of the wonderful things that Maya does with her new family. Maya also gets to run with her own mustang herd again. MWHR volunteers spent the afternoon with Maya’s new adopter, Sandra Williamson, who owns and operates Rackettstown Mustangs. We were officially in “mustang heaven” and got to meet many of the 60 mustangs that reside on the farm. Maya will be greatly missed at the MWHR farm but we couldn’t be more excited about her new loving home.
Maya is a 6 year old cremello mare from the Fox Hog HMA in CA. She was captured as a yearling and then found her way to the East Coast thru the BLM adoption program. Last October she was identified as being at risk due to unknown circumstances that landed her in the hands of a horse dealer that was due to ship her to a kill pen. Thankfully some “rescue angels” intercepted her and asked if MWHR could assist with taking her in and finding her a loving home. We are happy to report that this Saturday, Maya will be headed to a wonderful home in Vidalia, GA with an experienced mustang trainer. She’ll get to be reunited with lots of other mustangs on the new farm. This very sweet and special girl will be greatly missed at MWHR but we can’t wait to see all of the amazing things that she goes on to do with her new adopter.