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 had another exciting “first” at the MWHR farm this past weekend. Smoochie had his first ride with MWHR volunteer, Stephanie. He was such a good boy. This little guy is definitely something special for sure
We’re excited to report that Smoochie is continuing to make great progress in his training and over the weekend he got saddled for the first time. Excited to see this handsome little guy finally under saddle
Adoption day is always bittersweet but we are so happy for Midnight and Michele. Midnight is so loved and we know we’ll get lots of updates since Michele is one of our dedicated volunteers😍🐴
Sunday was an exciting milestone for one of our former mustangs, Flicka, and her adopter, Stephanie. Stephanie rode Flicka for the first time since adopting her 4.5 years ago. Flicka has a difficult past that took her a very long time to work through with the help and patience of a very special person. We are so happy for Flicka and Stephanie!
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Sweetie Pie is a 19 year old brown and white paint mustang mare that was captured as a yearling in Salt Wells Creek, WY. She came to MWHR several years ago with another mustang, Spark Plug. Sweetie and Sparky were trained by MWHR founder, David Hesse, and severed as our ambassadors for many years. We are happy to say that Sweetie Pie has finally been adopted into her forever home by Karen McClure and now lives with former MWHR burro, Poncho, along with another horse and pony on a beautiful farm in Milton, GA. We are sad to see Sweetie Pie go but so happy for her to have found such a wonderful family.
Shelby (formerly know as Guinness) is an 8 year old Grulla mustang mare that was captured in Cedar Mountain, UT and came to MWHR at the beginning of August because her owner could no longer financially afford to keep her. She was with us only about a week before our friends, Kelly & Lee Bates of Cooper Sandy Farm, came to see her and offered to foster and help with her training. Well, fostering didn’t last long as Lee and Shelby quickly became “attached” at the hip. It’s rare that we are able to find the perfect match so quickly but this is one of those truly wonderful moments. We look forward to getting regular updates on Lee and Shelby’s adventures together.
MWHR is in need of foster homes and also have horses available for adoption.
Please help us spread the word and if you know anyone that is willing to foster a horse / pony; willing to donate use of their land or free lease a pasture, please let us know! We are a 501(c)3, there is a great tax donation to claim on this year’s taxes. Please send us a message via our contact form with your contact information and our committee will contact you.
Well we have to say that we are thrilled with the overwhelming response concerning Buck. We are very blessed to have so many generous and kind supporters. He is eating a bit better and his coat is improving. He has recently discovered carrots which he can now not get enough of.
Thanks again for your continued support.
I spent quite a long time speaking to the vet about Buck yesterday. His blood work is not improving as we had hoped and she is concerned that he has another underlying illness. He has been very slow to put on weight and continues to have poor lab results. Our organization has been exhausting our funds, volunteers, and any other resource to continue his much needed care. Additional tests may well exceed $500.00. If you are so inclined to help with Buck’s recovery please visit our website or send us a message. Your help and support are desperately needed.
Thank you for your continued support.
~”Let em Run”