One very early morning at the end of November 2018, I received a phone call from a friend and animal lover, telling me that somewhere in Santa Rosa on Santa Cruz Island was a horse who had gotten into serious trouble. She said that I was sadly the only person on the whole island, who could probably help this poor horse. She said that I would receive another phone call from Veronica, who would come up to the highlands with a car, to pick me up and bring me to this horse.
When we arrived at 7 am and I saw Destiny for the first time, I saw a totally broken very young filly. She stood in the corner of a small place of land, chewing some pasture grass. Destiny had been found the day before by a neighborhood woman. Destiny had been completely trapped in ropes and tied to a huge rock. She was lying on the ground, with her head twisted backwards and close to her hind leg. She was covered with wounds, mud and flies all over her body. Her eyes had been closed, she did not move anymore. She was ready to die. The woman untied her and immediately gave her water, but couldn’t take further care of her.
When I saw her she still had a dirty halter and rope on, with which I could lead her after saying hello to her. She followed me like a robot, not like a young horse full of spirit. We walked back to my place, where my two volunteers were already waiting for us. We started to clean her wounds, the new ones and the old ones, which told us that Destiny had already been used as a pack animal. From this day on, we were treating her wounds and injecting antibiotics and vitamins.
Destiny received everything we could do for her: love, best treats and food supplements until she became stronger. Little by little her huge wounds where healing and Destiny became a beautiful young horse. Her spirit grew as much as her trust and we realized what a wonderful living being she is. By September 2019, Destiny was ready to meet our herd on the farm, and we brought her over to them.
The first days, we kept her in a different pasture, together with one of our older mares, until we brought them all together. The first time was hard for Destiny, who had probably never lived in a herd before. Many foals on the islands are born the roadside, where their mothers stay tied up the whole time they are not working as a pack animal. Our herd was not too friendly at first, and Destiny became the lowest mare of our pack. Being used to many challenges, Destiny took this very easy and made best friends with our Palomino gelding Bounty. She became one of the friendliest horses of our pack and loves to join our Yoga sessions.
In the direct communication with us humans, she loves to interact with us and shows a strong and friendly character. Destiny is still a filly and has a long and beautiful life ahead of her. She became beautiful and looks a bit like a Scottish Exmoor Pony, or more likely like the horses, who where brought to the Galapagos islands in the early 1900s. She is not fully grown yet, so she still has a lot of growing to do.
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