One very early morning at the end of November 2018 I received a phone call of a friend and animal lover, telling me that there is somewhere in Santa Rosa on Santa Cruz Island a horse, who has got seriously in 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 call from Veronica, the woman who would come up to the highlands with a car, to pick me up and to bring me to this horse.
At around 7am , we went to the place. The horse had been found the day before, completely trapped in ropes, and was tied up to a huge rock. She was lying on the ground, her head was twisted and close to her hind leg, covered with wounds, mud and flies all over her body. Her eyes where closed; she did not move anymore and was ready to die. A woman from this neighborhood who realized that the horse was still breathing, untied her and immediately gave her water to drink. She had saved her life , but did not want to do more for her.
When I saw Destiny for the first time, I saw a totally broken very young filly. She stood at the corner of a small piece of land, chewing some pasture grass. She still had a dirty halter and a rope, 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 where already waiting for us. We started to clean her wounds, the new ones and the old ones, which told us that Destiny had been used as a pack animal. From this day, we treated her wounds and injected 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 were 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. September 2019, Destiny was ready to meet our herd on the farm, and we brought her over. At first, we kept her at a different pasture 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 get born beside the road, where their mother stays tied up the whole time after her work as a pack animal. Our herd did not welcome her too friendly and Destiny became the last mare of our pack.
DESTINY ‘ s Dairy:
November 21rst 2018 was the day, which changed my young life completely. At this day my eyes where already closed, I was tired and ready to pass away after struggling for many hours to get rid of that rope, which has trapped me and almost cut my leg off. I had been tied up and fell up side down by twisting around, until my head was attached to my hind leg.
This sharp rope left wounds all over my body and flies where already eating me alive, when somebody finally realized that I was breathing. Suddenly the rope got loose and I received water to drink. Gosh, I could not even remember when I drank water last time.
The day of my rescue was the day when I came home. I was very poorly and walked like a puppet on a string, because I was skinny and felt so weak. I had been a hard working child , covered with old and new wounds and all kinds of lice and ticks, who gave me sores all over my body.
But the day I came home, my wounds where treated carefully and I was given a very special diet and medicines which helped me to recover. Little by little my spirit came back and even more has happened, because I learned to trust in humans.
I became strong and happy, in april 2019 I was ready to come to the farm and to meet my new herd. The first time in my herd was very exciting and also scary, because since I was taken away from my mom as a baby . I have never lived in freedom and in company with other horses before.
Since then, my life has changed completely and I have grown up into a beautiful young mare. I love to run free and enjoy very much to play with my friends in our green pastures. My special friend is Palomino Bounty, we both like to interact with humans during yoga sessions. My trust in humans has developed, because I am loved and respected now.
My friendly character brings joy and happiness to everyone. I am sure that you will agree that I look much better now and I still have a beautiful and long life ahead of me. There is always something interesting in my diary and I’d like to thank you in advance, if you want to support me in my life journey.
Lots of love, Destiny