Hurry up and wait...
After a lot of fretting and keeping the faith, we were finally informed that the horses hadn't shipped for slaughter yet.
A friend managed to get him pulled off a truck being loaded for a Canadian meat plant. While the poorer looking horses headed on another truck to Texas, bound for Mexico.
Then the waiting game began until we could pick him up, hoping that they pulled the right horse and he wasn't sick, injured or traumatized. Any dealings with brokers can be a little sketchy, we avoid it if at all possible. This particular horse was already up to his ears in hot water and deserved an exception.
When it came time to pick him up we all got together with the truck and trailer to make the trip. I've never been so happy to see the right horse, trotting the fence and hollering at the trailer. I'm guessing he was thinking, "hurry up and get me the heck out of this place you people!" He loaded up and hauled fine.
Safe in the trailer but still worried
Finally back in a familiar place to quarantine. What a relief!
A HUGE thanks to those that helped, networked and kept the faith that this horse was worthy of a second chance.
He was stressed and stiff from his unfortunate journey but luckily he was still healthy.
He is going to stay safe, we will make sure of that.
This is the start of a new life for him, there is more to come...