In April of 2014, I got the amazing opportunity to meet an amazing Arabian mare named Mandy. Mandy arrived at the rescue with her herd-mate, Baby. These stunning mares had been seized by the BCSPCA and come into the rescues care a little bit after the seizure. While Baby still seemed curious at least about people in general, although slightly weary, Mandy was still visibly afraid of people. It was difficult to halter her or groom her and she was afraid of almost everything she saw, be it a water bottle or even a person walking past her. She was also visibly overweight and we all swore she was pregnant again with another foal. Thankfully, she was not pregnant, but her previous life being a brood mare to many foals, had simply taken it’s toll on her belly.
Mandy upon her arrival at Circle F Horse Rescue Society
As time passed however, and days turned into months and she even passed her one year mark in rescue, Mandy made great strides. She learned to trust the volunteers, excelled at liberty play and loved being dressed up for photographs. As time passed, we saw her blossom, learn and excel and we found out what a sweet & gentle mare she was. She worked very well with little children, including my own nephews who loved to come brush her or walk her around the arena (with supervision of course!) We all became quite attached to our sweet girl and all of us were simply flabbergasted as to why she was with us for so long. Could no one see past her belly to her beautiful and shinning personality but us? We waited along side her and promised soon we would find her a forever home and still, time passed along.
It was amazing and beautiful watching her transform into a more confident yet still sweet & gentle mare; constantly learning new things and befriending everyone from children to my own pup, Ozzy.
Finally, in January of 2016, all our wishes for her came true! We got the word that Mandy had indeed finally found her forever home! Someone else had finally seen what we had – an amazing and beautiful mare with a large heart full of love to give!
I was fortunate enough to be there the day she left and met her amazing new family and got to watch and wave farewell to this amazing girl that had left such large hoof prints on all of our hearts.
But, as time does, it quickly passed and we all wondered how our old friend had been doing. Recently, we got an invitation from Mandy’s new family to come and visit her and we were overjoyed!
Mandy in her new home, running free and without any worries!
At first we were worried our old friend might not remember us as we pulled up to her simply stunning new home! But our worries were laid quickly to rest as she heard and saw us arrived and quickly came to meet us. She not only greeted us but even nuzzled the camera letting us know she remembered not only us, but the camera and all the fun dress up times we had together. While we were there, she got released into her pasture (after having just finished her morning feed & grooming) and she put on an amazing show for us to see! She galloped with Rusty, her new forever companion into the field with freedom and joy that was beautiful to see! She had also lost some of her belly fat, her top line was looking great and was looking fantastic! We couldn’t have asked for more!
Mandy’s new forever companion, Rusty, a handsome Quarter Horse to roam, play and learn with.
We enjoyed a great visit with both these wonderful horses on the perfect spring day – not too hot and not too cold; and had an amazing time reuniting with our old friend and squealing with joy for her. While it was hard to say good-bye to her again, we did it this time with joy and knowing what great care our friend is now in forever.
Reunited with our old friend. She not only remembered us, but nuzzled the camera and gave us some of her amazing hugs as well!
We cannot thank her new family enough, not only for inviting us to reunite with her but for also seeing past the belly and shyness to see the beautiful, sweet and gentle mare we all saw at the rescue. We know Mandy is in the best of hands and wish her and her new family all the best now and always and look forward to having the opportunity visit with them again in the future!