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Current Status

Things have been hopping around the rescue.  Last weekend we had 3 adoptions.  We were blessed that Peppa and Iya were able to go to the same home.  They were a bonded pair  we received from the large herd of minis that involved neglect by their owner who was a veterinarian.  Lyric has been adopted to an amazing home who that is also a dear friend of mine.  Lisa has taken this girl on and spoiling her rotten.  Misty who is another mini we received from the neglect case that Peppa and Iya came from has been having some hoof issues.  2 days after coming into the rescue she began with laminitis.  We fought that battle and she overcame it.  Now she is blowing abscess's in both front feet constantly.  Oh did I mention she is about to foal any day.  She had a ultrasound done the first of Jan. and the vet said 4-6 weeks at that point for foaling.  We are patiently waiting.  Once the foal is born we are hoping that will take some of the pressure off her hooves and resolve some of her issues.  Butterscotch our little palomino mini we received from Okeechobee Sheriffs office will be going through a new treatment for his sarcoid.  We tried the chemo medication but the treatment was so tortures after 3 months we stopped it as we did not see enough improvement to continue the torture.  He is such a sweet soul and we want to do everything for  him but when it interferes with his quality of life we have to make decisions on if that is the right treatment plan or not.  Maverick our last boy to come from Polk County Sheriff's Office will be a permanent resident unless the right home can be found for  him.  He is only 17 years old and has the body of a 30 year old.  He has really been used and abused and it shows.  He is the sweetest most precious boy.  It took him some time to settle in but finally has.  He was very depressed when he came in his pasture mate had to be euthanized on scene when the sheriff's department confiscated him.  It took him a while to bond with another horse and he finally has bonded with my 33 year old man.  They are now pasture buddies.  Buck (new name to be determined by new owner) has been at foster for the last 6 months trying to overcome some fears he has.  He was found running the streets and seized by Polk County Sheriff's office.  No owner ever came to claim him so he was turned over to us.  He of course is still a stud and a little stud muffin he is.  He was brought the rescue a couple days ago and today he will meet Dr. Waters and the ball busters team.  He will then proceed once healed from his surgery to his new human Merilee.  We are super excited for him.  Willow is a mini we received from the above mini case also.  She is currently in foster and will be coming into the rescue once Buck leaves.  We are unsure if she is bred we will have her ultra sounded and determine then when she will be available for adoption.  Training at the barn has slowed some due to show season with the cows.  We will be resuming the training program in the next couple weeks.  Magnum will begin his training again.  He has a possible home up north this summer still waiting on confirmation.  We have a few other horses that are ready for adoption.  Please adopt don't shop.  When you adopt you save 2 lives the one you are adopting and the one you just made room for.  We are always looking for volunteers and are in search of a new fundraiser coordinator.  Please contact us if interested. 


Several years ago Faith Equine Rescue became a verified rescue with The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.  We had site visits, they went through our records, looked at our adoption contract etc.  At the time we applied we felt it would benefit the rescue as it would help confirm our status as an organization.   When we first became verified there were no fees involved.  A couple years ago they began charging a yearly fee.    We were due this year to renew our verification.  As a rescue we support many different beliefs, we are open minded and realize what works for one may not work for others.  We received an email regarding the closing of Barnum and Bailey circus and how this was the best news ever received for GFAS.  I understand there thought process but I also understand that this circus is the reason so many have grown to love the animals.  We have adopters  their roots go back to this circus.  To this day they still perform and it is a way of life for their family.  Their animals are cared for and treated better then most show horses I see.  We sat down as a board and decided not to renew our verification this year.  The renewal fee can be used in other areas of need and for our supporters they know who we are what we do.  We are a open book.  We do appreciate the support received over the years from GFAS and all they do for the animals.

Over breeding

I sit here often thinking and pondering what can be done to help the equine world.  First and foremost the over breeding has got to stop.  A year ago we dealt with a herd of Registered Arabians 54 total abandoned for 4 years and starved. By the grace of God we were able to rehome all of them.  There were pregnant mares, stallions, geldings and babies already on the ground.  Since this herd we have heard more and more horror stories.  Last night I received a message about another herd of Arabians 40 plus.  Pregnant mares, foals on the ground, 5 stallions total and winter is coming.  Law enforcement is in the process of possibly seizing these horses all in horrific shape.   Then we have the famous kill pens.  Horses sold at local auctions, found on craigslist etc. go there.  A large price tag is placed on them and folks are told if not saved by such and such a date they will ship.  The truck is coming.  Well guess what the truck is coming no matter what and it will be full they will ship.  The one horse that is saved has now put 3 more in their place.  The money paid for that horse just lines the wallets of these auction  houses to go purchase even more.  Then you have to deal with the strangles, lameness issues, health issues of these horses once brought to their new owner or whoever their rescuer was.  Yes they are supposedly quarantined prior to transport but this does not always prevent the illness and diseases picked up at these auction houses.  The support at the local level for rescues has dropped.  Everyone has gotten on the kill buyer band wagon.  If this continues there will no longer be local rescues causing the faith of every horse no longer wanted or needed to end up in the kill buyers hands.  Had we not stepped up and handle the herd of 54 Arabians yes they probably would have ended up in the  hands of these people.  But they didn't  we need to stop this at the local level before it gets to that point.  This can only be done by your local rescues.  I pray there comes a day that rescues are no longer needed for any animal, small, large, domesticated not domesticated.  I pray there is a way but until we stop giving the ammo for this to continue then it wont happen.  STOP BREEDING every horse you own, get your stallions gelded to prevent "accidents" contact your local rescue if you have difficulties we can help.  There are low cost and sometimes free gelding programs out there ask about them, search for them.  Until the community steps up this problem will never go away.  Stop allowing the kill buyers to eat steak and lobster every night while so many animals suffer in their hands. 

New horizons

<div style="height: 300px; -ms-overflow-y: auto;">&lt;p&gt;;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;We are currently awaiting a court date for the PCSO department to obtain custody of the above animals.&amp;nbsp; When and if custody is awarded to the PCSO Faith Equine Rescue along with Hope Equine Rescue will be waiting to move these babies to their forever and foster homes.&amp;nbsp; Several of them are not stable enough to be placed as of yet therefore they will need to come into the rescue settings&amp;nbsp; Donations will be needed as many are heavy in foal and the concerns of complications are there.&amp;nbsp; The concern of the unknown vet bills are worrisome along with the care&amp;nbsp;(feed, hay, supplements etc) that are going to&amp;nbsp;be needed for their care.&amp;nbsp; Please consider visiting our donation page&amp;nbsp;and donating towards their care when&amp;nbsp;custody is obtained&amp;nbsp; We do have other horses currently in our care so please consider towards donating to their care also.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;***** If you are interested in adoption or fostering one of these babies please fill out our adoption application and sent it in immediately.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</div>

Arabian Herd

We were contacted by Okeechobee Sheriff Department to assist with a large herd of horses.  At the time we had no idea what type horses these were or who owned them.  Through investigation the owner was located and he stepped up and took responsibility for them.  The horses range from 6 years and on up.  These horses started out in poor condition.  The owner lives out of state and has been paying a caretaker to care for these babies which was not being done.  There was a total of 17 mares one with approx. 7 month old filly  by her side 13 geldings and 20 stallions.  Yep 20 stallions.  The stallions were in a different pasture then the mares.  I know I know breeding can take place through a fence.  With that being said most of the mares are in foal.    The owner has had all 52 horses vaccinated, wormed, coggins pulled and farrier work done.  The 20 stallions are now geldings thanks to the owner.  So with all this being said we have 52 beautiful Arabians needing homes.  They are up to date on medical and farrier work.  Please fill out an adoption application and submit it as soon as possible if interested.  We are also looking for foster homes also. 


Update:  all mares at this time have been placed unless an adoption falls through.  We still have some very beautiful geldings available.  None of these horses are trained they have been running free for 4 years they were handled until that time.

PLESE NOTE:  These horses will not be posted under our for adoption page.  This is to large of a herd to place on here.  If interested please see the above and follow the directions.  If you are concerned this is a scam please know this is not we are working with Okeechobee Sheriff on this case and we ask that you respect the privacy of the owner along with the information of this case.



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