Jessica: I had been shown no compassion. No love. No kind words. No understanding. I became a terrified, cranky, moody, mistrusting, kicking and biting mare who got dumped at New Holland Sales.
Cooper: I had been a faithful racehorse who earned my owners checks and earnings of about $25.000. Then I got amished and worked for about 6 years as a buggy horse. I worked so hard. Never complained. Always trusted. But when my stifle got too bad to hurry up and down the streets I got dumped at New Holland Sales.
Justice: I was a kind buggy horse and I got in foal. Maybe by accident since when it became close for me to foal they brought me to New Holland Sales.
That day we all found a scary scenario...Tristan run through the ring first.
"Nobody wanted me. One bid came and Oh My God, it was from the kill buyer. One of the biggest kill buyers on the East Coast. Then a girl raced her hand. Nervous I glanced her way. The hammer fell. Sold for $ 35. Who bought me??? The girl raised her hand again. But the next horse already came through they took the girl's number. She seemed ok."
Then Cooper came in the ring. The girl watched all the standardbreds closely and was waiting for a miserable mare to come through but Cooper...
She yelled does he have a tattoo?? When the killer bid on him last, "Yes, he rides and drives", yelled the auctioneer back.
She bid. The killer bid one more time and hesitantly the girl raised her hand again. $200 sold to the girl .
Then Justice came in. The girl liked her kind look but she already had two. Her limit was two and she was dead set on saving the miserable mare that she just knew would be kill. She didn't bid; had to look away. The mare sold for $150 to an Amish dealer.
Then finally near the end the miserable mare came in the ring. A low bid for kill. Then the girl bid and the hammer fell for $75.
Then the Coggins came back positive on the miserable mare (ed. note - later came back as a false positive) and the girl went and got Justice from the Amish guy who also sends to kill when the horse can no longer work... $200.
The girl promised she would pay one month quarantine on the miserable mare and try to help her if she could.
Well next thing you know we all ended up being Horse Rescue United horses.
Where we are loved, cared for, rehabilitated, treated with compassion, kindness, and adequate feed. We got retrained and even the miserable mare came to us. She's now named Jessica and is now the Belle of the Ball.
Please note that Justice sadly had a still born which we had named Astrea, a filly. Auctions houses are hotbeds for illnesses and the stress alone might have hurt her foal. we will never know. Justice thankfully recovered well from her loss thanks to her being fostered by her foster parents. She is now happily adopted and looks amazing.
Jessica has transformed from the scared, moody, and cranky mare to a kind, trying, and still feisty girl. She loves her treats and has made more progress than any HRU horse has before.
Cooper was happily adopted out, but a history of reoccurring colic turned out to be fatal. We suspect he might have had a cancer mass internally.