Amanda + Aurora
I adopted Aurora in June of 2017. The first horse that I had owned for 10 years had passed away in April and I was devastated. He had been my best friend, and had seen me through some of the hardest times of my life – then he was just gone. As a horse person, you’re always on the lookout for horses that need help or saving. I happened to be on Moore’s Equines for Rescue page on Facebook when I saw her. She was such an interesting color she caught my eye straight away. She wasn’t very tall and definitely wasn’t what I was looking for – but she was what I needed. I called my mom/trainer and talked to her about it. That same day we bought her, and I don’t regret it for a second.
Aurora ended up having an upper respiratory infection in quarantine, but she pushed through. A friend and I drove four hours to pick her up. As soon as I saw her I was in love. I could tell she wasn’t used to being handled a lot, but she tried so hard to understand what I wanted from her. We were walking up to the trailer when she spooked. When she started snorting, I thought, “Oh no, I have absolutely no idea what she is going to do!” But I just asked her gently to walk up into the trailer. Much to my complete astonishment…she did. After everything she had been through, from her past life to that awful kill pen, she decided to trust me.
As soon as I got her home, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I persevered. The day after getting her home she bit me in the face – right on the cheek. I just stared at her in shock. It swelled up to the size of a golf ball and went numb. But even after all of that, I kept thinking about all she had been through and decided I didn’t care. We started slow, building our relationship. She now follows me around and will try anything I ask of her. She has been a savior in my life. I hope I have helped her as much as she has helped me.
I may not have been expecting to get another horse so soon, but I’m glad I did. Aurora is the sweetest, goofiest, most trusting horse I have ever met. I’m just glad I get to be a part of her life and show her that not all people are the same. I will never take her for granted. She could have ended up in Mexico or Canada – or even on a worse off home. I’m thankful I got to save her like she saved me. All I can say is that there are thousands of horses that are sitting in kill pens in rescues waiting for a forever family. They don’t know how they ended up there; all they know is that they’re alone. We can change that and help them feel loved and cherished like they should be. We can show them how to be pampered and adored by kids. We can show them the good in life instead of the bad. You’ll be better for it.
What #RightHorse means to me
It means helping horses and getting them into their forever homes. It means showing people that the horses in kill pens are just as great, if not greater, than those you breed or buy. It means teaching people that horses aren’t expendable. They hurt, too. They feel, too. Once they find the right people, they are the greatest thing you will ever have in your life. They heal, they love, and, most importantly, they forgive. You can’t say that about too many people. Horses are pure. They deserve respect. They don’t deserve to be crammed and carted off the nearest slaughterhouse because of human greed. The Right Horse is telling people that they need to adopt. If not for the horse’s sake, for the sake of the owner. Adopting a horse is the best possible feeling. Gaining that horse’s trust and companionship, even more so. While I wish horses never found themselves there in the first place, at this point all we can do is get the word out and advocate on their behalf. That’s what the #RightHorse means to me.