Diva – Adopted to Her Forever Home with Iffy!!
Diva is a 12 year old Quarter Horse Mare that stands 16 hands. Diva was saved from our local auction in Lumberton. The rescue went to the auction as this was the first one held since Covid-19 shut it down. We were sad to see how the horses there many in bad shape. We walked around the auction twice to look at all the horses but Diva caught our eye from the start. Her feet were severely splayed out, she had pain ears, and she was heavily sedated. As we watched all the horses go through the ring many people were bidding on the horses. Diva was the third to last horse to run through. The only other person to bid on her was a kill buyer and we couldn’t let that happen. We finally outbid the kill buyer and she was safe. We left the auction by midnight but we were determined to make sure she felt safe when getting to the rescue. We were at the rescue until 1 am while waiting for her sedation to rub off. We wanted to make sure she wouldn’t choke on her hay. When she was finally off the sedation she was kind and just wanted attention. The following day we realized she was in more than we knew. Her withers were displaced and we feared she wouldn’t properly function. Thankfully Dr. Garett came soon as possible to check on her. He said as long as she could put her head down and eat with her legs side by side evenly her back isn’t hurting enough to end her journey. We immediately put her on supplements and medications to ensure that she was not living in pain. Her personality was big as she was a water baby. She loves to play in the water trough and follow her friend Rebetta the Thoroughbred around. Her past owner contacted us and told us when she was 2 year old she fell on her back causing that injury. Sadly they were still riding her after her injury. She didn’t like her feet being touched or anything to do with the vet. During her time recovering she was fully sponsored by Madeline S.! After we worked with her for a while we received a great opportunity to a forever home at Red Feather Sanctuary. They agreed to take Iffy the Standardbred who at the time recently lost his friend Tilly then attached to Diva. It was wonderful for the both of them because they were both companion horses! Many people overlook a companion horse because they cannot be ridden or worked. They are living their best lives and we receive update frequently on how they are still growing as individuals! We’re happy for both Diva and Iffy!