Midnight's Equine Rescue and Sanctuary
Tula is a Standardbred/Tennessee Walking Horse who was rescued by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as a 3-year-old in 2010. The HSUS rescued Tula and 48 other horses from a "horse dealer's" lot in West Virginia. The horses were being held together in a corral with no grass, hay, feed or water.
Horse Tales (Biographies)
Jakie is a 30-year-old Shetland pony who worked for many years as a cart horse for the Arabbers in Baltimore City. Jakie lived in a ramshackle stable in west Baltimore until one day the City officials condemned it and Jakie, along with many other cart horses, was sent to live in makeshift stables at Pimlico racetrack.
For year after year, Jakie had seen only the hot streets of Baltimore and the walls of a stinky, run down stable and now, thanks to several horse lovers who wanted to help ponies and horses just like Jakie, he was in luck as he was bought from an Arabber and sent to live at a Horse Rescue in Maryland. Eventually, Jakie found his forever home in 2014 at Midnight's Equine Rescue and Sanctuary. Jakie is now an equine ambassador, going to schools and fairs (with Wendy Zabicki, Director of Midnight's Equine Rescue and Sanctuary) where Jakie excels at educating children and adults about ponies.
His best friend at the Sanctuary is Gemma, a pony who is even smaller than Jakie! His favorite food? Carrots! And he really loves that grass at the Sanctuary!
Zoey is a 17-year-old Quarter horse cross who worked for many years as an Arabber cart horse in Baltimore City. In 2007 when the City condemned the ramshackle stables that the cart horses were living in, Zoey and many other horses were sent to a tent/stable at Pimlico Racetrack. Horse lovers were invited to come and see the horses and many of them were sold, Zoey being one of them! Soon after, arriving at a local horse rescue, Zoey was excited to be given carrots, apples and a whole lot of attention.
The horse lover that rescued Zoey knew that the owner is the first line of defense for the horse against an uncertain and most likely very grim future. All the horses in that situation were in great peril of being taken to a horse auction and sold for slaughter. The relationship and connection between Zoey and her rescuer saved her from that horrific fate.
Zoey's rescuer kept tabs on her over the next several years and learned that she had been sent to live with a Foster who was interested in riding Zoey. Since Zoey had only been a cart horse and had never been schooled in carrying a rider, this didn't work out and she was returned to the horse rescue. In 2014, Zoey's rescuer moved her to Midnight's Equine Rescue and Sanctuary where Zoey has found her forever home.
Zoey is coming out of her shell at the Sanctuary and for the first time ever, is quite willing to approach humans both in the field and up at the fence. This is all thanks to the wonderful efforts of Wendy Zabicki, Director, Midnight's Equine Rescue and Sanctuary.
Zoey's favorite food? Apples!
The HSUS video of this rescue [link to The Humane Society of the United States YouTube video of this rescue, https://youtu.be/CrHq4tCDJHo] from Wayne County, W.Va. in May of 2010 shows 49 horses in various stages of ill health and starvation due to the former owner's cruel and callous neglect. The video shows how the horses had tried to get to the grass on the other side of the barbed wire fence, with pieces of their hair caught in the fence as they tried valiantly to reach that unattainable grass beyond their reach.
The vet at the HSUS found Tula in such deplorable shape that he recommended 5 months hospitalization. Her left stifle was 4/5 lame, she had bite marks with retained hair, swollen lymph nodes, a deep lesion on her upper lip, fever rings on her hooves, a heart murmur and her weight-- 695 lbs. Her body score was 2/9.
After 5 months hospitalization, Tula was taken to a local horse rescue. In 2013, a friend of Midnight's Equine Rescue and Sanctuary (MERAS) visited Tula and fell in love with her "Here I am, take me!" attitude. This approach worked wonders and soon after Tula went to live at Midnight's Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, her forever home.
Because Tula endured starvation as a young horse in W. Va., she thought every meal was her last and began to show food aggressiveness by biting and kicking the other horses when food was around. It's no surprise that this behavior did little to help Tula make friends at Midnight's Equine Rescue and Sanctuary! Tula's behavior did not bode well for allowing her to stay at the Sanctuary so Wendy Zabicki, Director of MERAS arranged that Tula be sponsored in order to send Tula to Florida to work with equine behaviorist and intuitive trainer, Caroline Rider. After Caroline worked with Tula for several weeks, Tula traveled back up to Maryland to MERAS, a happy and well-adjusted horse, respectful of all the other horses at the Sanctuary. And lo and behold, Tula discovered that there was enough food for everybody!
Tula appears to like music, especially when a flutist comes to the farm and toots away. She's all ears!
Her favorite food? Apples and Granola!