Polo

Polo

Polo

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    Name: Polo

    Type: Westphalian Horse

    Color: Bay

      Markings: Star, 4 socks

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/1997

 

Polo is that horse that dreams are made of. Despite his name, he was trained for the sport of dressage, not polo, and he did his job! In California, Polo was the sports partner of a devoted owner. Due to an illness that left her disabled and unable to ride or care for Polo, she leased him to a dressage rider who needed a new partner. His new rider loved him devotedly, but – as happens to all of us – Polo was getting older and was no longer up to the rigorous demands of dressage, an equine discipline that demands a high level of physical fitness from its equine participants. 

However, Polo had a legion of fans; former owners who heard of his plight and were determined that after his years of service, Polo would have the retirement he deserved! Polo is one of the lucky ones – the people who owned him from first to last stepped up and made sure that he didn’t end up shuffled from home to home. Horses like Polo who are at the end of their careers with the resulting arthritis and age-related issues, can and do end up in less-than-ideal situations and are sold off from place to place. Polo, who had done his job well for his owners throughout his life, didn’t suffer this fate, but he still needed a place to go. His owner, now completely disabled, was very worried about him. That’s where Red Bell Run stepped in. A woman who had owned Polo in his youth contacted Red Bell Run, explained the predicament of Polo’s owner and asked if it would be possible for Polo to be brought from California to North Carolina.

Polo did his job – now it was time for us to do ours. Polo’s fan club donated the funds needed for him to be flown from California to Kentucky and then vanned to Red Bell Run. Polo, it turned out, had a few quirks which made the choice of Red Bell Run his best option since we specialize in special needs equines. He had EOTRH, a dental disease where teeth are reabsorbed into the bone. In his pictures you’ll see his tongue hangs out of his mouth. He’s not being rude – since the disease is sometimes painful, his front teeth were removed to make him comfortable. EOTRH (Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis) is more common than you might think which is why it’s so important for equines to have dental exams each year. Amazingly, Polo had no trouble grazing, eating his hay or his special mashes.

However, it turned out that our Polo also suffered from some neurotic behaviors which became evident shortly after he arrived. Puzzled, because there seemed to be no reason for this, our vet consulted a veterinary behavioral specialist at Cornell, who diagnosed him and prescribed a medication to help. As long as his schedule remains stable, Polo is a very happy camper, lazing his days away in his private paddock, stall and dry lot being cosseted by our staff. He is quite the character too! The video of Polo below was viewed over 100,000 times on TikTok. Polo, with all of his quirks, his adorable face with that tongue permanently on view, will always be a Star at Red Bell Run! 

Phoenix

Phoenix

Phoenix

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    Name: Phoenix

    Type: Andalusian Horse

    Color: Dark bay

    Markings: Star

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2002

 

Leo

Leo

Leo

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    Name: Leonidas LA

    Type: Andalusian Horse

    Color: Bay

      Markings: None

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2008

 

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Balin

Balin

Balin

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    Name: Balin

    Type: Andalusian Horse

    Color: Grey

      Markings: Fleabitten 

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2006

 

Balin had the world at his feet. He is a beautiful Pura Raza Espanola (Andalusian) and was much loved by his owner. However, Balin had a problem. He was a lot of horse; young and full of himself. Genetics had not been kind to Balin. For years his owner consulted vets, trying to understand his behavior: rearing unexpectedly, standing perfectly for mounting one time and the next nearly falling over. As the years passed, Balin would seem to improve; then another episode would occur. Finally, Balin was put into training that seemed to help. He did “horsy gymnastics” daily and gradually grew stronger. Balin was always a happy, easy-to-love fellow and seemed to have overcome his issues. He was eventually sold to a nice woman who fell in love with him at first sight, but…the new program didn’t fit and Balin slowly reverted to his old issues of rearing and falling over when mounted. Sadly, this happens more often than you would think…everyone has good intentions, but…a new exercise regimen, a new place, a new way of riding, and suddenly things fall apart. Although distraught, Balin’s new owner wanted to return him. 

Unfortunately, his previous owner wasn’t in a position to take him back and turned to us. Here was a horse that suddenly had no place to go – he had an undiagnosed physical issue that caused him to be unrideable at times. This is where it starts – that slide into home after home and finally a ticket to the auction carousel where horses routinely fall into the wrong hands and end up on a one-way trip to Mexico and a horrific end. Balin was one of the lucky ones. His owner was determined that this wasn’t going to happen to him and fortunately, we had an opening.

The vets eventually discovered that Balin has a genetic issue with his stifle; at times and with a strict exercise program, he would do well, but there wasn’t anything that would permanently fix his leg. As he grew older the stifle would become arthritic and his pain would need management. Today Balin lives at our Sunrise Pointe barn and under the care of our expert staff, his pain is managed with NSAID’s and mild exercise and he is living the good life with his buddies. 

Trigger

Trigger

Trigger 

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    Name: Trigger

    Type: Horse

    Color: Chestnut

    Markings: Bald face 

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 1/1/2006

 

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Trigger was suffering from severe starvation before being seized by the local Sheriff’s Department and landing under the wing of The Ark Watch Foundation. It was touch and go for a time, but after being refed and rehabilitated, Trigger was placed with Red Bell Run. Because he has an esophageal issue his grain must be served as a “soup” but otherwise he lives happily at our Sunrise Pointe Barn. 

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Trigger Lucii
Trigger Luci
Lincoln

Lincoln

Lincoln

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    Name: Lincoln

    Type: Horse

    Color: Chestnut

      Markings: Blaze

    Sex: Gelding

    Birthday: 12/31/2013

 

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Lincoln is the victim of the indiscriminate breeding, greed and throw away mentality that unfortunately permeates parts of the equine industry. When the “warmblood” craze started in this country, people were breeding any large draft mare to thoroughbreds and calling the resulting foals “American Warmbloods”. No thought was given to conformation or temperament – just a thoughtless rush by irresponsible people to cash in on a current fad. Poor Lincoln didn’t sell, so he was dumped at the Lincoln stockyards in Kentucky. That’s how he got his name…

We saw a terrified baby horse being roughly treated and abused. We said NO. 

Lincoln was lucky enough to be rescued, but, frankly, he was a basket case. Starved, unhandled, terrified of humans, especially men in ballcaps wearing aviator sunglasses (which still upsets him to this day), his future was pretty bleak. A large knot of unsightly scar tissue was just above his nose from a laceration that had been left untreated. The resulting skin flap had healed in a big knot. Obviously uncomfortable, Lincoln would rub the offending knot on any hard surface which left it raw and bloody. All in all, Lincoln needed serious intervention by someone knowledgeable.

That’s where Red Bell Run came in. He came to us and learned to be a good citizen, wearing a halter, leading, standing for grooming, the vet and farrier, and because he was young and relatively healthy, eventually being sent to a trainer to be put under saddle. That’s when we found that Lincoln’s mistreatment by humans early on was going to end that career before it even started. The trainer told us that he had never had a horse whose flight instinct was so strong. In Lincoln’s world, anything frightening would cause immediate flight – through walls, fences or any obstacles that might be in the way. He didn’t care what happened to his body; his response to perceived danger was immediately to run as far away as fast as his legs could carry him. Unfortunately, he would never be safe to be ridden.

Today Lincoln is not required to do anything that terrifies him. We are always aware of his issues and use safe handling methods with him because his flight instinct is still extremely strong. Overall, he is happy to be handled and loved. His “knot” has been removed along with a large sarcoid that developed in his ear and he has grown into a stunning horse with a long, flowing mane and tail. When the sun strikes his golden coat and the breeze teases his long mane, he looks like a horse in a fairy tale. We’re so glad he’s enjoying life with his friends at our Sunrise Pointe Barn. 

Lincoln before

Lincoln Before

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