Sadly, horses end up at auction for a variety of reasons. And
while we don’t know the reason Sapphire, Kenny and Lacey
were at an auction in Nevada, we do know they deserved to be
saved. And it took the efforts of four rescue organizations working
together to do it.
Sapphire and Kenny are just youngsters, only four months old.
And it’s shocking to consider what they’ve already endured in their
short lives. They were sent to auction alongside their moms and
had already been purchased and loaded onto a trailer when our
partner rescue found them. The buyer was headed south, possibly
to Mexico. And while he refused to sell their mothers, the rescue
organization was able to convince him to let them buy the young
Not only were Sapphire and Kenny thin and undernourished,
they had shipping fever (a respiratory issue associated with
transporting horses). To make matters worse, they had huge, hot
iron brands that were sore and peeling covering the entire top of
their rumps on both sides. They didn’t know it yet, but as scared
MEET SAPPHIRE, KENNEY & LACEY
as they were being separated from their moms, it was the
beginning of a better life for both of them.
Lacey, a small pony, was also at the auction that day.
With the exception of blindness in one eye and suffering from
shipping fever, she was in pretty good health overall. Seeing
how scared she was with all the loud sounds and activity at
the auction, our partner rescue just couldn’t leave her behind.
So, Sapphire, Kenny and Lacey were loaded onto a trailer
and taken to a rescue in Northern California where they got
lots of love and attention. When they were feeling better and
more comfortable with people and handling, they made their
journey south to Redwings.
As with most rescue efforts, it takes a village. Working
together with Lost Hearts and Souls Rescue, Pregnant Mare
Rescue and Angels for Minis – and, of course, with the
generous support we get from you -- Sapphire, Kenny and
Lacey are now living the lives they deserve. Their brands have
healed and no longer cause them pain, they’ve gained a lot of
weight and their trust in people is getting stronger every day.