We began looking in local papers and on the internet to find horses for sale, that was kind of like the commercial about search engine overload, we found horses but the more you clicked the further you got away from where you started, we had everything from stick horses to horsehair brushes, heck we even ended up looking at potbelly pigs and goats like we were even looking for this type of pet. We drove several miles and looked at horses that were not even close to the description given us on the phone, the mild horses that “Even your Grandchildren can ride” either could not be caught or were on deaths door in my opinion.
We decided to switch gears and start over; we started looking at rescue and animal shelters with the intention of adopting one that actually needed a home and not just a buyer, we ran across an ad that just tugged at our hearts, the exact words are as follows:
“This beautiful lady came to us a stray. Someone dumped her in the River bottom badly malnourished, and suffering from a serious bout of pneumonia. Now she is all better and ready for adoption. According to her brand she is 8 years old. At one time someone took the time to work with her. She trailers leads, picks up feet and no problem with being trimmed. We do not know how much ground training she has had but seems to know the basics. She has a very sweet disposition. Please come down and take a peak at her she will steal your heart!! Mustang Sally is up-to-date with routine shots.”
We drove to the Norco, California Animal Shelter in hopes this would be the one, we got there and found a large group of horses up for adoption mostly older ones that need to be fed apples only, right in the middle was this brown Mustang with a white face featuring one brown eye and one blue eye, such a beautiful horse, an animal control officer rounded her up which involved walking up to her placing a hand on her mane and walking over to us, she was observing us as much as we were she when she turned to Cindy and gently laid her head on Cindy’s shoulder, Cindy and she walked around, talked and got to know each other somewhat and I think that was when the decision was made that the Mustang called Sally would be coming home with us. It was a long wait from Thursday until Monday when arrangements could be made to pick her up, but the wait was well worth it.
We made the trip back down to Norco, filled out the necessary paperwork, paid the adoption fee and received her few records they had, Sally loaded and made the trip home just fine, she and Flash seem to be getting along well as he did strut around quite a bit at first trying to get her attention but now they have settled in and act like they have been together all along, Cindy is happy because we adopted a horse who really needed a home, I believe this horse will fit in just fine and I look forward to seeing the look of pride on both Cindy and Sally faces when they take that first ride together.
Mustang Sally and Cindy
Flash and Sally