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OUR HORSES

About: Inner_about

Healing mentally, emotionally, and physically

The horses shown below are members of the Project ComeBack rescue herd. Each horse has a unique story to share as we help them through their healing process. 

Milo

2010 Mustang Gelding

Milo is an owner surrender and, like so many other mustangs, was so misunderstood by the horse world. A once feral horse running free in Nevada, he found himself in many different confining spaces that are normal for domestic horses to live in. Feeling trapped and frustrated he resorted to acting out, which got him labeled as dangerous, one woman even told his owner he belonged “at the bottom of a hole”.

 

Milo’s story didn’t start like this, his owner adopted him from the BLM and let him live outside and free with another mustang. He was so happy. But after falling on hard times and trying everything she could to keep him, her only options seemed to be traditional horse keeping with confining spaces and stalls. She knew Milo was so unhappy and that he was only acting out as a result of his living situation.

 

After hearing Milo’s story and all his mom had been through to find him the right home, we knew he would fit in with our herd. His rehab includes freedom, wide open spaces to run with his friends, and no confinement.

 

His first mom is so happy to say that Milo is back to the horse he used to be!

Milo is partially sponsored by Carolyn (CC) King for her sister, Cyndy King.

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Simon

1993 Percheron mix Gelding

Simon is a very timid horse. He is particular about who he trusts and who can come near him. He came to us when his dad's cancer made it too difficult to continue to care for him. Simon’s dad loves him very much and has had him for over 17 years. Simon used to have a very good friend who would visit him every day. She passed away unexpectedly and Simon has had trouble connecting with anyone since.

 

Project ComeBack agreed to take Simon and care for him so he did not end up in a bad place. We hope in Simon's time with us he is able to connect with someone and find that special friendship that he lost. 

Simon is fully sponsored by Specialty Metal Films Co., Jessica Pineault, and Anne Keesler.

Brother

2014 Quarter Horse Gelding

Brother was rescued from a kill pen in Texas, we do not know much about this horse except that he came with a mom and baby who he was very attached to. They got split apart at the lot when someone rescued the mother and he was so distressed. We couldn't leave him there without his friend, sad and scared. 

 

He was sick when we saved him, as many of the horses from that lot were. One of the other horses we rescued with him, Necalli, as well as the mom he was so attached to, both passed away from organ failure. Their bodies had fought so hard for so long, they just couldn't take it anymore.  

 

He will arrive to PCB north in April, so stay tuned for his comeback story to be updated as we get to know him better!

Brother is partially sponsored by Madeline Bondy.

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Matilda

2011 Miniature Horse Mare

Matilda, Tilly for short, was by far our most spontaneous rescue. We were contacted by one of our local hay suppliers after he picked her up from a man who said "get rid of her, either find her a home or bring her to slaughter I don't care just get rid of her!" We aren't sure what this sweet girl did to deserve such a horrible sentence, but we are certainly glad she ended up with us. Tilly loves attention of all kinds, she is quite the diva...and being that cute, we can't really blame her!

Matilda is partially sponsored by Rebecca Lockhart, Peter Costello, and Anna Nolan in memory of Brian and Jo Hammer, who were both Navy Veterans.

Matilda's rescue was sponsored by the Nolan family.

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Tag #9811

2010 Burro Gelding

Tag #9811 is getting a special name from his sponsors at Cresco Labs in MA! He was part of our rescue effort to save the last 14 mustangs in a group of 31 mustangs that all ended up at a kill lot in Oklahoma. He is completely unhandled, has been wild his whole life, and in his mid teens. All of this means his chances of being rescued from the kill lot were less than favorable. 

Tag #9811 lost his freedom on September 29th, 2019 during the Bullfrog HMA gather in Nevada when he was 9 years old. By February of 2023 he found himself trapped again, but this time he was inside of a kill pen.

 

We found pictures from that day, we can't imagine the fear and sadness these animals felt being captured and taken from their home.

Tag #9811's rescue is sponsored by Cresco Labs, they are working on his new name!

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Shadowfax

2009 Burro Jenny

Formerly known as tag #9810, Shadowfax was part of our rescue effort to save the last 14 mustangs in a group of 31 mustangs that all ended up at a kill lot in Oklahoma. She is completely unhandled, has been wild her whole life, through her mid teens. All of this means her chances of being rescued from the kill lot were less than favorable. 

Shadowfax lost her freedom on September 23rd, 2019 during the Bullfrog HMA gather in Nevada when she was 10 years old. By February of 2023 she found herself trapped again, but this time she inside of a kill pen.

 

We found pictures from that day, and we were able to identify her by the unique white covering most of her face, it is a distinguishing feature not seen in any of the other captured burrows. She is also a much lighter gray than the others. We see her standing proud with her baby by her side. We can't imagine the pain when they were split apart. 

Shadowfax is partially sponsored by Christine Paige. 

Nemi

2016 Mustang Gelding

Nemi was rescued from Stroud, a kill lot in Oklahoma, with Altivo in August of 2020. Nemi was completely wild, he had no handling or contact with humans except for a few traumatic experiences like being gelded, branded, and left in a kill lot. He came to the farm with an old halter on, we don't know how he got it or the trauma surrounding that form of capture for him. It took about 6 months, incredible patience and understanding to finally remove it. His gentling process will be slow and patient, we are very grateful to have a horse so close to his wild instincts to learn from and heal with. 

 

Nemi is partially sponsored by Stephanie Ault, Shobha Sudhir, Goutam Sudhir and Susan Davidson.

Nemi's rescue was sponsored by Carrie Langhauser.

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Clifford

2021 Quarter Horse Gelding

Clifford was bred to have a specific job as a show horse. Unfortunately he has a stifle injury which makes him "worthless" in the horse show world, specifically equitation. This injury is minor, but rules out strenuous training and riding. He could potentially be ridden lightly at a later date, and if he seems to enjoy being ridden he is a great candidate for our Hippo therapy/Therapeutic riding program.  For now he needs to understand humans and have compassionate handling with clear communication and a ton of consistency.  He was weaned at the "normal" domestic time (3-6 months) which means he also needs more socializing with other horses.

Clifford is partially sponsored by Martha Barbone. 

Rain

2007 Grade Quarter Horse Mare

Rain was rescued from an kill lot by our Oklahoma quarantine partners, Safe Keep Place. SKP is veteran owned and operated rescue facility that provides a safe space for horses making their freedom rides out of kill pens and to their new homes. This "middle man" is required to ensure that any sick horses heal before travel. The owner of SKP reached out to us about this sweet girl and thanks to a generous sponsor we were able to adopt her and give her a forever home at Project ComeBack. 

Rain participates in Project ComeBack veteran programing, as well as Hippotherapy at the farm. She is a very special girl with two very special jobs! 

Rain is partially sponsored by Sarah Miller, and Christine Donovan.

Rain's rescue was sponsored by Beth Sherman.

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Henry

2008 Quarter Horse Gelding

We do not know much about Henry, but we do know he needs more attention.  He likes people but was separated from his one friend when he was moved to his previous home. 

 

For various reasons Henry was never started under saddle. With no formal training at his age he is also seen as "worthless" in the horse world. Horses like Henry with these labels often end up in bad places. We are adamant that horses can still have a purpose and fulfilling life, even if riding is not a part of that. Henry would likely benefit from non-structured enrichment and walks in addition to compassionate handling. 

Henry is partially sponsored by Rebecca Dunk and Leslie McCaffrey

Christmas

2013 Donkey Gelding

Christmas is picky about who he trusts so building trust is selective and slow at times. He does not trust just anyone so this is a key point if someone "chooses" him but he doesn't choose them back.  He doesn't get aggressive, but he won't let them close, either.  He typically doesn't care for brushes, but does like getting scratched, but only in certain areas (neck, chest, butt).

 

He needs help with having his feet picked up by different people and allowing people to handle his legs (for wound care - he's had problems with biting flies in the past). He also needs help accepting needles - he had a bad experience with a veterinarian in the past as well. Christmas would make a GREAT companion for trail walks!  This would also involve building communication and signals between himself and a person. 

Christmas is part of a research herd associated with Equine International as part of an ongoing collaborative effort to facilitate research in the field of equine therapy. This herd's behaviors and responses to humans have been part of longitudinal research studies in equine wellbeing/welfare and equine-human interactions that will play a significant role in the research collaborations with Project ComeBack and serve as controls and comparisons for the dedicated PCB herd (which will create more robust findings for this work). 

Christmas is fully sponsored by Equine International. 

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Orin

2004 Shire/Thoroughbred Gelding

Orin was originally bred to be a fox hunting horse.  He went through both traditional and natural horsemanship training and learned how to present a wide range of behaviors in order to get people to stop using "pressure".  He will tense up and rest his leg, lower his head, turn towards people, etc all while being very tense and eager to leave at the first opportunity.  He is very wary of people and doesn't necessarily like to be touched.  It takes him a lot of time to trust people and he is very olfactory oriented.  He has shown a lot of interest in obstacles and problem-solving enrichment in the past and really seemed to enjoy mutual engagement opportunities instead of training.  He needs to learn that he can trust people and find enjoyment with humans without being coerced, manipulated, or otherwise told what to do. 

Orin is part of a research herd associated with Equine International as part of an ongoing collaborative effort to facilitate research in the field of equine therapy. This herd's behaviors and responses to humans have been part of longitudinal research studies in equine wellbeing/welfare and equine-human interactions that will play a significant role in the research collaborations with Project ComeBack and serve as controls and comparisons for the dedicated PCB herd (which will create more robust findings for this work). 

Orin is fully sponsored by Equine International. 

Tucker

2008 Dales Pony Gelding

Tucker was very lucky to be trained initially with methods and concepts that he had a say in everything. Consensual learning for the horse is a very rare thing to see in training methods. He was great up until a few years ago when he had to be rehomed and was subject to more "traditional" training.  We don't know what exactly happened, but he no longer likes people the way he used to. Tucker needs help developing more trust, especially in any kind of handling and footwork, and rebuilding his faith in people.

Tucker is part of a research herd associated with Equine International as part of an ongoing collaborative effort to facilitate research in the field of equine therapy. This herd's behaviors and responses to humans have been part of longitudinal research studies in equine wellbeing/welfare and equine-human interactions that will play a significant role in the research collaborations with Project ComeBack and serve as controls and comparisons for the dedicated PCB herd (which will create more robust findings for this work). 

Tucker is fully sponsored by Equine International. 

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Drummer

2013 Norwegian Fjord Gelding

Drummer and Christmas have been good friends since they were about 4 months old.  They have great communication and can be a good representation of interspecies communication (even though donkeys and horses are similar in many ways).  He is a good candidate for going through a more horse-led approach to saddling and determining consent based around if or how he would like to be ridden. He's expressive and will mutually groom people and likes to put things in his mouth. 

Drummer is part of a research herd associated with Equine International as part of an ongoing collaborative effort to facilitate research in the field of equine therapy. This herd's behaviors and responses to humans have been part of longitudinal research studies in equine wellbeing/welfare and equine-human interactions that will play a significant role in the research collaborations with Project ComeBack and serve as controls and comparisons for the dedicated PCB herd (which will create more robust findings for this work). 

Drummer is fully sponsored by Equine International. 

Hannah

2006 Shire/Thoroughbred Mare

Hannah is wonderful under saddle and a good candidate for potential therapeutic riding provided the people listen to when she provides feedback or doesn't want to engage.  She has been trained in traditional and natural horsemanship and is one of the smartest horses we've ever met. She has always enjoyed learning, whether through training or joint enrichment, or problem solving.  Similar to Rain, Hannah would enjoy being a part of a structured activity where she needed to think.  She also has issues with needles (as a result of poor handling by vets) so getting her used to people and strange objects near her will also be helpful in her healing process. 

Hannah is part of a research herd associated with Equine International as part of an ongoing collaborative effort to facilitate research in the field of equine therapy. This herd's behaviors and responses to humans have been part of longitudinal research studies in equine wellbeing/welfare and equine-human interactions that will play a significant role in the research collaborations with Project ComeBack and serve as controls and comparisons for the dedicated PCB herd (which will create more robust findings for this work). 

Hannah is fully sponsored by Equine International. 

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