Gypsy Goes Home

November 21, 2009

Sometimes one person (and each of us as individuals) can make a big difference and I think it’s helpful when we share reminders of that at every opportunity. Here’s a story I’d like to share with the hopes that it inspires and motivates…

Photos from the morning fellow photographer and horse lover Barb Young came over the mountain to pick up a very lucky little Mustang mare.

Gypsy had been part of a local seizure (which I wrote about earlier). Being an older mare with no training or much trust for people, she had few options. (She’s 13 and comes from the Piceance Creek-East Douglas HMA right here in Colorado). Despite the fact that she’s a pretty, sweet mare, (my favorite of the 17 seized) no one came forward to adopt her. As a last ditch effort, I posted Gypsy’s information on my Facebook page and Barb responded almost immediately that she’d take her. The process was started with Animal Control and the photos below tell the rest of the story. Gypsy has a wonderful new home and life.

First meeting - Barb with Gypsy on the right and Sampson on the left

Starting to get the panels set up

Gypsy appears a little concerned about seeing a trailer

Getting the trailer situated

Gypsy watches the preparations

Chana tries to calm and distract Gypsy by offering her a treat

We're about ready to start moving Gypsy towards the trailer

No one pushes her - she starts towards the hay in the trailer as we guide her a bit with our bodies

She steps right in!

Piece of cake and such a relief to have it go so smoothly!

Barb and Chris check her out. She's standing quietly munching away

Time for celebrating!

The awesome all girl team of Stacy, Chris, Barb and Chana

Heading home...

Barb and Gypsy arrived safely at Rainbow Farm later that day. Barb even sent me some photos to share.

It looks so peaceful and Gypsy has quite a view of the Grand Mesa too

And even a couple of photos from her first morning on the farm.

She has some new buddies!

Enjoy your new life girl...

***Check out another way this seizure inspired a talented young lady to get involved:

Local 14-Year Old Artist Donates Artwork to Help Benefit Table Mountain Animal Center’s 16 Horses and Donkey

Kudos also to the folks at Jefferson County Animal Control for working so hard to find good homes for all of the horses (and Sonar the donkey) involved in the seizure.

Related story:

13 Responses to “Gypsy Goes Home”

  1. calamity Says:

    Nice story. Did u like ur photo spread? Any stories for december issue?

  2. pnickoles Says:

    Hi Cate – yes, I loved the article you published. For those that are not aware, a little background on Cate’s magazine and the photo spread she mentions:

    trueCOWBOY magazine was established with the intention to act as a one-stop platform for the various mustang and wild horse rescue organizations. Working with the groups to help increase their sphere of influence to a readership that includes not only the horse owner and enthusiast but layman as well, who are not even aware that wild mustangs exist freely on the plains and most definitely not aware of the mustangs plight to remain free.

    The magazine with a big mission…raising awareness of the plight of the wild mustangs, burros and domestic horses in the USA.

    My article and photo spread starts on page 12.

  3. TJ Says:

    Great happy story, Pam! Gypsy really is a lovely mare, and I hope she has a great new life with Barb back on “our” side of the mountains!

  4. TJ Says:

    I commented on the post before I read about the young artist – I remember you mentioning her! What a great style she has, and what a great way for ya’ll to meet and share your passion for horses!

  5. Carien Says:

    Barb and I were on the phone when I got this link. good for Barb and good for all of you, but most of all for Gypsy!

  6. pnickoles Says:

    TJ – I’m so happy that pretty little mare is going to get another chance. I was taken with her (those eyes speak to you) from the first day. Barb has the experience to do right by Gypsy. A perfect pairing. πŸ™‚ And as for Adrianne, she’s going to do great things with her life. She’s a very talented and special young person.

  7. pnickoles Says:

    Carien – Barb told me she called you. πŸ™‚ Couldn’t be a happier ending for Gypsy and we’re all so grateful to Barb for giving her a home! YAY!

  8. Ronnie Says:

    It just takes one little to candle…all you need’s a tiny spark…


  9. Sweet story for a good mare and good people. I hope we can all keep doing things like this for as many as possible until we send the others home. Mar

  10. pnickoles Says:

    Agreed Marilyn!!

  11. What an awesome story!! And Gypsy is just gorgeous!! I am so glad that you found someone to take her, I am sure she will love her new home!!

  12. Dawn Foster Says:

    Nice story! Thanks for sharing. Dawn

  13. […] mare and give her a home at Rainbow Farm. Woo Hoo! That’s when I posted another story: “Gypsy Goes Home” about the day Barb came over, loaded up Gypsy and took her over the mountain to her new […]

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