In the Beginning:
Many years ago, after doing dog rescue and working at local shelters, I saw that horses were being abandoned, abused, neglected just like dogs, cats and other animals. I came to the realization that I would devote my time, since my children were mostly grown, to trying to help as many of the unfortunate horses that I could.
Over the years my husband and I have taken in too many horses to even count….we have seen them starved, beaten, abandoned and we have taken them in and tried to give them a second chance at a decent life….which they deserved…and to find them pre-approved homes. Sometimes they were “fixable”, sometimes they were not….but we took them in and did what we could do to help them.
This past summer I received a call about four horses…..two were down and could not get up…..some friends and I went there at the request of our local Sheriff’s Department…..we took them all home that day…but for two of them it was too late and despite all of our efforts and our vet’s immediate care….we lost them. We were all devastated at the senseless waste of life of these two young horses from starvation….and out of this tragedy that we all were involved in….came the realization that I needed help….both financially and physically….to continue doing what I so badly wanted to continue doing.
Our little group consisted of five women that pulled together to give me a lift and a renewed sense of purpose. We had our very first fundraiser in October…and because of their help and sooo many others who stepped forward, we were very successful and raised some much needed funds to help get us through the winter.
So – after so many years of doing it alone – I have a group of friends that are pulling together to keep Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary going. I feel truly blessed!
We plan to have another fundraiser in a couple of months as vet expenses, grain bills, farrier expenses, etc. keep coming in…as well as other needy horses that need help. I feel renewed on my purpose and mission and others have committed to having this mission be theirs also. We will advise the community as soon as our plans are finalized….we hope that you will be there to support us!
My future mission?……well, it is to continue helping as many as we financially and physically can ……regardless of their age, condition, future use…..we don’t care. We just want to show them that life can be better and that there is hope at the end of the rainbow!
Connie Hendrix, President
MISSOURI FORGET-ME-NOT HORSE RESCUE AND SANCTUARY
1025 Heritage Road
Linn Creek, MO 6500052
Where we're going:
Our mission is to provide gentle care for abused, neglected and abandoned horses. During their rehabilitation, horses will learn to begin to trust once again by living in a sanctuary free of fear, hunger and human caused pain. Once rehabilitated, we will strive to find them a special home with people who will give them a new life where they will thrive with loving care and can live their life with dignity. We believe that by providing a network of support and basic equine educational resources for humans, we can avoid the unnecessary suffering and unfortunate fate that many horses endure. We want to do more than care for the horses who are suffering… we want to find a way to break the cycle of abuse and neglect! Together, we will make a difference in the life of a horse!
Our Long Term Residents:
Ted was our first ‘rescue’ horse and he arrived here about 15 years ago. He was living in the State of Delaware where he was a companion to racing horses because of his calm and steady demeanor. After his career ended there he was sold to a lady who wanted him for trail riding, which he did until he became lame on his front feet. After they had him vetted it was determined that he had navicular disease in his front feet and could no longer be ridden on rough trails. He was donated to a large equine rescue there and that is how I heard about him. They received several applications from people offering to take Ted, but decided on us because we were in the Midwest – and in an area where Quarter Horses were plentiful and vets were very familiar with navicular problems. He arrived here after several days on a transport truck and was very grateful to at last be on solid ground. He has been our “mascot” for many years…always the kind, sweet, and wise old soul. He is nearing 30 years old now…slowing down but his heart and mind are strong and we feel blessed to have had him in our lives throughout his retirement. Foxy and Quincy are his best friends.
Ted is available for SPONSORSHIP ONLY as he is not rideable, requires special grain and forage as his teeth no longer permit him to eat grass or hay.
Lucky came to us in 2004. He was severely malnourished with extensive pressure sores over his entire body. The sores were the result of his attempt to stand without success. Upon delivery here it was discovered that the hoof walls on all four of his feet had separated from founder, with the coffin bone protruding from one of them. From a medical point of view there was no hope that he would survive. After much research we opted to treat his mind, spirit and body holistically. The decision not to euthanize Lucky was made because of his will power and attitude – he was NOT ready to give up……so we choose to not give up on him either! After removing all of his hoof walls, stall confinement, controlled diet and supplements, acupuncture, massage therapy, and chiropractic treatments he began to thrive. In time with lots of love and care from many people that gave of their time and prayers – Lucky now stands on four healthy hooves, is happy and content. He survived because he thought he deserved a better and happier life….and had the will power to make it happen. He is a joy and a daily reminder that there are second chances out there and miracles do happen!
Lucky is available for SPONSORSHIP ONLY as he requires monitoring as to his feed intake and constant care for his feet to control the effects of prior foundering.
Grace is a registered Tennessee walker mare that came to us about 4 years ago. Grace is completely blind…and has been blind for some time, from what we have learned. She was previously used as a brood mare and before that was rescued from buyers that bought horses for slaughter. She is the sweetest, kindest, calmest horse – even though she has no eyesight, she trusts people and will gladly do anything she is asked. The other horses seem to watch out for her as she follows them out in the fields and all around. LOVES to be petted and brushed.
Grace is available for SPONSORSHIP ONLY due to her eyesight problems – she is familiar with her pasture and pasture-mates and is best left with that security.
Pippy came to us as a tiny baby – her young mother had delivered her in the middle of winter and rejected her – thus leaving Pippy an orphan. She had been injured by her mother, and lacked the normal mother/baby bonding so was very sad and lonely when she arrived. We immediately started her on a milk supplement, a nice warm blanket, heat lamp….and LOTS of constant care. She is now about 6 years old – very fat and sassy! She is not sure if she is a horse or a human……but is just an all-around happy soul and a source of constant amusement. She has never been broke to ride, but leads well and LOVES to be brushed, petted and scratched all over.
She is available for SPONSORSHIP ONLY to someone who can love and spoil her.
Quincy came to us from a neglect situation. Two horses were in a small pen – no food or water…the other horse died in that pen and a concerned citizen reached us and asked us to help this horse. We did….and Quincy has now been here many years. He is almost 30 years old now….is the self-appointed leader of his group of “elders” – if he can get away with it. He now requires special food and forage…..but is a steady, old soul that is one of the “Three Amigos”…..Foxy, Ted and Quincy…they are always together….lots to talk about, I guess – what a story they could tell about their lives! Absolutely LOVES to be scratched, brushed and petted……he never gets tired of it and will stand forever enjoying every bit of attention that he can get.
Quincy is available for SPONSORSHIP ONLY because of his advanced age and feeding requirements.
More pictures to come!