Knickers- won’t you sponsor a horse?

January, 2012-
JERAS has taken in a new horse who was about to lose his foster home and was going to be put down because another home could not be found. We are seeking people who may want to sponsor a horse.

This was the post I had seen on Facebook:

“Knickers – Arabian Stallion in an animal shelter in Grass Valley, CA – 29 years old in desperate need of rescue. They have two-weeks to find him a rescue/adopter. Knickers was pulled from deplorable conditions back in June. He spent well over 10 years of his life living in a dark, dingy barn in a tiny 10×10 barb-wired pen. The pen was never cleaned and the water and food supply was sparse at best. A Foster Care person pulled him and 11 other horses from the property, some were living in 5 feet of mud. They put wood shavings down and the horses were so hungry they started eating them. Knickers came to stay at the foster care’s mom’s house. They had the vet out, his teeth floated and his feet trimmed. He was thin but not nearly as skinny as the others. Knickers is a very gentle boy with people. Eventually, they had to place him in another foster home right up the road since they had two mares. Knickers did really well in his new foster home and is was living with a gelding in a big pasture. The reason we need to find a new place for Knickers is because the original foster owners are moving out of state and his current foster mom’s house is in foreclosure. They are worried that euthanasia might be the end result. They can bring him up to date on all necessary vaccines and transport. We just need to get him out of our shelter system as soon as possible. Please help they are desperate.”

He looks just like the little Arabian gelding I had for 24 years, who died of a stroke at age 31 in 2004. I could not bear to think this horse might die after being rescued, just because he is losing his foster home. Stallions are hard to place and require special handling. The  consensus is he is too old to geld safely. After all those years of neglect, he deserves to spend his final years in a safe, comfortable home.

It also turns out he has spectacular bloodlines, and is a Naborr grandson and great-grandson. If you aren’t familiar with this famous Arabian, just Google him.

We have built a paddock to separate him from the other horses, since he is a stallion, but he will have lots of company on the other side of the fence. We hope to be able to eventually pair him up with Raven, our one domestic horse. He arrived at 11 PM Jan. 18, 2012 and was quite wild and rambunctious, but settled down overnight. He is a beautiful horse, despite his age.

Knickers requires a diet of soaked pellets, as he is almost 30 years old and has lost molars. His feed and supplements  run about $150 a month. With rising hay prices, it is a constant struggle to get enough funding to pay our feed bills. Won’t you consider helping us care for him?

I got a lesson in being more careful around abused horses on Feb17th, 2012. I had just done a little trimming of his hind feet and he was somewhat resistant and cow-kicked a few times. I picked up my hoof spray to give the bottom of his feet a spray, and as I got to his hind leg, he must have spun around and next thing I knew, I had a severe blow to the chest & abdomen- both barrels. As I lie on the ground, trying to get me cell phone to work, I really thought it was the end…as I am too chemically sensitive to be hospitalized or even call 911.  I am still very sore more than a week later, but I guess I will live.

…..He has gotten less defensive about his food and a little more trusting. He has some hind end pain, probably from the confinement and bad teeth (teeth can set off the entire spine on a horse). So, in all fairness, he thought he was defending himself from me probably. I enjoy watching him commune over the fence with the burros and do his dance to aggravate the mustang geldings…it is a joy to see him strolling around, such a simple thing, but not to a horse who lived in a 10 foot pen for 10 years. So, any health or comfort we can give him seems to be appreciated by him and his tenacity and will to live are amazing. They said he was so weak, he could barely even walk last June. Then he had hoof abscesses that made him “3-legged lame”. They are very painful. So, I am being more careful and next time I halter him, I will wear my riding helmet and padded riding vest, which I would have done that day if I had been thinking…..
One thing animals always do is teach us, even if they are telling us how ignorant we are….   : )

 

 

 

Knickers’ old home

Knickers when rescued

Knickers

 

Knickers at sunrise

 

Knickers after a month of gaining weight here

 

Knickers summer 2012

Video Oct. 12, 2014

Knickers summer 2015

Knickers summer 2015

Knickers had poetry written for him by Jackie Carroll-

My name is Knickers

I am Knickers the handsome grey horse
I am wonderful, the most important of course
I have rules – my meals served first
Or I will chase those Mustangs with an energy burst
My Mum thought she could play with my back feet
I clobbered her chest like a mare in heat
I am handsome and gorgeous , just ask me I’ll tell you
And live in a palace compared to what I used to
Look in my eyes you will honestly find
A big baby who really is kind
All this is new and I have to learn trust
My Mum lets me run, though, covering her in dust
So I know given time and trust and love
I will be like an angel from above
My halo may slip once in a while
But that will give everyone a chance to smile
I love you Mum for giving me home
Without a grimace or a moan

Love Knickers the Stud

Knickers the stud horse

There once was a horse called Knickers
Who thought he was the reincarnation of Flicker
He would prance round the pen
From beginning to end
He jumps and he prances
Like well trained Lipazzanas
Until his food is in place
Then he puts his head down and eats with such grace
His rear end is lethal
Everyone needs to be careful
He can strike at will with force
But then he’s the typical horse
He is now safe and free to be him
Still allowed to have vigor and vim
His Mum will love him whatever he does
He’s part of a family now and doesn’t have to fuss
He’s loved and safe what more could he need
Perhaps an extra handful of feed!!!!!!!!!!!

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