Every horse is on a journey, a journey filled at times with hardships and suffering but also joy, peace and hope. Their time at DEFHR is often a brief stop on their journey. Ziporah’s journey is unique to her but not unlike the hardships that many of her herd mates experienced before they stopped through DEFHR.
On April 18, 2018 Ziporah, a quarter horse mare and former reining champion, arrived at DEFHR in debilitated and critical condition. She was one of 12 equines, seized by local authorities due to their severe state of neglect and rapid decline.
Ziporah was emaciated, in active kidney and liver failure, where soon after arriving at DEFHR she collapsed unable to get up on her own. DEFHR’s experienced staff used the Large Animal Lift to place her into the Anderson Sling so that Ziporah could receive the supportive therapy she required for a successful recovery. Staff and volunteers cared for Ziporah 24/7, committed to give this sweet mare a fighting chance. After 5 long weeks and with Ziporah’s determination and a strong-will to live, she was able to stand on her own and walk out of her stall.
Three months later, Ziporah completed rehabilitation. The horse that once struggled to stand on her own was now galloping around the fields joyfully and carefree. Today, Ziporah is a happy, healthy, kind mare who loves to make you smile. Because of those wonderful qualities Ziporah has extended her stay at DEFHR for just a little longer. She wants her story to be told and she wants children and adults alike to have amazing experiences with horses like her so that they will advocate for horses that need their help in the future.
From the beginning, Ziporah never gave up fighting for her life and her journey is one of hope and inspiration. She would like for you to continue to be inspired. DEFHR is honored to be here on her behalf to share her story and celebrate her transformation with you with this memento from Ziporah’s rehabilitation journey at DEFHR.