After being in the hands of a kill buyer, and moving through at least two auctions, Maverick (Mav) was discovered online at a Texas feedlot where 3 Sisters Equine Refuge was working to pull five miniature horses. With seeing only a short online video, Jesika, a 3S volunteer, took a leap of faith and purchased Mav just days before he was scheduled to ship to slaughter.
Mav and the minis made the 2,000 trek from the Texas feedlot to 3S, where he arrived disheartened, sick, sore, and thin–but also trusting and kind. The first month was a whirlwind of quarantine, antibiotics, walks up and down the 3S driveway, grain, grooming, feet trimming, teeth floating, and lots of love.
Over time, we’ve pieced together information about Maverick. His brand is from a breeder in South Dakota–he’s a registered foundation quarter horse. His Coggins certificate shows he’s been under the ownership of a notorious kill buyer. Vets and trainers all attest that Mav was worked very hard, most likely on a ranch. He’s also been diagnosed with navicular and arthritis–most-likely caused by rough use prior to his rescue. He’s in his mid teens and is stoic, brave, steady and patient.
Fast forward one (love-filled) year later and you’ll find Mav happy and vibrant, often exploring the trails with Jesika. Jesika’s love and care has given Maverick a second chance at life. And, if you ask Jesika, she’ll tell you Mav has provided an abundance of adventure and freedom to her life. They truly are a happily-ever-after story.
Maverick is the #righthorse.