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|Annie was the first horse, Lynn, Jana, and I
bought at the auction in Oneill, Nebraska on October 13, 2007. She
came into the ring and the placed filled with laughter. No one
would bid on her, not even the kill buyer who was there for the
slaughter house in Mexico. He made it clear that not even the
killers in Mexico would want her.
Annie was 22 years old, pregnant, and so badly malnourished that she
almost couldn't walk into the ring.
Lynn bid just $25 on Annie and won her.
When we first met her, we were not sure what her name should
be. We were all racking our brains to decide what to call
her. I emailed a friend who is an animal communicator. I
asked her to let the girls that we bought at the auction know that we
were going to do everything that we could to help them. That they
would know only love and great care for the rest of their
lives. I also asked her to find out if there was a name that
this little mare would like to be called. She told the
communicator that she didn't care what her name was, that she had been
called so many things that it didn't matter any more. That is when
the communicator was touched by a woman who had passed before. She
said that she had known this mare when she was younger and that she had
belonged to her grand daughter. She said that her grand daughter
had named her Annie. She asked that we rename her that, so we
Annie miscarried her baby on the 19th of October. A beautiful
filly that we named Grace. She was perfect in every way.
Despite the care that Annie received at Lynn's rescue, the neglect
that she had suffered while pregnant combined with her age were too much
for her. She crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully with her ears
forward on 12 Nov 2007.
Update: 6 Nov 2007: Despite miscarrying her
unborn filly (see update below for information on that) Annie is doing
better. She has more energy and is just as sweet as can
be. She enjoys being spoiled by Lynn's daughters!
According to her registration papers, Annie is 22 years old.
Update: 12 Nov 2007:
Last night Miss Annie went down. She was having trouble with her
hindquarters and couldn't stand. Lynn and her family tried to help
her throughout the night, but this morning, Miss Annie let them know
that it was time for her to cross the rainbow bridge. She passed
peacefully with the knowledge that we all loved her and thought that she
was so special. Please say prayers especially for Lynn and her
family. Lynn's daughters are devastated at the loss of Annie.
Rest in Peace, Miss Annie! Make sure to meet
up with Missy on the other side to help you as you settle in. She
will take care of you.
Annie the morning after the auction.
Pictures of Annie taken on 8 Nov 2007.