Adelaide

Adelaide was a 16-year old Thoroughbred mare at the time of her rescue in March 2010, and 16 hands high. She made great progress after her arrival, and was made available for adoption as a companion only. She was spunky and really came out of her shell at the farm. She was a nice mover, but due to problems never addressed with her hooves, her grace could only be appreciated from the ground, as Adelaide was not ridable.

At left is Adelaide at the time of her rescue. Below right shows her progress in just 2 months at Mylestone. All other photos show her stunning beauty in recent years at Mylestone.

Adelaide was in need of an experienced handler as she was full of energy when ready to go out. She was also a good companion. She was very flashy with her beautiful dark bay coat and white markings, and a beauty once she gained the weight she needed. It was wonderful watching her gallop down the field, a far cry from the deeply depressed mare we first rescued.

Rescuing Adelaide was the first time we had experienced dealing with a hoarder, and although only two of the animals which were part of the cruelty case were horses, the impact was overwhelming. We were fortunate to find a home for the other mare, and give the kind of intensive care to Adelaide that she so desperately needed. The details of Adelaide's problems when she first arrived can be found in the story of this cruelty case.

For whatever reason, Adelaide did not find an adoptive home, but she relished her life here at Mylestone, and we were happy to have her. In April of 2018, we started seeing changes in Adelaide. She had become increasing agitated and spooky and several volunteers had commented about her weaving outside and seeming to be out of it. When the vet evaluated her, she found that Adelaide was losing her eyesight. We thought we could manage it but over the weekend in late April, Adelaide behaved in a very dangerous manner, rearing up and using her head to hit the vet and person holding her.

The vet was very upset about this change in behavior, and concerned that she might have a brain tumor in addition to diminishing eyesight. To prevent Adelaide from hurting herself and/or those who handled her, the decision was made to humanely put her down. Adelaide went peacefully, a beautiful and spirited mare who'd known a good life at Mylestone with many who loved and cared about her.

Read Adelaide's memorial.

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