We recently got an unexpected surprise; Maggie's longtime foster mom, Laurel, decided she wanted to adopt Maggie permanently. We got the news after Maggie finally recovered from her eye removal surgery.

We couldn’t he happier for Maggie. Laurel has been devoted to Maggie since she was rescued back in 2012.

Maggie is approximately 29 years old this year (2021), an Appaloosa mare, and about 15+ hands. She has a striking resemblance to Margrit, the Appaloosa we rescued in 2006, and we have reason to believe that Maggie may be one of Margrit's foals. Margrit spent her life tied to a tree where she was impregnated, gave birth, and nursed her foals until they could be tied to an adjoining tree, waiting to be sold. This was repeated - Margrit always tied to the same tree, with no shelter from the elements - for at least 18 foals.

We rescued Maggie from an auction in 2012. Thanks to Patty, our foster in south Jersey who had another of Margrit's offspring, Maggie had a caring foster home until we could bring her up north. In May of 2012, Maggie came up to a foster farm near Mylestone. Our vet's evaluation revealed some lameness front and behind, though they weren't serious issues.

Maggie settled into her foster home with Laurel where she gained between 50 - 75 pounds, and looked wonderful. She has a large pasture and became part of a small herd with a strong attachment to an older gelding, Lincoln, at the time. Maggie loved being brushed and immediately began enjoying her new life, which she does to this day.

In April 2021, Maggie developed an ulcer in her eye. Drops were attempted, but the usually calm and cooperative Maggief ought back at every attempt to treat her. Due two a number of factors, it was finally decided that the best thing for Maggie was to remove her eye. Once she was back on her farm with Laurel and her horse buddies, Maggie felt great and recovered quickly.

Maggie enjoying a beautiful day with her pasture buddies.

We can't thank Laurel enough for being there for Maggie all this time. Maggie contines to enjoy such a wonderful life, and her adoption makes our happiness - and hers - complete!

Read Maggie's adoption story.

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