Arrived: 8/26/21 (Rescue)
Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse
Redemption (called Remi for short) came to be at the ranch on August 26th. He is a 20-year old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding. In the midst of a busy week assisting with Waverly, TN flood relief, we received a phone call from the Department of Agriculture. They had found a severely emaciated horse in someone's rocky, barren backyard. From observing Remi's condition it could be determined that his (now former) owner chose to stop caring for Remi, leaving him to suffer from starvation, dehydration, and overgrown teeth and hooves. Upon investigation by the Sheriff, Remi's former owner chose to surrender him and Remi went to stay temporarily with a kind neighbor while a call was made to us at Freedom Reigns. We were overjoyed to go pick him up and welcome him into our herd!
Remi's rehabilitative journey will be a long one as the neglect he has faced truly took a toll on his weight, hooves, and teeth. But his personality and fighting spirit has never wavered even in the face of starvation and we are confident that his recovery will be a complete one. Remi's journey is one where we can see how God takes things that the enemy meant for evil and turn it to good. We are so excited to share with you God's redemptive hand through Remi's story.
Remi's full story as it unfolds will be documented here:
The first month of having Remi has been amazing! From the first night we brought him in, it was clear that he had not known care for a long time. His back was covered in raintrot, hooves were long and cracked, he had ticks and parasites, and his mane and tail were matted into clumps (called "witches brooms"). His teeth are so overgrown that we've been having to soak his feed in water so that he can eat comfortably. Rehabilitating a starvation case like Remi is an around-the-clock job beginning with feeding him every three hours including overnight. Our amazing volunteers have truly outdone themselves by providing that constant care for Remi from the moment he set foot in our barn. The first 24 hours that Remi was with us, he drank a staggering 54 gallons of water! He continued drinking so much water that his ribs started to fill out and he got pockets of water by his armpits! As he rehydrated, the water pockets went away and he drank at a more normal pace. It's crazy to think that he might not have had water for a very very long time before coming to us.
Getting to know Remi has been the most fun part about bringing him in! He quickly realized that people = food! Every time he hears approaching voices and the barn gate open he lets out a loud whinny and will not stop until he gets his food or attention! He is genuinely sweet and curious, gently touching anything you hold out to him with his nose to inspect. Remi enjoys his short walks around the arena to help him build up his strength. He always walks with purpose like he has somewhere important to be. I have also never met a horse who LOVES scratches as much as Remi does. Because of his rainrot, part of our daily routine with him is to rub his back with Coat Defense powder or Equiderma lotion to help it heal. It is his favorite time of day and he will stick his upper lip out, lean his head back, and sway whenever we hit his favorite spot juuuust right. It has been a joy to see him recover and start to thrive in the Ranch environment.