Manes and Tails Organization rescues andrehabilitates the most commonly slaughtered breeds of horses -Thoroughbreds, Quarterhorses, and Standardbreds. A'Secretariat' grandson, a 'Seattle Slew' son, an 'Impressive' son, anda 'Dash for Cash' daughter are a few that have been been rescued by ourorganization.
These horses had been abused, neglected, orboth. Lynn is an expert at rehabilitation. A professionalhorsewoman for over 35 years, Lynn has managed farms, taught at thecollege level, and is a talented, award winning rider. Underher watchful eye and through natural horsekeeping management andbarefoot trimming, our horses have become healthy, happy, calm, andfriendly.
We use KC La Pierre barefoot trimmers - horsesonce lame have recovered fully. We also use Chiropractic andReiki to relieve pain and get the skeletal structure of stressed horsesback to where it should be. We have also used animalcommunicators to determine the cause of some behavioralproblems.
'Bullwinkle' - a 'Seattle Slew' son - was an offthe track Thoroughbred who did not have a successful racingcareer. During his life, he had undergone a procedure knownas 'sacking out' where a burlap sack is placed over the horses' headand it is beaten to the ground repeatedly until it ceases attempting tostand. When the horse ceases attempting to stand, the sack isremoved and the horse is then allowed to stand.
Bullwinkle weighed 700 pounds at rescue and hewas well fed and turned out for over a year so he could learn torelax. He was fed 3 times per day and was delivered lunchdaily in the pasture. Bullwinkle had 'threshold anxiety' ashe was very difficult to load onto a trailer, and initially refused tocross the threshold into the barn. He was terrified at thesight of tack; he stood with legs splayed, hyperventilated, and sweatedprofusely, He became hysterical when the farrier was in the barn - hecould not tolerate the smell of the forge. He was never shod,but initially the trimmers needed assistance as Bullie was so fearfulof farriers.
Bullwinkle eventually accepted a bridle and abareback pad. We walked miles of figures before we attemptedto ride him. We used a Western saddle as that was clearlydifferent from what he remembered, and that made a tremendousdifference. At the end of his life, Bullie was doingextremely well carrying a rider and he weighed a healthy 1200 poundsand was beginning to put on some muscle. He was stillterribly neurotic as he chewed his own tail until the day he died.
After years of successful rehabilitation,Bullwinkle escaped his pasture with the assistance of his friend - 'Sahlih' ourArabian rescue - and they were spooked by deer when grazing on the lawnon August 17, 2001. They ran down a mile long drive at dawninto traffic and were hit and killed. This tragic accidentwas due to negligence on the boarding stable's part; the electric fencewas not 'live' that night and Sahlih knew that. He dismantled the postand rail fence and off they went. They are buried togetherwith their noses touching.
Our rescue is named 'Manes and Tails'as all that is left of Bullwinkle and Sahlih is a bit of mane and tailfrom each. Due to justifiable paranoia about fencing, ourrescues are now boarded on very safe farms with absolutely no chance ofescape. As our rescues are outside most of the time, fencingand natural land barriers are possibly the most important criteria whenselecting a farm for our rescues.
From left to right: Lynn's horse Amber,and Ellen's horses Willie and Callie* (*RIP) Grazing on a private farm in New Jersey.