Rescue Horse of the Month
Each month Restorative Reins highlights a rescue horse from one of our trusted rescue centers. The horse may have a great rags-to-riches story, be a rehab pro, or they may be looking for a home. Keep an eye out to meet our horsey pals through our monthly Horsey Highlights posts.
Age: 7 years old
Height: 16 hh
Available at: What Do You Know
Adoption Fee: $200 (March only)
Vinny has a very special story. One of love, healing and teaching.
Vinny was surrendered to What Do You Know in November 2017. He was surrendered as his owner, at the time, could no longer care for him nor give him the continued care that he needed.
Vinny was once a broke dressage horse. At that time his owner noticed that he seemed to be finicky during the 'tacking-up time', as well as during the beginning of each ride. She did her due diligence and sought the advice of several vets, who all told her to try and treat him for ulcers. She took their advice and treated him for a complete year, with no changes. Finally, she got a second-second-second-second opinion and that's when Vinny was diagnosed with Kissing Spine.
Kissing Spine is when the ligaments around the spine become compressed and the vertebrae in the spine 'kiss'. This causes the horse in a fair amount of discomfort, due to the pressure in the back. There isn't a cure for this, other than surgery. The surgery consists of cutting the ligaments between the vertebrae in the spine. This allows space between the vertebrae, making sure they don't rub (kiss) anymore. Having surgery doesn't guarantee that the horse will go back to their normal lives and jobs. There is only a 50/50 chance that the horse can be ridden again, as there isn't a guarantee the horse will be pain-free from the surgery. Coupled with the cost of surgery ($3000+), most owners choose to sell, retire or euthanize their horses.
In the summer of 2017, Vinny was a lucky boy and went to the University of Guelph for surgery on his back. His owner realized that she wasn't in the position to help him heal and rehabilitate him, so she decided to surender him to What Do You Know.
Since having Kissing Spine surgery, Vinny has healed well and he is now ready to be slowly started again, in hopes that he can be ridden. Vinny needs a lot of ground work: lunging (hills, poles, etc.). as well as stretching. These exercises will help build muscle and his confidence again. Most of all, Vinny needs a loving and patient owner, who is willing to accommodate him if he isn't able to be ridden again.
Vinny is up-yo-date on shots, teeth, trims and de-worming. Vinny is great with donkeys, horses of all ages, and cows. He respects all types of fencing and is great in, or out of, a stall. Vinny is easily a barn favourite! He is always looking for a good face scratch and some love from his humans. He is first at the gate, an easy keeper and a joy to have in the herd.
Adoption fee has been reduced to $200 for the month of March, in hopes that he can find his special family that would like to help continue his rehab. Ideally the perfect home would be one that is okay with him being a companion, in case it he can't be ridden again.
What Do You Know is a Not-For-Profit who rescues, retrains and rehabilitates at-risk horses, donkeys and surrenders. They rely on sponsors to help care for the horses that they work with. These two ladies, Courtney Reynolds and Rebecca Hutchinson, have full-time jobs and spend every waking hour looking after and rehabilitating horses who have been abused, neglected and thrown aside - a completely self-less job.
Restorative Reins intimately knows and recommends What Do You Know for sponsorship, as well as a great option when looking for your next pony. This rescue is the real deal!
Sponsorship & Rehoming
Vinny costs What Do You Know $225 per month. This includes his general care, medical care, hay and shavings. He is up-to-date on all health matters (teeth, shots, de-worming) and hoof trimming.
Please consider sponsoring Vinny today with any one-time or monthly donation.
To meet Vinny or ask more questions, please contact What Do You Know (WDYK).
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