COMETTE DE FLEUR is an elegant 21-year-old New York Bred who was raced, amished, and tossed for slaughter. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of our dear friend Sue Bishop, "FLEUR" was redeemed from the Kill Pen on November 28, 2017. Today, she frolics far from harm in a meadow amid her girlfriends and BB as a beloved member of the Unbridled Sanctuary Herd.
It takes an army of advocates, a ton of money, and a super organized team on the frontlines to save the life of a horse caught in the clutches of the slaughter pipeline.
In 2018, Unbridled directly redeemed the lives of 25 Thoroughbreds who were fated for slaughter. We also gave shelter to several horses who were surrendered or donated by their owners, and coordinated foster homes and soft landings for countless horses across the United States. Our advocacy, outreach, and social media networking resulted in the redemption of over 90 horses that we know of who otherwise would have been violently forced to die in slaughter plants.
The Thoroughbreds on this page are a few of the lucky ones for whom donations arrived just in time to save their lives.
I'M LUCKY is a Stakes-Placed winner of over $117,000 who was dumped as 16-year-old in a Kill Pen after serving many years as a Riding Horse. LOVED is a 2YO baby whose racing connections culled him for meat. Awesome advocate and Unbridled supporter Shirley Ford initiated this rescue when she reached out and stepped up to redeem Lucky & Loved. Advocates followed by providing the funds needed for Shipping, Vet, Farrier, and QT. LOVED was quickly adopted. LUCKY is a member of the Unbridled Sanctuary Herd.
MI ARTIC was bred, born, raced, and dumped for slaughter in Oklahoma. Right up until she was abandoned in the Kill Pen she had been used a racetrack "Pony Horse". Thanks to the generosity of Cheryl Dewland, and an awesome Team of boots-on-the-ground rescuers in Oklahoma, this fine Thoroughbred mare was saved from suffering a violent death in a Mexican slaughterhouse. At 16, she now lives at her forever home with Sherry Sons in Missouri.
ICWHATYOURLOOKINAT is a snuggly, love-bug who raced 72 times, earned over $42,000, retired sound at age 7, and stepped into a career as a "Polo Pony". After doing all that was asked of her with mallets and balls afoot she was chukked for slaughter. Thanks to the Holiday sales of Real Horse Rescues Mugs, we redeemed her precious life on November 21, 2017. "IC" hit the lottery when our adoptive partner Claire Affleck welcomed her into her Stable on January 10, 2018. In June of 2018, Claire's student Erin O'Shea officially adopted IC.
SECRET FOREST & PLEASANT PASTURES are our Miracle Mares ... These two seniors were relegated for meat after they failed to become impregnated by a Warmblood Stallion in PA. The Courtneys', a prominent racing family with a past connection to SECRET FOREST, stepped up with the initial bail money to redeem their lives. And an army of fierce advocates generously donated to provide for their sanctuary care. Both mares currently reside in a meadow with COMETTE DE FLEUR as beloved members of the Unbridled Sanctuary Herd.
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