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Harriet's Story: Rescued from slaughter ready for her forever home

Destined for slaughter, Harriet was mistreated and misunderstood. This beautiful girl has finished her rehabilitation and is now ready for her forever home.

Harriet today, healthy, trusting and ready for her forever home

Saved from slaughter in early 2022, Harriett has been through so much in her seven years of life.

After years of trainers trying to turn her into someone she wasn't, Harriet was injured, meaning she could no longer be a ridden horse.

Although the injury healed and she is paddock sound, she can no longer carry the weight of a person on her back. Branded 'useless' because she could not be used to entertain humans, Harriet was dumped at the sale yard.

Harriett was terrified and confused, pacing the length of the tiny muddy pen she was held in. As the auctioneers got to her yard, she kicked out and reared up as they yelled, "we've got a wild one folks".

A terrified Harriet awaiting her fate at the sale yard

Harriet was only being bid on by "meat buyers", she was destined for the slaughterhouse but we were not going to let that happen to this beautiful girl. She deserved the chance to experience kindness and live a life free from exploitation, fear, and pain.

We won her bid for less than $300, but knew we had a long road ahead to develop trust with this terrified and traumatised young horse.

She doesn't know it yet, but when this photo was taken her life had been saved. It's times like these we wish we could tell them the worst is over, they are safe.

It has taken a long time and a lot of work, but Harriet is now at the stage of her rehabilitation where she is ready for her forever home. We just need the right person to fall in love with her, just like we have.

It takes a little while to gain her trust, but once she trusts you she will follow you anywhere. She is still nervous of new things but very affectionate once she knows she is safe.

She is a beautiful young horse who is finally ready to move on to the next chapter of her life!

Our team has spent so much time rehabilitating Harriett from her trauma, and we know that her perfect forever home is going to take a very special someone, but they must be out there!

Could it be with you?

Harriet today

Harriett needs someone who is experienced with horses and willing to give her a lifelong home as a loved companion. A home where she is seen for who she is, a headstrong and smart horse who has been through considerable trauma.

Her forever home will need to continue her regular handling, and care.

She is a good doer and keeps weight on well just on the grass and a mineral block here at the sanctuary, but depending on your paddocks she may need supplement feeding.

She has good sturdy feet, thanks to being half Quarter Horse, and a bit of a sassy attitude, thanks to being half Arabian!

She is currently on an eight week hoof trimming schedule, and up to date with worming vaccinations.

If you think that you have what it takes to open Harriet into your heart and your home, please fill out our adoption application.

Adoption fees apply, and like every animal rehomed through Happily Heifer After she will come with a lifetime contract.

Want to support our ongoing rehabilitation efforts for animals like Harriet?

You know we work to rescue animals in need, support animals requiring rehabilitation and recovery, and ensure animals in our temporary care become adoption ready.

Every step from rescue to rehoming takes a lot of time, resources, and love.

That's where you come in.

For as little as $2.50 a week you can support our life saving work.

Our sponsorship packages range from $10 to $500 per month. When you sponsor, as well as the satisfaction of knowing you are saving lives and making the world a kinder place, everyone receives a certificate of sponsorship, and depending on your chosen package, we add some extras to say thank you.

Sponsor our Rehabilitation Centre and help give animals like Harriet a second chance

Thank you for reading Harriet's story.

We look forward to someone opening their home and their heart to give this girl the life she so deserves.

Harriet is ready for her forever home, is it with you?

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