Sienna – Gone But Not Forgotten

March 5, 2014

This is probably the hardest story I’ve had to write…..

Sienna came to us 3 years ago, severely abused most of her life, could barely walk due to blown out knees, severely dehydrated & malnourished, her spirit was gone. After months of tender loving care, she was getting a twinkle back in her eyes, starting to talk to me when I came out and best of all… starting to trot around without falling! As she’s gaining weight I noticed she’s getting small masses in her muscles… only one tested positive for cancer. It was my choice to leave it alone and let her enjoy the time she had left as opposed to anymore suffering… Best choice I ever made and that was three years ago. By opening her gate and letting her run free everyday with her BFF’s Ebony & Ivory, Sienna was a proud horse again… Seeing her run and strut her stuff would give me a chill down my spine & bring tears to my eyes, it was all worth it…..

Sienna collapsed in her stall Wednesday and lost her battle. I know for every animal I’ve saved and lost I lose another piece of my heart, question is how many pieces do I have left….
– Annie

Sienna running

Sienna enjoying some free running time

Sienna is gone but not forgotten


May 2012 update:

Woot!  Woot!  The shelter is done!

Thank you for making Sienna’s shelter a reality


Sienna’s home is complete

March 2012 update:

Sienna is doing so much better!  Thanks to you and one very generous donor, we’ll be able to complete her shelter very soon!

Sienna – so much happier! March 2012

Sienna’s shelter coming along – she loves to peek out!

Sienna getting therapeutic treatment from volunteer massage therapist Diana

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Sienna’s story:

August 2011

This poor sway-backed girl is our newest arrival.  We aren’t sure if she’s going to make it, but we are going to give her a chance.  She came to us extremely malnourished and dehydrated.  She was living in an area without water or electricity, and really needs to put on some weight.  At the vet, she was rated 2 on a scale of 15, with 1 being at death’s door.  Her legs are not quite right from carrying way too much weight for way too long, and she has some nodules as well.  She received fluids at the vet’s to rehydrate her, and the next week or two will determine if she has the strength to pull through.

Sway back

We estimate that she’s about 15 years old, but with the wear and tear on her she looks like 20. In addition, she has been abused, as you can see by the whip marks on her.  Does any animal deserve to be treated this way?

Such bony hips

Ribs showing


December 2011 update:  Look at Sienna now!

Sienna December 2011

A few months later, and what a difference! She’s put on some weight and her coat is beginning to look better.  She has a ways to go, but is definitely on the right track.

Sienna shelter in progress

Here’s the shelter we are working on for her.  It’s coming along well, and we’ve raised close to $600 of the $1500 needed.

More progress on Sienna’s shelter

Next will be the roof with temporary sheathing, which we hope will be on before the rains, wind, and snow come!  Once we’ve raised the rest of the money, we’ll add permanent roofing materials and work on finishing out the details.

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