In Memory Of

Misty

August, 2017


Misty was an Apaloosa who came to us at 33 years old. She was in good health when she arrived, although she was blind in one eye. Her former owner got Misty when the owner was 12 years old and Misty was still a young horse. Her owner got terminal cancer when she was only in her 40's and had to find a new home for Misty. She passed away not long after bringing Misty here.

Misty didn't have a stall in her previous life; she just lived outside. Her owner was one of the few people who could ride her because she had an attitude, and she would kick other horses. By the time she came to us, she had a sway back and could no longer be ridden.

She was not a large horse, but she took over as alpha horse as soon as she arrived. On her first day here, she was put in a pasture by herself, but Lucy apparently wanted to bully her, so Lucy knocked over a fence post and jumped over the fence to get in the pasture with her. Misty scared Lucy away, and Lucy went over to the gate and stood there, waiting to be let out.

Misty was good with people and she got along well with dogs; she just didn't care for other horses. She always had her own pasture, and she and Lucy would have standoffs at the fence.

Misty had an odd habit of laying flat on the ground to take a nap, sometimes several times a day. The first few times this happened, we ran over to care for her and called the vet, thinking she was seriously ill. Sometimes she also took little naps while being groomed.

Misty had a case of skin cancer in her 30's, but she was treated with chemotherapy cream, and the cancer was under control. She finally passed away at over 41 years old.



Misty in her daytime shelter