Firefly - ADOPTED
*Updated 11-17-2016
"She has made great progress. She lunges and changes lead. I've had a saddle on her back a few times and ran her through obstacles. We have worked on some desensitization exercises. She is loved and adored. I'm very happy to have her," said IHR Firefly's adopter, Jaymi O.
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Photo below:  Our IHR Firefly on intake, the day we got her out of the kill pens.
She still had the sticker on her flank from having been at auction, some time before.
Click on this photo to see other photos of IHR Firefly in quarantine, May 2016.
This photo is one I took of Firefly.  I remember those two days vividly.  Firefly was our second save from the SS lot.  Our network was small, and my understanding of rescue transport seemed even smaller, at the time.  I thought I had quarantine for her, but as it turned out our wild little Firefly had to spend her first night, as an IHR horse, in the trailer.  After what felt like miles of calling, texting and messaging late into that night, I finally was able to find a quarantine location near Spokane, WA, about two hours, one way, from where we were near Prosser, WA.  I made arrangements with Marla B, fed and watered Firefly, got myself ready for the drive and we hit the road about nine the next morning, thankful to have a place to go.  Quarantine is so important to rescued horses from auctions and kill pens, as is a safe place to land for a fearful little horse that had little to no handling.
I picked Firefly up after her qt at Marla's, and brought her home to where I had my horses.  There, I was able to get a halter on her in the chute, and let her drag a short lead.  I began to work with her, approach and retreat, three to four times a week.  I took some short videos every couple of weeks of her progress, and she was getting better a little at a time about being approached and touched. 
During this time, Shelby A. was in contact with me, off and on, as he had been interested in Firefly while she was a the lot.  We arranged for him to pick her up at the WA State Horse Park, a few weeks later.  
It's these horses, the wild ones, that capture my heart the hardest, because without someone with the knowledge and experience to take them on, the slaughter pipeline can and will swallow their lives, whole. 
Today, I am thankful for those involved in saving IHR Firefly from that horror (Pat M. from Canada among others), and thankful for those who took the time to teach her, and for those who love her now. Lorrie Fox