The Arrival

Please meet CDHR’s newest herd members, Anastasia and Cheyanne. Anastasia is a black Percheron mare approximately twenty years old, and Cheyanne is a Belgian mare around six years old. Anastasia is of Greek origin, coming from the Greek word anástasis,…

The Arrival

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Please meet CDHR’s newest herd members, Anastasia and Cheyanne. Anastasia is a black Percheron mare approximately twenty years old, and Cheyanne is a Belgian mare around six years old.

Anastasia is of Greek origin, coming from the Greek word anástasis, meaning “resurrection.” Resurrection! Resurrection is the concept of coming back to life after death. Reading those words, it is clear that CDHR has witnessed many resurrections at Autumn Ridge. Life returned to a horse after the death of its spirit, after being beaten. Life returned to a horse after the death of its eyesight, from a neglected eye full of cancer. Life returned to a horse after the death of its energy, from being starved. Life returned to a horse after the death of its soul, when its owner died, and it was forgotten out in a field.

And in this case, the death of a horse’s trust in humans, after being left tied to a tree. Left tied to a tree for so long that its halter became embedded into the top of its head. Left tied to a tree for so long that its halter needed to be surgically removed. Left tied to a tree with such a short lead, it had to sleep with its head strained out and up against the tree to get any rest. That is Cheyanne’s story. Yes, it is hard to read. But it is not her ending. Cheyanne in Hebrew means grace, and it is the Native American word for courage. Our Cheyanne is the embodiment of both, and we know she will blossom into the horse she is destined to become.

They are safe now. The healing can begin. This is what we do. This is rescue.

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