The Next Chapter - Caring for Calypso
On the second day of the New Year, we received a call from one of our Law Enforcement officers to assist in the removal of four horses from a property not too far from Nevins. Two of the horses were transported that afternoon to our farm, and I fell in love. Calypso, or Caly as she's mostly known, arrived over 300 lbs. underweight. While her large hooves and head showed what her true stature should be for a Percheron cross, her hips, ribs, and withers protruded from underneath her woolly winter coat. We had a long road ahead, but I was already pretty smitten and luckily she had no shortage of appetite.
Over her recovery/evaluation time at Nevins, we unraveled her history and personality. For a 3 year old, she had been tossed around quite a bit but still managed to bring a smile to everyone's face. We learned the extent of her neglect as she recovered from hoof abnormalities, her coat gained in health, and we treated her for anemia.
While I wasn't actively looking for a new horse, the loss of my young horse two years ago and memories of my time competing a PMU mare throughout college had left a big hole in my heart. And so Calypso became mine on March 1st of this year.
She has since recovered all of the weight she should have had and worked slowly on building muscle and training under saddle. She's a true gem who I look forward to partnering with throughout our lives to advocate for rescued horses.
Join us on October 19th and look out for the big black and white mare sporting an "MSPCA Alum" pad or help by donating to help us help more horses like Calypso find a new lease on life!
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