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A Home for Tilly!

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned." ~Maya Angelou

A few months ago, we posted an advertisement on Snarkyrider for Tilly, our sweet but unambitious Quarter horse mare with the heart of gold. While a lot of people did, indeed, identify with her mellow outlook on life, a permanent home was not to be found. But at long last, too long, Tilly has found her forever home.

Horses like Tilly are easy to overlook. They are quiet. They are unassuming. And while they may not have a lot of formal training, under their inelegant exteriors, they may be friendly, sociable animals jus waiting to become a part of someone’s family. Fortunately for horses like Tilly, there are people like Steven and Maria, who upon meeting her, quickly recognized the gem before their eyes.

We really believe that for every horse, there is a perfect home out there just waiting to be found. And for a horse that really just wants to be fussed over and walk around a bit, we have found the home that wants to fuss over her and just walk around. We are thrilled for Tilly. And we are happy for Steven and Maria because we know how much they will love this little mare with the big soft spot for humans. Congratulation to Steven and Maria on their newest family member!

Below is our ad for Tilly, which can now be retired to our Rehomed Horses Hall of Fame File:


Some people are driven to succeed. They are the first people to show up at the office in the morning and the last to leave. For vacation, they climb mountains in the Andes while everyone else is drinking too much tequila in Cancun. They have their cars inspected a full month before the stickers are due- and they recycle.

Meet Tilly. If Tilly were human, she would be none of those things. Tilly would show up late to work every day and lie happily passed out on beaches while passersby made disdainful comments in a foreign language. She would drive around on a dead sticker and shamelessly mix her glass, paper and tin together before dumping it all in the garbage. She would forget her children’s birthdays, and if she were your best friend, yours.

Does that make her bad? No. Tilly and her human counterparts are simply not influenced by the mores of society or the expectations of others. She is content to go with the flow, at her own slow speed, occasional stepping on people’s feet in the process because she has not quite mastered that personal space thing. Tilly is a Chestnut Quarter horse mare in her late teens. She stands about 15 Hands. She was surrendered to us a few years ago with an acute bronchial condition, but it soon resolved itself and we do not consider her to be heavy. She was adopted to a home that loved her, but a divorce caused her to be returned to the rescue. Now, Tilly needs a new home. With someone who leaves dishes in the sink and doesn’t want to do much more than walk around because they have no set goals for themselves. Or someone who would like a sweet lead line pony for youngsters that is sensible and kind, if a little inconsiderate.

The world is full of overachievers and some of us find them annoying. Tilly is a horse you can identify with. We’ll miss you Tilly!

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