Kathi Kent and Jaimee Lynn Fletcher or the Orange County Register report on the loving mission of Susan Peirce who believes every animal deserves a secure home. Susan Peirce rescued nine neglected horses and started the Red Bucket Equine Rescue at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center.
She’s in the Inland Empire stable again, the place where she found Harlow, her own horse. The last time Harlow was here she was sick and emaciated and afraid of people. Now she’s healthy and trained and living at the Huntington Beach Equestrian Center, near Peirce’s home in Huntington Beach.
This is also the stable where Peirce picked up Gracie, the horse sick horse Peirce couldn’t save.
Now she’s back, checking out yet another horse – a thoroughbred gelding – that, like the others, looks near death.
Under the horse’s lip Pierce sees the tattoo she figured she’d see, the one that indicates he was a racehorse. She soon names this horse Robin, and takes him with her to Huntington Beach, where, over the next three months, he’ll transform back into a beautiful, sassy creature.
At the moment of Gracie’s death, Peirce made a promise. “Not another horse will die.”
But even when she’s in the stable, looking at the lip, Peirce knows that keeping that promise won’t be easy.
The horse rescuer
In all, there were seven troubled horses at the stable.
Some were thoroughbreds, like Robin, that used to run the race circuit. When they were no longer fast enough for racing, their owners had dumped them at the stable.
Peirce believed the next step would be grim.
“The owner told me that he would take them to auction, even if he could only get $50 a horse,” Peirce says.
That may have been code. Although slaughtering horses is illegal in the United States, it’s legal in Mexico. Horses there are killed and their meat sold.