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Howdy! My name is Anna Berd, and for the duration of the 2022 summer, I am working as an intern under Victoria Berry. This page is a culmination of the photos I've taken and the pieces I've written during my time at the rescue. My mission is to capture the unique personalities and stories of volunteers and horses alike, and share them with you here. Bear with me, as this page will be a work-in-progress until the end of the summer!
Aladida was rescued from Skyland Lane Farm in Woodstock, Vermont in 2014. Authorities were alerted to the situation after receiving a tip that the owner of the farm was neglecting the horses. Aladida was found, along with roughly twenty other Arabians, in a ramshackle barn without hay or water. The horses were skinny and malnourished, chewing on the wooden stalls to survive. Their manes and tails were matted, and their coats covered in dirt and manure.
The Lucy McKenzie Humane Society in Brownsville, VT, sought out aid from Central New England Equine Rescue to take Aladida and another Arabian from the farm. The two were sent to a foster home until a stall opened up at the rescue, in which Aladida was welcomed with open arms. The little bay mare was fearful, nervous, skittish, and very afraid of people. However, with patience and care, she began to trust those around her. During September of 2018, thanks to a generous donation, Aladida was sent to Peter Whitmore’s for training. She adopted a calmer demeanor and was less reliant on the presence of her former rescue friend, Fortana.
In January of 2019, Jean Stannard adopted Aladida as a companion for her horse at home. Since then, Aladida has further blossomed into a spunky, sweet, (and round!) little mare. She spends her days grazing in the pasture with her pal, Lark, and enjoys frequent pampering and treats from Jean.
After facing severe neglect and starvation, Aladida is living her best life with Jean and Lark. None of this would have been possible without your gracious donations to CNEER. On behalf of Aladida and the rescue staff, we thank you!
Gracie, a Caspian/Galiceno cross, was rescued in March of 2018 from an auction barn in East Windsor, New Jersey, two days before being sent to slaughter. Money was raised to help bail out the young mare, advertised at two years old but in actuality, she was just nine months old. She was snot-nosed and wormy, her coat filthy with manure. When Gracie was brought back to Massachusetts, she quarantined at a Central New England Equine Rescue Board Member’s home for 6-8 weeks, where her poor health was treated.
After several weeks of treatment and recuperation, she joined the CNEER family at the rescue. In no time at all, her quirky personality began to show. Gracie was quick to make the volunteers laugh with her shenanigans. She would dive into fresh shavings for a nice roll, much like kids jump into a pile of leaves in the Fall. During stall cleaning, she would position herself between the handles of a wheelbarrow and take a seat! Although she came from a horrible situation, Gracie wasn’t afraid of people and proved to be a quick learner. As she spent more time at the rescue, she earned the name “Amazing Grace” in tribute to her marvelous recovery.
Gracie was adopted in April of 2020 by a lovely lady named Sarah, and has since resided at her home. They recently moved to a new property in Sturbridge, with a beautiful barn and spacious, grassy paddocks. Sarah is training Gracie to drive, or pull a carriage, in which she’s shown great potential. What she lacks in size, Gracie makes up for it with her big attitude! During the check-in, she pawed on the cross ties, demanding attention and treats. Even after four years, this spunky mare’s personality hasn’t dulled.
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