Chuck was bred to race, but never showed enought intiative to run and so never made it to the track. Subsequent attempts to sell him or place him in a program failed when the big bay gelding had continuous health issues. He has visited nearly every major equine hospital on the east coast! His former owner wanted a safe place for Chuck to live his life as he is a very outgoing, loving horse and she feared he would end up at slaughter. Chuck joined our co-founder, Tara in 1996, and became one of the founding residents.
He came to us and was tested and treated for EPM and Navicular syndrome as well as diagnosed with Wobblers Syndrome which causes him to have siezures and be unrideable. At his lowest point, when we felt we would lose him, we turned to an unlikely source to try to find out what was wrong with him....an animal communicator. Armed with the information she gave us "straight from the horse" we were able to bring Chuck back to health and wellness and maintain him since 1998!
After 20 years of careful management, Chuck's condition deteriorated to a point where we could no longer manage his comfort levels and it became apparent that we needed to make the kindest choice for him. On September 7th, surrounded by friends and love, we helped Chuck cross the rainbow bridge. It is never easy to lose a resident, especially not one as long standing as Chuck. His spirit is deeply missed and even with just one horse gone from the paddocks, the void is massive and palpable. He was a herd leader, a fence greeter, and a kind and loving spirit with a bit of mischief thrown in. He took every curveball life threw at him in stride and kept on surviving. We will continue on in his memory, and in his honor.
A Glimpse of Chuck!
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The Big Purple Barn, Inc located at Hidden Haven Farm Animal Sanctuary and Horse Discovery Center
6407 Hillmeade Road Bowie, MD 20720 In our Bowie location since 2001 Helping horses and humans alike since 1991
Tara J.W. Guevara- President/Program Director Contact Us! firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 240-687-3449 This site was last updated on March 3, 2017 , This site is developed and maintained by Tara J.W. Guevara (all rights reserved)
Our mission is to provide quality, life-long care for horses/ponies who are unwanted/neglected and/or have special needs and to develop and offer outreach programs utilizing our resident equines that provide enriching and life changing opportunities for people who might not otherwise have the chance to experience horses in a supportive, educational environment for humans and animals alike.
We are an IRS approved 501(C)3 Organization FEIN #45-5022618