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In Loving Memory Of Justin
On Friday 1-10-14 we said goodbye to our beloved Morgan gentleman and papa bear, Justin. He is the inspiration for our sanctuary. For 22 years our co-founder Barbara has been honored to walk by his side without ever viewing the world from his back. His neglect and abuse before coming to us left physical and emotional scars that ran deep and permeated his life for his entire time he was with us. We have fought alongside his valiant efforts to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds for so very long, and at the end we had to give him the gift of peace. Until we see you again at the rainbow bridge brave man, run whole and run free and watch over us all. You were completely loved and desperately missed. April 1984 to January 2014
Justin is sponsored by the Kweder Family
Chestnut Morgan Gelding: Retired
Justin is a very special horse who needed a very special place to be his forever home, and what better place then the Big Purple Barn. On the day that our founder, Tara, chose our foundation horse Mia, her mom Barbara met Justin and fell in love. Justin was from the same Stafford County morgan group at the ERL as Mia and Gus. He had been one of the stallions but instead of being out with the herd, he was locked away in a stall filled with urine and manure and no food or water. He had an injury to his hock which was believed to have been caused by trying to kick his way out of the stall and his body was covered in scars from battling with the other stallions. He had already been adopted, but 6 months later, he was returned when the new adopters could not handle his emotional trauma and Barbara was elated to adopt him.
The extent of Justin's abuse at the hands of humans was so extreme that he would literally shut down and become dangerously unresponsive in situations of high stresss or if you attempted to ride him. It was decided early on that he would be a companion horse and that he would not ever need to experience anything that caused him such terror. He became a lovely horse and an utter gentleman and bonded to his new adopter who he always looks to for support and guidance. He successfully competed in halter events for many seasons including rated Morgan shows.
In 2003, Justin suffered an emergency colic and required surgery to save his life. A 50lb fecalith was removed from his intestines along with over 200lbs of impacted feed material. He made a quick recovery and has had no intestinal issues since. In 2006 he developed a tumor in his left eye. That eye had already been damaged due to his previous situation and had limited sight so it was decided that the best course of action was to remove the eye. Again, he recovered beautifully and felt much better and he happily lives as a one eyed horse.
Unfortunately, fate wasn't done with our Justin. In 2010 he developed sqamous cell carcinomas on his penis and has already had 2 removal surgeries, but one particulary vascular tumor keeps returning. We are attempting one final surgery with the addition of implating a chemotherapeutic bead in the area to release medication that will hopefull keep the tumor from returning so fast and large. Justin is almost 30 now and has had problems with anethesia and while we will do everything possible to help him beat this cancer, we must weight all options with the quality of life he has left and always strive to make the best decisions we can for him!
A Glimpse of Justin!
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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! email@example.com 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