It pains us deeply to say this, but it was not actually Música’s abusers who caused her the most hurt.
Sometimes, being abandoned by a loved one can cause irreparable damage.
Soon after arriving at our rescue centre, she was adopted by a woman who promised to love her very much. Unfortunately, this affection did not last long. After a couple of years, we received an email saying the woman now wanted a bigger horse.
Just a few days later, she returned her to us, without any remorse. Música suffered greatly. A while later, we were visited by a family looking for a horse for their daughter. It was love at first sight for both Música and the girl. Therefore, we let the family adopt her in the hope that Música would be happy and well cared for.
This was the case for several years until one day they informed us that she was lame. Obviously, we advised them to call a vet but they refused to do so, saying they had already received a diagnosis and they did not want to spend any more money on her.
This surprised us as they were a wealthy family. However, to avoid separating the mare and girl, we asked whether we could pay for a vet to give a second opinion. The vet was frank, Música had a tendon injury but she would be fine if they rested her for six months.
The parents bluntly retorted that their daughter could not go that long without riding and they would return the mare to us.
They did not even pay for the transportation.
After a while, they told us they wanted her back. However, there was absolutely no way my sister or I would let her return to such an unscrupulous family.
Sadly, Música was unable to understand why she had been abandoned yet again. Although she is happy here with us, she has never quite been the same.