Deaglan (Deck-lan) is a grey 16.1 hand Hanoverian gelding foaled in January of 1992. Rescued from slaughter where he had been dumped by his former owner. Previously a Hunter, Deaglan is retired and is a wonderful and loving companion. Deaglan is a delightful and kind horse with the ground manners of a gentleman. He is affectionate, and like so many of the abused and rescued, he demonstrates gratitude daily.
He just wants to be groomed and scratched. Already he has figured out the red bucket (and both the nourishment and nurturing that it represents)…….he politely whinnies when we walk by him, seems to be very relieved to be with us, a bit surprised and very grateful. He has European manners, the conformation of an athlete, and the kindness of a benevolent gentleman. Surprising really, when you consider that just a few weeks ago he was dropped off at an auction known for selling horses by the pound…by his owner of 7 years. Fortunately, we have a friend and rescue colleague who notified us immediately, allowing us to circumvent the nightmare that awaited this very elegant 20 year old Hanoverian gelding. We have had his feet done (thank you Jesse Coker), he has been vaccinated, and today his teeth will be floated. He seems to have thoroughly enjoyed his spa day….a bit of a mane pulling (with a humane solo comb, of course), a whisker trim, and a “detailing” that involved both elbow grease and a good deal of product. He will continue to settle in and relax, and next week will have a complete physical exam, prior to any work…or expectation. Certainly it goes without the need for great elaboration, the level of great offense and outrage that we feel about the shameful treatment and betrayal that he has suffered. We have named him Deaglan, and while there is much about him that we do not know, what remains most important, is that he is now safe. Welcome, Deaglan.
They are both branded Hanoverians, they had been owned by the same owner…who self-reports to be a great lover of Hanoverians, they were both dumped at slaughter…by that very owner when she was “done” with them. We don’t think they they are “done” at all, and while Galway will never have a rider on his back again, and we are still trying to figure out a lifestyle that is in Deaglan’s best interest, we can safely say, that these two remarkably magnificent horses are not”done” yet, not by a long shot. Perhaps it is only as fantasy that we remember a time when horses were valued, when our great admiration resulted in providing them with respect and dignity, and the sport horse was rewarded with a well deserved retirement once they were done with serving and protecting their rider over a great many years, and obstacles. While we are frequently left shaking our heads…and brushing away stray tears, we feel honored to care and serve the previously discarded…and unwanted. Today, both Galway and Deaglan enjoy their enrichment time in turnout, and are learning to rely on a life that is free from the expectations of others. There are no strings attached to their lives, and we can clearly state with heartfelt certainty, that it is a privilege for us to serve them.