April 30, 2007


Longmeadow's miracle baby.

A little foal is enjoying its new life in a sunny Missouri paddock, blissfully unaware that he has cheated death not once - but twice.

In September last year he was still five months from birth, being trucked to the horse slaughter plant in Illinois where its mother, along with 41 other horses, were to be killed.

The double-deck truck and trailer unit overturned on Interstate 44, in Franklin County. It was a horrific crash that claimed the lives of 17 horses. The Humane Society of Missouri's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch team was among the first to the scene, easing horses from the wreckage.

Five have since been rehomed, but the rest have stayed at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. It was found that Mama, a thoroughbred mare, was pregnant, and she gave birth to a healthy colt on April 18.

The rescue operation behind them, staff of Longmeadow Rescue Ranch faced the massive job helping the horses back to health.

Many required extensive care, but help poured in, including support from the staff and doctors at four area equine hospitals. All received nearly round-the-clock, loving care from the staff at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.


Sadly, two horses have had to be euthanized since the accident due to a combination of injuries and pre-existing conditions.

Two other pregnant mares miscarried, with only Mama carrying her boy to full term.

Many of the horses are now said to be ready for new homes. Some are rideable, some are trainable, some would make good companion horses. "All need just the right new family to ensure they will have easy living the rest of their lives," a spokesperson said.

Three of the horses are not available for adoption. Mama, along with Willie and Liberty, are set to become Barn Buddy Animal Ambassadors to help the ranch tell the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption story of Longmeadow to as many people as possible.

Because of the outpouring of support and concern for the rescued horses, the Humane Society of Missouri is asking the community to help select the perfect name for the new colt. Ten names, selected by the Humane Society staff, will be posted online at www.hsmo.org/newfoal.

The public is invited to visit the website, click on Name the Colt and cast their vote.