The kill-pen mare who left the Unadilla Auction April 12, 2013 all skin and bones and chewed-off tail, and reemerged six weeks later at a horse show where she won a ribbon, continues to amaze her owner who nearly passed her up.
Since the gray mare first bellowed a mournful whinny at Ingrid Messineo, making a plea that broke her heart, the petite animal has not let a day go by when she doesn’t delight and amaze the woman who saved her.
“I see her everyday now, because I’ve moved her to my backyard, and the instant she sees me, she starts calling to me,” Messineo says. “I take her on a walk up the road everyday, and my neighbors who walk by with their dogs come up and say, ‘Nice, big dog Ingrid.’ She’s a big puppy, is what she is, and to this day, I’m the only person she’ll come over to—I’m her person.”
The two have been inseparable since the day Messineo spotted the bedraggled horse while helping her friend scope out the Unadilla Auction for Thoroughbreds.
All My Robyns
New name: Diamond in the Rough
Sire: Robyn Dancer
Dam: East of Allemont, by Far Out East
Foal date: April 6, 1997She spotted All My Robyns, who has since been renamed Diamond, and quickly assessed that beneath the shabby wreckage of her body was a very good horse.
Four good feet, and good conformation. “You’re a nice horse”, she whispered to her just before leaving for the day. “I hope you find a good home.”
But as she turned to go, the mare whinnied long and low at Messineo, as if saying, “I can’t believe you’re leaving me here!”
Messineo couldn’t walk away. So her friend made room for the petite, 15.2 hand mare on the trailer, and six weeks later, Messineo wound up riding her in the walk-trot division of the Ulster County Fair. They placed 5th.
Many people, including Messineo, were astounded.
The mare had been hundreds of pounds underweight when the New York equestrian rescued her. Yet, in record time, the All My Robyns contentedly munched her way back to such a healthy weight that Messineo made an alarmed call to her veterinarian at one point, worrying the mare was in foal. She wasn’t. It turned out the mare was just fat and happy.
In the year since, life has passed agreeably.
Through the long, hard winter, Diamond has kept up her weight so well that she has earned the nickname Heffer. And recently, Messineo relocated the animal from a boarding facility to her backyard at home.
“We cut down some trees, put some fencing up, and we’ve made trails through the backyard snow so I can ride her around and help her exercise,” she says. “And we go for a two-mile walk up the road nearly everyday.”
Though the mare recently suffered a mild colic episode, the animal felt so comfortable with her family and vet that she endured a rectal exam and tubing without anesthesia.
“She was at the first stage of colic after the weather had changed, and, because she’s so gentle, my vet suggested we try tubing her without anesthesia,” she says. “So I just grabbed her ear, and up went the hose into her nose, and there was no fighting—nothing.
“My vet was so excited she’s been telling everyone.”
Though Diamond will probably never be a flashy show horse, she lives her second-chance life with unusual class.
“Diamond came into my life a reason. I could not imagine her not being here with me everyday,” Messineo says. “When I am upset all I have to do is open my back door walk out onto my porch and hear her talk to me and there the smile appears from within. Her mannerism, kind eye and the love she shows me each and everyday, I could not ask for anything more from her. Our lives together are great.”