The sweet, soft expression of a 3-year-old filly who didn’t understand where she was, nor where she was headed, was what compelled a Texas woman to make room on her farm to save her and another slaughter-bound Thoroughbred over the Thanksgiving weekend.
“I’d received a message the weekend before Thanksgiving from a lady telling me there was a filly named Master Fer in the Kauffman Kill Pen (in Texas),” said Vicki Morgan, a Texas horseman and Thoroughbred advocate. “I told her we’re drowning in horses here. We’re full.”
Sire: Milwaukee Miracle
Dam: Nowhere Jones
Foal date: Jan. 19, 2012But then Morgan took a second look at a photograph of the bay filly; so lovely in an azure-blue rope halter. And for reasons she could not fathom at the time, she was moved to help, even when she thought the situation impossible.
“I get calls about slaughter horses all the time,” Morgan said. “Normally they don’t get to me like that. But this one did. I started to have bad dreams about her, and I knew I had to try.”
Though it was a week before payday, and money was a bit tight, Morgan reached out to Thoroughbred advocate Gail Hirt of Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue for fundraising help. “I could cover the cost of quarantine and hauling, but I was a little short on coming up with the $750 bail,” she said. “Gail didn’t hesitate.”
In no time, Hirt had raised enough to save Master Fer and a another Thoroughbred, a 5-year-old mare named Kittz Koozee!”
“Horses need help out of kill pens regardless of what day it is, even holidays,” Hirt said. “Vicki asked if we could help her to fundraise, and the support came pouring in.”
By 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, in torrential rains, the skinny, shivering Thoroughbreds loaded onto a trailer and were shipped to a quarantine farm operated by Melanie Neagle of A Safe Place for Animals in Texas.
After they complete their time in quarantine, they will be hauled to Morgan’s farm approximately 100 miles away to join her 11 other horses.
“I don’t know why this filly spoke to me like that. I haven’t pulled a horse from a kill pen in a long time. I think it was the way she looked in those pictures. The look in her eye said to me that she had no clue why she was there, or where she was,” Morgan said. “Here she was, coming from the life of being a pampered racehorse, to be run through a kill pen and on her way to slaughter.”