Contributed by Megan Piermarini
“Life always offers you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow.” To some, silly quotes like this mean nothing, but to others, a quote could mean the chance to fulfill something they were destined to do.
If there was ever a group that had expertise in granting second chances, it would be Mary Martin and her team at NEER-North. NEER-North stands for New England Equine Rescue North, Inc., which is located in West Newbury, MA. NEER-North is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3, non-profit horse rescue. It saves horses from abuse, neglect, and slaughter, and provides assistance to horse owners in need due to financial struggles. Second chances are NEER-North’s specialty.
Finn, formerly known as Stoney, was rescued by NEER from the New Holland Auction. He was very young and had bad pneumonia. He went to a foster home for rehabilitation and was then adopted by a teen who needed a companion horse for her horse. She had him for several years but couldn’t afford to keep both horses when she moved off to college, so Finn ended up back at NEER. Then, Finn was spotted by a long-time Windrush volunteer at NEER-North. This volunteer knew that Finn would make a great addition to our herd at Windrush Farm and had Mary Martin contact us about him. From the moment he showed up on our farm, we knew we wanted this relationship with Finn and NEER to work!
Some horses at auction aren’t lucky enough to get a second chance at life, but because of organizations like NEER-North and other equine rescue groups, more are getting this chance every day. Finn is now walking, trotting, cantering, and jumping, and we hope to have him in our therapeutic program this fall. Also, look for him in working student lessons over the summer. We certainly reaped the benefits of this lucky pony getting his tomorrow!