“There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying.
Since the loss of our first rescue horse, Morning, in March 2012 to an inoperable tumor, Wings of Hope Ranch had been in search of a larger mare to add to our herd. Never did we imagine we would adopt a Thoroughbred mare, much less an “Off The Track” or OTTB. But God in His infinite wisdom convinced us that a TB was what He had planned for us after our search kept leading us to Anna (Born in 2000).
So in August 2012, when we received an email from a family in Orange, VA asking if we would consider taking their 11 year old OTTB mare named Anna, we realized God wanted us to listen to Him. These owners, with large hearts for animals, had rescued Anna three years ago from a neighbor who was going to let Anna loose in the wild out of desperation. After three years of caring for Anna along with their other horses, they no longer could provide the proper care and nourishment for her due to recent disabilities and financial constraints. They had studied our program on the internet and were convinced that God wanted Anna to become part of our program with children.
With a little skepticism, we made our first trip over to Orange in early September 2012 to visit Anna. Upon our arrival, the owners greeted us heartily and had Anna waiting for us in front of their trailer home. As we hopped out of the truck, Anna fixed her kind eye upon us and watched intently as we approached her. She welcomed our hugs and touches with a sweet “whinny” and completely defied all preconceived notions that OTTBs were “high strung”. We tugged on her, tapped on her nose, picked up every foot to examine them and Anna was amazingly compliant and willing. When we asked to demonstrate Anna’s riding abilities, the grandson hoisted himself up on the 16.1 hand bareback Anna and led her around with a lead rope on a halter. We left knowing that Anna was just the right horse to work with children at Wings of Hope Ranch provided she passed a vet exam.
Anna was evaluated by a well-known vet at Keswick Equine Vet in late September and, like all of God’s creatures, she is not a perfect specimen and suffers from tender front hooves and arthritis in her neck. Neither of these physical ailments could begin to outweigh Anna’s sweet temperament and calm demeanor. Since arriving at the ranch in late September 2012, Anna has been working with our volunteer trainer and experienced young horse gals around the ranch and has been deemed a SUPER SAFE mount for the children. Welcome Anna. We love you!
Click the links below to view Anna before and after arriving at Wings of Hope Ranch: