What a survivor this lovely girl is. Cricket was chained at the edge of the woods by a notorious local hoarder — the same hoarder, in fact, from whom we rescued 19 animals (including The Great Sheep Rambo) during our first cruelty case months after we opened in 2001. For nearly two years, Cricket survived at the end of that heavy chain: she had no grass, no shelter, no companionship … and no ability to walk around other than in a tiny circle. She has a deep, permanent scar from the chain on her lower leg. Some callous human actually spray-painted a bullseye on her rump. Many in the community, including Catskill, pushed local law enforcement to seize this desperate girl and charge the hoarder, once again, with neglect — finally, they prevailed, and in 2012 Cricket came to Catskill.
We will never forget the moment she was released into her large pasture: she galloped, of course, from end to end, and back again, round and round … because finally, she could. She was tough as nails when she arrived — being tough, after all, was how she survived in the woods at the end of a chain. She is now as soft and welcoming a horse as we’ve ever known. Long live Cricket!
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