Found abandoned in Santa Rosa, CA after a stormy night, this sweet chocolate bay filly was simply dumped behind and left in someone's pasture. Sonoma County Animal Control was called and it took 3 hours for a vet and volunteers to herd her into a trailer. At long last the filly was delivered to our barn on a dark night. She was cold, chilled and frightened by so many changes in her life.
Having rope burns around all her feet, SCAC stated that this arab filly was most likely the victim of the illegal Mexican Charreada rope tripping contest which bets monies on which cowboy can throw a rope around a young horses feet at full speed and slam them to the ground. It usually ends up with broken legs and dislocated shoulders and the death of the horse. Sasha had survived by becoming aggressive and fighting her way out. The heeling and forefooting roping events that involve roping of horses, cause horses to sustain injuries, including broken bones and teeth, dislocated joints, and lacerations.
The distinction claimed between Manganas, or horse-tripping, and events that rope cattle, such as calf roping, is that the high center of gravity of a horse, the longer legs and faster speed of a horse creates greater potential for injury, whereas cattle are smaller, have a low center of gravity, are slower and have sturdier limbs. There are additional atrocities associated with this illegal and barbaric practice—horses are underfed and brutally overused, repeatedly roped until lame, with rope burns down to the bone.
Volunteers Laura Ponter, Kim Babock and Bart Edson chose to work with the filly's fear and turn it once again into trusting leadership and partnership with good humans. Laura and Kim worked in Parelli Natural Horsemanship as did Bart Edson who also went on to pursue liberty work with Sasha for 18 months. It was transformational!
Sasha has been adopted by one of our own SERRA volunteers, Caren Greco. Congratulations and thank you, Caren!