A malnourished horse found wrapped up in rope in a desolate field has gotten a new lease on life thanks to St. Charles Parish Animal Control Director Angie Robert.
Robert said she knew nothing about horses when she adopted Sandy, but she was able to restore the animal to its former glory in just seven months despite the fact that Sandy also had a broken leg.
“I’ve put almost 400 pounds on this horse just by learning and reading books, and asking the vet what to feed (the horse) and taking money out of my own pocket,” Robert said.
Robert has saved hundreds of horses in her career, but she never had a desire to adopt one until she met Sandy.
“I had never even ridden one, but there was just something about her and the way she looked at me,” Robert said. “She just touched my heart.”
At first, Robert wasn’t sure that Sandy would be able to walk again. Her leg was nearly sawed off due to the friction that occurred when the horse tried to escape the rope she was wrapped in. However, Sandy recovered from the injury and Robert adopted her, placing her in a barn around the corner from her home.
From that point on, Robert and the horse became kindred spirits.
“I was going through medical issues myself and we were both gimping around,” Robert said. “I was helping her, but I didn’t realize that at the same time she was helping me.”
In fact, Robert said that Sandy has changed her life.
“Horses are healing animals. Most days I just let her run around and I sit and watch her. She runs around like a goofball,” Robert said. “Horses have a spirit and that spirit connects with your soul.”
After Sandy healed enough to support a rider, Robert took her first trek on top of Sandy.
“She is so gentle and mild mannered. I don’t put a bit in her mouth and we use a light saddle because she is so gentle,” Robert said. “She is so happy to see me every time I come out to the barn. It’s amazing to see the transformation.
“She’s my newest child.”
Sandy’s transformation has been so monumental that Robert is getting asked to breed the mare, something the animal control director refuses to do. Robert also discovered that Sandy has an impressive lineage stretching back to the 1800s. The horse’s grandfather was a cutting horse, which is a horse that is able to respond quickly and turn sharply to keep a cow from returning to the herd.
Robert has also gotten to know another one of Sandy’s relatives, her son.
“(Sandy’s) former owner called me and told me that Sandy had a pony and he wondered if I would take him. He had given him to someone who was no longer able to care for him,” Robert said.
That pony is currently at the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter where he is going through therapy.
“It’s been three weeks and at first he was real thin and he would kick and bite, but it turns out he is super sweet. The more time we spend with him, the sweeter he gets,” Robert said.
Robert is waiting until the pony gets even sweeter before reuniting him with Sandy.
“I am excited to see them reunite. I read that they can remember each other for two or three years, so I’m excited to see if they automatically bond,” Robert said.
As for adopting the pony, Robert is unsure if she will take in a second horse, though you have a feeling that the pony will soon have a new “grandmother.”