Rescued Horse Gracie Celebrates Her First Birthday

Posted by Joyce Tischler, ALDF's Founder and General Counsel on May 21, 2010

It was the dead of winter and the grass was eaten down to the ground – there was no sign of edible hay anywhere on the Wake County, North Carolina property. The eight horses being kept on the property had been eating bark off the trees in a desperate attempt to get something into their stomachs.

Lacy, an Arabian mare, was pregnant and close to death from colic and the burden of carrying a foal with no food or nutritional support. She was in such an advanced state of malnutrition and starvation that her hip bones, backbone and ribs were all protruding from her body. In December 2008, the starving horses were seized from the field and Lacy was rushed to the North Carolina State College School of Veterinary Medicine for critical care. Thanks to a combined effort by Wake County’s animal cruelty investigator, the United States Equine Rescue League and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Lacy was nursed back to health and gave birth to a beautiful foal, Gracie, on May 21, 2009.

We are delighted to celebrate Gracie’s first birthday with you, our members and supporters – the very people who made Lacy and the other horses’ rescue possible, and who named Gracie.

Because of your generous support, both Lacy and Gracie are now thriving and living with loving families who adore and cherish them. Never again will Lacy feel the excruciating pain of starvation, nor will Gracie ever experience the heartbreaking neglect her mother endured.

Send a birthday wish to Gracie and enjoy these recent photos of the birthday girl frolicking with her friends!

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Gracie playing
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A huge thanks to Jennifer for sending us these wonderul photos and video of the birthday
girl!


20 thoughts on “Rescued Horse Gracie Celebrates Her First Birthday

  1. Selina says:

    Happy Birthday Gracie ! You are Beautiful!!!

  2. kathy m says:

    happy birthday!!!! absolutely beautiful:)

  3. Jane says:

    Hope they get what they deserve.

  4. Dian Hardy says:

    She’s a beautiful little filly and it’s grand to see her running with her mother. Also liked her first steps video – looks like her mom was reborn into the life she deserved. Nice work, all! Keep the good news coming and be sure to let us know how to help.

  5. Deb says:

    Yea Gracie! You go girl!

  6. Jill says:

    Happy birthday, Gracie, and many, many more! How heartwarming!!

  7. carin says:

    I’M SOOOO HAPPY FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL STORY OF A HAPPY ENDING FOR SUCH A MAGNIFICENT ANIMAL LIKE GRACIE!!!! THANK GOD FOR THE PEOPLE WHO TOOK THE TIME AND HAD THE HEART TO RESCUE HER AND THE OTHER HORSES!!!!!!!!
    I LOVE YOU GUYS FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT OF THE ANIMALS OF THIS EARTH!!!!!!!!!!
    XOXOXXO CARIN BAER :))

  8. carin says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRACIE!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!

  9. Olivia says:

    This lovely story and lovely Gracie celebrate everything that is good and worthy in this world, every thought and act that sides with LIFE and not death, with KINDNESS and not cruelty, with GOODNESS and not evil, with HOPE and not despair, with LOVE and not fear or hate or apathy. Bless all those involved in giving Lacy and Gracie the joyful, peaceful lives they deserve.

  10. rhonda says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Such a beautiful Girl!! And bless those that took care of your momma. This is just so wonderful. Thanx for the lift I needed. Hugs and whinnies :)

  11. laura kramer says:

    All the horses look healthy and well cared for!
    A safer option in the pastures is no climb versus strand wire for these and all horses. What a great outcome for these beautiful animals.

  12. It does one’s heart good and brings such joy to the soul to see such beautiful animals enjoying their freedom.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRACIE !!!!
    and many more to come.
    GOD BLESS YOU !

  13. Geri says:

    You are such a beautiful little spirit. May you have many beautiful experiences in your life. A little late but Happy Birthday!

  14. Sylvia says:

    HAPPY BIRTH-DAY SWEET GRACIE GIRL!!
    WE ARE ALL BLESSED BECAUSE WE CAN SEE YOUR LOVELY SELF AND YOU SWEET MOTHER BESIDE YOU. I THANK GOD FOR ALDF

  15. Lisa says:

    Happy Birthday Gracie. Gracie and Lacy became blessed. Thank God for the people who rescued these wonderful creatures. May they have a long and happy life.

  16. Evelyn says:

    So glad they were rescued, and are now living the way they should. I hope their previous owners were punished!!! Happy Birthday Gracie – you are beautiful!!

  17. Barbara case says:

    Happy birthday sweet Gracie! May you,your mom and all rescued horses be showered with all the love and care you so greatly deserve.

  18. Bonnie says:

    What a miracle you are Gracie! The joy in your pure heart just oozes from your entire body. Thank you to all who saved you momma, brought her back from the brink of death so she could give you life! My heart leaps with the happiness at knowing you will never know the pain she did, and will know only love and happiness. God bless you all.

  19. claire Walton says:

    Happy Birthday Gracie!!! Thank god there are those who care and do something about it. There is still some good in the world. Thank you ALDF for giving our hearts hands to work with.

  20. Susan Jacobs says:

    Thank God for ALDF and all the people who rescue these innocent animals. Happy birthday, Gracie! What a wonderful spirit!!!

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