Approximate Date of Birth: 1/1/1995Sponsor: Linda Simpson
The names our horses come to us with are often a bit of a mystery. One was named after the character of a romance novel, one after a hit song, and one after our local football team. When Jewel was placed with us by County of San Diego Department of Animal Services in October of 2010, it was hard to imagine how anyone had named her “Jewel.” Jewel was very thin, scoring a two out of nine on Henneke body score. Our vet suggested that she needed to gain at least 100 lbs. And she was very scruffy. Her winter coat had grown in, which was a blessing since she lacked the body fat necessary to keep warm. But you could tell it had been a while since anyone had groomed her. Her mane was terribly matted and just fell limply along her neck.
Both Animal Services and the Tijuana River Valley Animal Rescue had tried to help Jewel’s owner care for her. Tijuana River Valley Animal Rescue even provided food for her. But in spite of this remarkable support, Jewel was failing to thrive. Whatever the reason was, it sure wasn’t from lack of trying on Jewel’s part. Jewel arrived as a very hungry little horse and began eating the moment she arrived and hasn’t stopped yet.
Fortunately, her gregarious appetite helped her to regain the weight she was missing. just a few days at the ranch, we started to see where Jewel’s name came from. She reminded us of a tarnished old ring. With a bit of cleaning and polishing, long neglected jewelry quickly returns to it former beauty. The same is true of our little Jewel. Now that she has received the care she deserves, she shines!