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Project aims to rehabilitate and rehome horses

Posted 9/12/17 (Tue)

Project aims to rehabilitate and rehome horses

By Sydney Glasoe Caraballo

He is named Scar Face; his countenance one that a mother could love. Seemingly deaf, scarred and orphaned, his pale blue eyes peek out past another orphan who is less shy and sure-footed. The two yearling colts – one a special needs cremello and the other a self-assured and handsome buckskin named Giddy Up – share a brotherhood forged by loss and survival.

Tricia Potteiger and Jim and Jennifer Krise, all of rural Wildrose, are fostering the yearlings and more than a dozen horses while attempting to find them new homes. Potteiger discovered the horses while looking to buy several colts; she wanted colts so she could train them with the Clinton Anderson Colt Starting Method, then sell them and use the proceeds to attend the Anderson Ambassador Academy next year.

When Tricia first looked at the horse herd of Arabian and tobiano paints in Mountrail County last summer, their owner had died, and the estate was in settlement. She returned to the remote ranch this year to purchase her prospects. However, a tough winter, drought-dried pastures, squatters and someone using them for target practice had taken its toll on the herd. Neighbors had brought hay and seen to the herd’s welfare, but several horses had been shot to death, among them the mothers of Scar Face and Giddy Up.

Survivors included several brood mares, young studs, colts, a filly and an old gelding.

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