I am founder and President of Second Chance Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. In February of 2008 I became caught up in the ongoing saga of Windchill, a colt that was found dying in a frozen Midwestern field in plain sight of his supposed caretakers. Windchill was rescued by Jeff and Kathy Tucker, they did everything possible to save his life. The colt’s story was featured on the local news network and in a blog maintained by Jeff. Literally thousands of people from all over the world followed the inspiring story of the Windchill for the three brief weeks that valiant efforts were made to save him. Sadly, his body was too damaged by starvation to withstand new growth and he passed in his sleep to the Rainbow Bridge on Feb 29, leaving thousands of broken hearts and spirits behind.
Believing that this little colt’s life had a purpose, and feeling strongly that there was something larger than ourselves at work, a core group of the colt’s followers rallied to the aid of a young woman who needed our help with a 9-month old colt she had rescued and had named Second Chance. Little Second Chance was found abandoned by the side of the road on Feb. 29, 2008, the very same day that Windchill had passed away. The purpose of Windchill's brief life, it seemed, had been made abundantly clear.
Nicole Baker and her family nursed him back to health and he is living today. We are delighted to note that he has turned the corner and will have a long, healthy life ahead of him. Second Chance moved to the Sanctuary in early October, to spend the rest of his days on the lush, green pastures of Kentucky.
I live in Paris, KY, just outside of Lexington. Lifelong horse lover, my daughter and I own 2 QH's Reba and Diesel, and an appendix mare named Leala that my daughter adopted from KyEHC. It has been my humble pleasure to take care of all of these horses. They teach us so many lessons if we will but listen.
I donate to many different causes. I am amazed at the speed FOB's can "make things happen". The networking is amazing. I have learned that the old saying, "Where there is a will, there is a way", is only too true on this forum.
Any and all good hearted and authentic horse lovers.