October 28, 2009
Rescued Horse Steps Into the Light
Nursed back to health from near-starvation, Thistle gets ready to enter the ring with master trainer Pat Parelli
Thistle was “steady, stable, and ready to learn,” said Diane Miller, director of The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch where the horses came after being rescued.
That made him an excellent candidate for the spotlight at the Fort Worth Parelli Celebration. The event was the sixth Celebration held around the U.S. since February.
At each of the Celebrations, The Humane Society of the United States has worked with local horse rescue groups to bring an adoptable rescued horse who trained with Pat Parelli for a three-day development program from ground work to riding. At the end of the Celebration, the featured horses were offered for adoption.
“Thistle thoroughly enjoyed himself out there with the Parellis, and the crowd of more than 1,000 horse lovers was mesmerized,” Miller said. “We chose him for the Celebration because of his high spirit and playful and proud personality. It’s that spirit that helped him rebound from his ordeal quickly.”