We first saw Shelley Creek, a 2007 filly by Unbridled Native from High Brite mare Miss Golden Goal, on a low end auction lot in
December of 2008, as a yearling. She had saddle marks, swollen knees and a horribly crooked left front leg. We were outbid
that day,but the following month Shelley was back and we won her for $75 bidding against a kill dealer.
Shelley's knees were open and there was considerable inflammation in both, partly a result of inappropriate nutrition, requiring
a special diet, frequent corrective hoof trimming, and limited controlled exercise for a period of time. However, within a few
months, the inflammation completely subsided and her knees closed. Her right leg now looks completely normal, however her
left front leg will always be "bowed" between the knee and ankle. Shelley will never be able to bear weight safely, but so far she
has been perfectly pasture sound. This young horse should never have been started under saddle.
Shelley in January 2009, the day after her auction rescue: she had also appeared to have worn the same halter for the month
between auctions, and suffered some minor nerve damage as a result across her nose band which seems to have pretty much
Shelley's front legs, January 2009
Six months later....
Shelley resides in a semi-pasture board situation at the family ranch of a friend of SCTR with Ashland Rose. Her left leg will
never be straight, but she's perfectly healthy and pain free. If you would like to donate to the ongoing cost of Shelley's care,
you can do so here: