Almost three weeks ago, Renegade arrived at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary. His new home is a corral that butts up against the equine pasture. Over the weeks, and over the top of his fencing, he has met all the donkeys as well as Remy, an ex racehorse who has been rehabilitated into a healthy, happy horse.
Although when he first laid eyes on Renegade, Remy was anything but happy. He became upset, charging around the pasture, herding the donkeys away from Renegade's corral. But as the days have passed, we have seen the two horses begin to form what we imagine will be a lifelong friendship.
In recent days, Remy has been hanging out next to Renegade. Over the fence of the corral, they have touched noses, sniffing and learning about each other in the way that horses do.
Renegade's demeanor has also changed. At first, he was cranky and standoffish to the CAPE staff and volunteers. The recently diagnosed Cushing's Disease made him feel lousy which put him in a bad mood. But with medication and his new diet, Renegade has slowly transformed into a much happier guy. His coat is finally shedding (a sign that the disease is calming down) and he is beginning to enjoy being brushed and petted. As his personality is softening so is his coat.
Within the next few weeks, the CAPE staff will make the decision when to open Renegade's gate allowing him to fully integrate with his new found friends. That will be an exciting day, and we will be sure to post all the details on this blog.
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Remy and Renegade sharing a moment in the sunshine.
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