Rest in peace sweet Uno

The author with one of the horses from the Arkansas abuse case. c. IFAW/J.C. BouvierIn honor of sweet Uno passing away last week, I would like to say thank you to everyone involved in trying to save her. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) staff and responders met Uno in January 2011, one month after she and 115 other horses were seized in an animal cruelty case in Arkansas.

Yes, Uno was in fact horse number 1 in the seizure and became number 1 in so many hearts throughout her struggle to survive the abusive treatment in her past. Uno and the other horses rescued were severely undernourished and afraid of their own shadows.

Time, good food and veterinary care, along with positive human interaction helped to rebuild trust on the long road to recovery. I deployed to Arkansas last year with other IFAW staff and volunteers including Gail A’Brunzo, Pam Schaub, Karin Johnson, Andrea Lewicki, and Andrew Cassavant.

“14 months ago I was fortunate enough to be a part of the rescue team and spend a week with this beautiful horse in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Her gentle spirit was beyond amazing. I'm saddened to hear of her passing, and I will always be grateful for the time that I was blessed to be near her. May she rest in peace,” posted Andrea Lewicki on her Facebook page.

We learned so much about resilience, beauty, and power from these magnificent horses in Arkansas. Although Uno lost her battle yesterday, her legacy lives on in the hearts of all of those who were privileged to be there when she finally could stand on her own, when she trusted enough to eat from our hands, and when she finally nuzzled us when we cared for her weakened body as if to say thank you.

Rest in peace sweet Uno.

- SW

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