Bucks A Smoken


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"Bucks A Smoken" or Sara is a 2001 (12 year old) unraced mare that was part of an estate sale.

Sara although bred to a stakes winning stallion, was neglected and dumped at Euclid Auction in Chino. She and three other broodmares were all that were left of a Thoroughbred breeding farm's living stock, and those entrusted to the estate felt no need to tend to their rapidly deteriorating feet, instead leaving the animals to suffer the agonizing pain of standing on the auction lot's concrete floors for much of the week. While the rest of the estate (numerous trucks, trailers, etc) were sold off for thousands upon thousands of dollars just a few hundred feet away, two of the four mares -- having stood on the hard concrete for 4 days -- increasingly lost the strength to stand, their legs repeatedly buckling and trembling...for hours upon hours, enduring visibly unbearable pain. In the end, it was discovered that only Naga was pregnant and Sara was just severely overweight. Sara was purchased for $150 during the sale, and already appearing to founder. Late into the evening, her stablemate, Rockin Naga was bought back directly from the kill buyer -- with extremely overgrown feet, a full set of shoes somehow still hanging on, loudly scraping along the concrete with each excruciating step. Naga and Sara are now safe at Kimberlee Farms in Somis, as part of the Neigh Savers program.

One of the photos shows the terrible condition of her feet. Another photo shows her in her cushy stall with an ice boot on to make her more comfortable. Smokey is also shown with Rockin Naga on her first turnout at Kimberlee Farms. Sara is now at a nearby foster facility just minutes from Kimberlee Farms and under the sponsorship of Robin Beagle. Sara is already walking much better and has a sunnier outlook than at first diagnosed.

Update - January 2013

There are no words to describe the incredible comeback Bucks a Smoken (Sara)has made. She runs without discomfort with her best pal and stable- mate Maggie (Magical Nature) and her feet look great. It just took a long time and a good farrier to fix her feet. It didn't take any longer to fix her heart and for her to regain her trust with humans. She is a very happy gal these days. Sara has lost a lot of weight and that helped her as well. This girl is ready to go to someone that will give her the lifetime of love she deserves.

Update - August 2013

Sara is more or less in permanent retirement. If you are reading this and want a nice pasture ornament please contact us at info@neighsavers.com.

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