Once upon a time our equine rescue Dequiqa was worth transporting from Africa to Belgium to Tenerife, and when she came to us she was not even worth food! Poor Dequiqa came to us just in the knick of time. Her bright chestnut skin is the only thing holding her bones and amazing spirit together. As I walked her down the ramp, she dragged me over to every horse holding her tail high with true Chestnut Arab mare style. Strutting herself as if she was a youngster, slipping down the ramp on her two back legs and nearly taking me with her. Yet, even this didn’t slow her down because she intended to enter with style and every horse on the finca noticed. However, the drama passed within minutes as she recognised the calmness of her new environment.
She immediately bonded with our other resident old boy, Turbo. Both equine rescues are 29 years old. They hit it off and apparently like to bond over their almost identical paths to arrive here. Horses now could talk to each other and swear about humans! They should hate us! However, these two do not, they love every single human, particularly Deq. She LOVES us. As soon as you walk into the paddock, she wants a cuddle. If you dare stop, she will follow you until you start again.
The pictures really don’t do her justice. They don’t show the points in which her poor skin is about to burst open. Neither the unusual leg movements she does with her shivers. Nor her sore, overused girly parts. As well as the fibers trying to stop her undernourished feet from crumbling. And most of all, it doesn’t show her beautiful personality.
We don’t know her full history, we never will and probably wouldn’t want to. We only know what is written on her papers and a small amount from the man who got her to us. It is truly amazing how many miles our equine rescue has done. But this is the past. Now we are fully responsible of her future. We have just started working with the vets on her rehabilitation. It’s early days, but her spark will get her through it. We don’t know if she will ever look fit and healthy, and we don’t know how long she has with us. Honestly, we don’t even know the extent of her problems yet. What we know is she is now happy spending her days in her private honeymoon paddock with her old boyfriend. And lib hay, munching and relaxing until the day comes, where she can enjoy going for an in-hand walk with the volunteers and Turbo. So she can stretch the little legs and see the surrounding land. Whatever happens, whether this is an option, we can however guarantee we will listen closely to her, to want she wants, what she needs and what she enjoys.