Wrong Turn Leads Teen To A Dying Horse That Changes Her Life

This story not only touches the heart, it expresses the true bond between horses and humans – the love. If you ever wish to make that turn – go down that other road, like Kelsey and her Mom did, contact Habitat for Horses. The connection you will make, the love you will receive – and give – with an adopted horse is like no other. Habitat for Horses takes in and starts the healing for horses that were starved and/or abused. You finish the healing by making that connection and giving them a loving home. Read and watch the story below then click here to view horses ready to make that connection. ~ HfH

From: Little Things
By: Caroline Bayard

Whether you believe that everything happens for a reason or not, it’s hard to argue that what happens in the following story is anything other than fate.

When it comes to amazing animal rescues, as you can see in this heart-pounding video of marine biologists helping an injured sea turtle, it’s very often that the right person is in the right place at the right time. For Central Illinois teenager Kelsey Allonge and her mother this statement couldn’t be truer.

Kelsey is an animal lover who was driving early in the morning with her mother on the way to a swap meet/flea market when Mom took a wrong turn and decided to take a different route. That’s when Kelsey spotted a weak, thin horse eating grass on the side of a remote road. Kelsey felt an instant connection with the horse, who was severely malnourished and had run away from her abusive owners.

Kelsey and her mother were faced with a decision to make. Do they go on their way or try to help the dying 6-month-old horse? The teenager knew she had to get the horse home and help her, so she got out of the car at 5:30 a.m. and walked the horse nine miles to her mother’s home. It’s a miracle that this poor horse, who she named Sunny, even survived the long walk home, but what happened next is truly incredible.

As it turned out, it wasn’t just Sunny who needed someone like Kelsey… She needed the horse just as badly.

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  • Daryl

    Kelsey Your a hero, like me I have looked to buy and found one who needed the help and love to bring them back from bad owners, got them rather then a healthy horses, oh I paid for them, but that was my gift to them, a chance of a good life with care , food and love. I do believe that you were on the road to save her. Good luck for the next steps to getting her back to a beautiful and cared for animal. Love is in many different forms, very proud of you & your family.

    September 16, 2015
  • Leslie M. Bliman-Kuretzky

    Any updates on this wonderful story?

    September 16, 2015
    • Posted by Habitat for Horses

      There was an update in November 2013 from a news site entitled Angels Among Us
      They say:
      CROPSEY — One Angel story got national attention after airing in Central Illinois. It was one of the top five animal videos on the Weather Channel for awhile. There’s good reason.

      The story of an abused horse and the girl who saved her melted hearts. That friendship is still going strong.

      “You got hay all over you. What are you doing? What are you doing?”

      You see it in their eyes; in the way they are together. This is more than an owner and her animal.

      “Is she your favorite?”

      “I can’t have favorites. What if they hear me?”

      “We won’t tell them.”

      “Then yes.”

      Kelsey Allonge and Sunny just celebrated their three year anniversary together. The connection is clear.

      “If I come outside to do chores, she makes a beeline for me. She’ll follow me up and down the pastures. She knows she’s mine.”

      “She knows you were the one who spent five nights sleeping next to her. Five nights.”

      Five long nights of not knowing if she would live. Kelsey found her on the side of a road; starving, abused, ready to give up. Kelsey walked her home because she was too weak to get in a trailer. It was a four-hour journey.

      “I wasn’t concerned about the time it was going to take or the amount of miles I had to walk. I was just more concerned about getting her safe. I think that’s what kept me going.”

      Sunny still has the scars; whip marks on her ears, cut marks on her legs from trying to break free to find food.

      “She’s still got some of them. Everyone’s got scars.”

      But, there are no scars on her heart.

      “For a horse to get over being abused is one thing, but for a horse to love people again is, that’s a big step. She’s a brave girl.”

      The abuse stunted her growth a bit. But, since we first saw here, she’s a foot-and-a-half taller and has doubled her weight. She’s broke to ride and even though she’s the youngest on the farm, she’s the boss.

      “She’s the head honcho.”

      She’s thrown her weight around you could say.

      “Now that she has weight.”

      She even has a boyfriend, Diesel, also a rescue horse.

      “They appreciate everything so much more. She wants your attention. She adores it.”

      Sunny will get even more attention next year. She’ll compete in a three-day riding even. A total turnaround from where she was three years ago.

      “You never thought this could be a show horse someday?”

      “No, I didn’t think it would be a horse we could touch someday, but I knew she would be alive.”

      September 17, 2015
  • Marilyn

    Way to go Kelsey….my hat off to you and your family…May God bless you for a wonderful thing you did in saving this beautiful horse….please keep us update on you and Sunny. My very best to you and your new best friend…

    September 17, 2015
  • Leslie M. Bliman-Kuretzky

    Thank you so much for the update

    September 17, 2015
  • libby bender

    This was just the story I needed to hear.
    sometimes you need a push to keep motivated – this one did it for me.

    September 20, 2015