Heavenly Horse Haven horse finds new home

The little gray Arab mare’s complete trust in her new owner is evident in her relaxed stance. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The little gray Arabian mare was a favorite at the Heavenly Horse Haven equine rescue for some time. She landed there when she was released from a neglectful situation.

“She came to the ranch by way of San Diego Animal Control,” rescue owner Gina Perrin said. “The mare was seized from a horrible hoarder case. We took her in, and I trained her.”

Perrin named the horse Khloe, and as her life improved, she thrived.

Enter volunteer Emily Ibanez. Drawn to the call for volunteers at the ranch, expert horsewoman, trainer and veteran show contestant, Ibanez assisted with many of the horses at the facility. She worked with Khloe and realized that she had found a very special animal.

“Emily came out to volunteer and fell in love with Khloe,” Perrin said.

Ibanez arranged to bring the mare to her home in Lake Riverside Estates. Her retired show horse welcomed his new stablemate, and the two horses made the perfect pair together.

Newly named Arabian mare Wasabi is alert, high-spirited and beautiful to watch. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The bond of trust grew between Khloe and Ibanez, who renamed the mare Wasabi.

“I don’t know what more to say about Wasabi other than she’s just purely the best horse possible,” Ibanez said, whose skills as a trainer are lifting the little Arabian to the next level in her education. The trust the animal shows for her new owner is obvious and special to see.

“She’s hot,” Ibanez said. “She is an Arab after all, and I understand the breed.”

Daily workouts, grooming and plenty of attention help the horse expend some energy.

“Gina has some of the nicest and most well taken care of horses I have ever seen from a rescue,” Ibanez said. “She has a horse for everyone there.”

The number of animals adopted from the Heavenly Horse Haven equine rescue in Anza has remained steady; however, despite fewer mouths to feed, the physical work required to care for the remaining stock is continuing to take its toll on owner Gina Perrin.

Perrin said she is in desperate need of volunteers to assist at the ranch, due to her ongoing health issues.

She was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control. ALS is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the baseball player who was diagnosed with it.

Her condition is worsening, she said, and she cannot manage all the work required of the large rescue facility. Volunteers are needed to exercise and groom the horses, to clean stalls and to give medication and feed.

The Heavenly Horse Haven equine rescue ranch is looking for loving homes for their adoptable animals, which are primarily horses, and donations for their care.

Many of the animals at Heavenly Horse Haven were acquired by the rescue in poor condition and in need of rehabilitation. Others were owner-relinquished in perfect health and in various phases of training. The horses are assessed and vetted, and their individual needs are met. Additional training is provided if needed. When they are ready, they are offered for adoption to their forever homes.

Besides horses, ponies and miniature horses, the ranch is home to an emu, dogs, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, goats, poultry and pigs.

The continued legacy of Heavenly Horse Haven is now in the hands of those that care about animals as much as Perrin does.

Heavenly Horse Haven is located at 58290 Marlis Lane in Anza. Their phone number is 951-551-3561. They can be reached by email at info@heavenlyhorsehaven.org.

For more information about Heavenly Horse Haven, visit http://www.heavenlyhorsehaven.org or on Facebook.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.