When the branded mustang named Dream first arrived at the farm, she was one of the most emaciated horses the owner of the farm, Clare Staples, had ever rescued before.
Dream’s arrival at Clare’s farm was an emotional day for Clare and the traumatized horse. “The day we rescued dream,” said Clare, “I remember I cried, and I kept saying, ‘I’m so sorry.’”
To help Dream regain her strength and start to heal, Clare brought together a “Dream Team” to make sure Dream received all the care she needed. “We just jumped in with both feet, and we took all the precautions that we could,” said Clare.
As malnourished as the mustang was, Clare was confident Dream was going to make it. “I felt like she wants to fight and she wants to come back,” said Clare.
As Dream grew stronger and healthier, Clare felt something awaken in her. She realized she wanted to do something meaningful with her life, so she decided to rescue more animals.
But Clare quickly came up against the limitations of her space. So, she bought 9,000 acres in Oregon and created the Skydog Sanctuary, a place where the horses she rescued, including Dream, could run free.
Since that day, Clare has not looked back since. “The incredible happiness of watching a horse come back to life is the happiness that never dulls,” said Clare. “There’s something about Dream’s spirit that just inspires us to rescue more.”