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ne Fever Murphree Cheyenne, a big beautiful black and white Saddlebred, turned out to be


a very tuned out, defensive, emotional wreck of a horse. He would charge across the corral at people, keep from being haltered, and kick out to defend his space. This was all due to fear. Fear of what was done to him in his prior life before finding CCHR. He did not want to hurt any- one, but wanted us all to know that he did not feel safe close to us. We do not know what his prior history was or what had happened to traumatize him so badly. We did know that we would need to limit the number of volunteers that would be able to be near him. We also knew that this was going to take a lot of time. A horse as shattered as he was needs to go forward, and backwards at their own pace.


It took two years turned out in a pasture with his new best friend JoJo, a


nice quiet, easy going retired roping horse, to show Cheyenne that it was okay to come up to people, take treats, and just be a horse. That was a big improvement from his earlier behavior, but he needed so much more. At this point, we could not ask to much of him because he could not handle it. Back then we could not brush him past his shoulder without him becoming defensive and afraid for his life. Cheyenne needed to feel safe before he could let himself interact with us humans.


This is one area where the CCHR volunteers exceed. They come in day


after day and week after week, just to shower the horses with love. At any given time, we have about twenty two horses on site. Our volunteers give carrots, read books, and just hang out and talk to the horses. It does wonders for abused horses to have that each day. Over time the fear is replaced with the excitement of seeing their favorite treat lady, or the little girl that reads to them. Even Cheyenne with all of his issues learned that it was ok to come up and say hi. At first he would stand back behind JoJo. Little by little he got a bit braver and after a five or six months he was right up there with the others asking for his carrot.


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