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BELEN—When 5-year-old Rylee Brett’s beloved miniature horse, Chicken Nugget, was discovered lifeless from a bullet wound, the little girl was devastated.
Chicken Nugget was her pal and companion since she was born, stated her mom, Kylee Brett.
The tiny horse with dwarfism was bought eight years in the past from a therapeutic driving group when Brett thought she couldn’t have youngsters. Two years later, to Brett’s shock, she turned pregnant with Rylee.
As Rylee grew, the tiny horse turned her cherished pal, however in the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 15, the little brown horse with fluffy blonde mane was shot lifeless.
The Brett household, of Hull, Texas, doesn’t know who killed Chicken Nugget or why, however an investigation is pending.
Rylee’s loss was posted on Facebook and Jeff Lisowski, a Belen miniature horse breeder, was tagged by a pal on the submit.
Lisowski stated he learn the story and was moved by the video.
“I was just horrified that someone would senselessly go and shoot someone’s horse in the head,” Lisowski stated. “The picture of (Rylee) laying on the horse’s grave after they buried him is what really tore me apart.”
Co-owner of the Double J Farm on the west mesa in Belen, Lisowski and his companion, Joe Fraire, increase and practice registered miniature horses. They presently have 20 colourful, little horses on their sandy farm, every with its personal shed and paddock.
The horsemen additionally supply classes to youngsters, adults and other people with particular wants on how to present and drive miniature horses in a buggy.
Lisowski was in a position to contact the household and spoke with Rylee’s mom. He informed her he had a horse he thought can be good for Rylee. She’s 28 inches tall — brief even for a miniature — and about 250 kilos. Lisowski and Fraire name her Allie.
But Rylee didn’t need another horse; she needed Chicken Nugget and visits his grave each morning and night, her mom stated.
“Rylee has her moments, usually at night,” Brett stated.
However, now that information of the brand new pony is sinking in, Rylee has determined that Allie is Chicken Nugget’s sister and has named her Chicken Wing.
The solely conundrum was how to pay to ship the horse to Texas.
Lisowski began a GoFundMe web page to increase $1,200, a determine he arrived at by including the prices of brand name inspection, veterinarian providers to get hold of Allie’s well being papers, required for transport throughout state borders. He additionally added in the fee to trailer the horse to Hull, Texas, which is close to Houston.
“I knew if I had that (amount) we’d be safe,” he stated.
To Lisowski’s amazement, inside 12 hours the account raised almost $1,600, and on prime of that, he acquired a name from Mandie Harmon, knowledgeable horse transporter in California, who stated she would haul the horse to Texas — freed from cost.
Another pal who works for Corrales veterinarian Dr. Mark Meddleton stated they would offer free veterinary service.
Now that transportation prices have been donated, Lisowski stated they’re outfitting Rylee with horse provides, resembling feed buckets, brushes and different grooming provides. The remainder of the cash shall be donated to Spirit Horse Rescue in Texas on the Brett’s request, and in addition the American Miniature Horse Association and its youth affiliation fund, Lisowski stated.
“So, it’s a good thing all the way around,” he stated.
One of Double J Farm’s shoppers even made a pink tutu to go across the little grulla coloured mare’s neck.
“So that Rylee can play dress-up-type things with Allie,” Lisowski stated.
Allie’s grandmother, Triple T Double J Sandman’s Enchanted Beauty, gained a number of awards and produced a number of nationwide champion offspring, Lisowski stated.
“This one (Allie) has always been in your pocket — when you go out to the field, she’s the first one to come up to see if you have cookies,” he stated. “I think that’s what’s going to be important as she’s going to interact with Rylee and that’s half the battle.”
He stated the equine is mild and quiet, and straightforward to be round so she’ll adapt properly.
Buggy-trained miniature horses promote from about $three,000 to $15,000 or extra relying on how a lot coaching they’ve, Lisowski stated. Allie is a registered miniature horse however smaller than most miniature present horses.
“I’m willing to sacrifice that monetary thing to know that she’s placed good, and I’m bringing joy to a family that’s desperately in need of it,” he stated.
Lisowski doesn’t have youngsters of his personal and stated seeing footage of Rylee and the horse that she misplaced simply ripped him aside.
“I’ve had the luxury of having some good trainers in my life, who have always said that ‘When someone’s in need you help them out no matter what,’” Lisowski stated.
The plan was to get the brand new horse to Rylee earlier than Thanksgiving, Lisowski stated, nevertheless it looks like it can have to be the next weekend.
In a telephone interview, Brett stated the household could be very touched by all of the Facebook posts and messages of help and condolence they’ve acquired.
“Jeff has been wonderful to us and he will always be family to us,” Brett stated, her voicing cracking.
The Double J Farm is situated in Belen on the west mesa. For details about miniature horses and coaching for exhibits, name Jeff Lisowski and Joe Fraire at 589-0822. Text messages are most popular due to poor cellphone reception in the world.