The story of Ruffus and Molly is told

Special to The Mountaineer
By Karen Owens | Dec 31, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo GOING TO HAPPY TRAILS — STAR horses Ruffus and Molly were transferred Dec. 20, to TRAILS, an equine facility in Lake Toxaway that works with troubled teens.

Sometimes a story needs to be told. Ruffus, a little black stallion, and his mare, Molly, have endured life in Haywood County for years.

They first appeared on the STAR Ranch radar seven years ago when they were seen off of Dutch Cove. They were in with a group of starving horses, three of which were locked in a barn.

Animal control removed many, but some were too far-gone to survive. Ruffus and Molly were taken from that owner by a (now former) animal control officer.  The horses went out of sight.

But, soon the reports started coming to STAR Ranch in March 2013 that Ruffus and Molly were starving again.

Thanks to a friend who knew them, they were brought to STAR Ranch July 7. Ruffus, a stallion, was gelded the next week.  He and Molly were so bonded that they ate from the same feed bowl.

Once fully rehabilitated, Ruffus and Molly were transferred Dec. 20, to TRAILS, an equine facility in Lake Toxaway that works with troubled teens. The facility teaches teens how to establish trust with and care for abused horses. Two former STAR horses, Dorey and Marimba, are happily enjoying life at TRAILS.

Rescue was a long time coming for these two . But, at least they finally received the help they needed and now have a bright future.”

December was the best month ever for STAR Ranch horses.  Five horses moved out. Three found good permanent homes and two are in a wonderful foster home.  To date, 30 STAR horses have been adopted, having been fully rehabilitated from a variety of problems, sometimes involving the University of Tennessee medical center and extreme recovery measures.

Visit www.star-ranch-rescue.com for more information or contact 400-4940 to volunteer. All donations are tax deductible.  Mail donations to 970 Rabbit Skin Rd., Waynesville, NC 28785 or use PayPal on the Website.

Karen Owens is president of STAR Ranch.

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