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Hutterite colonies pitch in to rescue horses in path of Kenow fire

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14.09.2017

Maybel is a 10-year-old mare terrified of most people. Lil, another mare, was nearly starved to death in a pen and had, says her owner, given up on life when she first found her. Then there’s 18-year-old Chevy, an arrogant Arabian always getting into trouble.

These colourful descriptions come from the woman who knows all three best, Donna Cromarty. For nearly two decades, the woman who first fell in love with horses as a toddler in northern British Columbia has been taking in horses destined for the slaughterhouse.

“When I was a teenager, I was riding thoroughbreds down a dirt track,” says Cromarty, whose girlhood infatuation with the majestic four-legged animals has only grown over the decades. “Horses know what’s in your heart. They know if you’re a good person.”

While she’s well known in these parts for fostering countless horses before finding them permanent homes, a few, like Maybel, Lil and Chevy, proved so precious that they became members of her own family.

This past Sunday night, though, Cromarty — who was widowed seven years ago when her husband Robert died of cancer — needed some rescuing of her own. “I have two horse trailers and 14 horses on my acreage,” she says. “I got a call that we had an hour to get out.”

She turned to her friend Danny, a member of the Blue Ridge........

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