Wiatt is a bay Shire gelding bred by the Amish in western Pennsylvania. He was born on April 15, 2017. We are not sure if he was bred specifically for driving or for work as Shires have great capacity for pulling plows and performing other forms of heavy farm work especially where pulling is involved. What we do know about Wiatt is that he was very much underweight and deficient in Vitamin E, Selenium and Potassium. He also had a small cataract on his right lens and tested positive for worms during an examination at Cornell Hospital for Animals before arriving at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary on September 25, 2020. The good news is that all of these conditions were curable and Wiatt has an excellent prognosis for leading a completely normal and healthy life. Equine Advocates has rescued countless horses and mules over the years from Amish and Mennonite farmers, as well as saving them at slaughter auctions. We are so happy that Wiatt will never be discarded and experience the horror of horse slaughter as so many other Draft Horses do. Shires, a British breed of Draft Horse, continue to grow until they are between five and eight years old. They are also the world’s tallest breed of horse. A good friend in western PA who found Wiatt, helped us acquire him and kept him until we were able to ship him to the sanctuary. He is a sweet and playful gelding who definitely fits the description given to many Draft Horses as “gentle giants.” Wiatt was named for Jim Wiatt, a former high-powered Hollywood agent who once represented Willie Nelson, our 2020 Safe Home Equine Protection Award honoree. He and his girlfriend, Jasmine, reside in our “Splendor in the Grass” pasture.
Wiatt is proudly Sponsored, In Full, by a Foundation based in Clifton, New Jersey.