Central Virginia Horse Rescue. Originally an Amish work mule, she was purchased at auction for $50. She was described as a "bag of bones". She's in her late twenties/early thirties. She even has her own Facebook page, where she states her personal info, "I am a senior mule. It doesn't have anything to do with age but a lot to do with maturity and experience. They tell me I am a critic but I think I just have a very strong opinion." And her personal interests: "Grass. It's one of my favorite things. I like to eat it and sleep in it and roll around on it. My second favorite thing is Triple Crown Senior feed. It is wonderful and is responsible for my new girlish figure."
"Rosebud is the heart of Central Virginia Horse Rescue and she has my heart as well. She can make me curse, laugh and fill my heart with love all within minutes. I believe that Rosebud came to us to teach us something about ourselves. Her first job was to teach me that mules were not horses with long ears. I believe her second was to teach me to be as stubborn as a mule while still being a lady.
a statue. She will stand and not move a muscle while she is groomed."
Rosebud is one of the many horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules featured in my 2013 Horses and Hope calendar. With the help of Gina Keesling of HoofPrints, my 2012 debut calendar contained over 100 photos of auction horses. Thanks to the support of horse lovers all over, it raised over $40,000 for One Horse At A Time, helping hundreds of horses in need directly, and untold others indirectly through increased public awareness. Now that we have one calendar's worth of experience to draw upon, the 2013 version promises to be even more exciting, even more creative, and as always, inspirational and positive.
- Sarah Andrew