This is Hope, a mule who spent her entire life doing the grueling work of pulling a plow on an Amish farm.
In July 2014, at the age of 12, Hope was discarded at an auction. There, she was purchased by a kill buyer and began her journey to slaughter.
Hope was bought and tagged with a four-digit code that sealed her fate across the border. Luckily, Kris Young stepped in before Hope was shipped off.
Jill Aureliano, a horse trainer located in Old Brookville, NY, came across Young's photo of the mule and she knew that she had to help.
She was rescued on July 4th, 2014. Aureliano named her Hope, fittingly.
Although she was free from slaughter, Hope was still carrying burdens from her former life as a plow mule.
Across her neck and chest, Hope had scars and burns from where her plow harness dug in.
Following her escape from the kill buyer, Hope spent four weeks in quarantine where she prepared for her new life.
Finally, on August 1st, 2014, Hope headed home.
She arrived at Red Barn that Friday, bounding off the truck to her new family.
Aureliano and her family spend their time spoiling and pampering Hope.
Aureliano's daughter, Brittany Cacossa, says, "Hope loves people and loves her new life. She's absolutely infatuated with horses, too."
She has an entire pasture to herself that she runs, plays and rolls in every day.
LOOK HOW HAPPY SHE IS.
"She loves to roll and get dirty, especially after I've given her a bath," Brittany says of the mule.
Hope will be a barn mule. She'll never have to work another day in her life, save for her trot from the field to the pasture gate where Brittany will be standing there, ready to spoil her with carrots.