A double-decker trailer carrying horses bound for the slaughterhouse overturns on Interstate 44 just outside of St. Louis. Trapped under several deceased horses, Willie, too, was presumed dead, until a blink of his eye alerted rescuers to him. Although he had some neurological issues on his right side for weeks after the wreck, he has since healed completely. A few small scars are the only reminders of that fateful day.

Willie’s amazing story of rescue and his engaging personality earned him a spot as a Barn Buddy at Longmeadow for four years. Once retired from the program, a Longmeadow volunteer jumped at the chance to give Willie a loving forever home. Willie then began training in show jumping, dressage, and cross-country, and he loves every minute of it!

“Willie’s story is very inspiring, and it shows that every horse deserves to be loved and given a happy life, full of second chances to shine” – Willie’s Owner