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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New Rescues - Herd of Eleven

It has been a very eventful month and I have a lot to report! On February 2nd, twelve severely neglected horses arrived at the Rescue.

I took these pictures as the horses were being unloaded at the Rescue. It was really heartbreaking to see what poor condition these horses were in. They suffered years and years of neglect, confined to filthy stalls for so long. One of the horses, has a body score of 1, is a precious little mare who has severe laminitis in ther front foot, and is beyond our help. (see pic above) She cannot even put the foot to the ground, the coffin bone has rotated and sunk. There are several other horses whose body scores are between 2 and 5 (emaciated to thin).

All of the horses have hooves that are in terrible shape and will need repeated work over the course of six months to a year. The frogs, which pump blood up and down the foot are completely rotted away.

It was wonderful to watch them explore their new large, clean turnout...

...with the freedom to go where they please in the company of the rest of their herd.

This poor little mare from was put to rest on 2/3/10. She was unable to walk and in constant pain. We had hoped to save her but she was beyond our help.

This is one of the two stallions from the herd. They are scheduled to be gelded next week, and will soon join the rest of the herd.

Check back soon for updates!

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