Stories about neglected and abused horses can bring a tear to the eyes of most people. Some stories reach beyond the abuse to inspire people to make a difference in the life of a rescue horse. These stories are told to educate the public concerning the plight of rescue horses and in hopes that more horses may be rescued.
- Billie Dawn, Making Progress: Billie Dawn, an American Paint horse, was found caked in manure and mud. The owner offered Billie Dawn no protection from the sometimes harsh Idaho weather. She suffered immense pain due to lack of hoof care. Her hooves had grown to over nine inches. Her front feet contained abscesses and bruises due to the environment in her small pen. She would lie in the manure and mud most of the day. An intervention by Idaho Horse Rescue saved Billie Dawn from being put to sleep by her owner. Treatment for her hooves and special boots has helped tremendously.
- Charlie, a Tennessee Rescue: Charlie was on the brink of starvation when he was rescued from a 100 acre farm in Tennessee by the Humane Society of the United States, along with over 80 other horses. The 5-year-old paint breed thrived under the care of a good foster home. Charlie has now been adopted by Laurel Perrigo. The horse will work with foster children at Son Valley Ranch. Perrigo hopes that the connection with Charlie will promote healing for the children.
- Gin, an Orphaned Foal: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (RSPCA) brought an orphaned foal to Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Wales. The RSPCA were never able to locate the mother or owners of the tiny foal. Caregivers at Redwings are feeding the orphan a milk substitute every two hours. The caregivers have named the tiny foal Gin. A search for a surrogate mother is underway to assist with Gin’s development.
Charlie, Billie Dawn and Gin are rescue horses that have been given a second chance. Additional foster homes are needed due to abuse or owners that can no longer provide proper care due to the economy. Please report horse abuse to the proper authorities.
Photo is courtesy of ASPCA 2-3 mi north on PCT from Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road, uploaded by Junald Dawud at Flickr’s Creative Commons.