A few weeks ago my trainer was contacted in regards to a local horse rescue needing more volunteers and a trainer/farm manager. My trainer passed the info on to me and because I can't say no to help out horses, I found myself spending all last weekend over at the rescue.
The owner had been rescuing horses for 27 years but always only had a handful at a time. He was just recently contacted to assist in rescuing 27 horses from a neglect situation. When he got the horses they all had a body condition score of 2. At this time they all look to be at a nearly healthy weight.
But they all have some serious other issues. The undernourishment really messed with their coats and they all suffer from lice or sweet itch. The poor horses are also almost all slightly lame from a lack of farrier care (as is obvious in these pictures).
The goal this weekend was to catch each horse and vaccinate and worm them. If they were friendly and compliant they were also to get their feet trimmed. The goal is to get everyone's feet normal asap but a lack of handlers certainly slows that down. I assure you the extreme cases are definitely taking priority, but only so many horses can get trimmed a day.
These poor horses are definitely weary of people but truly so sweet and forgiving. It is so sad to see how people can be so cruel but also relief to know that there are people out there looking out for these horses. I totally wanted to take them all home and just spend my days hanging out in the pasture with them, indulging their desires for scratches and pets whenever they wanted.
While I hope they all find loving homes as quickly as possible, I'll enjoy spending my extra free time hanging out and loving on them.