severe drought scorching Texas and the Midwest,
not only causing
farmers and ranchers economic pain, but horses are paying for it with
their lives. Charred acreage and wild fires have resulted in a
critical shortage of grazing pastures across this vast region.
Hay being shipped in from more fortunate parts of the country is being
offered for sale, but at sky high prices. Owners who cannot
afford to buy this expensive feed are simply opening their gates to let
their horses wander the parched countryside, without food or water.
This is the story of one such horse who luckily was
rescued in the nick
of time. The Sheriff’s Department was called about a horse all
alone on a country road. He had apparently broken out of his
pen. He had the torn end of a pink lead rope hanging from his
halter. The Sheriff contacted a local horse rescue. When
the lady and her daughter arrived, the horse had wandered into the
middle of a field of weeds where he had laid down, exhausted.
From about 100 feet away, the two women could see his hips and back
bones protruding. They proceeded to approach him. He
watched them and at about 20 feet, he stood up and faced them. As
they gently spoke to him, he walked toward them with his eyes begging
them to take him from this place. He followed them to the trailer
and jumped in willingly. He must have realized help had just
Being severely malnourished and dehydrated, he was
promptly given water
and fed a special diet. The multiple sores on his back and hips
were immediately medicated. He was also dewormed. A farrier
was called to treat Scrappy’s malformed hooves. His teeth will
need care as well.
Named “Scrappy” by his rescuers, he is the fourth horse taken in by
this small group in the past three weeks. They need help from our
horse loving friends. They cannot do this on their own without
everyone pitching in. They need good quality hay, and lots of it,
and an easily digested special grain diet that is fed to starving
horses, in addition to medical, dental and hoof care.
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all of us, we can make a difference in this
horse’s life and
his companions at the rescue facility. Innocent and alone in the
world, Scrappy is a very sweet horse, only five to eight years old and
about 15 hands tall. Let’s all give him a chance!
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