IHR received a call about two horses in the Dry Creek area that needed to be rescued. Their elderly owner has suffered from dementia and they had been on their own in the Foothills for several years, with a little help from one of her estate’s trustees.
The mare, estimated to be in her late 20s, possibly early 30s, was very skinny and had horrible looking old break in her knee. The bone appears to have fused and she had been getting around ok on it.
The other horse was a stud colt, about 4 to 5 years. According to the trustee he was haltered and handled as a young colt but since then has not been worked with.
IHR quickly took action and looked for adoptive homes for both horses, although we expected the mare would have to be euthanized.
A very kind person who has previously adopted from IHR offered to take her and provide her with medical care and plenty of food and warmth. She agreed that if the vet determines that the mare is in pain she will be put down.
A local horse trainer adopted the stud colt and assisted us in trailering him. He will be gelded and trained, and have access to a large pasture and other horse companions.