Update from Howard County—Critical Care Continues for Rescued Horses

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 11:15am

On September 24, at the request of Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Howard County, MD, members of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team were dispatched to assist in the care of eight critically ill and neglected horses originally seized from an equine rescue group in West Virginia. The horses, all Thoroughbreds, are retired from the racing industry.

Kristen Limbert, Manager of Field Operations for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team, is currently on scene with other ASPCA team members skilled in horse handling. The following is from a series of field reports from Kristen on the ground in Howard County.

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The horses have continued to improve over the last two days. Disco, Casanova, Aaron, Buttercup and Felicity even had the chance to go outside. Feeding and medications are still needed around the clock—but because overall health is improving, we have moved to every three hours instead of every two. That's a big step forward for this group—I'm sure more improvements will come over the next few days.

Unfortunately, Zodiac and Yogi are still too frail to do much. Zodiac is still in his sling, and will be for a while longer. They do however, have good appetites! That said, Yogi is very picky—We still water down their food, but if there is one drop too much, she will not eat. Zodiac, on the other hand, will take all the water you put in his food—he makes the funniest slurpy sound as he sucks it up.

It truly amazes me, that after working in the horse racing industry for so many years these animals could be treated with such disregard. Yet, despite all of their hardships, they continue to respond positively to love and affection. They are such trusting, beautiful creatures—and truly deserve much better than the cards they've been dealt. The staff and volunteers here at Days End are so dedicated to the horses well-being, it is a wonderful place for them to get a second chance at a new life.

Stay tuned to the ASPCA Blog for more exclusive field reports from the scene in Howard County. To learn more about the ASPCA's efforts to end horse cruelty, visit our Equine Section.