On May 29th we took in two horses, Spirit and Bailey, who were 2 of 25 starving horses from a cruelty and neglect case being worked on by Valiant Animal Rescue.
Spirit is an 10 year old chestnut grade quarter horse mare and she was a 1 on the Henneke scale. She required iv fluids upon arrival at LEARN and her condition was guarded. Bailey is a grade 15 year old Buckskin mare who was heavy in foal when she arrived, was a 3 on the Henneke scale and her condition was fair.
Heartbreakingly, Bailey miscarried her foal a week after her arrival at the rescue. Our vet believes the foal contracted equine rhinopneumonhitis because Bailey had not received necessary vaccines. He was approximately 30 days early and perfectly beautiful, a buckskin like his precious mom. We tried our best, gave our all, and prayed for a different outcome. Bailey's foal is buried at our main farm with others who have crossed the rainbow bridge.
Spirit and Bailey have been with us for almost two months now and are responding well to our refeeding program. Both mares are very bright and alert and they are quick to whinny a welcome when we arrive.
In December of last year, this group of six starved horses came to L.E.A.R.N. from an animal neglect case in Camden, South Carolina. All were 1's and 2's on the Henneke Body Scoring Scale which meant a lot of time and money with intense rehabilitation. Thanks to your love, prayers, and support they are thriving!
Karlos, Lara and Walt have been adopted to their forever homes!
Patrick, Tommy and Susie Q are available for adoption.
Please look for their story as the documentary, Finding Forever Homes, unfolds.
Al's muzzle after dog attack
On September 26, 2017, we received a phone call from a local police officer who was on scene with a pony that had been mauled by dogs. The officer was shaken by the situation, it reflected in his voice, and knew the pony needed immediate medical attention. He was awaiting the arrival of animal control so that proper legal actions were taken but he needed us to be prepared. We sent out many calls for transport in that area. The Bazzle family (wonderful volunteers who have also adopted two of our horses) headed out with no questions asked. Dr. Lizzy Wisner, a veterinarian living not far from the scene, was there within 30 minutes of receiving clearance. She made an initial evaluation and administered emergency medical care.
The pony was loaded and transported to Charleston Equine Clinic where Dr. Nikki assumed night treatment. After reviewing the first photos from Dr. Wisner we informed both vets that, should the wounds be too great and the pony suffering, humane euthanasia was expected. Imagine our shock when they responded that the little guy was bright, alert, and responsive, eating hay and drinking water.
The miniature horse, a grulla Appaloosa with a blanket to be precise, was later aptly named Al Pacino. He was tough, a fighter, and he had the will to live. We made a promise to give him that opportunity. After weeks of daily treatment, Al made an amazing recovery with barely a scar to show from his ordeal.
Al is now in his wonderful, forever home!
Captain before being seized by animal control
Captain, Rooster, Coco and Gracie came to LEARN in July of 2017 from Orangeburg County and were all in varying stages of starvation. We are very grateful to the ASPCA for providing a grant to help with their rehabilitation and our many supporters for donations made towards their care. After a few months of rehabilitation and then training, they all went on to new homes where they are loved by their amazing humans.
The day they were rescued
Lakota, Cloud and Rain came to L.E.A.R.N. in November of 2016 after Bamberg County Animal Control seized them. They were all underweight and hadn't received veterinary, dental or farrier work in years. Rain went to his forever home in December of 2017. Lakota and Cloud are still awaiting their forever homes.
Reduced to skin and bones, corralled into make shift holding pens, calling out to fellow survivors, numbers painted on their heads for identification. This is the fate of 20 horses that survived starvation by an owner in Orangeburg County in January 2016. LEARN too in 7 in the worst condition, other groups took in the remainder.