Abused horses often don't have great futures in front of them, unless they're lucky enough to be taken in by this rescue.
Abused horses are difficult to rehome. They often have major holes in their training, may be fearful and highly reactive, and tend to have emotional "baggage" which only an experienced, patient handler can deal with.
In short, horses that have been abused usually aren't suitable for your average rider, which decreases their chances of finding a new home. And with an overabundance of suitable riding horses out there, the future is bleak for abused horses.
And that's why the work the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center does is so important. This horse rescue, located in Texas, rehabilitates and retrains horses that have been neglected and abused. Many of the horses that the rescue takes in are in rough shape, but thanks to attentive, patient care, the transformations are amazing.
Take a look at this beautiful video.
While nursing a neglected horse back to health may seem simple, it's actually a complex and often dangerous procedure. Horses who have been truly starved are at risk of issues like colic and laminitis when food is first reintroduced. Properly refeeding a horse requires a slow introduction of suitable foods, and it's important to work closely with a vet during the process.
If you'd like to help neglected horses, you don't necessarily have to take on a neglected horse yourself. Consider volunteering or donating to horse rescues which work with neglected horses to make a difference in the life of a horse in need.
If you're able to, then think about adopting a horse from a rescue. You'll be giving a horse a great home while allowing the rescue to help another horse in need.
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