Most times when we think of a rescue horse we picture the walking skeleton who hasn’t been properly fed and is knocking on death’s door. There are many forms of neglect and abuse in the equine world, and skipping any of the basics of horse care can be detrimental to any equine. For example, skipping basic hoof care, proper de-worming, dental care or any of the other basics can lead to devastating results.
The Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Inc. (MHWF) takes in a wide variety of equines, from the extreme rescue cases that everyone pictures, the generally neglected horses who need a second chance in life, the forgotten equines who have been left to fend for themselves, as well as the equines whose owners have had some sort of life change and can no longer keep their beloved horse. MHWF rehabilitates the horses who need rehabilitation, thoroughly evaluates the equines, and when ready, looks for the proper adoptive home. Adopters must fill out an application, be approved and come to the MHWF farm to meet the equine to be sure of a good match. When an equine gets adopted, they are adopted under MHWF’s contract and the adopter must send in a health report form each year confirming the health and well-being of the equine, signed by their veterinarian. MHWF if also GFAS verified facility, and everyone involved is 100% volunteer. http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/
This is the story of little Lilly whose neglect falls into the category of missing some basic needs other than feed. Lilly is a chubby little mini horse, but she was left untrimmed with no hoof care whatsoever for a very long time, to the point of her feet curling over and nearly unable to walk.
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