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Percheron Gelding at Changing Leads Equine Rescue

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:19 am
by Adrienne Shoopman
Percheron Gelding at Changing Leads Equine Rescue
Kansas City, Missouri
http://changingleadsquinerescue.org

Changing Leads Equine Rescue is a 501c3 organization located in Kansas City, Missouri, dedicated to educating horse owners and equine enthusiasts and rescuing abused, neglected and abandoned horses. The rescue provides a safe and peaceful environment where children and families can experience the pleasure of equine activities while at the same time gaining knowledge about the responsibility of maintaining and caring for a horse during the rehabilitative process with each rescued horse. Our adoptive network service enables us to unite each rescued horse with a qualified adoptive family to continue providing the care, love and support needed to complete the healing for each horse.

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Currently, Changing Leads is home to six rescues including Joe Black, a Percheron gelding who towers at 18.2 hands. Joe Black came to Changing Leads in August 2011.

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Unfortunately, he was very underweight and had about 700 pounds to gain when he arrived. The photo above shows him enjoying one of his first meals at our rescue.

After a few weeks, our gentle giant had slowly but surely started gaining some much-needed weight. And with his friendly, outgoing personality, he quickly became a favorite with volunteers and visitors.

This is Joe Black's second rescue during his lifetime, as he was initially rescued at four months old from a PMU farm in Canada. To provide a little background, PMU stands for "Pregnant Mare's Urine." This urine is used to manufacture Premarin, a female hormone replacement. Sadly, the foals born to these mares are a by-product of the industry and many have simply been sent to slaughter.

We are so glad Joe Black has a "second chance" so to speak. Although he still has about 200 pounds to gain, here are a few pictures of him looking healthier in December 2011:

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Joe Black is not available for adoption yet, since he still has additional weight to gain and we need to assess his dietary needs going forward. To make a donation towards his care or to learn more about Joe Black and more horses available for adoption, please visit http://changingleadsquinerescue.org.

Photos courtesy Selma Dakota.