On May 21st we were alerted that there were 2 thoroughbred geldings in the care of a horse trader that sells horses to the East Texas Kill Pen. We had a opportunity to intervene and we asked our Facebook followers to help us raise the money needed to get them safe. In an overwhelming response, the money was raised.
Early the next morning Donna Keen headed towards the east Texas town of Rusk to pick up the geldings. One of them had been identified as Dancewithaprice. Price was trained by Dana Whited who passed away unexpectedly a couple of years ago and her horses were rehomed to the best of her sister and staffs ability. Price only has his left eye, he had lost his right eye as a yearling. He successfully won three races during his career at the track, but being without the eye in a kill pen would make his chances of being injured very high.
The chestnut gelding was not identifiable by his tattoo at the time but his rescue was absolutely necessary. He was 300 pounds underweight and most likely in his mid twenties.
After picking up the boys and making the nearly 3 hour trip back Donna thought it was necessary to take the boys straight to the veterinary clinic. The chestnut gelding was extremely emaciated and week and she wanted lab word performed to make sure he was not in any type of organ failure.
Upon arriving at Alvarado Veterinary Clinic Dr Garrent and his staff along with the other clients in the hospital were aghast as the thin gelding made his way through the door.
Blood was pulled and his eyes were flushed. He stood like a statue with no expression as his exam was completed. To everyone's surprise his bloodwork returned good, his fecal count was negative for worms, and he had enough teeth to eat. Dr Garrett said his condition was due to pure neglect. Dancewithaprince was examined and appears to be very thin but also in good health.
Both horses were then taken to Remember Me Rescue to begin their rehabilitation.
Both geldings have already show an amazing improvement in just a couple of days. We have to thank all of our supporters who so graciously reached out to support their rescue and rehabilitation. We will keep you updated of their progress.
Dancewithaprince and the emaciated gelding will need months of rehabilitation. We appreciate your support for these 2 deserving boys.