Maryland Horse Rescue

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On May 17, a Red Star Animal Emergency Services team deployed to Howard County, Md., to help care for 26 severely neglected horses that were seized from a farm in Garrett County, western Maryland.

The horses were found on the verge of starvation. Rescuers also found animal carcasses in numerous locations around the property where the animals were seized.

Our Red Star team is working alongside Days End Farm Horse Rescue and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to help care for these horses and ready them for adoption into new, loving homes. In addition to providing our emergency services support, we awarded a Second Chance® Fund grant of $9,000 to Days End Farm to help cover the medical cost of treating these animals.

For questions regarding future adoption of these horses, please contact Days End Farm Horse Rescue.

May 27 update:

Tracy Reis, program manager for our Red Star Animal Emergency Services, reporting from the Days End Farm Horse Rescue facilities:

The last couple of days have been pretty routine, feeding and grooming the horses. Along with mucking and feeding, we are cleaning and grooming each horse as we go. This gets them used to having “hands on,” because they had not been handled before. They all love to be groomed -- they stand and almost go to sleep as they are brushed!

We are going to start working on picking out their feet today. There are two stallions among the horses, and they are getting easier and easier to handle. It takes a lot of patience and a soft touch to gain their trust. Typically, in the afternoon, we head up to the two pastures that hold the rest of the seized horses to muck and care for them. The late afternoon is much the same, with a very good routine for feeding and hands-on time with all of the horses.

Today we are going to be doing lice treatments on all of the seized horses. The lice are species-specific, in that they won't live on humans, but when you can see them with the naked eye, you know the horse is infested. Getting those off of them will certainly feel good to the horses.

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