In the winter of 2013, five horses came to HAHS from a Kankakee County Animal Control impoundment. All five were severely malnourished. Nicknamed the "Candy Bar" horses, Baby Ruth, Twix, Butterfinger, Lady Godiva, and Mr. Goodbar were all in need of immediate help. Baby Ruth, a small yearling filly, had a tight halter on her face and cracked and splayed feet. Butterfinger, a small palomino colt, was covered in mud and had a rough haircoat that implied poor nutrition. Mr. Goodbar, a small pony, was very thin and in need of dental work. Twix, another young filly, was very skittish and also in poor overall condition. The final horse, Lady Godiva, was an older mare that was thin, with a rough haircoat. All of the horses were skittish and scared and in need of some tender loving care.
Twix, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Lady Godiva, and Mr. Goodbar upon arrival
Re-feeding them slowly, the horses soon were introduced to good quality hay and small amounts of grain. Regaining their strength and spirit, the candy bar horses shed that spring and showed their true beauty. Mr. Goodbar is the sweetest of ponies and soon found a great adoptive home! Baby Ruth blossomed into a very friendly and curious young mare that will make a wonderful riding horse once she is fully grown. Although he remains small, Butterfinger is a handsome palomino gelding that is easy going and willing to please. We hope to have him evaluated under saddle soon! Lady Godiva has remained skittish and hard to handle at times, but HAHS staff continues to work with her every day. She has become more accustomed to being caught and is even starting to enjoy being groomed. Twix has grown into a beautiful paint mare with a flashy coat color. Although very nervous at first around people, continued groundwork has helped her to grow into a curious and friendly mare that is willing to learn if you go slowly with her. We are very excited to continue to watch these horses grown and progress!
Twix, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger and Lady Godiva out in the HAHS pastures. Mr. Goodbar is adopted!