The Gelding that Wouldn't Quit

The Gelding that Wouldn't Quit


Hondo came to HAHS as the result of official action in a Northern Illinois case of severe neglect. When a HAHS investigator found two severely emaciated horses during the investigation, HAHS worked fast to make sure that the horses were impounded by local authorities. The situation for the two horses was so critical; we simply feared that they would not survive their rehabilitation. Unfortunately, our fears were realized with one of them. One of the horses was a young filly that had been kept tied up in a garage. Despite our best efforts, she was unable to make a recovery and she was humanely euthanized to ease her suffering. The other horse was a gelding named Hondo, who was tenacious and fought hard to live.

 

             Hondo Before 

Besides being thin, Hondo was also severely lame in his left front foot. After monitoring and proper care, an abscess was discovered and treated. Throughout his treatment, Hondo was suspicious of people and was clearly afraid. HAHS staff and volunteers made sure to go slowly with him and tried to build his trust, little by little. Through careful rehabilitation, Hondo shed out in the spring to reveal a healthy body score and a beautiful golden palomino coloring. With time and patience, we worked with Hondo until he was curious and eager to see people. Evaluation found that Hondo was naturally gaited and was super steady and well behaved under saddle. Thanks to his spirit and the people who would not give up on him, Hondo has found his forever home and we know that he has many good years ahead of him!

 

Hondo After