During the summer of 2016, HAHS volunteer investigator responded to a complaint call about skinny horses in a suburb of Chicago. Upon arriving at the scene, HAHS investigator discovered four emaciated horses that were in desperate need of food, water, veterinary attention, and farrier care. After the owner failed to improve the situation for the horses, HAHS worked with the local animal control to get a notice of violation passed and an impound notice.
All four horses were soon transferred to HAHS where they were started on a re-feeding schedule, had their feet trimmed, had intake exams performed by our veterinarian, and had their teeth floated. The two bay mares, Bridget Jones and Brooklyn were in a little bitter shape and recovered well. The paint gelding, Pie, had very sharp teeth and as soon as his dental was completed, he had a much easier time eating and soon was gaining weight as well. The fourth horse, an older grey mare named Silver Linings, was the thinnest of the bunch with a body score of 1.5 and gained weight steadily, but very slowly. All four horses are good to handle and are completing their rehabilitation here at HAHS. We hope to evaluate and train them for under saddle work once they are healthy enough!
Above: Silver Linings upon her arrival at HAHS Below: Pie upon his arrival at HAHS