We briefly spoke to their previous owner and he couldn’t tell us much about their history. We don’t know their age, although the vet estimated Jack to be 25 and Walter to be 12. They seem to have had very limited handling, as Walter is very nervous and becomes fearful when introduced to new things. His fear was often misconstrued as aggression by his previous owner who was very inexperienced with horses. Leaving the horses neglected and ultimately abandoned. Word traveled fast in our little community about the aggressive abandoned horses, and no one was up for the challenge. After meeting them, and working with Walter and Jack we saw them make progress and felt they weren't a lost cause, so we decided to take them on. Not realizing the financial challenge of 4000 lbs of horse.
These two guys are very big horses around 2000 lbs each. We moved them to better pastures and started feeding them grass hay, along with soaked alfalfa pellets mixed with supplements for weight gain and joint pain as Jack is old and has an old injury in is right hind leg which gives him trouble. They have been staying with us for over a month and they have eaten the pasture down to the point that we have started feeding them about 70 lbs of hay a day.
Our goal is to return them to good health as we work with them on their manners and get them to a place where they can be easily handled. Our hope for them is to find them a forever home, however we feel there is quite a bit of work to do beforehand. We have been working on their table manners and they are quite pushy. When we first met Walter, he hadn’t been haltered in over a year and we have been getting him to a place where he is comfortable with us putting the halter on, lunging and giving his feet. All scary things to him. Baths are still something he worries about.
We are trying to raise money for their feed for the winter, and for their upcoming vet visit. As we continue to work on getting them ready for their forever home. We want to have food stored for ten months, as we have already started feeding them hay, our hope is to rehabilitate and rehome them by the spring.
Hay for our winter season will cost $1882.
(A 100lbs bale of hay cost $9, they eat 70lbs a day)
The vet visit for their teeth will cost $430.
Their alfalfa will cost $920.
Their supplements will cost $600
Thank you taking the time to read our story and consider these boys. Any donations are helpful and greatly appreciated!
- Tamar Levinson
- j b
- Linda Bloom
- Laura Benfield
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