Rehabilitation of horses taken into the L.E.A.N. rescue program, specifically feed, medical, and farriery.
Each horse we rescue requires an average of $150/month in these expenses and we have taken in six new horses in this year alone (a total of 39 since our inception in March 2012). We could not continue to take these animals from the auction/slaughter pipeline without adequate funding for care. Petfinder Foundation grants continue to help us be able to afford these costs.
Six new horses in 2014
Little Penelope is an older mare with a sweet disposition. She was picked up by Animal Control after neighbors complained that an owner had a horse with an untreated broken leg. In fact, her leg was not broken but due to fused hocks, she tended to stand with one leg cocked at an alarming angle. Either way, her owners could not afford any care to help ease her discomfort and she was considerably underweight as well. Animal Control accepted surrender from her owner. Upon x-rays funded by L.E.A.N., it was determined she simply had advanced osteoarthritis and poor conformation. She was never going to be a riding horse again, but aged only in her late teens she still had lots of love to give a family. L.E.A.N. took her into the program and placed her in the care of a new foster who is also a certified journeyman farrier. She was trimmed, received a dental for her teeth, was put on a senior grain formula, and introduced to a new herd in her foster home. A new joint formula is being used to aid in her comfort. She loves her new friends and has blossomed into a lovely, kid-friendly mare. We hope to find her a family who will accept her as a pasture pet and allow her to live out her days in peace. Until then, she enjoys top-notch care and safety in L.E.A.N.