Thursday, November 18, 2010

Update on the Horses Rescued in Andrew County, Missouri

An update from the Humane Society of Missouri about their rescue of 33 equine from an Andrew County, Missouri farm.

“We are hand feeding our youngest arrival, mini-horse Trinket,” says Amanda Mullen, director, Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. “She gets a special ‘mash’ and drinks plenty of water. Our employees really enjoy feeding her and watching her get better every day.”

Even Saturn, a 2 1/2 year old colt who needed emergency treatment before coming to Longmeadow, is now at the ranch under the watchful eye of Mullen and her staff.

Over the past few days, each new arrival has been examined by an equine veterinarian who set individual courses of treatment. The horses and donkeys will receive small amounts of high-quality hay several times a day, continuous access to fresh water and begin the painstaking process of hoof trimming.  “It takes a long time to repair the damage caused by the neglect these animals suffered,” said Mullen. “Their hooves can only be trimmed a little at a time to give their ankles time to adjust. And, we must take care not to feed them too much as their systems become used to regular, nutritious feed.”

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