Earlier it was reported three miniature horses were found living in deplorable conditions in a Tennessee barn with a multitude of other neglected animals. It did not look good for the horse’s survival, but Horse Haven of Tennessee never gave up.
In early March a County Animal Control Officer answered a call of horses running loose. Animal Control contacted Horse Haven of Tennessee, a nonprofit rescue center for horses in neglect. HHT partnered with Animal Control Officers to carry out a search warrant on the farm where the loose horses belonged. Nina Margetson, HHT Founder and Executive Director, and the HHT rescue team “found three miniature horses living in a dark stall amongst years of piled up manure. Their feet were left unattended for so long they were curled and balled to the point of making it hard for them to stand, much less walk.” The mini horses were confiscated.
Saving the little horses was questionable. HHT named them Wynken, Blyken, and Nod and hoped for the best. If anything, the little horses would receive warm beds and food before they had to be destroyed…
On Wednesday, March 14, HHT announced the mini horses had pulled through and released photos of their new “look” without matted fur, burs, and feces clotting their coat and mane. “After spending a week at UT Veterinary College of Medicine they got to come home on Tuesday. After approximately nine hours of hard work, over a two day period, all three got their feet trimmed,” reports Nina Margetson.
The miniature horses still have issues with their hooves as they had not been trimmed or cared for in some time. “They still have a long road ahead because of the long term damage done to their feet,” Margetson explains, “but we are all very optimistic about their future.”
Horse Haven of Tennessee is the state’s oldest and largest equine humane organization. 100% of donations go into the nonprofit group, to provide rescue, education, rehabilitation, and training. They are always seeking volunteers. And they are very good at providing happy endings.
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Credit: photo of J. Yates