Last weekend, the Colorado Horse Rescue Network was contacted regarding an emergency animal neglect case located in Casper, Wyoming. Drifter's Hearts of Hope immediately responded alongside other horse rescuers. CHRN made the drive up to Wyoming, not knowing what they would discover, and in hopes that they could bring 13 horses to safety.
"There were dead horses amongst 13 survivors." said DHOH founder, Jacqui Avis. "There are pregnant mares. These animals will be surrendered by the owner to CHRN, with 3 to be taken in by DHOH. Transport, feed, vet care, farrier care, is going to be costly. We would greatly appreciate any assistance possible, whether it be feed, hay donations, donations directly to our vet or farrier, or monetary donations. Let's help these poor horses!"
When the DHOH and CRHN crews arrived to the scene in Casper, they found the horses extremely emaciated, with some having evidence of founder, or no hoof care for what appeared to be years. The neglect of these animals was unbelievable. But not everything was doom and gloom for the 13 survivors. They were alive, and had just enough spirit left in them to get loaded into trailers and headed to safety in Colorado. These horses now have a chance....at a new start.
The rescues from Casper have a long road ahead of them, but thanks to the good work of CHRN, and the supporters and volunteers of DHOH, all of the horses have a chance.
DHOH has officially named all three of their rescues from the Casper situation as of today. The grey is now DHOH "Freedom", the bay is "River" and the paint is "Prairie Fire". All are doing well. What a difference just a few days makes.
So what is the significance of the number 34? DHOH was able to rescue horse #34, "Mikah". 34 is the typical number of horses that are loaded into one trailer when heading to slaughter.
It is a week of celebration at DHOH, as 13 lives were saved, and none of these horses will be shipping out to slaughter.
Drifter's Hearts of Hope