As you know, nearly 60 horses have been seized from a farm in Michigan. The horses were kept in stalls filled with manure, up to 70 inches deep, and had received no farrier or veterinary care. My local paper ran pictures of a sweet-faced chestnut horse who had collapsed in exhaustion while being led from his stall to one of the waiting trailers. Another picture shows the rescue volunteers almost bodily carrying this horse while his front legs splay uselessly. He has encrusted filth on his legs, chest, and body, reaching more than halfway up his sides.
If you have web access, the text of the article describing the horses and the rescue is at: http://fl.mlive.com/news/29horses.htm The "29horses" refers to the date of the article as there were actually twice that number of horses rescued.
I'm sure some of you have already sent donations to Horses' Haven, the non-profit equine rescue group who has taken charge of the horses. If you have not already done so, please please please send a donation, no matter how small. I have been familiar with Horses' Haven for about a year now, and it's a wonderful group- but this rescue project is on a scale they never imagined they'd have to tackle. They need your financial support! The address to send contributions is: P.O. Box 519, South Lyon, MI 48178. The group has 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, so your contributions are deductible.
Also, if you are on other horse lists, please forward this message. These horses must have had inhuman owners and it will take help from many *caring* horse owners to give these horses their chance to recover and have normal lives.
Marya firstname.lastname@example.org (still shocked and teary)