LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Monday we showed you pictures from the Frontier Meat Company near Morton where animal rights advocates complained horses were living in unacceptable conditions. NewsChannel 11 wants to tell you about one local group who tries to save neglected or abused horses. Saturday, Reilly's Ranch Horse Rescue and Rehab gave horse rides to kids and horse lovers to try to raise awareness and donations to keep the ranch running.
"Sometimes you get them in and they're just pure skin and bones," said Reilly's Ranch Board Member, Misty Basquez. At Reilly's Ranch everyone shares a single passion, horses. They love them enough that they spend the time and money to rescue and rehab as many abused and neglected horses as they can.
A few months ago the ranch took in Star. "A man lived next door to this guy called us, and told us about this poor horse that didn't look too good and needed some help," said Basquez. The horse came to the ranch missing an eye and under fed. With some veterinary care and lots of love the ranch nursed Star back to health, and now they're looking for a new owner for the horse.
Jennifer Malay hopes maybe her mom will decide to adopt one of the 9 rescued horses at the ranch right now. "I just like playing with them because they're fun to play with, and they're very gentle with kids," she said.
Money is tight right now, but Reilly's Ranch said they'll continue to give horses a second chance. "We want to take in as many horses as we can, to help as many as we absolutely can, and let everybody know just how awesome they are," said Basquez.
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