Four horses recently rescued from what authorities say were poor conditions are slowly recovering at a local rescue after Lubbock County Sheriff deputies handed them over Thursday afternoon.
Two mares, one colt and one filly are now at Gypsy Heart Horse Rescue after being seized several weeks ago from an East Lubbock County property off of County Road 2930. That's the same property the Sheriff's office started investigating after neighbors called complaining about a pile of dead horses on the back of the property.
Ramona Foxworth started Gypsy Heart Horse Rescue and says her main goal is to get these horses healthy enough for adoption.
"This horse is just bones," said Foxworth about one of the mares. "She is in horrible shape, and this didn't just happen overnight, it didn't happen a week ago. This has been going on for months, and to just sit and watch it happen – that's a crime too."
Besides being extremely malnourished to the point where the horses had no energy on Thursday, they also had severe hoof problems. "A normal is round, and it supports the horse. This one is grown out real flat," she said about the filly's hooves. "There is absolutely nothing at the base. It's like as flat as a pancake."
It could take as long as six months to get these horses to where they need to be physically. On the other hand, mentally it could take even longer. "There is just no joy in their eyes. They're sad, they're depressed, they're stressed out, but they're here now. No horse dies on my watch," said Foxworth.
Three of the horses will be put up for adoption when they're healthy enough to go to a loving home. In addition to those three, Foxworth has another three thoroughbred horses that were handed over by the Sheriff's office after being taken from a different property a few weeks ago. Those horse will also need to be adopted out.
Gypsy Heart is in need of money and hay donations. Visit www.gypsyhearthorserescue.net to see how you can help.
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