An emaciated gelding tucked in the back of a crowded pen at a nearby horse auction where horses are commonly sold and sent to Mexico and Canada for slaughter, was rescued on Sunday. The standardbred was in dire need, and amid the chaos of horses being tagged and shuffled around, his labored breathing and a freeze brand didn’t go unnoticed by rescuers.
Life Horse, Inc., had been on their way to the auction pen to rescue a lame quarterhorse and another mare when they spotted the horse.
“We didn’t feel that we had time to look up a freeze brand to see if a past connection was available to help. He needed out,” the rescue organization posted on their Facebook page.
“So we grabbed him and put him on the trailer. Got him unloaded and we find out he is ‘Space Walk’ – a 15-year-old standardbred gelding who won $350,000 and raced 250 times. How does this happen?”
Space Walk was so thirsty and hungry, by the time he arrived at the rescue, he tried eating the hay droppings outside the gate in the driveway. Fortunately, his life will change and he will never know another day of mistreatment or hunger.
Standardbreds are an American horse breed best known in harness racing where the horses compete at either a trot or pace. The horses pull a two-wheeled cart known as a sulky which is occupied by a driver.
Please note, along with the rescue of Space Walk, Life Horse, Inc. also saved the lame quarterhorse and another lame quarterhorse type mare.
Donations for the horses’ rehab would be appreciated.
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