“If I had to guess, I’d say she’s around 36,” the vet told us as Lexi stood in the stock at his clinic. “Having a baby at that age is dangerous, and that’s if a mare is in great shape. Lexi is malnourished, full of worms and in poor health.”
Lexi was part of a 220 horse seizure we did in Nebraska where around 70 horses were found dead. In that pasture were over 40 studs. Nine months pregnant, she started the road to recovery in the hands of one of our foster homes that specialize in geriatric cases.
“This is equivalent to an 80 year-old woman having a baby,” the vet continued. “The baby is alive now, but I don’t hold out much hope for either one of them.”
Throughout the long, extremely hot summer Lexi received lots of loving care, an endless supply of hay, the best feed, and everything the vet could think of for her physical condition.
On August 8th, a miracle happened. At 1:30 in the morning, Audi came into the world, a bright eyed, bushy tailed filly, full of energy from the moment she touched the ground. She and Lexi are doing great.
Little Audi (African for “last daughter”) represents a small fraction of the horses under the care of Habitat for Horses. Through August of this year, we’ve found homes for around 250 horses, homes that promise to provide and protect these majestic animals. From the investigation to the courtroom, the rehabilitation process and the final adoption, Habitat for Horses is there every step of the way.
Everything we do is made possible because of your donated dollars. The costs of hay and feed have greatly increased, and more people are asking for our help. Will we be able to help the next time a call comes in? That depends on you. Will you help us help the horses?
PS – I wish there were an easier way to ask for your donation. We’re working very hard to reach out to horses that need our help, but that reach is very limited because every horse we help costs money. We aren’t on any government payroll. We are fully supported by our volunteers and by people like you, people that care enough to give horses like Lexi and Audi another chance at life. Will you take the time to help them?