Lilla was left behind with three other horses when their owner passed away. The horses had been surviving neglect before that (starvation and/or injuries/illness). Without the compassion and hay given by a neighbor, these horses could easily have died as two other horses and a mule had at some point.
Lilla is trained to drive according what the manager of the former owner’s trust was able to learn. At some point she had been malnourished in previous years as the owner did not give her horses hay. Upon notification about the horses, Lilla had been laying down (around February 2021). It was determined she had foundered. No hoof care had been provided by their owner. Since the owner had died in January, a highly concerned neighbor who had been doing his best to keep the horses fed helped get Lilla some initial care.
The person listed in the former owner’s trust to take the horses had predeceased the owner. As a last resort, Front Range Equine Rescue was contacted. We were able to have it arranged for a vet to see Lilla, then a farrier (as well as for the other horses). Appropriate care was provided given the difficult circumstances. X-rays showed significant rotation of Lilla’s coffin bones in both front hooves; and the vet indicated she had foundered before.
It took months to get the horses to Colorado as winter weather, veterinary and farrier care, and arranging safe transport all took time to coordinate. Two of the horses also were not capable of immediate transport even if it had been available which it was not. In May 2021, Lilla and her three companions traveled safely to CO. Lilla is living out her life with the rescue and will continue her rehabilitation evaluation during June 2021.
More About Lilla
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