Old Red (aka Maple) 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.
It’s possible that “Red” had been an Amish cart/driving horse before being sold to the former owner. It’s certain she had been starving in the past until a neighbor began secretly feeding the horses some hay. Like one of the other horses, it appears she foundered in the past. No veterinary care was provided as the horses lived on a remote farm outside of a small Wisconsin town and the owner was in declining health.
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. 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,Old Red and her three companions traveled safely to CO. She is continuing with a more thorough evaluation, but is likely to live out her life with the rescue.
More About Old Red (aka Maple)
- In Assessment
- Sorel Tobiano
- Draft cross