Rising Costs Make It Harder To Care For Horses

An emergency rescue saved the lives of two horses, but the foals need operations and special food to survive, which is chewing away at funds for an animal rescue.

Two unlucky foals were born paupers in Plattsmouth instead of being raised for the sport of kings. “He was just a sack of bones, just awful and she wasn't much better,” says foster stable owner Nancy Schultz.

Apollo and Annie were rescued from an owner who couldn't care for a herd of horses. “It's just sad that many people either don't care for their horses or don't know what they're doing,” says Schultz. Both foals still need surgery and feed isn't cheap, costing about $100 every two weeks.

Hooves & Paws Rescue of Glenwood, Iowa is saving more horses and that means spending more on feed and vet bills. “It is tough,” says Genea Stoops of Hooves & Paws. “The horse market right now is not real good and it's expensive to feed these kids.”

Hooves & Paws relies on foster stable owners like Schultz, who has her own horse to care for. “If we didn't do it I don't know what would happen to the animals.”

Apollo and Annie are growing stronger and will need adopted homes down the road. “It is tough to find good homes, but we'll do our best,” says Stoops. “If anyone is interested in adoption they can contact us.”

“They eat pretty much everything you put in front of them,” says Schultz. “Oh, let me eat the camera.”

Hooves & Paws Rescue has taken in 26 horses and donkeys. A bale of hay costs about $110, so feed donations are needed. Visit Hooves & Paws Rescue to help.

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