Arthur is a Belgian draft who spent many years of his life as a work horse in a farming community in New England. But he was getting older with time. When he turned 30 years old, he was heartlessly abandoned. After that, Arthur went from auction to auction and dealer to dealer.
During this time, he met a horse named Max. They formed a wonderful bond with one another and were very close. Sadly, both the horses were being sent to a high-kill auction in New Holland. But that’s when help arrived in the form of Cindy Daigre. Cindy is the founder of Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary in Tennessee and she did everything in her power to save these poor animals.
Daigre saw the horses on a website where they were being brokered out. When she saw their emaciated bodies and the bad shape they were in, she knew she had to do something to rescue them.
“I was told that Arthur was purposely starved while waiting to go to the next auction, and the man that had him, often sold thin old horses for meat to the ‘cat man’ with exotic cats.” Daigre says, “I was horrified.” She was able to hire a transporter and get Arthur and Max transferred to her sanctuary with some help from others.
The horses were safe in the sanctuary, but they still had a long road to recovery. Arthur was very skinny and weak and he couldn’t even stand up on his own. He was drained out and would just lie on the ground with no interest in food or fun.
But he started adjusting into his new home in due time. Soon he was eating – he grew stronger every day. Unfortunately, the same could not be said about Max.
Daigre says Max has a back injury with neurological issues as well as feet issues. He also has lots of scars all over his body because of the past abuse. “He was physically abused and was so full of fear upon arrival and had no use for people. He was actually dangerous to work with,” says Cindy.
Even though working with these horses was a trial, Cindy didn’t give up. Drastic improvements were seen in Max after a year of his rescue. It’s been two years now since they came to the sanctuary; both the horses are healthy and strong, and both have a sweet temperament.
Arthur has a long and beautiful mane which is braided during summer to keep him cool. Arthur and Max are still the best of friends. They love to spend time with each other. According to Daigre, they have a friendship formed through tragedy and compassion.
To know more about them and their sanctuary, go to their sanctuary’s Facebook page.
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