Six emaciated horses were recently rescued by TRF after a string of investigations revealed the horrific conditions they were living in under the care of Breeder’s Cup award-winning trainer Maria Borell. Borell trained horses for sprinting competitions but became unable to care for the animals. According to reports, Borell was riddled with debt but continued to hold the animals – despite efforts from TRF to offer help.
The horses were deprived of food and water and their poor condition eventually garnered attention in social media, leading to an investigation by Mercer County, Kentucky officials.
Thankfully, the County officials ruled that the horses – there were 43 in total – were officially declared “abandoned” and eligible for rescue. TRF took in six of the animals and they are working to help them recover.
So far, things are looking positive.“Aside from being hungry, they’re really friendly, alert, and interested in the world around them,” TRF’s Sara Davenport said. “When we walk out into the fields to visit them, they pick their heads up and allow us to pet them.”
We are so happy that these animals are now in the able hands of TRF and finally getting the kind of care they really deserve. Unfortunately, many horses never get this sort of help. The organization hopes to take in a few more horses that were rescued in this ruling and needs all the support they can get! To make a donation to help care for these needy horses, click here.