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Bright Futures Farm Needs Help After Rescuing Six Starving Horses from Barn in Clarion County

Thursday, May 5, 2016 @ 08:05 AM

Posted by Chris Rossetti

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STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Bright Futures Farm in Cochranton, Pa., needs your help after rescuing six starving horses from a barn in Clarion County Tuesday.

(Submitted photos)

Bev Dee, of Bright Futures Farm, received a call from the Clarion County Sheriff’s office last week asking for assistance in rescuing 11 horses that had been locked inside a “dark barn and neglected for so long their hooves were over a foot long and curling like elves shoes,” according to Dee.

Dee went to the barn hoping to save all 11 horses, but quickly realized five of them were too long gone to be saved.

“Five were so severely neglected that there was no hope of saving them,” Dee said. “This is the hardest part of what we do. Eleven horses lived in squalor for at least three years, admitted by their previous owner. Tuesday, we found poor quality hay just two feet out of reach of some of them. They had no water.”

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While Dee was understandably anger over the loss of five of the horses, she also realizes there is hope for the six surviving ones. But, she and Bright Futures Farms need help.

“Bringing these horses back from severe neglect is a daunting undertaking,” Dee said. “They will need more frequent hoof care to carefully shorten and shape their hooves, so they can walk comfortably again. They all will need dental care, wound care for the ‘bedsores’ on their hips, and skin care as they all have dermatitis due to poor nutrition. The three stallions will need to be gelded, and we will need to secure more hay very soon to get them back on the road to good weight.”

With that being said, Dee is asking for the public’s help.

“We need your support to provide these horses what they need over the next few months to regain their health,” Dee said. “We need people to donate hay, de-worming or halters/lead ropes. We also need people who live in or near Clarion who can donate their time to help care for the horses while they recover. In addition, if you can make a monetary donation to help with dental exams and ongoing veterinary and farrier care, we truly need and appreciate your help. I have faith that our community will help us bring them back to good health.”

To contact Bright Futures Farm to make a donation or to offer help, e-mail the Farm at brightfuturesfarm@gmail.com. Donations, which are tax-deductible, can also be made via PayPal to bdee@brightfuturesfarm.org or mail a check to 238 Old Franklin Pike, Cochranton, Pa. 16314.

“The woman who found them, Connie, is a hero,” Dee said. “She is responsible for saving their lives and has opened her barn to them until they are ready to leave for permanent homes.”

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Dee said that while she has had to come to terms over her anger about the five horses who have died, she has realized there is an inspiring story of courage that has a lesson for all of us about not giving up.

“These horses have been at their lowest point for years, and they survived,” Dee said. “The Palomino stallion – the only survivor that was suspended from the rafters in a sling made from rubber, chain and rope – survived solely because of his spirit.

“I knew this was going to be a tough day. I didn’t know how emotionally challenging it would be until I walked into the barn and then had the repugnant job of taking photographs of the five dead horses to provide evidence of the neglect they all endured.”


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