In February, the Central New York SPCA rescued a number of horses from a property in the Town of Onondaga. Many were malnourished, underweight and had hair loss. A local barn stepped in to take care of them. Our Iris St. Meran visited them, and says they're doing well.
CAZENOVIA, N.Y. -- By the looks of it, these are just normal horses enjoying the beautiful weather. But they've overcome many hurdles to get to this point.
Skanda Equine Co-Owner Marion Secor said, "They came to us malnourished. All of them were severely underweight, some more than others."
The staff at Skanda Equine has been taking care of the ponies since February, when the CNY SPCA rescued them from a property in the Town of Onondaga. There were initially 14 but one died a week after being seized. The staff at Skanda Equine had their work cut out for them.
"I think the biggest challenge is because they were afraid, because all of this was unknown being contained, being around humans, suddenly having all this food,” Secor explained, “The challenge was their safety and ours during that initial period."
They had a special diet, while staff worked on their fear. Six months later, a sign they have made big strides and are thriving is being able to touch them.
Secor added, "These are beautiful, loving, incredibly intelligent and they're incredibly athletic horses."
And there's much to celebrate now including some new additions. Three foals were born so there are now 16 being cared for.
"Now that the ponies have been rehabilitated many are ready for adoption but some will need a little more time. Ideal candidates are people who make a connection with the horses."
"It's not about picking the prettiest horse, it's about the horse, but it's the horse that seems to be the willing partner. So, we're looking for people who are loving; who are gentle. We don't allow anyone to ever hit a horse. So we would look for those qualities in that person," Secor said.
That's because they want to keep these horses on the right track. These last six months have been a learning experience Secor says and it's her mission to find them loving homes.
Skana Equine is looking for trainers in addition to people to adopt the ponies.
They have also organized a 5K Walk/Run to benefit horse rescue at the CNY SPCA.
That will take place Saturday, September 14, 2013. It is sponsored by the CNY SPCA and Skana Equine
To learn more about all of this visit, www.skandaequine.com or call (315) 882-5490