(MURCHISON, Texas)  –  On June 27, 2019 the Humane Society of the United States, Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement Home and Camp County Sheriff’s Department, rescued more than 150 horses, mules and donkeys from a property in Camp County, Texas. The footing was thick with mud and grime and a foul smell of excessive animal waste filled the air. The majority of the animals appeared severely underweight with ribs and hip bones protruding sharply. Many were found together in overcrowded pens, deprived of their most basic needs.

The animals are now all safe and being cared for properly by rescue groups around the country. Six now live at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, which is operated by the Humane Society of the United States.

Noelle Almrud, director of the ranch said, “These horses join over 500 horses and donkeys here on our property. They were living in such horrible neglect, some near starvation. We are teaching them trust and giving them comfort, necessary medical care and the proper diet they truly deserve. They are safe now.”

About the six new residents: 

  • Farva, a sorrel and white spotted seven-year-old Appaloosa gelding is in the best condition. Black Beauty staff suspect he learned how to bully other horses away from food in order to survive. He is slowly letting go of his anxiety about food as he now has an unlimited supply of grass.
  • Peralta, a 10-year-old sorrel gelding is the oldest. He is quiet and keeps to himself. He has the biggest trust issues of the six and the staff is working to help him feel safe.
  • Clementine, a five-year-old bay mare with “sass and spunk” is doing well.
  • A seven-year-old sorrel mare named Raineesha is inquisitive and eager to learn.
  • Bernadino is a four-year-old sorrel and white gelding who is loving the open space and uses every bit of it to encourage his friends to run and play.
  • Lt. Dangle is a small four-year-old sorrel gelding and was in the worst body condition of the six. He is housed next to his friends and receiving the care he needs to gain weight. He is “quiet and sweet,” quickly trusting his new caregivers and is indulging in all the food he is now receiving.  

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