Back in '06 my aunt took in a bunch of "rescue" horses. They were owned by a lady in Ontario who did a very scabby business of breeding Paints & QH's. She had well over 100 head & not enough feed though she continued to breed them. I wont go into detail about the horror stories of her place...
Anywho..they took in 13 mares, 2 of which were in foal. They had all travelled 2 days nonstop from Ontario to Alberta crammed inside a 6-horse trailer
Out of all the mares (ages ranging from 2 years to 21) only 4 were approachable & several werent halterbroke. Though there were a few that had alright weight (including the 2 preggos) the majority were skinny, covered in matted fur and feces and none had had their feet clipped in a long time.
One mare had bad arthritis & could hardly walk while another suffered from a shoulder problem.
All horses were registered and so my aunt kept a few later on for breeding, but most were eventually sold over a period of 3 years.
Here are some pics of a couple of the mares, though I didn't get alot from when they first arrived. Most of my photos are from when they were all fat & healthy again
This is a pic of a few mares gathered around the water, about a week after arrival. mare heads.jpg
This was the oldest mare & was in the worst condition. We named her "the Grulla". I know - very inventive! grulla mare.jpg
This is her a year later.. Grulla.jpg
This is one of the mares after foaling. She was one of the prettiest, I think, though she was nuts! watching.jpg