Beating the odds: Henry

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Henry was one of 2 horses in an owner surrender case involving starvation and lack of care. Close to death when we arrived Henry was down in the dirt and very banged up from struggling for so long to stand. He was too weak to stand or even lift his head. After stabilizing him with IV fluids, due to the terrain, we had to put Henry on a soft padded sled to physically pull him the ½ mile to our waiting rescue rig. He was carefully placed in an Anderson sling and he received care for his multiple bed sores from being down so long and a careful nutrition plan using Purina Equine Senior and alfalfa designed to get him back to health safely. 

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His trust in his caregivers was amazing because Henry could not see for the first few days after being rescued due to his eyelids being swollen shut from all his head wounds. 

He spent nearly a month in the Anderson sling getting out for longer and longer periods of time as he regained his strength. 

Henry slowly but surely recovered and he is now a feisty little senior enjoying life at this foster farm where he gets spoiled and groomed daily. 

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