Abandoned Carriage Horses Rescued After Nearly Starving To Death

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Two beautiful Percheron horses, Luke and Ike, started their lives as carriage horses in Dayton, Ohio. When their owner no longer had a use for them, the horses were discarded like garbage. They were abandoned in a field with no food for a year before they were found.

Last Chance Corral, an Ohio-based equine rescue organization, stepped up when animal control found the horses. When they arrived, they could not believe the state the horses were in. Both were walking skeletons, near death. Their hooves were overgrown and in horrible condition. However, the most heartbreaking discovery was that their teeth were so overgrown that they were digging into their tongues, making them unable to chew. Horses are grazing animals and rely on their teeth to grind and chew the forage. Whenever these boys tried to eat, however, the food would simply fall out of their mouths.

Last Chance Corral took both of the gentle giants into their care and started to offer them food. They made a mash of mostly liquid so the horses could eat. Slowly, they started to gain weight, and muscle started to return.

Meanwhile, in St. Augustine, Florida, Karen Gates-Miscovich saw a post on Last Chance Corral’s Facebook page about Luke and Ike. She immediately felt the urge to adopt them. She reached out to Last Chance and then to her husband, whom she thought would not be on board with adopting. She tells The Dodo, “When I saw them, I actually gasped.”

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It turns out her husband had the same reaction she did and told her, “You got to take them.” Luke and Ike arrived at their farm in January 2017 after they spent a few months at Last Chance Corral gaining weight. Their new life was just beginning, but there was one more hurdle to cross.

Ike was diagnosed with cancer. He went into surgery, and the vet found more cancer than they had thought. Luckily, the surgery worked, and Ike is cancer-free! He battled so much in his life, and now he gets to enjoy the rest of it with his best bud, Luke.

They live the lives of kings, surrounded by love. They receive daily brushing and enjoy a good roll in the mud. On occasion, they receive a massage, which they absolutely love. Their mom says, “whatever I would have given my son, hey, if they want it, they can have it too.”

Luke and Ike have taught their mom more about love. “Just when you think that you can’t learn to love more, I learned to love more.”

Helping a rescue horse or animal will bring you unconditional love. Luke and Ike have their own Facebook page for their followers to keep posted on how they are doing. Thank you for rescuing these gentle giants.

Watch their story told by their mother in the video below.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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