Ten Draft Horses Will Soon Be Seeking New Homes

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Do you have a big space in your barn and your heart for a very large horse? There could be one waiting for you at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA).

The Percheron horses—one mare and nine geldings—were surrendered by their previous owner last month after having worked with the MSPCA to try and keep the horses in good condition.

MSPCA Draft Horses
Photo: MSPCA

“Some of them are underweight and some have teeth and hoof issues,” said MSPCA Law Enforcement Officer Christine Allenberg. “But at the end of the day, the owner did the right thing, which was to accept that he could no loner meet their needs and to surrender them to our care.”

The horses are now housed at the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm in Methuen, Massachusetts. The staff at the farm is working to bring all of the horses up to a healthy weight and to provide needed farrier work and dental care.

The horses aren’t yet available for adoption, but the MSPCA is accepting inquiries about the horses. They are also seeking donations to help fund the horses’ initial veterinary care, which is estimated to total between $5,000 and $8,000. Find out more at www.mspca.org/drafthorses.


Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com

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