They were once someone's pet: possibly a barrel racer or a jumper. But they now are down and out at Faith Equine Rescue in Polk County.
The rescue organization just got five horses that, essentially, have been dumped because they have outlived their usefulness. Most are hundreds of pounds underweight. Many have health issues. All are past their prime and will probably never be able to be ridden again.
The rescue's founder, Dawn Bazemore, says it's not uncommon for owners to dump their horses when they can't perform anymore.
"These horses work and work and work, and do everything their owners ask, and when they're not useable anymore they are just thrown to the curb," Bazemore told FOX 13.
It won't be cheap to get the horses back on their feet, especially since they are in such bad condition. Bazemore says it will probably cost $500 a month for each horse.
When they are in better shape, Faith Equine will be looking to adopt them out as pasture pals.
LINK: Faith Equine Rescue
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