Last Thursday (5/25) the St. Louis County Sheriff called Seeds of Hope Youth Ranch in Duluth to rescue four horses and two ponies from a property up the shore. Seeds of Hope co-founder Russ Krook says the horses were covered in mud, had no food or water, and appear to have been neglected for quite some time.
It will take Seeds of Hope at least two months - and a lot of donations - to get the horses the veterinary care they need, their teeth and feet attended to, and to build them back up to a healthy weight. The farrier's work alone on their overgrown hooves will probably take a year. Then they can begin to assess the horses to see if they can be a part of the Seeds of Hope project, a place where neglected horses and children can spend time together ... and heal each other in the process.