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Emaciated Racehorse Transforms at Houston SPCA

(January 27, 2022)

Yosemite was rescued by Houston SPCA cruelty investigators after he was found chewing bark off of trees in his paddock. Some of the other horses with him didn’t make it. This emaciated racehorse was just 700 pounds.

Houston SPCA staff found a surprise shortly after he arrived. Yosemite had a lip tattoo. They could trace his history and found out that he had won almost $70,000 racing back in his prime. It was hard to imagine the horse standing in front of them, just skin and bone, was once a champion racer from American Pharaoh’s line.

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Upon arrival at the Houston SPCA barn, it was obvious that Yosemite’s hooves as well as his nutrition had been severely neglected. He received farrier care and lots of hay and grain to gain some healthy weight.

After about six months in the care of Houston SPCA veterinary and equine staff, Yosemite gained about 300 pounds. He exceeded 1,000, a healthy weight for a Quarter Horse of his size. Despite the horrors he had known, Yosemite still loved and trusted people, poking his head over the fence to say hello every time someone walked by with an apple and a nose pat.

His new family came to meet him and fell in love. Yosemite now belongs to a young girl and he’s her first horse. They’re both learning so much from each other and it’s a match made in heaven!

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