Love of Lacey Equine Rescue is a small non-profit based equine rescue, located southeast of Raleigh, NC, that specializes in equines of all ages that have been neglected, abused, and starved. We help those whom can't help their selves. We rescue horses from local animal shelters with problems such as poor podiatry, starvation, and outright neglect. Additionally, we rescue horses that are nationwide in feedlots awaiting to be exported for slaughter and need help. If we can change one horses life by education on proper equine care, nutrition, husbandry, and podiatry then we have made our goal. It all starts with one person that can be changed.
About four years ago I rescued my first laminitic mare from a show barn where she had actually won three world championships in halter showing. This mare looked as if she were 30 or more years old, when in reality she was only 7! I quickly took her in and started what would be the most heart wrenching eight months of rehabilitation I have ever been through. She did not have hooves, she had 11" long elf shoes on both front feet that made it so she could not bend her knees when she walked, she was so emaciated you could count every rib in her body and vertebrate down her back. After her radiographs were taken two weeks after settling into her new home, veterinarians were appalled that she was still alive, after consulting with colleagues nationwide no one could understand how my beloved Lacey was still alive. The what was originally stated as a year of laminitis was in actuality more like two to three years without proper farrier care and veterinary treatment. We quickly decided that she had come this far by some means higher than the neglect she received prior to our obtaining her and the only way she got through and was still alive was one simple thing-HEART! My Lacey was the strongest willed horse I have ever been around, she did not let the fact that she had been so poorly treated affect her. She knew that her life now was going to cater to her every need until she could no longer fight. Lacey came so far in her eight months I had her, farther than anyone had originally said she could ever come. She became sound enough to go graze in a pasture, even trot to the barn on the way back. She was one special girl and it is out of the LOVE of her that we started this rescue, for horses like her that need a voice and someone to say, "I will help!"
For more of Lacey's story and photos of our beloved girl please click on the Lacey Tab!