Every year, more than 100,000 horses are bought at auction in the United States and sent to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. The meat is then sent to China, Germany, Switzerland, and other countries for human consumption.
Texas residents Natasha and Kirk Hance weren’t aware of the existence of the practice until recently when they and their five children moved to a small farm in Fort Worth. They wanted to provide a little more legroom for their rescue animals to enjoy their new leases on life.
When Kirk stumbled onto a horse auction site, he and Natasha immediately vowed to save some of the horses from that fate. They ended up bringing a small paint mare and pony into the family fold. Both had been set to be shipped off for slaughter.
Both showed signs of abuse and neglect. But it was especially pronounced in the “severely depressed” pony, Tobias. He “just kind of stared at the ground” and shied away from his new family’s touch, Kirk said.
But after 48 hours and plenty of patience, the little guy finally started to come around, seemingly understanding that for the first time in his life, he was being offered the love and affection that he’d always been denied.
“He came up to me, and what started as me just petting him softly and reassuring him it was okay, turned into a full embrace,” Kirk recalled. “I just sat there for a few minutes holding him. He seemed to relax and almost fell asleep as if he knew he was safe.”
Natasha says of the tender moment, “This baby was just aching for someone to trust,” and clearly, he’s found it.
Watch the heart-melting video of this super-sweet embrace below. Share if you agree all animals — and especially those who have suffered at human hands — should be treated with dignity and compassion.
Posted by Natasha Ward Hance on Sunday, October 1, 2017
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