You can’t tell by looking at him now, but Abner, a beautiful Thoroughbred, had a rough start in life. His mother had severe birthing complications and the owners needed immediate assistance to save the baby. The very next day, our KHS Equine crew arrived to rescue Abner and transfer him to one of our rescue partners, Dark Horse Training Center.
Several challenges were still ahead for baby Abner, as he needed an immediate plasma transfusion and was faced with other medical issues requiring constant monitoring. In addition to giving milk replacer feedings four times daily, our KHS volunteers gave Abner the care and attention desperately needed when a baby is orphaned at such a young age. He started adjusting to life on a farm by interacting with people, other pets (several KHS adopted cats and dogs are on site), and learning life lessons from the other horses. Acclimating the horse to a farm is a critical step in KHS’s Equine C.A.R.E. (connect, assist, rescue and educate) program and gives the horses a great shot at adoption.
Luckily for Abner, he didn’t have to wait long to find a home. Brett and Mary Rose Cissell from Dark Horse decided to adopt Abner as a wedding present to themselves!
Fast forward to now and Abner couldn’t be happier. He’s well adjusted and enjoying life at Dark Horse Training Center. The farm sits on over 100 rolling acres in central Kentucky and is assisting KHS Equine in fostering and finding homes for other rescued horses. You can help, too, by spreading the word about our new equine services and, in doing so, helping find homes for so many horses in need of permanent families.