Abandoned Horse Survives Six Months in Brutal Arizona Desert

by Shelby Scott

Animal cruelty surely does come in all shapes and sizes, tragic on all accounts. Many of us may hear the term itself and think of abandoned cats and dogs. Although rescuers recently located an abandoned horse in Arizona’s desert who, reportedly, survived six months on her own.

The horse, a purebred thoroughbred, saw rescue courtesy of horse trainer Allison Montana. The trainer said she located the abandoned animal in a field near Gila Bend. As expected, the animal was both extremely malnourished and incredibly dehydrated.

In reference to the horse’s survival, Montana said, “I’m surprised she even made it this long.”

According to AZFamily, animal rescue group Hope Ranch Arizona received a tip about the horse Monday, soon setting out to find her. The rescue’s founder, Misian Cory, believes the thoroughbred had been wandering the desert for four to six months. Cory further estimated that, in that time, the abandoned animal probably lost around 600 pounds.

Cory further shared the horse, now named Blessing, is absolutely sweet. She said when they found her, “she had apparently been left to fend for herself. She appeared relieved and immediately started to drink the water we brought for her.”

While the horse seemingly popped up in the desert, the news outlet stated she possesses quite a bit of history. Rescuers discovered the horse has a tattoo under her lip and a distinctive brand on her side. Both of which indicate her status as a racehorse. Additionally, the combined information revealed her previous name as “Pleasing Dom,” and identifies her as only approximately nine years old.

Following her ordeal, Blessing continues to recover and rescuers created a GoFundMe to cover care and medical expenses.

Racing Horses Possess Incredibly Short Careers

As is the case with former racehorse, Pleasing-Dom-now-Blessing, many racehorses spend a small fraction of their lives in the sport. The average thoroughbred horse may live between 25 and 28 years. However, many only spend between three and four years on the racecourse. Therefore, many horses, such as the case with Blessing, see frequent abuse, abandonment, and overall neglect.

Thankfully, our desert racehorse now lies in good hands and stands to make a potential recovery. Further, in the case of the retired racehorse, Ouzbeck, an English residing thoroughbred, he now sees greater philanthropic purpose.

As with therapy dogs, rescues and health clinics alike frequently establish the moral benefit of partnering humans with animals, specifically more senior creatures. Following Ouzbeck’s retirement, several horse-racing charities in England endeavored to transition the thoroughbred from an athlete to a hooved therapist essentially.

At 19 years old, Ouzbeck now brings comfort and joy to children and young people at various clinics. However, now, a pilot program has arisen to encourage the large animal’s interaction with elderly groups as well.

As far as the program goes, it appears there will be no elderly people participating in joyrides atop Ouzbeck’s back. However, organizers for the program state the groups of older citizens can visit with Ouzbeck, allowing them to pet him, watch him eat, and simply chat with staff about horseracing.

As a pilot, the new program plans to run for six weeks, initially kicking off on September 2nd.