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18 Months Later: Hebron Horses Recovering Well, Rescue Farm Looking for Community's Help

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LAUREL, Del.- More than a dozen of the horses rescued from horrific conditions at a farm in Hebron, Md. 18 months ago are now running full stride at a rescue farm in Laurel. 

In March of 2018, dozens of horses were rescued from that farm in Hebron, Md. At least 25 horses were found dead and nearly a hundred other horses were found in unlivable conditions. The owner of that farm, Barbara Pilchard, was found guilty of misdemeanors in May 2019. 

Now a year and a half since those horses were rescued, some of them have made great strides. Changing Fates Equine Rescue in Laurel rescued 13 of the horses, including one named Nickolas.

"We think he was about eight months old when he came here but he was so emaciated he couldn't stand," Donna McCready with Changing Fates said. "So, it was a routine of all the volunteers who would come out every couple hours to get him up just like he was a little baby to try to get him to stand up."

But after long months of rehabilitation, McCready said Nickolas is one of their greatest success stories.

"If you saw him now, he looks like a real horse," McCready said.

The horses at Changing Fates don't stay at the rescue farm permanently. McCready said the goal is to get them adopted.

"Once we know the horse is going to be adopted, then they go for training," McCready said. "It's usually a 30 day training and then before they actually leave, we go and vet and make sure where they're gonna go is safe."

Three of the Hebron horses have already been adopted. The farm will also welcome back any adopted horse should the home not be the right fit. However, McCready said they can't do it all alone.

"We're here. We need help. We need volunteers. We need feeders. We need money. We need hay. We need grain. So, anything that anybody could donate would be greatly appreciated," McCready said.

There are two upcoming fundraising events for the rescue center. The first one is the Quarter Auction at the American Legion Post 28. It will be held on Sept. 22 from 2-6 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. The auction will have one of the rescue horses on hand to visit with. 

The second event this fall is an obstacle course challenge. It will be held on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. at Changing Fates Rescue. Registration for the event closes on Oct. 1.

Visit Changing Fates for more information: https://www.changingfatesequine.org/




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