Good Samaritans Save Starving Horses

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

MARIANNA, FL 3/7/2012 --

A couple of animal rescues are trying to save a group of neglected horses that nearly starved to death. A good Samaritan spotted the horses in a Bonifay pasture last week.

Hidden Springs Horse Rescue Founder Melanie Higdon is rehabiliting two new rescues this week.

"They're extremely underfed. This one's in a great state of starvation," said Higdon.

The pair of horses are a part of a group of eight found abandoned on a farm in Bonifay last week.

"There was no hay or grain available for them and it was poorly maintained. There was trash and barbed wire on the ground and broken farm equipment," said Higdon.

It was so bad one had to be euthanized.

"My understanding is that horse, because of its state of starvation, layed down and couldn't get back up, it was just simply too weak," said Higdon.

Higdon said the remaining seven are slowly getting better, but unfortunately she told WCTV this most recent incident is not an isolated one.

"With the economy being so bad, there are so many people that cannot afford to take care of their horses and in many instances they can't find a place to put their horses," said Higdon.

She said to fix the problem, it's going to take an improved economy with more jobs and a bigger emphasis on educating people how to properly care for horses.

"You have to be proactive and you have to find out exactly what you need to do if you choose to get a horse," said Higdon.

The Holmes County Sheriff's Office didn't return our calls Tuesday regarding this case. It's not clear if the horses' owner will face animal abuse charges.

If you'd like to help Hidden Springs Horse Rescue, its website is

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  • by Human Location: tally on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    The ppl who are responsible are low life forms. I want to starve them to death while they watch from their confinement (behind 1 way mirror and soundproof room) 50 ppl eating a buffet or at Outback Steakhouse. I'll pour gravy and fling mashed potatoes and steak on the windows as they scream for a morsel. HAHAHAHA that would be sooooooooooo fun!!! I will do it for free and pay for all the food if they will only let me have at them.
  • by it cost alot to feed horses. Location: ga on Mar 7, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    just dont get it. maby the owners have hit hard times and dont have sense enough to know what to do.put an ad in the paper FREEhorses if can come and get them.
  • by Hidden Springs Supporter Location: quincy on Mar 7, 2012 at 01:05 PM
    I adore Melanie Higdon. I adopted my mini from her rescue. Hidden Springs is a wonderful facility. But like all rescues, she funds it herself and certainly could use help. Give her a call, I'm sure she'd be happy with whatever you can do to help.
  • by Doyle Location: Tallahassee on Mar 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM
    What truly qualifies to be a rescue? Who licenses and regulates them? What if the rescuer neglects the animals? Can I claim to be a rescue and get free horses? Hey, get free, feed a little and sell high!
  • by holy smoke on Mar 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM
    I can think of some humans that deserve this kind of treatment but not animals....
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      by jw on Mar 10, 2012 at 08:04 AM in reply to holy smoke
      There is NOTHING HOLY about your comment.
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        by Human on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM in reply to jw
        HEY YOU SCRIPTURE IDIOT old testamant says: an eye for an eye... I say: BE STARVED FOR STARVING INNOCENT HELPLESS DEPENDENT CONFINED BEINGS! I find that so holy I think I'm gonna have a holy smoke party!!! I would starve you, too for being so stupid, holy smoke got the right idea!
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      by Human on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM in reply to holy smoke
      Yes, humans are evil. I know plenty of us humans deserving of worse fates than these innocent loving creatures I hope a herd of horses stomps the ppl responsible to DEATH after a long starvation so they can't even crawl away.
  • by Mecq on Mar 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM
    Will PETA approve. I think that the horses should be carted off to PETA. As a Good Samaritan you will become the object of their scrutiny and they will launch an investigation against you. Let them rescue all the stray animals.
  • by Sherry Location: Wewa on Mar 7, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    Thank you for helping these poor horses! I hope they get better soon.
  • by Flcowgirl Location: fountain on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:00 AM
    Yes they need to be prosecuted! There are two many avenues to get these animals before they get to this point. People are on FB AND craigs list everyday looking for free horses. People are greedy and don't want to part with them....IGNORANCE!!
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