"I've never seen a horse that underweight. It's very cruel and the person that did this does not deserve to have animals."
Ninja and Pride are Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Ranch's newest family members. The two chestnut colored horses were rescued from a property in Gadsden County about 6 weeks ago.
Maria Cicatello, their foster caretaker says "When we saw them it was just an immediate shock I don't think anybody was anticipating that these horse would be so underweight. It just was heartbreaking it really was. It made me very angry."
Caretakers say Ninja only weighed about 700 pounds- 400 pounds less than a horse his size should be. The 25-year-old also had numerous abacuses in his feet and parasites in his intestines ... making it difficult for him to gain weight.
Eric Pelletier the president of 'Triple R' says, "When we see them like this, it brings tears to our eyes. But the up side to that is that we do have horse we've taken in that look like this and now have beautiful happy homes."
While caretakers say Pride is eating plenty and gaining weight, the thoroughbred has a nasty infection. "He's been on 3 different antibiotics and what it is, it's a 4 inch deep infection that's constantly oozing."
Both horses are expected to make a full recovery ... but those in charge say 'Triple R' needs help itself to continue helping the horses that so desperately need it.
'Triple R' says they would most benefit from donations like feed and hay and monetary funds.
Triple R's next big fundraising efforts are going to be at the Coventry Horse Show on Nov. 20 (in Tallahassee) and the same day at the Ironstar Equestrian Show in Havana.
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