Hurricane season this year caused a lot of problem for horse owners. Many horses got stuck and had to be rescued, while others had to hide inside. This horse found a new life after surviving Hurricane Harvey.
Zinnia, A Hurricane Harvey Survivor, Finds A New Home
Natural events are not only a danger to humans but to animals as well. In the special case of large animals, such as horses, rescue might be difficult. Sometimes, they must fend for themselves as their owners can’t take them to safety.
The mare Zinnia was one such case. Floodwaters trapped her for days before her rescue happened once things calmed down. The palomino mare was malnourished. Standing in the water for so long gave her “river rot”, which made her lose patches of skin on her legs and nose. Fortunately, after several days rescue came to her and managed to save the mare from certain death.
River rot is a condition which affects horses standing in water for prolonged periods of time. This relatively unknown disease is frequent in horses who remain trapped in floods and river waters without rescue. Due to contaminants present in the water, such as sewage and chemical substances, the horse’s skin suffers burns, rots and sloughs off, leaving raw flesh underneath. Zinnia had river rot on her legs, shoulders and nose.
Yet, after her rescue, the truth came out: Zinnia wasn’t in good condition since before the hurricane. This survivor’s malnutrition began before the hurricane hit Texas. Once rescued, the mare’s owner surrendered her to the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, where she underwent treatment for her issues.
Fortunately, the mare found a loving home soon. Amber, a volunteer who helped rescue and bring her to Bluebonnet, adopted her as soon as Zinnia’s situation was stable and she could go to her new home.
Natural disaster survivors
Zinnia’s cased ended well, but the same cannot be said of all the horses affected by natural disasters. In many cases, rescued horses already show signs of previous abuse or neglect. In an odd turn of events, these horses end finally relinquished by their owners. Some find new, loving homes, such as Zinnia. Others aren’t as fortunate, and many horses die in such events. Some get lost from their owners and find their way home, but sadly many don’t.
Fortunately, there are rescues and people out there willing to take these animals in. Zinnia found a new home and is now well and safe. If you want to check the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, and maybe even leave a donation or help, you can find them here. Make sure to share this post and raise awareness as well.