The horses are 22-year-old mare “Fancy” and the 18-year-old Haflinger male “Goldie.” They were living on a property in Central Massachusetts before being surrendered on Nov. 8.
The MSPCA said that the horses are "one" and "two" on the Henneke equine body scoring scale, which "makes them vulnerable heading into the winter season."
"Combined, these horses are about two to three hundred pounds underweight and they definitely would have struggled over the next several months if they were not surrendered. Our primary objective now is to help them safely gain the weight they need so that we ultimately can place them for adoption," MSPCA-Angell Director Mike Keiley said.
The horses are now on a careful re-feeding plan. The MSPCA expects them to return to a healthy weight in a few months.
"They’re doing so well now that we would like to adopt them out so that they can continue to recuperate in their new home," Keiley said. "Despite their current condition they’re very friendly and social horses, and we believe they’ll make excellent companions for the right adopter."
According to the MSPCA, the horses are not particularly close, despite living together for years, so they can be adopted separately.
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