High Point, NC -- It's another downfall of the troubled economy: neglected horses.
There are so many starving horses, rescuers can't help them all.
But three years ago, Ginny Wiltsey and her husband decided they can at least try.
Wiltsey started getting calls about neglected horses, so they founded Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement.
"It's very heartbreaking. Very heartbreaking because not only are they emaciated, a lot of them are senior horses. Your older horses who have given their life to someone," said Wiltsey.
In November, a horse named Levi had been so neglected, his ribs were showing, and Wiltsey said his spirit was broken.
They took him in at Safe Haven, along with several others.
There's a mother horse who who needed a safe place to get healthy, so she could have baby, Liddie.
Bing was so malnourished that his body went into survival mode. His coat isn't sleek and shiny like a healthy horse.
Their owners couldn't afford to care for them or didn't know how.
At Safe Haven, the goal is to save these horses from just that.
"If people would learn to ask for help, it would help these animals, these horses. Because these horses can't ask for themselves," said Wiltsey.
Corn and hay prices have gone up more than 50 percent, which is one reason some horse owners are struggling.
But at Safe Haven, there are success stories. Gus was emaciated just four months ago. Thanks to Safe Haven he's already gained 400 pounds.
Safe Haven also brings feed and hay to horse owners who need it.
The non-profit organization relies completely on donations.
In the last three years, they've nursed 34 horses back to health. Fifteen of the horses are still living on the farm in High Point, but some of them are now ready to be adopted.
On Saturday, Safe Haven Equine Rescue is inviting folks to the farm to meet the horses, get to know them, and even apply to adopt them.
The event is from 11 a.m until 3 p.m.
For more information, you can visit Safe Haven's website, www.sherrnc.com.
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