Neglected Horses Become Besties

Two North Texas rescues band together to survive, forming a lifelong friendship in the process.


“Rusty was one of the most severe cases we’ve seen in the past year,” said Whitney Hanson of the Humane Society of North Texas to KHOU. The 13-year-old Quarter Horse was found last month, emaciated and tightly chained to a tree.

1RustySource: HSNT

Authorities rescued Rusty and brought him to Hanson’s farm in Decatur, Texas. “The minute he got here, he just made a beeline for the feed,” Hanson said. “And that’s when he met Shorty. And they have been inseparable ever since.”

Shorty, a 30-year-old Quarter Horse who had also been neglected, immediately bonded with Rusty. The two are never taken apart, not even for vet visits.


They will also be adopted out together.

 Source: KHOU

The Humane Society of North Texas estimates $3,000 in expenses for Rusty’s ongoing care, due to major injuries from the chain around his neck. If you’d like to donate, please go to the organization’s website, or call 817-332-4768.

You can also mail checks to: Humane Society of North Texas / 1840 East Lancaster Avenue / Fort Worth, Texas 76103.

Be sure to put the word “Rusty” on the check so the funds will be allocated appropriately.

Go Riding!

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