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After four years in the horse racing industry, completing 99 races and winning over $199,000, Itsuko became a breeding mare, giving birth to numerous foals. Eventually this once healthy and gentle mare was passed around to multiple owners. When her last owner skipped town, she was left to die in a dilapidated small holding pen.
At the time of her rescue by Beauty's Haven Farm & Equine Rescue, the 20-year-old Itsuko was assessed to be a 1 on the Henneke scale (the lowest possible rating for horse health). Itsuko was then transferred to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch for more rehabilitation. Since her rescue she has gained 400 pounds, her coat is filling back in, and her spirit has returned.
Staff at Black Beauty Ranch reports that she is eating very well and loves to be given treats!
The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, located in East Texas, is home to more 300 rescued horses, many with histories even more terrible than Itsuko.
The ranch was founded in 1979 by Cleveland Amory on the principles of Anna Sewell’s book Black Beauty.
Photo of Itsuko being examined © Fund for Animals/HSUS Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch