Starving and helpless horse was too scared to look her rescuers in the eye

Sue Weeding, creator of a horse sanctuary in Spain, has seen it over and again: the light has gone out of the eyes of horses that have been mistreated or abused.

Starving and helpless horse was too scared to look her rescuers in the eye

The mare, now named Tamarisk, arrived with another younger horse last month after authorities removed them from an owner who was essentially starving them.

Tamarisk was in such horrible state that rescuers estimated her age to be around 20 years old.

Then they discovered she was just nine years old.

Tamarisk couldn’t even lie down in her new stable because rescuers were afraid her hip bones might penetrate her skin.

Starving and helpless horse was too scared to look her rescuers in the eye

She was also covered in scars and had the physical degradation of a mare who had spent her entire life being exploited for breeding.

Tamarisk’s refusal to look people in the eyes was especially concerning, as one of the ways she really needed to recuperate was emotionally.

Patience and time were once again required.

Weeding is used to having to wait months for horses to trust her.

She spent a lot of time just standing next to Tamarisk, petting her hair, which had become white where she had scars.

Starving and helpless horse was too scared to look her rescuers in the eye

Then something very lovely happened: Tamarisk lifted her head high enough to face the woman who had saved her in the eyes.

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