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Abandoned horse survives winter with elk

By Dorinda Troutman, RMR Staff Writer

 

July 2009 Issue

 

     In answer to RMR’s request to readers to submit first-hand accounts of abandoned horses, Krys Paulsen of White Sulphur Springs , Montana , called on May 19 to tell about a very thin little unbranded sorrel mare she had seen twice on Forest Service land that she rides on. The mare followed Paulsen out to her trailer and proved tame enough to allow a halter to be put on.

     Paulsen reluctantly left the mare and contacted the sheriff, the brand inspector and the Forest Service. The sheriff told her that there had been reports of the mare four to five months previously. Later, the president of a local snowmobile club said that the mare had been seen by snowmobilers with an elk herd that winter. No official would take the responsibility to bring the mare out and Paulsen was hesitant to do anything illegal.

     Legally, the sheriff has the responsibility to take and sell estray horses in Montana . Paulsen made more phone calls and a few days later the sheriff made an effort to catch and load the mare in a horse trailer. The little horse was resistant to loading and he gave up. He called and asked Paulson to go and give it a try.

     “I let her figure it out a while, and then reloaded my horse. She stepped right in after him,” explains Paulsen. “I’ve had her a week, and the vet has seen her. Now I have to turn her over to an approved holding facility where she will wait to go to Billings Livestock Auction in late June.”

     Paulsen wants to keep the little mare and had made plans to either go to the auction herself, or if her job prevents it, has made arrangements with Jane Heath, Director of the Montana Horse Sanctuary, to go and purchase the horse for her.

     “She has really good feet,” said Paulsen. “She might have POA in her because she has a few spots on her rump and she’s only about 14.2 hands high.”

     The mare has gained a lot of weight since Paulsen has had her. The vet told her she is about seven or eight years old and that she has some kind of lung issue that might have been caused by poor hay and heaves. Paulsen speculated that might be the cause of her abandonment. The vet told her that the mare may recover fully with good care.

     “She is the sweetest thing in the world,” says Paulsen. “I won’t let anyone mistreat her again. I strongly cautioned the sheriff and the caregiver to give her the time to figure things out and not to push her when they need to load her for the auction.”

     Hopefully, RMR will be able to publish a good end to this story in the August issue.

 

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