Musician and horse lover Willie Nelson is adopting two abused horses from Berkeley County, South Carolina. One of the horses was severely malnourished and had rain rot. Rain rot is is a fungal infection in the coat. Some of its skin was missing and maggots were in the infected area. Kerosene might have been poured on the fungus, which caused the skin to dissolve. Both horses need extensive de-worming.
The horses’ owner has been charged with seven crimes related to animal neglect. Both animals
are being cared for so they can recuperate before they are transferred to Nelson’s Texas ranch. Neither had seen a vet for three years. One of the horses has already gained twenty-five pounds, now that a care regimen has been enacted.
It isn’t the first time Nelson has adopted horses for his ranch near Austin. Some years ago he
adopted 12 from a horse rescue facility.
About one year ago, Willie released a song to raise money to help horses. Part of the reason for adopting the two from South Carolina is the promotion of animal adoption.
The LEARN horse rescue website has more information about horses in South Carolina that need adopting after being recovered from abusive or neglectful situations. This organization has been helping horses for at least 20 years.
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