Captain and Anna have a close bond, which is hardly surprising. The two horses have been through hard times together.
The pair are now safe in the hands of Duchess Sanctuary in Oakland, south of Eugene, Oregon, a facility run by The Fund for Animals in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Captain and Anna were rescued from dire circumstances by Nevada authorities, but horse advocates quickly formed the view that plans to auction the pair would inevitably have led to their slaughter.
They rallied and organized their last-minute rescue.
Last week, the gelding and mare stepped off a transporter and into the care of sanctuary staff.
The HSUS said the pair had been confiscated by the Nevada Department of Agriculture from a situation in which they were left to starve. Despite their rescue, their lives were still in peril.
They were taken to the Carson City prison facility, where they were then scheduled to go to auction, where it was almost certain they would have been purchased by a kill buyer and sent to slaughter.
That is when horse advocates from around the region began to collaborate to save them.
Their lives would not have been spared without the help of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, Equine Welfare Consulting Services, and donors who helped make the placement happen. They did not make it to auction.
After their rescue, the horses were taken to Duchess Sanctuary by Wild West Horse Transport.
Duchess ranch manager Jennifer Kunz recalls their arrival.
“To watch them step off the trailer was very emotional. Even though we knew they were in good hands being transported by Wild West Horse Transport, it was obvious that they had been saved from terrible circumstances.
“With a body condition score of barely two, Captain had us holding back tears.”
Captain scored a two on the Henneke scoring system, which goes from one to nine. He was dangerously thin with sores on his hips and other body parts normally protected by a layer of fat.
Although Anna had a few more pounds on her, she had still suffered a lot and had a lot of scars on her legs, fungus on her back, and a swollen knee.
Both are estimated to be at least 20 years old.
The sanctuary says the bond between the horses is obvious and heartwarming.
When the two arrived at their quarantine pen, Captain walked around a few times then dropped down in the big pile of shavings for a lengthy roll.
Anna headed straight for the feed and has been parked there for a week straight.
Their transformation has now begun. Sanctuary staff say there is much to be done to get them back to healthy and happy horses.
They are being offered soaked feed four times a day, along with good quality hay.
They are visibly improving each day, on the path back to being shiny and healthy horses.
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