Arthur, a Belgian draft, spent most of his life as a work horse in a farming community in New England. But once he turned 30, they no longer needed him. From there, he went from auction to auction and dealer to dealer.
During his journey, he met another horse named Max who he grew very close with. The two of them were headed to a high-kill auction in New Holland, when Cindy Daigre, founder of Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary in Tennessee, rescued them.
Daigre saw the two horses on a website where the horses were being brokered out. She saw how emaciated and in such bad shape these horses were, that she knew she had to do something to save them.
“I was told that Arthur was purposely starved while waiting to go to the next auction and the man that had him often sold thin old horses to the ‘cat man’ with exotic cats for meat,” Daigre told The Dodo. “I was horrified.” So thankfully, with the help from others, Daigre was able to hire a transporter and get both of the horses to her sanctuary.
Even though the horses were now safe, Daigre knew they would have a long journey to recovery. Arthur was so skinny and weak that he couldn’t even stand up on his own. He was exhausted and would just lie on the ground with no appetite for food or fun.