THE LAST ‘HUNG HORSE’ has a HOME! Read about Cider!

Bright Futures Farm sent this article from Purina about Cider, that last of the Hung Horses who had yet to be adopted.  But the even better news is that Cider was just adopted last week!

From an unwanted stallion, hung in a barn for 2 years, to a very loved member of a family.  What a great ending for Cider!

(The original story of the hung horses is here.)

First, PURINA’S STORY (linked here)

A Cinderella Story for Cider, the Rescue Horse


A Cinderella Story for Cider, the Rescue Horse

Shoreview, Minn. [November 30, 2016] – Vince Lombardi once said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” In the spring of 2016, six horses living in darkness were given a second chance to get back on their feet and find a life of happiness at Bright Futures Farm in Cochranton, Pa.

“The farm at Bright Futures is a sanctuary,” says Bev Dee. “Our team takes the worst cases because we can devote the time necessary to rehabilitating horses. In this case, I honestly didn’t even know if some of them were going to make the 20-minute trailer ride to our barn,” says Dee.

The six horses taken into rehabilitation had fighting hearts. After many months of personalized care and nutrition, two of the rehabilitated horses, Jet and Addie, have found forever homes with the family responsible for discovering them and saving their lives. A stallion, Tanner, is in the homestretch of overcoming his ulcers. The mares, Journey and Inga, have remained together and are continuing to gain weight and thrive.

All the horses have found homes except for one: a 16-year-old Rocky Mountain stallion named Cider.

Cider’s Journey
Cider’s resiliency has astounded his caretakers. “He had about a foot and a half of hoof removed,” says Dee. “The hoof walls were curling under and we were trimming every three to four weeks to build back integrity of the hoof.

“Cider survived because of his spirit,” Dee says tearfully. “The hardest part was seeing him figure out how to walk. After he regained his mobility, it was like he discovered how to be a horse all over again.”

Once Cider’s dentition improved, he was better able to digest the feed he was eating. However, nutritional rehabilitation of horses like Cider doesn’t happen overnight.

“Cider needed to gain weight quickly, but we needed to be careful with how we did it,” Dee says. “We were very concerned about preventing refeeding syndrome.” Refeeding syndrome can occur when a horse is fed too many calories too quickly after suffering from a period of malnourishment. Heart, respiratory and kidney failure can ensue because of the sudden reintroduction of carbohydrates and other nutrients.

“We started him out slowly and worked up to 2 pounds of feed three times a day,” Dee explains. “We’ve had him on Purina® Equine Senior and Purina® Amplify High-Fat Supplement from the start. We chose this combination because Equine Senior is a complete feed with built-in forage to help horses that have poor digestion, dental problems or missing teeth. The added calories and controlled starch in the Amplify supplement helped maintain Cider’s body condition and support normal digestion for him.”

After several months of rehabilitation, Dee says Cider is looking strong. His Cinderella story isn’t over. With one look at Cider today and his golden palomino sheen, one would never guess where he was a short time ago. Cider is currently awaiting adoption in a foster home with a trainer, who is also a farrier.

“I’m just so thankful we didn’t lose him, because we could have. He has a lot of heart and he’s so kind for having gone through what he did,” Dee says. “It just amazes me he made it.”

Stories like Cider’s is why Purina Animal Nutrition is proud to be the title sponsor of A Home for Every Horse, a program to help find forever homes for horses in need. To date, Purina Animal Nutrition has donated more than $425,000 to participating rescue shelters, amounting to more than 800 tons of feed.


Cider was adopted this week!  He has a new forever home!  It looks idyllic.

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These Animals Seem To Be Photoshopped But They Are 100% Original, Exactly As They Were Found In Nature!

I saw these and loved them!  I hope you do, too!

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All these animals look like someone has colored them artificially but the reality is only nature has colored them this way. You will be shocked, amazed and stunned with the beauty of these animals.

1. Relative Of Extinct Dodo

Relative Of Extinct Dodo

This is Nicobar pigeon and it is the only living member of genus Caloenas and resides in the coastal region of Nicobar Islands, Solomons and Palau.

2. Walking Flowers!

Walking Flowers!

Meet pink orchid mantis, it belongs to the flower mantises species and look like flowers. It is found in the rainforest of Southeast Asia.

3. Its Glowing And Purple!

Its Glowing And Purple!

It is Janthina janthina commonly known as purple snail. Its spire has a light purple shade and ventral side has darker purple.

4. It Is A Real Snake! Trust Us!

It Is A Real Snake! Trust Us!

This snake is called as regal ringneck snake. It lives in mountains and eats other snakes.

5. It’s All Pink

It's All Pink
Meet pink bush cricket or Pink Katydid. They are also found in various other colors and live in northeast of North America.

6. Painted With Neon Colors! No!

Painted With Neon Colors! No!

This is Texas Wasp Moth of the Arctiidae family. It has the wingspan of 32–34 mm.

7. Something Seems Wrong Here!

Something Seems Wrong Here!

Native to Myanmar and Thailand, the color of this spider is real and it is renowned as cobalt blue tarantula.

8. Slip In The Oil Spill! No!

Slip In The Oil Spill! No!

Meet Ayam Cemani Rooster, it is a modern chicken breed of black color. It has been said that it has black blood also but that’s not true. It has red colored blood.

9. Beautiful Color Combo!

Beautiful Color Combo!

This is Pink Robin and native to southeastern Australia. They also have unique eggs having greenish-, greyish- or blueish- white with lavender and dark brown spots concentrated at the end.

10. Colorful Indeed!

Colorful Indeed!

Meet the national bird of Botswana and Kenya; it is known as Lilac Breated Roller.

11. It Is Blue!

It Is Blue!

It is American lobster and it has this color because of the genetic mutation that has made it all blue.

12. Colorful Land Crab!

Colorful Land Crab!

This is Gecarcinus quadratus that is also renowned as ‘Halloween crab’ or ‘moon crab’. It lives on land and has many colors.

13. It’s All Velvet!

It's All Velvet!
 This insect is called as red velvet ant, but in real it is not an ant but a wasp that doesn’t have wings.

14. Mandarin Dragonet

Mandarin Dragonet

Meet mandarinfish of the dragonet family; it is famous in saltwater aquarium trade because of its beauty but in your custody, it may refuse to eat all the delicious delights you offer.

15. One Unique Grasshopper

One Unique Grasshopper

This different and colorful insect is renowned as the ‘Blue Grasshopper’.

16. Special Blue!

Special Blue!

This is ‘Indian Bull Frog’ that jumps over the water in the same way as it does on land.

17. One Maple Lover!

One Maple Lover!

Meet Rosy Maple Moth. It is native to North America and feed on Maples.

18. Red Color Blush!

Red Color Blush!

This is red-cheeked cordon-bleu of tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It is said to be “among the most admired exotic finches”.

19. It’s Bright And Red!

It's Bright And Red!
Meet “Red Slug” or “chocolate arion”. It belongs to the family Arionidae and lives on land.


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