A four-year-old horse, named Benny, was weak and dying. He was brought to Last Stop Horse Rescue, a horse sanctuary, adoption, and rehabilitation program in Prentiss, Maine. The sanctuary cares for abused, starved and neglected horses and helps them back to regain their health.
When Benny arrived at the sanctuary, he weighed just 562 pounds and was so tiny that he couldn’t even stand on his own. From this point on, the staff at LSHR worked hard and carefully to get Benny back to a healthy state. They knew it would be hard, but they refused to give up.
They placed him in a sling hanging from a beam in the barn to get him standing. They gave him small amounts of food to get him to start eating again. Each day that passed, Benny grew stronger and stronger, and slowly showed signs of recovery. After two weeks in the sling, he finally stood on his own for the first time!
Six months later, Benny gained almost 400 pounds and was back to being a normal horse. Looking at his story from the unhealthy, tiny horse that almost died, to the healthy and beautiful horse that Benny is today, it’s almost hard to believe that it’s the same animal!
Watch his amazing transformation in the video below: