Tula came to under our care in February of 2016. This sweet horse was left abandoned in a field near our stables in Añasco, Puerto Rico. After many weeks of neglect she suffered moderate to severe injuries along her back and her legs at which point someone finally rescued her from the field and brought her into the barn. We are unsure if the damage was from another horse or from barbed wire (there are several stories) but her wounds were festering and filled with maggots. She is severely emaciated and losing hair on her face and body as well. Her previous owner was notified has no interest in saving the horse. He agreed to surrender the animal and we decided that we could not simply let her die.
Tula was recovering well when we noticed a decline in her condition beginning in late June. In August she suffered a major setback with a massive nasal hemorrhage after which she spent numerous days at the emergency vet. The vet suspected a tick borne illness and against all odds Tula recovered. She is now gaining weight steadily at pasture and has been able to relax with the herd for several months. She is due to start back up with her under saddle training in early 2017 and we are positive that she has a great future ahead.