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Abandoned Old Emaciated Horse in Puerto Rico

  • Breed: Paso Fino
  • Name: Abuelo (Grandpa) A Rescued Horse
This said to be 25 year old horse was reported to Defensa yesterday by the Rincón police. Defensa called PintosRUs who administer two IV within the last 24 hours before we could arrange transport to donated Defensa Land. ABUELO is now residing on Defensa land - he is one of the most emaciated horses ?we have ever seen.   He will be cared for now - which will require a Vet visit, daily feed and land.   No donation is too small and every share helps ABUELO and horses like him!   

Original Notes From PintosRUs/Julie - We just pulled this Paso Fino stud off the streets in Rincon, Puerto Rico. He was a great horse in his day. I know the original owner. What happened since then is anybody's guess. He is rumored to have been wandering for at least 6 months and was frighteningly dehydrated. We gave him several IV's and put him in an area with fresh plentiful grass. Once he is healthy he will be gelded and looking for a loving home. Please share or donate to his recovery and a brighter future for this old guy.


  • Abuelo living the dream 

    Your donations and shares will go towards his care, food and home.   We doubt there is a good family out there for a horse that can't be ridden but that is OK.  With your support ABUELO can live out his days in this paradise with a field friend always 

    August 15, 2018

  • Baths today 

    ABUELO and PEPE now living together.  

    August 06, 2018

  • Abuelo has lots of friends on his donated land. He is the king 

    Thanks to you all for your donations and support. Thank you to the amazing land owners giving him this free foster home.  He is still for adoption but this could make a great forever home too.  We are so thankful to everyone! 

    July 24, 2018


    In their new donated land with lots of 'food'. Please donate to our horses. We incur costs in feed and land/fencing upkeep while getting them healthy and working to adopt them out! We can not do this without your support. No donation is too small and every share helps!

    July 14, 2018

  • We are calling ABUELO a Success Story!   Even though he is still for adoption!

    We will be closing his wish because he really has everything we set out to accomplish for him minus his human family.   And well, candidly horse rescue could be considered more challenging than dog rescue because .. in our humble opinion horses differ from dogs in that

    . horses are harder to find homes for

    . horses require owners with knowledge or commitment to handle them

    . horses have less of the public that identify with them (therefore, that love them, donate for them, advocate for them, etc.)

    . horses give less love (however, they do teach & challenge you more)

    The list could probably go on and on .... We are sure you get the point and why we are so thankful for those of you who share, support and donation for our horses.   ABUELO was once close to death and today he is healthy, living off a rope, castrated and he has a friend!   If you like what we do please share with your friends because the more people we can reach the more horses we can rescue! 

    June 26, 2018

  • Abuleo looking good. He is still in our care looking for his adoptive family 

    June 25, 2018

  • Abuleo and Akira for breakfast today 

    June 22, 2018

  • abuelo and akira living together doing well

    They both have come a long way as horses rescued due to Hurricane Maria!   Please continue to donate and share!   They are for adoption too!

    June 20, 2018


    We continue to feed and care for both these rescued horses.  

    June 14, 2018

  • ABUELO now in Sanctuary with AKIRA!   

    He is a Gelding now and this is the best ending .. less a forever human family with land + a friend for Abuelo .. that we can hope for!    Thank you all so much!   We will continue to care for ABUELO so please continue to share and donate for him and more unwanted horses of Puerto Rico!

    June 12, 2018

  • Abuleo looking good and looking for his human family. 

    June 07, 2018

  • ABUELO is doing great!   Still looking for his family home however!

    Your donations and shares make these rescues possible!  Thank you all so much!

    June 05, 2018

  • ABUELO was a little shy today but a few professional shots from Summer!   Thank you Summer!

    May 22, 2018

  • ABUELO is looking and doing well.  In just a few weeks it will have been enough time since his castration to move him into the Gonzalez Land Sanctuary with The Old White Mare.    ABUELO is for adoption. We'd love for him to have a family to pamper him!

    May 19, 2018

  • He's doing great.   Thanks to everyone for supporting this old funny horse.  

    May 08, 2018

  • ABUELO is doing great.  He is still looking for his family!

    May 04, 2018

  • ABUELO right this minute.   He's doing great!  Please continue to share and donate for this special senior horse!

    April 27, 2018

  • Say HELLO to a castrated ABUELO!!!   In a few months, when there is no risk of him making more babies, he will be living with other horses!    Your donations, shares and free local land make this work possible.   Thank you!

    April 20, 2018

  • A walk down the hill with ABUELO .. 3 parts!

    April 18, 2018

  • ABUELO preparation for Thursday castration appointment, we walked out of his self imposed stall to the bottom of the land. Once castrated he can live with other horses!   It has taken this long for his health to get to a point where a castration is appropriate!  Please donate and share for ABUELO!!!   His was a very expensive rescue but he deserves the life we are working towards!  Thank you all!

    April 17, 2018

  • Abuelo making a rare appearance outside!  He has come such a long way!!! From this boney guy when rescued, less than 2 months ago ...

    To this 

    April 12, 2018

  • We are starting the construction on stalls for our rescues like ABUELO!   We have had to postpone his castration because we have not great place for the procedure to take place.  Once completed he can live with other horses!    Also, The rainy Season is almost here and we have no clean place for new rescues to call home during the times the rain is heaviest and the corral muddiest. No donation is too small and every share can reach someone else who will donate to help ABUELO and the Unwanted Street Horses like her in Puerto Rico.     

    April 04, 2018

  • ABUELO is doing well and getting closer to his castration date.  After which we plan to introduce him to the "Old White Mare" and have them live together on a small piece of donated land.  

    Video just taken now

    April 02, 2018

  • A horse and his kitty (SMILE).   Or is that a kitty and his horse (giggle)

    March 31, 2018

  • He is gaining weight and venturing outdoors!!!  Video update here

    March 28, 2018

  • ABUELO enjoying his wishlist feed donation!   Thank you all for your donations, items and shares for this old guy!     Abuelo and the banana video

    March 18, 2018

  • Abuelo has himself a kitty friend who possibly will be the next Defensa TNR .... should he/she like to stay .... no problem!    

    We hope to castrate Abuelo in the next few days!   Moving him forward to living with other horses!   Please continue to donate and share for Abuelo (and his kitty friend)!

    March 15, 2018

  • ABUELO says THANK YOU for the yummy feed!

    March 14, 2018

  • He does go outside. He just seems to prefer his shelter.   But the choice is his always.   We hope to castrate him this month, now that he is healthier, and than he can live with Felipe old mare 

    March 14, 2018

  • Fun ABUELO update. He has graduated to a large water container (blue one) because he is now drinking a proper amount of water AND he is so kind hearted he leaves his self imposed stall to poop down the hill where he knows less likely to upset the neighbors!!

    March 12, 2018

  • ABUELO Abuelo got the all important Dentist visit today .. thanks to you all. Horses teeth get very sharp if they are not filed down regularly. Skinny horses sometimes are skinny because it hurts to chew due to the sharp edges on their teeth. Or they drop the food out of their month due to the discomfort! Not Abuelo now! Say Ahhhhh :) .. p.s. it is not painful ... no anesthesia is used. Just a gentle trained hand of Ariel !

    March 05, 2018

  • He has started to roam the property a bit which could mean he is feeling better!   He is given more food as he eats more food. Thank you for your wishlist food items and your donations that are going to his care!

    February 24, 2018

  • He continues to eat all his meals and is putting on weight little by little.  We could not afford to do this without you. Thank you all!

    February 21, 2018

  • ABUELO not looking so Abuelo-ish!!!

    February 16, 2018

  • Getting one of his THREE TIMES a day meals.  New video added too.  Thank you all. Please continue to donate and share.  He has a lot of eating to do!

    February 15, 2018

  • He is doing well!  Thank you for the wishlist items!   We can't tell who donates wishlist items but we see feed and de-wormer was purchased for ABULEO!!  Thank you all so much.

    This is him relaxing this morning - sorry for the wind - we are trying to add subtitles .. but basically just showing him relaxing ...

    February 13, 2018

  • ABUELO day 1 in Defensa care.......getting breakfast!    

    February 11, 2018