On Tuesday, July 19, the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) traveled to Jasper County to pick up two horses that were being surrendered by their owner. The two mares – now named Jubilee and Ruby Moon – were transported nearly four hours across the state and arrived at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in the late afternoon.
The horses are reported to be around 12 years old, though the Longmeadow staff won’t know for certain until they are seen by a vet on Monday, July 25. Ruby Moon, the bay mare, has a body condition scoring (BCS) of a two or a high one and only weighs 798 pounds. Jubilee, the paint mare, has a BCS of three at 905 pounds. ACT members noted that the horses had access to square bales of hay and fresh water, but their weights do not reflect that. This is likely due to poor dental health, since neither of the horses had any routine medical care in their histories. Longmeadow staff noted that they seem to be dropping hay out of their mouths while trying to eat, which could also be due to poor dental hygiene.
Upon arrival, Ruby Moon was exhausted, and it took Longmeadow staff about 20 minutes to coax her out of the trailer. Bringing Jubilee out first finally convinced her to follow, and the pair are decompressing and adjusting to the good life at the ranch.