It has become almost commonplace. Horses found wandering alone, in neighborhoods, abandoned in the desert, turned loose when owners either can no longer care for them financially, or just want to get rid of them. Most counties generally have no designated community facility to take in equines that are lost or abandoned, and if they are unclaimed, many if not most , end up at the auction. With their future s uncertain , there is a high probability of a dismal end at slaughter. Equine rescues do their best to help out, but the numbers are becoming overwhelming. Fortunately for a small bay gelding , his story ended differently. An individual living in the “ Dogpatch” area in Tucson woke to find the horse hopelessly tangled in hi s fence , still trying to reach the last bites of hay someone had thrown over his fence in the night. Carefully cutting the fence away from the horse to avoid injury, he brought him in to his corral, fed and watered him. Hoping to find the owner but unsuccessful, the man called several rescues asking for help . Disabled and out of work, it was a struggle to buy hay to feed the skinny little horse, his story of a hard life told by the scars on his back and across his nose. ACE stepped in to help, bringing hay to make sure the little guy didn’t go hungry until a new home could be found. Taking on the responsibility of an equine is a privilege not to be taken lightly. Education regarding the cost and commitment of caring for an equine is vital to prevent these types of situations . Meanwhile, your help is needed.