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Nursing a horse back to health… 

She’s almost four hundred pounds underweight, pregnant, and suffering from a long list of ailments….But as Cori Skall explains, Cheyenne, a 17 year old mare, is on her way to recovery.Thanks to some t-l-c from a group of folks who care.”She was living in a field, with minimal shelter, really no hay–just roots. She had a run-off culvert to drink from. I used to sit out there, with a bucket of grain, trying to earn her trust, cause she didn’t want to have anything to do with people.”Michele Cole first came across this thoroughbred named Cheyenne in November of 2007.She says the horse, who was kept in Levant, was being abused and neglected, so she made a complaint, but nothing came of it.”I’m ugly about it, you know, because maybe this would have never happened to her. Maybe she could have had a little quality of life.”Cole says through the years, Shy-Shy, as she calls her, bounced around, getting worse and worse, until cole was finally able to get her owner to sign her over.”I couldn’t turn my back on her. There’s a lot of horses out there that need people. And from the day I met her, I had a bond. I know she’s safe with me.”Cole says Shy-Shy is plagued with a host of medical issues, from ulcers on her eye to severe cracking of her hooves.She’s paralyzed and deaf on one side of her head, and is under-weight by almost four hundred pounds.To make matters worse, the horse, who’s pregnant and due to foal at the end of march, is infested with ring worm, and tape worms.”To know that she really hasn’t known a kind heart…it breaks my heart. I’d rather eat Ramen noodles everyday of the week, to make sure she makes it, and has a quality of life.”With help from folks across the U-S, and even Canada, Cole and her friends at the G-Bar ranch in Orneville, are nursing shy-shy back to health.”The life is coming back in to her. Taking her outside today, and the deep breaths and her perking up…I mean, what else can you ask for?”Cole has set up a website, for folks to track Shy-Shy’s recovery.There is also a place on the sight to donate, if you like.Just go to ahorse4humanity.com.