On August 10th, 2012, Houdo was seized along with six other horses by Escambia County Animal Control and the Sheriff’s Department from a property in Pensacola, FL. Pictured above is Houdo at the Sheriff’s Livestock Impound Facility.
Panhandle Equine Rescue was also at the scene and photographed the horses, which were living in horrible conditions. They were thin and being forced to stand in excessive muck and manure. Included were three stallions that being confined to manure ridden stalls 24/7. The owner voluntarily surrendered all horses, but was still charged with animal cruelty. To read more on this rescue go to Facebook.
PER assisted in placing five of the seven horses into good homes. Two stallions were left; Houdo and Royce who faced going to auction. To keep them safe, PER took them into their rescue program. Royce was so gentle, it was hard to believe he was a stallion. Houdo had been beaten and abused and had major trust issues. After they were rehabilitated and gelded, Royce was adopted. Houdo still remains at PER. He has come a long way and turned out to be very sweet, although at times he still has problems trusting. He also has problems with his stifles. In the beginning of his rehab, he would often fall from being weak in that area; we assume it could be from being confined to a stall most of his life. We are told by reliable sources that Houdo was beaten by a farrier, so it several months to be able to gain enough of his trust to properly trim his feet.
Houdo has a special place in many volunteer’s hearts and will remain at PER until the right person comes along that will offer him a loving and patient forHoudo has a special place in many volunteer’s hearts and will remain at PER until the right person comes along that will offer him a loving and patient forever home.
This video shows Houdo’s gentle nature and high play drive. We like to find playmates for him to keep his weight down and to strengthen his stifles: