TRABUCO CANYON – When Maggie, an Arabian, tries to roll in her paddock to scratch her itchy coat, Ulysses, a quarter horse, stands over her just to make sure she won’t get too far away from him.
“They’ve both just fallen in love with each other,” said Elizabeth Zarkos, director of Hanaeleh, a horse rescue group based in Trabuco Canyon. “They don’t leave each other’s side in the paddock. If I try to separate them, they’ll just scream to each other.”
Both bay horses, Maggie, a mare, and Ulysses, a gelding, were recently rescued by Hanaeleh after a volunteer from the Riverside Department of Animal Services alerted Zarkos. Both were skinny. Maggie had lost nearly 400 pounds and Ulysses was a clear victim of abuse, she said. They are two of hundreds found in riverbeds and fields in Riverside County. About 85 to 90 percent are abandoned and left to starve. A small percentage of horses are found as strays. Please read the entire article in the OC Register HERE