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Heavily pregnant mares, pictured at the New Holland Auction last week, were rescued by a Vermont horse charity. Three had to be bought back from meat buyers. Photo courtesy Gerda Silver

Pregnant horses rescued from meat buyers

A band of heavily pregnant Thoroughbred mares, including a badly crippled horse whose future is uncertain, was rescued from the New Holland Auction Feb. 29. Four pregnant mares, most due to foal this month, and a fifth who is not pregnant, were rescued by Gerda’s Animal Aid, Inc. of Vermont, with the help of numerous charities and individuals who stepped up to offer foster farms and financial support, says Gerda Silver, of the Vermont-based nonprofit. Working frantically for two days, Silver and other Thoroughbred advocates were able to join forces to buy back three horses who had already been purchased by meat […]