Looking at Patience for the first time we were shocked. We had never seen such an emaciated animal ever. Every rib showed, her backbone was protruding, her eyes were like aliens with deep sunken sockets. The kind vet felt we could save her but did blood work to see what damage had been done to her major organs. Amazingly there was no damage. She felt she was within a week or two of dying without our intervention. Patience was so weak when she arrived the vet had to give her several shots to give her the strength to stand. She said it was like going through rhinoceros hide as there was absolutely no collagen or fat left. She was one tough Arab. We started her slowly on beet pulp and good feed and vitamins and within a few months she gained around 400 pounds. She was the gentlest horse we have ever met.
Her best friend was Gracie, another very gentle Arab who was also a starvation case. Patience taught us so much.