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So Exhausted & Dehydrated He Could Not Stand

  • Breed: Paso Fino
  • Name: LUCHADOR a Pony Rejected by the Herd
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Baby

$415.00 raised of $875.00

Rejected by the herd, which included his mother, this young guy had been lost for days on a large piece of land in Aguada, Puerto Rico. But thanks to dedicated searching, not giving up, Luchador is now safe.

When rejected, Luchador jumped a barbwire fence; he suffered several cuts. He was then found in a creek completely exhausted and worn down from his ordeal.

Luchador was found and was brought to Defensa the other day. He was so exhausted he could not stand up in the transportation truck. Luchador has a long road ahead of him, but he has made it through the first 72 hours, so we are optimistic! This young pony will need to remain in Defensa's care for quite some time to receive the IVs, vet visits, food, and vitamins, etc, to make sure he is a strong adult horse that will have the best future possible!

Thank you to everyone that takes the time to donate and share Luchador's story. We cannot do any of this without you. Please consider donating and sharing this campaign to help him get to full recovery!

Updates

  • The simple things take more time and money in horse rescue 

    Lots of clean water for example!


    July 30, 2018


  • hanging with pepe and luchador today



    July 29, 2018


  • thanks to our volunteers


    July 20, 2018


  • Your donations and support make these rescues possible. Thank you 


    July 19, 2018


  • PEPE and LUCHADOR 

    Continue to get meds,feed and care



    July 18, 2018


  • THANKS TO SKILLED VOLUNTEERS & FRIENDS FOR TODAY! WE ARE STARTING THE PROCESS TO SOCIALIZE AND BUILD HUMAN TRUST + RESPECT IN OUR LITTLE RESCUED HORSES PEPE & LUCHADOR.

    When we arrived they wanted nothing to do with us...... But that changed with time, trust and patience! Thanks Lisa, Jeff, Jenn & JulieTom. PEPE is for adoption in Puerto Rico. Because NO one wants a non social jerk of a horse so this work is critical to PEPE's future. Your donations help to make all this possible. Thank you!



    July 15, 2018


  • We are thrilled to report PEPE and LUCHADOR are now on sanctuary.  They still have a road to health to travel but they have each other and a path now. Please continue to share and donate for the unwanted street horses of Puerto Rico like PEPE and LUCHADOR.  


    July 07, 2018


  • yum yum Thank you all 


    July 05, 2018


  • just hanging out waiting to eat :)

    Your valuable donations go towards feeding this little one!  No donation is too small.  Thank you!


    July 04, 2018


  • he is eating and healing up - little by little

    Your donations and shares will help him!



    June 29, 2018


  • Little LUCHADOR has quite the personality 

    He has taken to literally kicking the chickens out of his "dinning" room!  No chicken has been hurt and it makes for great entertainment!    Please donate and share his story so we can keep the food and care coming for this little guy.   


    June 26, 2018


  • some more photos upon intake



    June 25, 2018


  • Your donations will buy his food 


    June 24, 2018


  • Thanks to PintosRUs & Staff, Dr Ramos and YOU!!! 

    He is standing and eating MORE!


    June 23, 2018


  • We continue giving this little weak guy IV fluids as he isn't strong yet!

    Please consider a donation or share so we can give LUCHADOR all he needs to get his strength and health back!



    June 22, 2018


  • luchador will been seen by out-call horse vet dr ramos today

    thank you for your donations making it possible for us to get horses that should not or can not be trailer-ed a vet visit!

    June 21, 2018


  • LITTLE LUCH(ador) WAS SEEN BY DR RAMOS AND VET TECH CHRISTIAN TODAY

    Thank you all so much for your donations. Horses can tend to be more expensive than dogs and cats! Possibly why not may groups help horses in Puerto Rico!   Dr Ramos feels he just needs lots of (the right) food, supplements, time and rest to get better!  If you prefer to donate items please do!



    June 21, 2018


  • He has a long recovery road ahead of him but we are optimistic 

    He is getting lots of care made possible by your donations 



    June 20, 2018