Horses rescued from Twiggs County home “doing great”

GRAY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Two horses are recovering at a ranch after being rescued from a home in Twiggs County last week.

“It’s amazing what these guys have been able to do,” Dr. Rebecca Gimenez said.

Gimenez owns the property off Highway 18 where the horses are being brought back to life. Deputies with the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office say the horses were without sufficient food and water.

“I’m very excited about how healthy they’re becoming already,” Gimenez said. “It’s amazing what some salt, water, grain and grass three times a day can do.”

Robert Allen Barfield was charged with two counts of animal cruelty in relation to the investigation into his home on Big Oak Road last Wednesday. He was released from the Twiggs County Jail on a $2,000 dollar bond.

Gimenez runs Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. She picked up the horses, took them to the vet, and immediately began the rehab process.

“Their entire attitudes change, they go from standing around trying not to use energy to ‘hey, what’s going on’ and looking around trying to interact with you,” Gimenez said.

Gimenez has been rescuing horses since 1994.  She’s using this case to educate others, saying to raise a horse, you need more than love. She estimates to effectively raise a horse, it takes $5,000 dollars.

The heavier of the two horses, the mare, will end rehab within a couple of weeks. The thinner of the two horses, which appeared to be skin and bones last week, will continue to recover into October.

Given Gimenez’ love for horses, she welcomes a longer stay.

“I’ve had horses all my life, but there is something special,” she said. “Winston Churchill said there’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man.”

If you or anyone you know is struggling to raise a horse or large animal, ask them to contact the Georgia Equine Rescue League at 770-464-0138.

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