13 Paso Fino horses need homes


Thirteen Paso Fino horses, including some very young ones, need adoptive homes. Tthe owner was breeding them for the agricultural exemption and then became too ill to care for them and couldn't sell them. The Horse Protection Association of Florida is feeding them until they can be well enough to be adopted. (Photo courtesy of Morgan Silver/Horse Protection Association of Florida)

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:01 p.m.

Thirteen neglected Paso Fino horses at an Anthony farm are up for adoption after their owner was no longer able to care for them.

The horses, which range in age from a few months to 19 years old, were allowed to roam free on the property and have never been handled.

“We are looking for people who are experienced and can handle horses that have not been trained or handled,” said Morgan Silver of the Horse Protection Association of Florida, which is caring for the horses.

The owner is currently in South Florida receiving cancer treatment. He tried to surrender the horse to the county, but they do not accept surrendered horses.

“Some were a little emaciated, but their feet were really bad. They had never had any hoof care,” Silver said.

While the horses are feral, Silver has been working with them to make them less skittish.

“Training pretty much means standing there with a bucket of food and then waving my hand until they get used to it,” she said.

At first, one of the stallions would bolt when she waved, but has warmed up to Silver and now allows her to hug him around the neck.

“I enjoy that process quite a bit. It's so much fun to get them to trust you and learn that a human isn't going to trap them and catch them,” she said. “They have some issues, but I think most of them will make really good horses.”

The association is holding an open house and tack sale Saturday and will have two of the younger horses there for viewing. The facility is located at 20690 NW 130th Ave. in northwestern Marion County.

“Paso Finos are easy to handle. If you treat them well, they are fantastic. They are a very loyal breed. They were the first horse that I ever rode when I was a kid in the '60s,” Silver said.

Anyone interested in adopting a horse can contact Silver at 466-4366, email msilver@wildblue or visit www.HPAF.org.

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