In Oct 2013, Wild Horse Journal posted a story about Mickey Mouse, a rescued Australian Brumby who fell victim to a violent attack. (click on link for full story) Mick was “attacked at home in his paddock sometime during the night of October 7, 2013. Investigators concluded Mickey was approached in his paddock by a person or persons and stabbed through the chest. After delivering the first blow the knife was then pulled upwards before being removed leaving a gaping hole in Mickey’s chest. Unaware of his plight his owners, a retired couple, did not realise his dilemma until daylight the next morning.”
WHJ received an update on Mickey’s condition this week, on Australia Day, Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Here is what Mick’s owner Sue, had to say:
“Mickey Mouse-The $10 Brumby- is now a rising 4 year old. He is approximately 14.1 hh and is Light Waler in type, with a silver tail. He recovered from the vicious tab wound, which has healed with light scarring.
Unfortunately the adhesions in then large muscles of his chest inhibit his ability to stretch. I started training him to saddle, but it became apparent that it was not in his best interests. The injury to his off side eye… caused by a penetrating wound from a sharp branch when he was run and caught…interferes with his peripheral vision. Now Mickey spends leisurely days with his small herd.
“Thankfully, he is now rehabilitated and has no ongoing health issues.”
All of us at WHJ, including Trooper, Mick’s soul brother, wish Sue and Mick all the best. Like all horses, Brumbies deserve a life free and safe from harm. Please lobby your local and national politicians to stop the culls and make free roaming wild horses in Australia a protected species. Did you know wild horses make positive contributions to the ecosystem?
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