Mare and Foal Thriving After Nebraska Ranch Rescue

A mustang mare believed to be around 38 years old is thriving, and has delivered a healthy filly since authorities removed her and 209 other horses from the 3-Strikes Ranch in Alliance, Neb., earlier this year, reported Habitat for Horses President Jerry Finch.

In April, Morrill County authorities and personnel from Habitat for Horses and other equine welfare agencies removed the mare and 209 other allegedly malnourished and neglected animals from the ranch after investigating complaints about conditions there. Morrill County Attorney Jean Rhodes later charged 3-Strikes Ranch operator Jason Meduna with multiple counts of animal cruelty. His case is still pending.

Mare removed from 3-Strikes ranch and foal

Lexi and Audi

Lexi was seven months pregnant when she arrived at Habitat for Horses along with six other mustangs removed from the ranch, Finch said. Rescuers feared the mare's age would complicate the pregnancy. However the mare delivered Audi, a healthy foal, four months later.

"To have a 38-year-old- mare deliver a healthy foal is amazing, but Audi is perfect," Finch said. "Both the mother and the baby are still doing very well."

The remaining animals removed from 3-Strikes Ranch were also placed in adoptive homes.

All are doing well, Finch reported.

Read more: "BLM Cites Co-Owner of Nebraska Mustang Ranch"

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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