Abused horse recovers

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Phoenix arrives at Falcon Ridge Equine Rescue in Valley Center due to severe neglect. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
An emaciated horse, seized from a property in Anza by Riverside County Department of Animal Services, is recovering at Falcon Ridge Equine Rescue in Valley Center. The chestnut stallion, named Phoenix, is responding well to a special weight-gaining diet and light exercise. “Phoenix arrived Thursday, Aug. 6, directly from Riverside DAS officers,” Nicki Branch, rescue president, said. “They said he was with an owner who taught him to dance in Anza. Though we don’t know his age yet, he is older and scored a 1 on the Henneke Scale when he arrived.” The Henneke horse body condition scoring system is a numerical scale used to evaluate the amount of fat on a horse’s body. It was developed in the early 1980s by Don Henneke at Texas A&M University with the goal of creating a u
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