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Once broken, Marco trots path to recovery
The Daily News
January 04, 2004
months ago it was hard to tell that Marco was the progeny of a stellar
line of Arabian horses.
He was a shell, hardly able to stand or eat.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw him,” said Randy Thorsen, whose
family recently adopted Marco. “I knew Marco when he was healthy. He
used to do tricks.”
By the time Marco was rescued by Habitat for Horses in May, he was so
starved that the once dark, glossy coat had turned dull and lifeless.
“He looked extremely old, and he was so skinny that you could almost
see through him,” said Jerry Finch, founder of Habitat for Horses, a
nonprofit rescue organization.
At the age of 16, Marco should’ve weighed 900 pounds. Instead he
The road to recovery, started as soon as the horse was taken to Habitat
for Horses’ rehabilitative team.
At almost 300 pounds underweight, it was crucial that Marco be able to
chew the food.
“His mouth was in poor shape,” said Darren Smith, the dental
technician who worked on Marco’s teeth.
Smith said Marco’s upper teeth protruded over the lower teeth, causing
the horse severe pain.
“It was hard for him to chew his food,” said Smith.
Smith said he worked for 45 minutes on Marco’s mouth, giving him a
bite realignment. Horses chew in a circular motion, grinding their food.
It was crucial to cut down the incisors so Marco’s teeth could meet
While other rescued horses healed in weeks, it took Marco longer because
of the severity of his problems, said Finch.
“It took him six weeks to gain 100 pounds,” he said.
By the time Marco left the rescue service, he weighed 880 pounds.
Beet pulp was part of a special diet to get his digestive system used to
“We had to rebuild his insides,” said Finch.
Marco’s trust and faith in man also had to be rebuilt.
Out on a spacious pasture in Santa Fe, Marco rests now, enjoying his new
family and an old friend.
Randy and Glennia Thorsen, their two children, and Misty are a part of
the emotional healing Marco has come to love.
Misty is a horse Marco used to share a stall with years ago.
The reunion has been happy.
“He’s doing great,” said Randy Thorsen. “We wanted to give him a
place to rest and retire.
“You couldn’t tell he had been so sick by looking at him now. He has
his spirit and life back.”