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PERRY COUNTY - His name is Spirit, and his coloration symbolizes "good medicine," Jim Carter said of a horse nearly nursed back to health and looking for another home.
The Humane Society of Perry County president said Spirit was found in very poor condition when he was rescued from owners no longer able or willing to care for their animals, but has regained close to 150 pounds and is ready for immediate adoption.
A woman who has been caring for him has to turn her focus to her own health problems.
A "medicine-hat" horse is light-colored, but has blue eyes and a dark ear, Carter explained.
The coloration is reminiscent of hats worn by Native American medicine men, and the presence of a medicine-hat horse is thought to bring good luck.
Spirit's good luck came at the hands of the humane-society chapter's large-animal committee, according to Carter.
"He wouldn't have survived the first 10 days without their nursing," he said.
Carter described Spirit as "a big pony" at approximately 14 hands, and called him "really a gentle horse " that leads willingly. Carter's not sure if the animal, whose age a veterinarian estimated at 2 years, can be ridden.
"He still needs special care until he regains his healthy weight," which he believes may take a couple of months.
For more information, call Carter at 836-4138.