VAN WYCK – Mandela, a blondish Belgian draft horse, gives a loud whinny when Katie Holme comes out of the shed with a bowl of grain for him.
Even though Mandela is about 700 pounds underweight, he just started showing interest in nibbling hay over the last couple of days. His hips jut out from under his golden coat, and butterflies land on them as he eats.
Good Samaritans rescued Mandela and brought him to Healing Horses, a nonprofit organization run by Holme.
His rescuers found him tied to a tree. He was likely surviving, barely, by eating tree bark.