Horse's condition improves after brutal attack

8:29 AM, Nov 12, 2013   |    comments
Holly Frazier grazes her horse, Ruby, three weeks after the mare was stabbed and had her mane cut in an Oct. 18 attack.(Photo: Amanda Sowards, The Montgomery, Ala., Advertiser)
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (THE MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER) -- Coral Frazier said Monday that the condition of her daughter's horse, Ruby, continues to improve as the mare recovers from an Oct. 18 attack in which she was stabbed in the neck eight times and had her mane partially shorn.

Frazier said she has heard from people all over the country who are interested in offering some kind of help since her story appeared in The Montgomery Advertiser.

She said Ruby, a 12-year-old mare, was depressed and lost between 150 and 200 pounds following the attack, which the horse barely survived, but is starting to become more sociable with their other horses and is displaying a healthy appetite.

"We're joking about how much she's eating," Frazier said Monday. "You know that old phrase eating like a horse? Yeah, she really is eating like a horse."

Frazier and law enforcement officers are baffled about the motive behind the attack.

The attack on the Fraziers' small Flying F farm in Lowndes County.

The Sheriff's Office was able to rule out the possibility of an attack by another animal, West said.

Veterinarian Josh Gardner was able to make it to the farm and determined that not only had the mare been stabbed eight times in the neck, but also one of the cuts had nicked her jugular vein.

Commander Christopher West, an investigator with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, said he had never seen an attack like it on a horse before.

Ruby was at Gardner's office for nearly two weeks after the attack.

"It is a miracle she is alive," Frazier said.

Frazier's 13-year-old daughter, Holly, posted on Facebook about the attack, and the network of horse riders and horse lovers she has developed began offering help.

One donated saddle crosses, which many riders wear on saddles for good luck. Holly has been decorating them and selling them online to pay for Ruby's sizable medical expenses.

Frazier said Ruby's mane probably will take about two years to grow back to its full length.

According to media reports, there was a rash of horsehair thefts in a three-county area in Wyoming last year, and there have been reports of similar incidents in places such as Indiana and South Dakota. Most of those thefts involved cutting the hair off the horse's tail, according to the reports.

Horse owner Kim Smith, a friend of Frazier's, said that about four years ago in Valley, someone lopped off the hair on the tail of one of her horses "all the way to the nub."

She said she has heard of similar thefts happening in east and north Alabama, but said she had never heard of anyone injuring a horse in an attack similar to what happened to Ruby.

Holly and her mother have been thinking of ways to discourage another attack.

"Holly has decided that everybody is getting short haircuts," Frazier said, referring to the horses.

They also plan to equip their horses with tail bags and mane protectors.

Frazier said Sheriff's Office investigators told them that there is not much chance that the perpetrator will be caught.

"Since the eyewitness can't talk, there is not a lot of hope," she said.

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