Rotten tomatoes, lettuce, corn cobs, and avocados mixed with packets of ketchup and mustard were all that 10 in southern Florida had to survive on, a charity claims.
The South Florida SPCA said the stench from the rotting food left in containers was so bad that buzzards were circling.
Thursday’s rescue occurred after the horses were found in a Southwest Miami-Dade field in an area known as “The 8.5”.
The charity said the group comprised an Arabian stallion, two paso finos, two paint horses and five quarter horse or quarter horse types.
“Rotten tomatoes, lettuce, corn cobs and avocados mixed with packets of ketchup and mustard and other unidentifiable food waste, was all that the horses had to survive on,” the charity said in a statement.
It said most of the horses were lame or crippled.
They were taken to the South Florida SPCA rescue ranch in Homestead.
“They are all getting proper feed, clean water and safe shelter, and will be evaluated by the SPCA’s veterinarian, Dr Zachary Franklin.”
The owner of the horses had yet to be established.