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Lessons learned by couple who adopted horse in Trexler animal cruelty case

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Ben and his horse, Jazz, have been through plenty of things together. Ben and his horse, Jazz, have been through plenty of things together.
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

She's got the stature, the look, and she's got the footwork. Meet Jazz, a thoroughbred Arabian horse. Her owners got her half a year ago for free.

"What we realized with Jazz through the Humane Society, this horse has as much, if not more potential than a horse you would pay good money for  I'm not talking $5,000, I'm talking $25,000," said Melinda Peters, owner of the horse.

A college professor in Atlanta, Melinda Peters, retired to Kershaw County and brought her husband, Ben, in on her dream.

"We'll I'm a horse person now whether I want to be or not," said Ben.

It seems that he's adjusted based on how well he handled Jazz during our interview.

But Jazz wasn't always their girl. The Humane Society took her in a few years ago. She and 57 others were neglected, abused, and running wild. Belinda decided to adopt one.

"It took an hour to unload her in to a trailer," said Belinda. "She broke out into a sweat."

It's hard to believe 6 months ago you couldn't even touch Jazz. Now she lets just about anyone touch her and pet her.

But 6 months ago, Jazz was a horse recovering from trauma. She was one of 58 horses seized by the Humane Society from the Trexler family.

Investigators say the horses had been neglected and starved. James, Hazel and Terry Trexler were all charged in the case.

"For all the trauma she's endured, she has this desire to try," Ben said.

And it takes a lot of trying. Ben's doing the therapy himself with the guidance of Humane Society trainer, Bruce.

"To me, I feel these horses have been through what they've been through can give back more than the horse that you keep at home," said Bruce.

"For us, for Ben and I, after retirement, she's given us real direction," said Belinda.

So it turns out the horse they rescued has helped saved a part of them.

"It's a wonderful opportunity," said Belinda. "We feel really blessed."

There are still 13 Arabians, like Jazz, up for free adoption from the Humane Society. A reminder though, it takes around $3,000 a year to keep up a horse.

If you are interested in adopting or sponsoring a horse or donating to their care costs, you can call 1-803-783-1267.

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