Seized in late October 2023, Baron was in very poor condition; near death from starvation.
Prior to seizure he was confined in a 12x12 outdoor stall, in mud to his mid-cannon, sharing the space with a full-sized Coriente cow, a metal hay feeder and a water trough.
An adjoining stall contained another Coriente cow and a horse which had died of apparent starvation. Authorities arrived too late to save this unfortunate animal.
Rainbow Meadows was tasked by Law Enforcement with Baron’s physical rehabilitation. We learned quickly that in addition to his physical needs, Baron also needed mental and emotional rehab starting with castration which will occur in late January 2024.
Baron reportedly has been used in ranch work. Previous abuse and poor management practices have resulted in a traumatized horse. He currently demonstrates agression related to food (resource guarding). He also manifests stéréotypies of wind sucking and teeth grinding on stall panels.
Baron will require an experienced handler who utilizes positive behavior reinforcement (no corporal punishment) and can help him heal from previous trauma. Videos posted here are from his harsh training in Mexico. Rainbow Meadows has made a promise that he will not be subjected to this type of training/handling in his future.
Baron must be housed separate from other male horses until he can adjust his agressive behaviors.
Rainbow Meadows does not know if he has a breeding history. If he has been involved in breeding, he may manifest stallions-like behaviors with mares.