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Sep 4, 2013 8:36 PM by Bill Folsom

Horse burned in Black Forest fire allowed to go home

Sundance, a horse badly burned in the Black Forest fire has been allowed to leave the animal clinic where he was under treatment for nearly three months. "It means a lot", said his owner Judy von Ahlefeldt. The horse is part of her family and after losing her home and another horse to the fire, this horse brings hope in the aftermath of the disaster. The mustang was in a pasture with the other horse and the gate was left open so they could run from the fire. When the flames approached, von Ahlefeldt thinks the horses did not try to get out because the flames were in front of them. Sundance ended up with third degree burns. "He originally had some lesions that didn't look that big, but there was what was called latent heat damage where the fur peeled off and then muscle was exposed." Now hide has grown back over the open wounds. The burn spots are still clearly visible, but the horse will survive.

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