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Rescue horse gets new owner, lease on life

Jaime Payson, the new owner of a thoroughbred horse named Taylor, sits atop her as Karen Newton, owner of Tamarack Stables, stands with her.

Jaime Payson, the new owner of a thoroughbred horse named Taylor, sits atop her as Karen Newton, owner of Tamarack Stables, stands with her. Jennie Russell

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This photograph was taken of Taylor shortly after her arrival at Tamarack Stables. Taylor has since been nursed back to health by boarder Karen Newton.

— When Karen Newton took in a malnourished female thoroughbred named Taylor, she hoped to nurse her back to good health and one day find her a new, caring owner. Now, she believes she has done just that.

Newton, owner of Tamarack Stables, brought Taylor in earlier this year after her former owners surrendered her, knowing they could not provide her proper care. Since she began caring for her in March, Newton has brought Taylor back from an unhealthy 974 pounds to well over 1,100 pounds.

“She’s pretty much up to her normal weight now,” said Newton. “Her ribs aren’t showing anymore and her hip bones aren’t sticking out. It’s awesome to see what a difference there is in her.”

The process to help Taylor gain weight was a lengthy one, said Newton, which involved providing her with a proper diet and regular exercise.

“We had to be careful she didn’t gain too much weight too fast,” she said. “It’s been an uphill battle, but she’s doing well.”

The whole time Taylor was under Newton’s care, one of Newton’s patrons, Jamie Payson of Plattsburgh, was watching Taylor with admiration.

“Taylor is the type of horse that I have been looking for,” said Payson, who has been riding horses for the past few years. “From the second I met her, I knew she was something special.”

Payson said she was drawn to how calm Taylor was even after the creature was so close to the brink of death.

“She is a beautiful, kind and happy horse, even with what she has been through, which shows how resilient she is,” said Payson.

Though Payson has taken ownership of Taylor, the now “healthy-as-a-horse” horse will remain boarded at Tamarack Stables along with many other horses Newton boards.

“Taylor has been through so much in the past couple years and I truly believe that she deserves to live the rest of her life in an atmosphere where she is healthy, loved and treated with respect,” said Payson. “I know there is no better place for her to be than at Tamarack Stables with Karen.”

“I think it’s great,” Newton said of Taylor’s new arrangement. “It’s nice to see she’s well-taken care of and loved.”

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