The economy has been tough on a lot of things, including animals. The lucky ones end up in a shelter with a second chance. Others are abandoned and left on their own.
One program in New River is doing its part to help horses -- but can use some help too.
Dreamchaser Horse Rescue in New River has 41 horses on five acres.
"Everyone is a rescue, 90 percent are saved from slaughter so literally from feed lots, Premarin farms, the next stop was slaughter," says Susan Thompson.
This rescue is very personal for Susan Thompson. She used Premarin, a hormone from pregnant mares for decades, never knowing how tough it could be for the horses.
"I saw a headline that said Premarin mares go to slaughter. That's the first time I ever heard the word Premarin with horses. I looked it up and discovered the atrocity."
Susan gave up Premarin and started saving horses. It's Susan Thompson's goal to find them all good homes. These two were found in the desert.
"They had been dumped out and left to their own devices. I don't know how long they were there."
The neglected horses are now doing well, and will eventually find a new home.
To help out: www.dreamchaserhorserescue.org