A local Boy Scout troop is doing more than just learning life skills--they're putting them in action, giving mistreated horses a second chance at life.
It’s a program that started two years ago and has kept growing ever since. Now, they hope to help as many horses as they can.
Horses grazing on pastures can be seen almost anywhere in North Texas. But horses being watched over by Boy Scouts is not something that can be seen everyday.
Troop leader Kim Thomas says, "We just like to ride to our campsite instead of driving and with the price of energy, that’s probably not a bad idea."
The scouts of Troop #9 Circle 10 take in abused and malnourished horses. In addition to riding them, the troop puts the animals in this pasture and slowly rehabilitates them, a task which troop leaders say teaches the Scouts responsibility.
Scout Robert Logston says, “I like the horses because I like to ride the horses."
Alex Jung says, "Feeding and riding and just helping the horses."
Jack, a.k.a One-eyed Jack, as the Scouts call him, is blind in one eye. Troop leaders say when they found him, they didn’t think he would survive because he was in such bad condition.
He was the first horse Trrop 9 took in. Shortly after came Gator, a racing horse. The troop now has six, including a little colt who was born to a mare, which was rescued this week.
Thomas says, "it was quite surprising, it was the first horse born to the troop. I’m the Scoutmaster, and I carry medical records for the boys and the horses, and I wasn't sure what to do with this one."
They kept him and are slowly working the new ones into the troop's herd. But they don't want to stop there. They want to help as many horses as they can, learning lessons along the way.
Thomas says, “You can make Eagle Scout in any other troop. That’s fine. But the reward is the journey, and our reward here is very great."
The number to call if you would like to help is (903) 814-0245.