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Fundraiser for rescued horses this weekend

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Schone’s Friendship Farm is holding a benefit this Saturday for the nearly 20 neglected horses rescued from a Rock Island County farm on October 5th.

Saturday, November 3, the Schone’s are hosting a movie night in the barn. At 6 p.m., War Horse will be projected in the 185-foot indoor arena. Black Beauty will follow at 8:30 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the family-friendly movies while surrounded by horses.

In early October, authorities found the horses on the farm of Larry Garrett, Taylor Ridge. Many were several hundred pounds underweight and also suffered from skin conditions. Garrett was cited for cruelty to animals and for an animal owner duties violation. Authorities said the neglect was likely an effect of the summer drought, which caused hay prices to skyrocket.

Seven of the horses were left at Schone’s farm Tuesday. Trainers said their condition had greatly improved, and many had been adopted.

There is no cost for Saturday’s movie night, but donations go directly to the care of the horses rescued by Schone’s Farm on October 5. Concessions will also be available, with all profits going toward the horses.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Schone’s Friendship Farm is located at 15711 – 13th Street Milan, IL. You can visit for directions.

Check out the flyer for the fundraiser – click here.