"She's lonely and confused, as you can understand," Parker said. "You still can't touch her beyond her shoulder. She's dangerous, and it's a shame."
Parker has rescued four horses from kill pens at auctions in the last couple of years, and she said it takes a long time to gain their trust. Horse auctions are, sadly, a common way for horse camps, racing farms and individuals who no longer want to care for their horses to quickly unload them.
"They're every single week, and they're all over," Parker said. While horse slaughter is illegal in the U.S., "kill buyers" show up at every auction to buy large numbers of horses for as little as $50 a head and ship them to Mexico or Canada to be killed for meat. Meanwhile, the woman who rescued Ruby had to pay $750 to get her pulled from the deplorable conditions of the kill pen.