"He beat her and starved her, and kept her locked in a small pen," Lewis says.
At last, the horse's old owner agreed to give the horse to a member of his family, who, in turn, brought the battered horse to the shelter.
And along came Lewis.
"I called my husband and told him I wanted her," she says.
Lewis had no idea if this horse was too shattered to ride. Or if she would even live much longer.
"All I knew was she deserves a chance to be a horse," she explains.