Daigre happened to come across a website where she saw both horses being brokered out. In a photo, she saw how emaciated Arthur appeared and watched a video of Max that turned her stomach, sealing her determination to get both horses away from such upsetting conditions. In the video, a woman rode the horse, slapping him with his reins and kicking him hard. "It was clear he was not even broke to ride," Daigre said.
"I was told that [Arthur] was purposely starved while waiting to go to the next auction and the man that had him often sold thin old horses to the 'cat man' with exotic cats for meat," she said. "I was horrified." With the assistance of a network of draft horse resources, Daigre was able to hire a transporter to bring both horses safely to the sanctuary.