Jockey Club Launches Thoroughbred Connect Program

May 16th, 2011

Today the Jockey Club announced a new, free online service to help Thoroughbreds find new homes when their racing careers are over. The Thoroughbred Connect program allows people who are interested in helping a particular horse to attach their contact information to that horse’s electronic records. If that horse is in need of assistance or a home in the future, the horse’s owner can log in and request the contact information.

Thoroughbred owners and racing fans: the Jockey Club has provided you with an easy way to help ensure that the horses you love end up in a good place when their racing days are done. PLEASE take advantage of it.

To learn more, read the Bloodhorse news article here, or go directly to the online tool: thoroughbredconnect.com.

Student improving horse rescue with thesis

March 30th, 2011

This story just made my day. :) Jacie Cupertino, a student at Cazenovia College in NY, is about to complete her thesis, titled Rescue Me! A Collective Resource for Equine Rescue Facilities to Enhance Their Business Operations.

The project focuses on public perception of equine rescue facilities, and how rescues can become more successful with simple changes that:

  • enhance their perceived legitimacy
  • increase the public’s willingness to donate resources, and
  • improve the quality of the facility’s operations.

I think this approach is sheer brilliance on Jacie’s part, and I can’t wait to read her thesis when it’s published next month!

Horse Rescues

November 23rd, 2010

There are hundreds of horse rescue organizations in the United States, so odds are good that there’s at least one near you. Most rescues depend heavily on donations (of money, feed, tack, etc.) and volunteers. Whether you can spare a $20 donation, a few bales of hay, or a couple of hours per week cleaning stalls, you can help save a horse.

I’ve compiled a huge list of horse rescue organizations, and I’ve broken them down by state below. (more…)

Operation Gelding

November 23rd, 2010

Just as with dogs and cats, the overbreeding and accidental breeding of horses has helped created a situation where the supply far exceeds the demand. This over-abundance of horses has far-reaching consequences– none of them positive, for horses or the people who love them.

The obvious long-term solution is to breed fewer horses. That’s where Operation Gelding comes in. Sponsored by the Unwanted Horse Coalition, Operation Gelding provides funds to groups and organizations who hold low-cost gelding clinics to castrate local horses. So far, clinics have been scheduled or completed in 16 states. (more…)

Can’t afford to own a horse? Sponsor one instead!

February 17th, 2010

Always dreamed of owning a horse but don’t have the resources? Sponsorship may be the answer!

If you sponsor a horse, you pay a monthly fee for a needy horse’s food, board and vet care, and a rescue organization takes care of the horse on your behalf until a permanent home can be found. (In some cases, sponsored horses are not good candidates for adoption and will live out their lives at the rescue or sanctuary.) Your sponsorship fees are tax deductible in many cases (please check with the rescue organization to be sure), and often you can even arrange to visit your horse if you’re in the area!

Can’t afford to sponsor a horse alone? Recruit your family or friends. Groups and even businesses can sponsor horses. And sponsorship makes a great gift!

Here are some rescues that promote sponsorship on their websites. However, most rescues will happily accept sponsors for horses. There is a much longer list of rescues here. (more…)

Rescues by State: VA, VT, WA, WI, WY

February 17th, 2010

Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge of most of these organizations. As with any type of charitable organization, there are a few bad apples out there, so please do some research to ensure that your donations go to a good rescue who will use them well. This article provides great information about selecting a good rescue.

Rescue Name Website State
Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement
& Rescue Center
http://www.bluehorsemukwa.org/
VA
Dream Catcher Farm Horse Sanctuary http://www.horsesanctuary.com/
VA
Eagle Hill Equine Rescue http://www.eaglehillfarm.com/
VA
Equine Rescue League http://www.equinerescueleague.org/

Rescues by State: TN, TX, UT

February 17th, 2010

Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge of most of these organizations. As with any type of charitable organization, there are a few bad apples out there, so please do some research to ensure that your donations go to a good rescue who will use them well. This article provides great information about selecting a good rescue.

Rescue Name Website State
Gentry Creek Farm http://www.gentrycreek.com/
TN
Horse Haven of Tennessee http://www.horsehavenoftn.com/
TN
Mustang Alley Horse Rescue http://www.mustangalley.org/
TN
Sacred Heart Rescue http://www.sacredheartrescue.com/

Rescues by State: PA, RI, SC, SD

February 17th, 2010

Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge of most of these organizations. As with any type of charitable organization, there are a few bad apples out there, so please do some research to ensure that your donations go to a good rescue who will use them well. This article provides great information about selecting a good rescue.

Rescue Name Website State
Angel Acres Horse Rescue http://www.angelacreshorsehavenrescue.com/
PA
Another Chance 4 Horses http://www.ac4h.com/
PA
Back In the Saddle Horse Adoption http://www.bitshorseadopt.org/
PA
Bright Futures Farm http://www.brightfuturesfarm.org/

Rescues by State: OH, OK, OR

February 17th, 2010

Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge of most of these organizations. As with any type of charitable organization, there are a few bad apples out there, so please do some research to ensure that your donations go to a good rescue who will use them well. This article provides great information about selecting a good rescue.

Rescue Name Website State
Angels Haven Horse Rescue http://www.angelshavenhorserescue.com/
OH
Claddagh Farm Horse Rescue http://www.cfhrescue.org/
OH
Equirest Farm http://www.equirest.com/
OH
Fire Tail Farm Equine Rescue and Relief http://firetailrescue.org/

Rescues by State: NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY

February 17th, 2010
Rescue Name Website State
Crooked Pine Animal Rescue http://www.crookedpinerescue.com/
NC
H.E.R.O http://heroequinerescue.org/
NC
Hope for Horses http://www.hopeforhorses.org/
NC
Horse Protection Society of North Carolina http://www.horseprotection.org/