Free vaccines for rescue horses!

January 20th, 2011

Kudos to the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign for helping homeless horses in a way I’d never thought of. This group provides free vaccines for horses in rescues and retirement facilities.

Facilities must follow the AAEP Care Guidelines For Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities and have “not-for-profit” 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to qualify.

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…)

Euthanasia: Not the worst thing that can happen to a horse

November 23rd, 2010

Over the years, I’ve seen many rescues and individuals go to incredible lengths to save horses. While I admire the love and dedication behind them, I often feel that such efforts are misplaced and counter-productive. A quick, quiet death is sometimes the best gift we can give to an animal.

It’s often also the only one that makes sense.

I won’t fault any individual for spending his or her own money to try to save a beloved animal, assuming the animal doesn’t suffer long-term, and assuming that spending that money doesn’t endanger any other members of the household. But rescues are different. Nearly all rescues are working with very limited resources, many of them donated. The sad reality of the current horse market is that spending thousands of dollars trying to save one critically ill or injured horse means that several healthy but unlucky horses lose their second chance at a good life. And often, even the ill/injured horse in question has very little chance at what most people would consider a GOOD, comfortable, enjoyable life. (more…)

Adopting a rescue horse: Is it right for you?

February 17th, 2010

My dream is that every homeless animal would be adopted by a loving owner and allowed to live out a happy and productive life. I understand that taking in a horse simply isn’t possible for everyone, but if you’re one of the lucky few with the resources and experience to allow it, I urge you to consider adopting a rescue horse.

At one time, a “rescue horse” was almost guaranteed to have fairly severe mental or physical issues. That’s because in a good horse economy, sane, healthy horses rarely needed to be rescued. But the situation is different now, and many good, trained horses end up in rescues simply because their owners can’t or won’t support them financially anymore. These horses can be a great fit for anyone with a reasonable amount of horse experience.

(Of course, there are still plenty of special needs horses out there as well. Adopting one of these horses can be incredibly rewarding, but I strongly discourage novice horse owners from doing so. These horses require a lot of patience, knowledge and skill. Starting out your horsey career with a difficult horse can break your heart and ruin your confidence. And it won’t do the horse much good, either.)

If you think adoption might be right for you, here are a few things to keep in mind: (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/