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Horse Adoption and Welfare

Several times each month, Mary Lou Spellmeyer travels the hour to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in time to bring horses in from their nighttime turnout and begin the morning feeding ritual. “I have to start out pretty early to be there...
Forrest Czarnecki arrived at Colorado State University (CSU) to prepare for a career in journalism, but now he’s also pursuing secondary studies through the school’s Right Horse program, designed to help horses in transition find new careers. As part...
Bud Kamrud has been challenged by muscular dystrophy (MS) all of his adult life. But once a week he is free of the disease’s limitations thanks to a therapy horse named Claude and the staff at the Colorado State...
Edited Press Release The Right Horse Initiative is launching My Right Horse, an innovative web-based platform that connects potential adopters with available horses. My Right Horse simplifies the process of searching for and adopting a horse by collecting information on...
Years ago, Michelle McCombs ran barrels with her Quarter Horse. But she gained special insight into the potential of Thoroughbred horses when she worked at a racetrack in her native Texas. “I became familiar with Thoroughbreds—their athleticism and temperament,” she...
Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary

Finding Sanctuary

A herd of horses fluffy with winter coats munch on hay while they eye us curiously as we circle the pasture in a utility vehicle. “That one’s Thor,” says Odessa Oldham, pointing through the falling snow at a chestnut...
For years, Diana Kitts focused on her family and her work. But just before a landmark birthday, she decided to do something for herself. “I had done everything for everybody, and thought ‘It’s time for me to do something for...
During a special event at the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, 7-year-old Neely Rae Miller led her family to the back of the barn. “She said, ‘You have to look at this horse,’” recalls Neely Rae’s grandmother, Laurie Oehlerking. “‘I fell...
Horse and Rainbow

Adoption Myths

Although perceptions are changing, there are still some stigmas about adoptable horses. Hilary LoBue is still amazed when she talks about Napoleon, the 9-year-old gray Andalusian-cross pony she adopted from the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in College Station, Texas, four...
With their bellies full and nothing to do but fool around, the little herd of nursemare foals at Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue cavorts and kicks and rascals around in the Florida sun. The good news is that with round-the-clock...
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