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Horse Adoption and Welfare

When she arrived at the Heart of Phoenix (HOP) rescue in West Virginia, Sansa was starving and nearly too weak to stand. The attending veterinarian advised rescuer Tinia Creamer that even with extensive rehabilitation the filly would never be...
Training a wild horse is different from training one that has been around people since birth. It’s important to be realistic about your expectations, as each horse is unique and will have different needs. Annie MacDermaid, a top trainer...
There are horses across the country in need of loving homes. In 2019, Horse Illustrated and partner organizations will be helping bring together horses and humans through our horse adoption drive. Visit this page for updates showcasing adoptable horses, featured...
Nine years ago, national dog and cat advocate Christy Counts got her first horse. “It was kind of an adult passion,” she says. Counts had always loved horses from a distance, but she’d never had the opportunity to have one...
No matter how well they are cared for, many of the horses in backyard pastures or boarding barns will eventually need to be rehomed. This can happen when the animal’s owner becomes challenged by changing finances, illness, age or...
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Find Your Old Friend

Despite our best efforts, it’s all too easy to lose track of a favorite horse. They’re bought and sold, names are changed, and new owners may not always update the registration information. Since the beginning of social media, horse owners...
After a family crisis, Ken Chin became the owner of a dozen high-profile Arabian performance horses. At the time, Chin knew very little about horses in general, and absolutely nothing about the ones he inherited. Fortunately, the animals had...
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...
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