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Horse Adoption, Welfare, and Charities

Adoption and welfare are important to the equine industry. There are a number of horse charities that tackle issues in the equine industry. Horse Illustrated has covered news regarding horse adoption, horse welfare, and the work of various organizations working to better the industry. Adoptable horses are becoming a great option for those seeking a new equine partner, for recreation or for competition. In addition, organizations, such as The Right Horse, adoption agencies, and others are making people aware of the benefits of giving horses new careers. We also cover timely topics in the news on horse welfare issues, new and changing laws, what national and local horse charities are working on, etc.

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...
The Best Therapy

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Read on to learn more about the horses in transition for an Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) program at Colorado State University.Bud Kamrud has been challenged by muscular dystrophy (MS) all of his adult life. But once a...
The Right Horse Initiative is launching My Right Horse, an innovative web-based platform that connects potential adopters with available horses. This program simplifies the process of searching for and adopting a horse by collecting information on adoptable horses into...
Read on to learn more about off track thoroughbred (OTTB) adoptions.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...
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 at Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary. “That one’s Thor,” says Odessa Oldham, pointing through...
Read how many equestrians are training the adoptable horse rather than acquire their animals through a private sale.For years, Diana Kitts focused on her family and her work. But just before a landmark birthday, she decided to do something...
Read to learn about equine adoption dos and don'tsDuring 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,’”...
Interested in horse adoption? Read this article to debunk five horse adoption myths.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,...
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...
In the early 1900s, Jill Girardi-Thomas’s father, Monte, started a business using his team of horses and a wagon to haul potatoes at Chicago’s South Water Market. Years later, he bought his daughter her first horse. Today, Girardi-Thomas breeds...
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