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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.

In Oakland, Oregon, the 1,120 acre Duchess Sanctuary is home to 196 horses and donkeys rescued from public lands, slaughter, the pharmaceutical industry, and other horrific situations.Forty-five of the Sanctuary residents are over the age of 20, making them...
Catch up on Flickers' story so far in part one and part two.By summer’s end, the mums outside the barn have opened up to share their autumn colors and the flowering vines have reached their full pink glory. Flickers...
Photos courtesy Maker's Mark Secretariat Center With summer coming to an end and back-to-school bells starting to clang in Kentucky and across the country, Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has taken on its next class of shining pupils that are earning...
If you haven't read part one of the story yet, click here to start from the beginning.The morning after high-school senior Cassidy Paradis committed to buying the rescue horse she would later name "Flickers,” the 18-year old made her...
The cavernous golden nostrils sniffling and snuffling the bars of the dark stall caught my attention. I reached out to touch the horse’s nose and noticed a hand-written note attached to the stall door: "No Treats.”It seemed like a...
If you’re a people person with a passion for horses in need, running an equine adoption facility may be the perfect fit for your skill set. Karen Gustin, Executive Director for the Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) in Nicholasville,...
What do you do when your two passions are riding horses and the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry? For me, it’s simple. Find sound, sane, well-conformed Thoroughbreds from great connections in the racing world, unearth their natural skills and...
Rena StarlightFor the next few months, HorseChannel.com will be giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) in Lexington, Kentucky. Following multiple horses throughout their time at the center, readers will find out how Thoroughbreds...
In October 2015, news of a massive rescue effort at Peaceable Farm in Virginia made national news. More than 80 horses were said to be at the farm, dozens suffering from neglect and several had already died of starvation...
Last year a woman in rural Pinal County, Ariz., saw what she believed was a mistreated horse. So she approached the horse, haltered him, removed him from his pasture, and brought him to an equine rescue near Tuscon.After the...
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