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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.

Rescuing, rehabilitating and finding homes for more than 1,600 horses over the past 10 years, Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue co-founder Brad Gaver focuses his horse-training energy on teaching skills for life. Here, Gaver shares some tips for working with...
This year, Horse Illustrated will be giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) in Lexington, Ky. Following three horses throughout their time at the center, readers will find out how Thoroughbreds end up there,...
Sadly, there is a never ending supply of horses that have been neglected, abandoned, or abused. Anyone with a warm and caring heart may find themselves drawn to helping one or more of these creatures. Saving a horse from...
Adopting a horse through an equine rescue facility can seem bewildering at first. There are so many different entities that claim the title "horse rescue” that you can become immobilized due to confusion. So you don’t lose your enthusiasm,...
 Giving back to the equestrian community is something that’s hard wired in to most horse people’s DNA. While some choose to donate money to equestrian causes, many others volunteer their time and manpower to help horses that may have...

I Bought a Rescue

The ad read: Beginner safe horse needs a good home. Extensive trail experience. Easy to handle. Since the price was right too, I rushed up to see this Quarter Horse mare for myself. She was calm and stood quietly...
 A few months ago, I took on a story assignment for a new magazine in the Horse Illustrated/Young Rider family called Rescue Me. The magazine is all about the world of animal rescue. The story was to be about...
For a homeless horse, entering the realm of Pure Thoughts Horse and Foal Rescue in Loxahatchee, FL sparks a magical transition: a starving horse becomes well-fed; a neglected horse becomes cherished; an unwanted horse becomes part of a family....
 If you're thinking about adding a new horse to your home, you may have considered adopting from a rescue organization. There are countless horses out there in need of a caring, responsible owner, but finding your equine match can...
The American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) estimates that there are about 170,000 unwanted horses in the United States. Rescue organizations and adoptive families dedicate their lives to providing a safety net for homeless horses of every size,...
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