The HORSE Rescue of Connecticut (Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines) was founded over 34 years ago by Patty Wahlers. They took in two starving racehorses to start and have helped over 700 horses since then! The rescue is located in Washington, CT and takes in a variety of equines even including donkeys and goats when necessary.
The staff always quarantines the animals at first, makes sure they receive plenty of water, and schedules a vet check within 24 hours. To regain their weight, horses are fed 4-5 times per day and given appropriate worming medications. Eventually, the horses begin with ground training, farrier work, and under-saddle work if they are capable. The rescue advertises through their website, social media, newspapers, and a large variety of special events at their stable. This includes ‘H.O.R.S.E. parades’ where the horses are displayed in hand, open house events, shows, volunteer days, tack sales, and other community events. Horses at the HORSE of CT rescue range from a 30” mini-horse all the way up to 19h draft horses that are brought onto the farm.
One of the neatest things about the H.O.R.S.E. of CT program is their option to ‘sponsor’ a horse. If you are not able to volunteer or you actually adopt an animal, you can still help by donating $50 a month for the care of a horse of your choice. Along with this payment, sponsors are welcome to visit the farm four times a month to groom, hand walk, and even let a child ride the horse. Regular updates are provided for ‘your horse’ while you are a sponsor. This is just one more example of the great time, love, and dedication shown by this and all horse rescues in order to help these needy animals. We salute the HORSE Rescue of CT for the work that they are doing. If you would like to learn more about their program, visit their website at www.horseofct.org or their Facebook page.
If you are interested in loaning or donating your horse trailer to this particular organization, then check out details of our Horse Trailer Donation and Sharing Program here. Then, post your comments below to help out!
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