Rescued Foals Earn a New Chance at Life
The Lilly Pond Foal Rescue is located in Calvert County Maryland and takes in a variety of types of horses mostly bound for slaughter from the New Holland Auction. The founder, Sharon Hancock, formed this rescue operation after extensive experience with other rescues and the Nurse Mare Foal program. The Lilly Pond Foal rescue has been extremely successful and placed 75 horses in the year 2014 alone. This is an unusually high number for rescues in this region of the country.
Kelly Kostelnik, the Lilly Pond Vice President, explained, “The vast majority of the horses we bring in are ill, very thin to emaciated, and overall just neglected by their previous owner.” Once at Lilly Pond, the horses are given plenty of hay and grass and the necessary grain to regain their proper weight. Kelly spoke of the owner, “Numerous times Sharon herself has had to pay for feed out of her own pocket. She guarantees that all horses with have grain and hay before she eats even if the rescue cannot afford it.”
The horses at Lilly Pond Foal Rescue are trained in the round pen and eventually on the trail before being adopted out to new homes. Crandell's Horse Works assists with some of the more challenging cases to help horses gain a solid foundation in their training. Most adopters contact Lilly Pond through their Facebook page or find them through word-of-mouth.
As the name suggests, Lilly Pond Foal Rescue is one of the few rescues that take in orphaned foals from the Nurse Mare Foal program. Kelly said, “Taking care of, feeding, training, and handling of 26 foals is not an easy task. We have wonderful volunteers that help with the care of these foals, along with the horses. We honestly would not be about to function without the help of our local community and dedicated volunteers.”