A Mother & Daughter Team Up to Rescue Horses
Vicky Berry and her daughter started the Central New England Equine Rescue (CNEER) in order to give back to the horse world. “We started out to rescue, care for and find homes for two horses,” she explained. “We have rescued 165 to date.”
This organization takes in abandoned horses from the community and slaughter bound animals. They also help care for horses whose owners have terminal illnesses and no other resources. Once the horses are checked by a vet and returned to health, they begin working with one of the two licensed riding instructors that work with the rescue. Vicky beamed, “Our retraining program is awesome!” Kind and gentle volunteers also assist with the horses’ retraining.
Potential adopters find the farm through word of mouth, their website, and articles in horse publications. Still, the rescue struggles at times with funding. “Having a steady flow of donations is a challenge,” shared Vicky. “We have sponsorship and foster programs which help but we need more help from the horse folks.”
Vicky explained that their biggest successes occur every time a once sick and defensive horse is turned around to be healthy and trusting once again. She thanks their dedicated group of volunteers who help with this effort. “We are professional, friendly and hands on! Our volunteers are the best anywhere…loving, caring and full of humor.”