A Horse’s Life Hanging in the Balance
When a horse named Clarissa first arrived at Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown, PA, her life was hanging in the balance. It was a cold day in January of 2016 and she had just been rescued from a nearby farm. Her chestnut coat hung loosely on a bony frame and her hooves were severely overgrown. Her tall Thoroughbred cross frame was 300 pounds underweight and her legs were too weak to allow her to stand on the trailer. It took a team of Richlandtown Fireman and rescue volunteers to lift her back onto her feet and help her settle into her new home.
The first 48 hours were very difficult.
The mare was supported in her stall using a rented Anderson sling for the next month while the staff at LCR worked around the clock to feed and nurse her back to health. After just a few short months of this loving care, she blossomed into a beautiful young mare who was ready for under saddle training. In July, a young woman named Taylor visited the farm and formed an instant connection to the mare. Today, Clarissa lives under Taylor’s guardianship and is thriving in her new life.
This is just one of hundreds of stories that come out of the Last Chance Ranch rescue in Quakertown, PA. LCR was founded many years ago by Lori McCutcheon who rescued her very first horse at the tender age of 14.
Today, LCR rescues all types of equines including the young, old, the broken, abused, and neglected. They maintain a constant heard of horses, ponies, draft horses, mules, and donkeys. These animals are either being rehabilitated, trained, or are ready for new adoption homes.
We spoke with rescue representative Jackie Burke who was able to describe a bit about how the farm operates. She explained that the farm has quarantine and rehab protocols in place to deal with all of the sick and malnourished horses that come to the farm. “We work with a team of veterinarians to develop a plan for sick and malnourished horses and provide round the clock care.”
Once the horses are returned to health, a full-time trainer along with volunteers and interns work to retrain the horses in the ring and on the trail. Jackie shared, “On occasion, we train our larger horses to become mounted police officers for Baltimore and Philadelphia Police Departments.”
Horses ready for adoption are advertised on rescue search engines and in local equine publications. This rescue is unique in that they never transfer full ownership over to the adopters. Instead, adopters gain full-time guardianship of the animals and can write all care expenses off as charitable donations at the end of the year.
The operating budget for LCR is nearly $700,000 each year so they depend heavily on fundraisers, grants, and public donations. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer with LCR, check out the information below:
Last Chance Ranch
Location: Quakertown, PA