A Rescue With a Free-Lease Program Instead of Adoption
On a private farm in New Jersey, there is a small rescue run by a woman named Ellen-Cathryn Nash. Ellen first learned about horse slaughter in 1995 and immediately started rescuing horses to save them from that fate. The Manes and Tails Organization was incorporated in 2004.
Ellen is clearly passionate about her work. She explained, "I typically take the worst of the worst!" She takes many off-the-track Thoroughbreds, but has no preference on breeds. "Unlike others, I will take any type of horse provided I can support it financially."
She currently has four horses, one of which includes a Secretariat great granddaughter. All of the horses are sick and need to put on weight. Ellen works hard to gain their trust and help them reach health. "I sit in the Stall with every new Rescue Horse so they get used to me being around," she shared. "When they show interest in eating they are fed Purina Equine Senior no matter the age, free hay is always in the stall but not on the floor."
Ellen does all of the retraining herself. She credits her strong seat, great sense of balance and fearless attitude for her success. "I show them no fear and they know me well when we start to retrain."
When it comes time to find the horses a new home, Ellen takes a unique approach. "I do not Adopt the Horses. An Adoption is a Sale. I free lease the Horses and stipulate that I will always take a Horse back and I reserve the right to recall a Horse for any reason."
She works hard but feels that the challenge is well worth it. "I go broke caring for them for someone else to enjoy. Whatever is best for the Horses prevails."
Manes and Tails Organization
Location: Hoboken, NJ
Donate: 456 Ninth Street #26, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Trailer: NEEDED (4 horse trailer)