North Shore Horse Rescue began with the story of one horse, a wild mustang adopted from Utah. Her name was Phoenix and she arrived at the facility pregnant and showing the obvious signs of a difficult road to get there. She gave birth to a beautiful foal which was named Wyatt. However, Wyatt’s fate was not for this earth and he passed two weeks later, as a direct effect of the abuse and neglect that Phoenix had suffered while pregnant. This event prompted the formation of the North Shore Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, where Phoenix continues to live wild and free.
NSHR takes in unwanted horses, horses with medical problems and former racing horses. Their mission is to “rescue and care for any unwanted horses, including those that have been neglected, abused, or are at risk of going to slaughter.” Since Phoenix’s arrival, they have gone on to become a guardian for the Equus Foundation, a member of the Unwanted Horse Coalition and have been verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. They take an open-minded approach to rehabilitating the horses in their care, utilizing both modern and eastern medicine techniques. “We rely on herbal supplements, exercise and lots of love,” says Beth Springstone.
Horses at NSHR are trained using natural horsemanship techniques and many of the sanctuary horses have the opportunity to be used for equine therapy. NSHR also utilizes equine therapy for veterans in order to provide them with much needed support. “Humans learn to love, heal and trust through the horses,” says Beth.
NSHR prefers that the horses stay at their facility, however they do offer adoption in the right circumstances. Potential adopters are carefully screened and must successfully sponsor the horse for a minimum of six months. This is done in order to prove that any would-be adopter is able to meet the financial demands of owning and caring for the horse. NSHR also reviews the potential adopter’s property, confirming that it meets the standards of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
Please use the information below to find out how you can contribute to North Shore Horse Rescue in the form of monetary donation, supplies or to become a patron to one of their horses. You can also find out how to visit their facility and meet the staff and horses that call North Shore home.
North Shore Horse Rescue
Long Island, New York
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