Whiskey Ridge Rescue began with a situation familiar to so many, a little girl that wanted a pony. As Whiskey Ridge’s owner puts it, “we did find a pony, but we found so much more. Living in a tiny back yard with downed fencing everywhere and not a blade of grass, was a skinny paint gelding and a mare with horrendous hooves. Oh…and a fat little pony. Well, needless to say, I brought them all home. Much to the dismay of my husband. Watching them gain weight and flourish sparked something inside of me.” Whiskey Ridge only grew from then on and her dedication has never faltered. “Why do I rescue? Because I'm supposed to. And I will continue to help souls in need until I'm told otherwise.”
Most of the horses at Whiskey Ridge have arrived because they are old, sick, unwanted or slaughter bound. While some others just needed a soft place to live out their golden years in retirement. All horses receive vet, farrier and chiropractic care once they arrive and begin a feeding regimen that is tailored to suit each individual’s needs.
Retraining at Whiskey Ridge is simple, slow and effective. “Every horse is allowed as much time as they need to heal mentally and physically from whatever situations they have endured. We start from the ground and work out way up to slowly get them under saddle again,” says Sara Steele. Being unrideable is perfectly acceptable at Whiskey Ridge and staff works to find these horses special retirement homes or long term fosters in the absence of adoption prospects.
Everything at Whiskey Ridge is done while keeping their original goal clear in their minds: to heal the mind, body and spirit of their equine friends before finding them forever homes or placing them in the retirement sanctuary. They also work to improve public awareness and provide knowledge of the standards of care necessary to keep all equines happy, healthy and safe. This is done through community outreach programs, clinics and education for all horse enthusiasts, equine owners and care-givers offered via hands-on and virtual learning.
Please use the information below to find out how you can become involved and help Whiskey Ridge continue to grow and flourish. Ask yourself the same question their founder asked herself when her journey began, “If not now…then when? If not me…then who?”
Whiskey Ridge Rescue
Green Ridge, Missouri
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