What Happens When a Loving Owner Passes Away and Their Horses Are Left Behind?
The Wings Program horse rescue in Corvallis, Montana started when two horse owners passed away leaving their horses behind. Many people forget that all horses that are "rescued" are not from abusive homes. Some come from owners who simply cannot care for their animals anymore. This may be due to death, financial hardship, or illness. Whatever the circumstances, these horses are in need of new homes where they can be cared for and loved.
We spoke with Debora Lay of the Wings Program and she shared more about the Wings Program. The horses that come into the program are, "Mostly elderly or with behavior problems making them hard to handle or not ridable according to those they came from," Monique explained.
Horses are rehabilitated under the direction of the executive director who also happens to be an Equine Nutritionist. Other treatments like homeopathy, chiropractic, and acupuncture are also utilized.
Debora shared, "Horses are allowed to settle in and put with others they are comfortable with before behaviors are assessed for lack of training, pain or other stimulus. We primarily use horsemanship methods similar to Parelli, Goodnight, Anderson and other well known methods."
Adopters are found through local postings. Applications and home visits are completed before the transfer of ownership is complete. Afterwards, the rescue maintains contact with the horses on an ongoing basis.
Caring for all of the horses (adoptable or not) is their biggest priorty. "Horses not deemed suitable for adoption are given sanctuary and participate in Equine Assisted Therapy activities," Debora shared. To learn more about the Wings Programs, see below.
Location: Corvallis, Montana
Donate: 208 Rusty Spur Way, Corvallis, Montana, 59828
Trailer: NOT NEEDED