Horse care and welfare are causes that are near and dear to my heart.
I could easily see myself getting overinvolved because I am anxious to help any animal in distress or being mistreated. Of course, reality sets in quickly. The world is too big, there are too many animals, there is too much trouble and everything is too expensive, too this and too that.
With this realism, the monetary limitations, the land restrictions and amount of work required, I cannot make the mistakes of overextending, hoarding, too much involvement. Instead, I help when and if I it is possible. Most of all, I dedicate myself to taking care of my own to the best of my ability.
Oh well, I ask my horse often, “Are you happy being my horse? Don’t you just love it here, living the life of leisure?” Don’t laugh but I think Patrick answers - He is forever nickering, whinnying and making verbal “comments.” He is such a talker that I have a new toy – a digital sound activated recorder. When I remember to bring it with me to the barn, I record Patrick.
But I digress –
I started this to talk about being a caring horse owner. To make the specific point of being kind, loving, responsible and caring, I will hold the Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KY-EHC) and their policy in the greatest esteem.
One of the KY-EHC statements to remember - if you cannot keep your horse - is “If you can't sell or give him [horse] to another responsible caring owner who can, we're here to help.” Those words are worthy of reading and remembering because this is what the Center is all about. They will help!
If an individual can no longer maintain or care for a horse, it shouldn't just be neglected, get unloaded at a kill sale, or abandoned. Pick up the phone and call KY-EHC and they will help in some way. Watch the video attached to this article. Need help? Call the center.
Horses surrendered to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center are vet examined and evaluated. Adoptable horses are photographed and posted on the website. Notices go out to wide-ranging networks of horse organizations and all-breed representatives in an effort to get out the word of needy horses and to find good homes for them. The Center works hard and continuously to place each horse whether it is an athlete, child’s horse, trail or pleasure horse or whether it is best at being a companion or pasture animal.
Horses surrendered to the Center will “never face the cruelty of abandonment and neglect.” This is valuable information that I hope none of us needs. However, it is important enough to keep on file for reference.
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