Build CHR’s Crisis Assistance and Equine Rehabilitation Program
One of the ways that CHR helps horse owners in need is to provide short term financial assistance during times of crisis. The goal of our Crisis Assistance Program is for horses to remain with their loving owners. Surrender and re-homing are good second options when a situation is not temporary.
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Crisis Assistance Testimonial
In late 2016, a young woman reached out to CHR for help. She had been part of an equine research group, and at the end of the project the horses were going to be sent to auction or euthanized. One horse in particular had caught her eye, a young gelding who simply needed an education to have a second chance at a good life. Having found a permanent home willing to take him with training and a reputable training facility, she simply needed the funds to pay for 30 days of equine education and board to jump start the process. CHR was happy to provide crisis assistance funding in this case, to prevent the horse from entering an at-risk situation.
From the owner…
Fast forward, and she sent us a training update…
Meet Goose, a 29-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. Originally a rodeo horse back in his ‘glory days’, Goose found a retirement home with a loving family to, in theory, live out his days. With two children and their caring parents, Goose seemed to have it made. Unfortunately life brings unexpected challenges, and the family of 4 suddenly lost one full-time employment. Without the proper resources to provide senior horse care, Goose’s owner reached out to CHR for help. As there is no guarantee of finding quick employment, CHR viewed this situation as more than a temporary crisis. It is tough for us to accept older horses, and as a rescue we can only accept what we can adopt out. Lucky for Goose we had recently sent Mandy, a 29-year-old Peruvian Paso mare, to a loving forever home. He was able to take her place in our herd of senior horses to live out his happy retirement (to this day)!
Our vet initially scored Goose as a 3 on the Henneke Body Condition Scale (5 out of 10 is considered healthy), coupled with a diagnosis of significant muscle atrophy to his topline and hips. This is where our rehabilitation program came into play. A comprehensive dental float and a few months of good nutrition later, Goose now has a new lease on life. With his age and current dental condition, he will always require a specialized diet of pelleted grain, beet pulp, and supplements. He eagerly awaits each meal, greets staff members and volunteers at his gate, and is thriving in the company of his herd members with a large pasture on which to roam.
From the owner…