In the world of horse rescue, I often hear of people looking for young, sound, well-broke horses for very low budgets. I totally understand – I’d love to get an all-star horse from a rescue. I’d also love to help some of the horses that may not fit the former description, but they fit the latter: they are all-stars.
Think if you were a horse, how would your description read? In my case, I’d probably never get adopted. My back bothers me when I wake up in the morning. I have nervous tendencies (bite my nails like it’s my career). I definitely wouldn’t tie well as I can’t sit still. And I have my fair share of bruises and scars. Would you be top on the adoption list?
I’d have to guess most people, like most horses, have a scar or two. Yet they still deserve to live wonderful, happy lives.
So, I ask you to consider a “wise”, senior rescue horse. Consider a horse that might be a bit older. Might have a bump on his knee. Might need a Previcox pill with his morning feed. Might be the wrong color. Might be a little bit shorter or taller than you’d first thought. Might need a bit of extra grain to maintain weight in the winter. Might need an extra blanket. Might have a heart of gold.
Some of the best advice I ever received in the horse world was to look for horses that were good and kind. Good and kind will save you in a bind, beautiful and unblemished will not. Horse rescues are filled to the brim with good, kind, older horses that are just waiting for someone to do right by them.
Senior horses can be more life-changing than younger ones. And yet older horses, like many senior pets in shelters, are overlooked. Most people overlook older horses because they’re afraid they can’t keep up, or they’re past their prime, or they have nothing to give. The reality is that these older guys have so much to teach. They’ve been there, done that. So don’t be afraid to take the reins of an older horse and give them the chance to change your life.
We're celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC) - A partnership between Merck Animal Health & AAEP
Drifter's Hearts of Hope is extremely excited to be featured in the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign's (UHVRC) latest video celebrating 10 years of making a difference for horses in need. 28,000 horses vaccinated, $1 million in Merck vaccine donations, 300 equine rescue and retirement facilities in 42 U.S. states helped. Thank you to the more than 900 AAEP-member veterinarians dedicating their time and resources to help.
UHVRC is a nonprofit partnership between Merck Animal Health and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The UHVRC provides qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities with vaccines for horses in their care, to help protect against West Nile Virus, Eastern/Western encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, Rabies, Influenza, and Herpesvirus.
DHOH does receive vaccines through the UHVRC and we couldn't be more grateful. The vaccines that we receive from Merck Animal Health help us ensure the horses we adopt out are up-to-date on shots. It also gives credibility to our rescue that our horses are treated just like the top-quality horses you see at a show barn.
Here's to 10 more years of helping horses in need!
Learn more about UHVRC here: https://www.uhvrc.org/
We are extremely excited to announce that Drifter’s Hearts of Hope was selected as one of the winners of the 2019 Innovation Grant from The Right Horse for THE ANNIE PROJECT!
We can’t wait to work on expanding this program - our goal is to partner with all of the 24 dude and guest ranches in the CDGRA over the next year and a half and even potentially grow the program into other States. A huge thank you to The Right Horse for this opportunity as well as to The C Lazy U Ranch for working with us to develop The Annie Project! We are ever so grateful!
From The Right Horse -
"We strive to inspire and empower groups who are working to help horses in transition. We understand the significance of finding the right horse. Every adoption helps a horse find a new home with a loving family and opens a space for the rescue organization to help another equine. The 2019 Adoption Innovation Grant is being awarded to three organizations that demonstrated the most innovative plans for boosting equine adoption. Help us in congratulating three outstanding organizations for their creativity, innovation and dedication to helping at-risk horses." Learn more about how The Right Horse selected the winners for the 2019 Adoption Innovation Grant here.
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