For those of you who are beyond our 4-hour adoption radius, here's a rescue that ships anywhere: "Frog Pond Farm Draft Horse Rescue has to liquidate its herd due to personal issues. Please check out the link and see if you have a home for one of our horses. They have a 2 limit on placements per home. All will be placed with complete applications and contracts and they will be enforced. We arent sure if this will be a permanent or temporary situation...so these horses all need homes. Applications are on their website. Thanks."
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE OFFERING YOUR HORSE “FREE TO A GOOD HOME”by Blue Star Equiculture on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 3:14pm
You’re at your wits end. You’re out of money, or your health is failing. And you have a horse who depends on you.
You’ve tried leasing, or even free-leasing, your equine friend to someone to help ease the burden, but she lost interest in showing, or the horse wasn’t “right” for him, or your beloved horse is just a pasture puff and can’t be ridden at all.
You’ve asked your friends if they’ve got room for one more in their barns – but your friends are struggling just as you are.
Your boarding barn says you have to be out by the end of the month. You don’t want to just abandon your horse there, because you don’t run away from your responsibility, and your horse will just end up going to auction to pay for back board.
You don’t want to send your horse to auction. Auctions are excessively stressful for horses, where they can be kicked, bitten, roughly handled, exposed to dread diseases, and at the end of the sale, wind up on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse.
You called the rescues -- all of them – but they are all full and short on funds. They put your horse on their waitlist, but time is running out for you.
You are not alone.
Thousands of horse owners across the country are struggling with the same weighty decision about what to do with their horses now that they cannot take care of them any longer. It seems so easy to list your horse on Craigslist for free.
And then the “good home” offers start showing up.
You should know that that “good home” may not be the paradise forever home it seems. As with anything, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. There are confirmed cases across the country of horse owners innocently offering up their beloved companions to the first “good home” that shows up in the driveway with a horse trailer, only to discover that the “good home” was a fantasy, and their horse’s "savior" sent them straight to the slaughterhouse. Kill buyers and horse dealers can and will present themselves as a great family looking for a pet to love on, only to take the horse from your home to the kill auction. Not only will your horse most likely NOT find a good home in the auction ring and instead meet a grisly, cruel end as horse meat, but that kill buyer will walk away counting the money she got per pound from your pet, without having to pay a penny upfront.
Kill buyers don’t look like monsters. They have nice trailers and nice stories about how their granddaughter is going to just love spoiling your horse rotten.
So what can you do?
By all means, if you must rehome your horse, make every effort to connect with anyone who might be interested. There is nothing inherently wrong with listing your horse on Craigslist or facebook or other websites. Networking is important. Contact the rescues, even if they don’t have room for your horse. Blue Star Equiculture is constantly receiving inquiries from genuine good homes looking for very specific types of horses. And, never fear, that “type” often includes older pasture ornaments (they may just be looking for a personality type or a particular breed or size). We can put you in contact with these genuine good homes AND help you check references. Blue Star Equiculture can also help you with creating a protective adoption contract for your horse.
Provide as much information as you can to prospective homes. While you are not selling your horse (you’re giving him away), you still can help your horse find a home by really “selling” your horse! What’s special about him? What training does he have? Be sure to include photos showing your horse at his very best. If he’s not up-to-date on his medical or farrier work, get him ready to go. He deserves no less.
And finally, as difficult a decision as it might be, if you are still having trouble rehoming your horse, especially if your horse has health problems, take a good hard look at euthanasia. While such an option may seem like an impossible choice to make, consider the alternative of neglect or slaughter. Your horse may be better off crossing over at home surrounded by loved ones than facing the trauma and stress of moving, especially if it means being whisked off to auction by an unscrupulous kill buyer.
So, before you send your horse off “free to a good home,” do your homework. Remember:
A “good home” WILL answer your questions.
A “good home” WILL give you references.
A “good home” WILL give you the name of the veterinarian and farrier they use or intend to use.
A “good home” WILL let you visit the facilities where your horse will be kept.
A “good home” WILL have no objection to signing a “right of first refusal” protective adoption contract.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t wait until you have no choice but to give your horse to whoever is willing to haul him away (to the auction or to the slaughterhouse). Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Do this for your horse.
SPECIAL NOTICE TO NEW ENGLAND HORSE OWNERS: Recently there have been numerous reports from horse owners trying to rehome their horses that a horse dealer from Connecticut named Sandy Boudreau has been using the false name “Amy Adams” and promising a companion home for difficult-to-place horses in Maine. She then has taken the horses to Crowley's Auction or to parts unknown, and the horses have never been heard from again. Most likely they were taken to auction to make a quick buck. Most likely most of those horses are dead, having been killed and butchered in Canadian slaughterhouses. Their owners who thought they had found a forever home will never know what happened to their beloved horses.
Please pass the word so that people can look out for their horses' welfare.
Again, DO NOT LET YOUR HORSE GO TO SANDY BOUDREAU / "AMY ADAMS" - she is a horse dealer posing as a "forever home."
Don't forget we're still seeking financial support for our New Holland trip. We will bid against killbuyers to rescue draft horses. The date is a secret but is coming up very soon...currently have $430 in donations, which is only enough for 1-2 horses and we may have room for up to 3. Paypal donations to firstname.lastname@example.org and designate for the auction. Thank you!
In honor of MLK day, a quote which can be applied to many aspects of our lives, but especially our rescue work: "Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
We will be sad to see Gwen and Cammy leave this weekend for their new forever homes, but this will free up stalls in the main barn for Nick and Coal, who should be cleared from QT in the next week. Holly will probably stay in the backyard due to her size. We're already receiving applications for them, so get yours in if you have an interest...they will be placed with their best matches once their evaluations are complete!
CDHR will be making another trip to the New Holland auction to bid against slaughter brokers. We can rescue as many as 4-6 drafts, haflingers or mini's depending on size. If you are looking for something specific, get your application preapproved now and we'll do our best to match you up. Paypal donations to save horses to email@example.com, designate as personal gift so we don't lose fees, and mark for "Auction". Thank you!
CDHR would like to express our gratitude to the Tilcon company for their donation of $650 worth of concrete. We needed to fill floor gutters in our QT barn to correct a safety issue and they stepped up with a donation for the full amount...great local company!
There will be a volunteer meeting at the main house at CDHR. 3pm Sunday Jan 8, 2012
New Year's Eve drive through Hammonasset Park with Grace, Guinness, Squirt, Angel, and lots of good friends...this could be the start of a holiday tradition!
Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue, Inc., is a newly-formed nonprofit draft horse rescue led by Dr Stacey Golub, an equine veterinarian based in CT. Our team of rescuers also includes veterinary assistants, experienced horse people, our trainer with decades of experience driving drafts, and our farrier who is also an expert natural horsemanship trainer. We bail drafts out of slaughter broker lots, help place owner surrenders, and plan to make trips to the auction to bid against slaughter buyers. Being run by a veterinarian allows us to provide medical and surgical care for special needs horses with less concern for expenses, and they receive the best of care under direct vet supervision. Once horses are vetted, quarantined, rehabbed, and evaluated for training, they are rehomed to local experienced horse people with a strict contract for their lifelong protection. We have been rescuing drafts with funds from our own pockets since 2010, and recently incorporated to be able to fundraise and recruit others. We are applying for 501(c)3 tax-exempt status and hope to be approved this year (this process can take several months).