Ohio Horse Rescues Planning Mothers' Day Event

Horse enthusiasts will have the opportunity to both honor their mothers and contribute toward securing draft horses otherwise bound for an uncertain fate through a Mothers' Day effort organized by two Ohio horse rescue operators.

On May 9, Lisa Gordon, president and founder of Frog Pond Farm Draft Horse and Pony Rescue, in Cambridge, Ohio, will purchase horses from an area auction barn known to supply the horse slaughter pipeline, with funds specifically contributed for the buy.

Donors who contribute $25 or more in their mother's name will receive a professional portrait of one of horses and a braid made of hair from the horse's mane.

"So far, we've raised $12,000," said Gordon, who--along with Annette Fisher, executive director of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary--has been accepting donations for the effort since December. Depending on the going price, the organizers expect to scoop 10 to 30 horses.

A team of volunteers from both rescues will transport the horses from the auction to Frog Pond Farm, where the horses will receive veterinary care, grooming, and a good rest before sufficiently healthy animals go to new homes with approved adoptive families.

To learn more about the effort, see the Web sites of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary or Frog Pond Farm Draft Horse and Pony Rescue.

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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