Reach Out

By the time you receive this magazine, October will be drawing to a close. For many people, thoughts will be turning to slowing down for at least a couple of months. Trophies and ribbons will be hung with pride or tucked away with others. The trailer will find a home in the shed or barn. Days will again feel as if they have 24 hours instead of half that number. It is a time of reflection, a time of family, a time of holiday gatherings. It is also a time to remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves, whether four-footed or two.

If you are in a barn or stable that shares the same discipline, you have spent a lot of time and worked closely with one another over the past months. You've hauled to shows together. Braided in the wee hours of the morning together. Sweated and competed together. Instead of allowing that momentum to let down quite so quickly this year, why not put one more project in front of yourselves? Pick out a local charity, family, or individual in need and help.

It could be as simple as collecting canned goods for a week to take to the local homeless shelter. You might want to call a local church or synagogue and see if they need donations of food or clothing (you've been meaning to clean out that closet for a couple of years anyway). How about inviting Big Brothers/Big Sisters to bring out their younger "pals" to ride for an hour?

If you want to turn your attention more toward the four-footed in need, see if there is an equine rescue group in your area or state, then ask them what they need. It might be as simple as some hay and grain, or they might need to haul a horse to a new home or bring one to the rescue facility.

Check with the local pony club, FFA, or 4-H group and volunteer to put on a riding clinic for the kids on a Saturday afternoon. Or they might just like the opportunity of being invited to a new place and watch some demonstrations of what you do best, whether it be jumping, dressage, barrel racing, roping, or whatever. If you act now, the weather won't be too bad to have an outdoor activity.

Does your city have a mounted police unit? How about volunteering to give all the horses a bath one day? Or clean the tack? Or even help out around the barn? Does their trailer need a good wash and wax job?

I think you're getting the idea.

So, before you put away your competitive energy for the winter, use one final burst to reach out to those less fortunate even before the season is upon us. It will bring your group of individuals closer, and give you a head start on feeling good this holiday season.

If you need more ideas, following is a list of equine organizations published by the American Horse Council and other sources that you can help.

  • Adopt-a-Horse, 7609 W. Josephine Road, Sebring, FL 33872; 813/382-4483.
  • Alaska Horse Rescue, PO Box 1900, Fairbanks, AK 99707.
  • American Horse Protection Assn., 1000 29th St., NW, #T-100, Washington, DC 20007.
  • American Standardbred Adoption Program, Route 1, Box 82, De Soto, WI 54624.
  • Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Ranch, Kanab, UT 84741.
  • Bransby Home of Rest for Horses, Bransby, Saxilby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH England.
  • Brighter Days Horse Refuge, HC 2, Box 6635, Pipe Creek, TX 78063.
  • Burro Rescue-Rehab-Relocation Onus, E. 6012 Broadway, Spokane, WA 99212.
  • California Equine Council, 5054 North Academy, Suite D-154, Clovis, CA 93611.
  • California Equine Retirement Foundation, 34033 Kooden Rd., Winchester, CA 92596.
  • Colorado Equine Crisis Intervention Foundation, PO Box 282, Parker, CO 80134.
  • Colorado Horse Rescue, PO Box 1510, Arvada, CO 80001.
  • Days End Farm Horse Rescue, PO Box 309, Lisbon, MD 21765.
  • Equestrian Training Center Horse Rescue, Highway 225 A, PO Box 770332, Ocala, FL 34474.
  • Equus Rescue and Sanctuary, PO Box 3273, Glendale, CA 91221.
  • F.R.I.E.N.D.S., 1840 NE 65 Court, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308.
  • Fern Leigh Foundation, Rt. 1, Box 126, Mt. Solon, VA 22843.
  • Georgia Equine Rescue League, PO Box 328, Jersey, GA 30235.
  • Georgia Hooved Animal Humane Society, PO Box 586, Woodstock, GA 30188.
  • Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, 421 Corporate Dr., Lexington, KY 40503
  • H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut, 43 Wilbur Road, Washington, CT 06777.
  • Harness Horse Retirement & Youth Assn., RD 1, Box 81, Loganton, PA 17747.
  • Hidden Stables Equine Rescue Facility, 9905 Gorman Road, Laurel, MD 20723.
  • Hooved Animal Humane Society, 10804 McConnell Road, Woodstock, IL 60098.
  • Hooved Animal Welfare Council, 1679 Norcross Rd., Erie, PA 16510.
  • Horse Protection Assn. of Florida, 4510 SW 62nd Ave., Miami, FL 33155.
  • HorseAid, PO Box 6778-Dept. AHC, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90734.
  • Humane Connection, 17356 Meadow Pkwy., Townsend, WI 54175.
  • The Humane Organization for Retired Standardbred Equines (HORSE), Box 88, Church Road, VA 23833.
  • International League for the Protection of Horses, Snetterton, Norfolk, NR16 2LR England.
  • International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, 6212 E. Sweetwater Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85254.
  • Ipswich Equine Rescue, 15 Ward St., Ipswich, MA 01938.
  • Large Animal Protection Society, PO Box 243, West Grove, PA 19390.
  • Last Chance Farm, RD #2, Box 677, Schuykill Haven, PA 17972.
  • Maryland Horse Rescue Center, 2504 Arthur Ave., Eldersburg, MD 21784.
  • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.
  • Morris Animal Foundation, 45 Inverness Dr. East, Englewood, CO 80112.
  • Panorama Horse Sanctuary, 2848 Wilshire Blvd. #480, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
  • Pegasus Foundation, 6230 Wilshire Blvd., #480, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
  • Redwings Horse Sanctuary, PO Box 222705, Carmel, CA 93922.
  • Retirement Home for Horses, PO Box 2100, Alachura, FL 32615.
  • Ryerss' Farm for Aged Equines, 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465.
  • San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, 887 Sherman Street, San Diego, CA 92110.
  • Second Chance Farm, 833 Albright Rd., Hot Springs, AR 71913.
  • Standardbred Retirement Foundation, PO Box 57, Blairstown, NJ 07825.
  • The Texas Humane Legislation Network, 603 W. 13th St., #1A-287, Austin, TX 78701.
  • Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, 1050 Hwy. 35, Suite 351, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.
  • University of Kentucky Equine Research Foundation, 122 Scovell Hall, Lexington, KY 40546.
  • Wisconsin Horse and Pony Humane Society, PO Box 1, Menomonee Falls, WI 53052.
  • Working Together for Equines, PO Box 1102, Albuquerque, NM 87103.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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