Unwanted Horse Group Continues to Compile Facility List

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is still working on its list of facilities that accept, place, or use horses. Currently, there are more than 200 facilities listed on the UCH Web site.

"This is a continuing process for the coalition," said Tom Lenz, DVM, UHC chairman. "We have received many inquiries not only from horse owners who are seeking retirement homes or second careers for their horses, but also from people who are interested in adopting a horse or volunteering at equine placement organizations. We expect that this online directory will continue to furnish valuable information to all these people, and in doing so, be good for the horses."

The UHC hopes that its Web site resources will remain an important bridge between people who are seeking alternatives for their horses and the many facilities that are able to accept them. Such facilities include:

  • Rescue, retirement and retraining facilities;
  • Therapeutic riding programs;
  • Colleges and universities;
  • Police and military organizations;
  • Public stables; and
  • overnment and park service programs.

The UHC Web site is set up so that these facilities can enter their own listings easily. Any facility that wishes to be listed can go to the UHC Web site and complete a brief questionnaire.

To complete the questionnaire, or view the facilities in the directory, go to unwantedhorsecoalition.org, click Resources, and follow the link to Facilities that Accept Horses. Facilities will be listed by state.

The information sought includes type of facility, contact information, whether it is tax exempt, year founded, horse capacity, number of staff and whether it follows the "Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities," published by the American Association of Equine Practitioners. A facility will also be able to describe itself and spell out its purpose and philosophy. This is intended to assist horse owners that have an animal they need to place to know whether a particular facility is a good match for their horse.

"There are plenty of horses who need care, training, and a good home," Lenz said. "We want horse owners to be aware of the large rescue/retirement facilities with multiple locations as well as the smaller facilities that may serve a local area. They all have an important place in this effort."

The UHC Web site also has a series of questions that owners should consider when trying to decide on a facility, program or second use for their horse.

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