Unwanted Horse Best Practices Book Available

The Unwanted Horse Coalition has published a handbook entitled Best Practices: How Your Organization Can Help Unwanted Horses. The handbook includes sections on administration, continuing education, fundraising, support of equine care facilities, matchmaking, direct assistance, breeding control, and euthanasia.

The handbook is part of the UHC's continuing effort to get the horse community more involved in solving the problem of unwanted horses. If the horse community is to reduce the number of unwanted horses, more organizations and events must institute activities and programs to handle horses when their active lives are over or when their owners are no longer able to care for them.

The UHC is distributing its Best Practices Handbook to organizations and facilities around the country. The handbook is also available for download on the UHC's Web site.

Many equine organizations, events, and service providers have already instituted programs to help ensure that no horse becomes unwanted. The Best Practices Handbook lists many of these activities and other initiatives that those in the horse industry can undertake.

"The more educated our industry becomes in regard to unwanted horses and the more effort that we put into it, the more we can do to help our horses," said UHC Chairman Tom Lenz, DVM. "We hope the Best Practices Handbook will give everyone some ideas to pursue. If each organization gets involved, even with a single activity, the industry can go a long way toward solving this problem."

Regardless of whether you are involved with a large organization, a small show, a racetrack, or a veterinary clinic, there are ideas in this booklet that can be adopted and put into place. If each gets involved in some fashion, the industry can go a long way toward solving the problem of excess horses.

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