We celebrated the national Help a Horse Day on April 23rd. It was a huge success, not only at our shelters, but for horses around the nation. We simultaneously worked in California, Oklahoma and Tennessee in support of the ASPCA’s Help a Horse day.
At Tennessee we held a Horse Fest, which was a great success despite near constant rain all day. During the Horse Fest we operated a 1-Day Open Door Shelter, made possible by the Right Horse Initiative, where nearly 20 horses and donkeys were surrendered. We had horses available for adoption too. Our trainer did a halter training demonstration, speakers talked about equine health, many vendors came to help raise money for horses, and we had 3 concerts. Everybody that participated in the event were volunteering to show their support for the Help a Horse day, and we are excited to have such a great turnout. Over 100 people came to the Horse Fest.
It was raining outside, so we brought one of the horses inside for part of the event. One of our missions is to reach out to young people and encourage good horsemanship. It’s amazing watching young people pet a horse, maybe for the first time, and fall in love with the experience. This photo was not staged, and we didn’t’ realize the scene was mimicking our Horse Plus Therapy logo in the background until we looked at it later. How cute!
The Tennessee Coop had a representative come to speak on equine health and wellness. The representative had rescued some horses of his own, and did a great talk on rehabbing neglected horses, and the importance of proper nutrition and care.
We were delighted that Templeton Thompson and her cowboy rockstar husband Sam Gay came to perform and show their support of the national Help a Horse day. We first met them many years ago at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, and have been fans ever since. They sing such great songs about horses, one of her signature songs is When I Get That Pony Rode. To watch Templeton and Sam perform, click here.
Our long time fans will remember Steve from a few years ago. He worked as our farrier and ranch hand at the California shelter many years ago, but moved on. He has been running a successful farrier business and focusing on his music career. When he found out about the Horse Fest, he flew out from Idaho to participate in it. To watch Steve perform, click here.
In Oklahoma, we had an outreach booth at the Shawnee Tractor Supply. We focused on sharing information on horse care and bringing awareness to equine adoption. Over 30 people came by the booth to talk and appreciated the information we were sharing.
In California we were doing an adoption marathon. For weeks before the event, we had been taking adoption applications and getting people approved to adopt. Now that Help a Horse day had arrived, the trailers were lining up.
We were so thrilled with all the folks coming to adopt horses on Help a Horse day. Adopting a horse is truly helping a horse, transitioning from a place of danger, to the shelter, then to their right home. We love the smiles we see when we take adoption photos!
It was an extremely busy day, and because of the Help a Horse event, 16 horses were adopted in California and 1 horse was adopted in Tennessee. A total of 17 horses found their right homes! Every horse was adopted that we had available in California except for 1. It was a huge success.
You can see a lot more photos of the Help a Horse day on our Facebook page by clicking here.
Our adoption specialist, Kristen, at our Tennessee shelter has been very busy training horses and matching them up with potential adopters. All of her hard work and training horses is really starting to find a lot of horses in transition at the shelter new homes. All adopters have to go through an adoption application approval process and sign an adoption contract with a first right of refusal which states if they can no longer keep the horse it has to come back to us. Most of these adoptions have taken place in the last 2 weeks.
Tawnee, our founder, adopted one of the horses at the shelter. Her other horse is 26 years old and getting close to retirement. Tawnee is very happy to be adding Kahlua to her family.
Poppy was adopted to a very loving family. Both Kahlua and Poppy were rescued from an auction, and if we were not there to save them, most likely they would have been shipped to slaughter.
Eeyore and Olaf were adopted out of state and transported to their new home. They were adopted by a veterinarian! We are so happy they have such a wonderful home.
Freckles has found her forever family, and just look at those smiles. Freckles came to us as an owner surrender, her owner was no longer able to care for her. Freckles is 21 years old and we are so happy that she found such a wonderful home.
Chica was adopted as well. We rescued her from auction and now she has a great family.
Savannah was adopted by a very wonderful person out of state. She was moved by a transporter and we are very happy for her. We rescued her from an auction in Amish country, she used to be an Amish plow horse.
Simba found her forever home too. Her adopter has the same vet as our TN shelter and came highly recommended. We are so happy for Simba. She is a 21 year old Haflinger we rescued from auction.
Patches was rescued from auction and adopted. Her new mom is so excited and is just spoiling her.
Charlie was adopted out of state. His adopter drove hours to come get him, and arrived late at night. He spent the night at our gate, anxiously waiting to meet Charlie. We are so happy for them both.
Spirit was adopted to a super home. The family has adopted from us before and we are so happy that Spirit has such a great family.
Spirit’s family also adopted Dreamer, a 26 year old mare we rescued from auction. Her adopter is experienced and is going to finish rehabbing her. We are so happy for Spirit and Dreamer.
Willow, an older Quarterhorse mare, was adopted by a great family. We are so happy for her. We know she will be loved and cared for.
Bunny was adopted by a family who saw her on our Facebook page and absolutely fell in love with her. We are so excited for Bunny.
If you are interested in finding your right horse, please contact our adoption specialist Kristen. She works tirelessly to find the horses and donkeys wonderful homes. We do adopt out of state, and the animals at our shelter really need a home to call their own!
Most of the animals adopted in this blog were rescued from the slaughter pipeline. Many of you donate to help us save animals from that horrific fate, and we are so happy to share happy endings with you. Without you, each one of these animals would have a much different fate than being adopted into a great family.