FOR HORSES

Instead of being sold and potentially ending up in neglectful, abusive, or downtrodden situations (including being sold at auction to slaughter for human food), rescued horses will be evaluated by the veterinary staff and professional trainers.

Training (or the lack of it) is the most common cause of a viable animal ďfalling through the cracks.Ē  A professional re-training program can make any horse --- including Mustangs who are rescued after capture --- useful to the general public.  These animals, once they have gained solid basics and are well-adjusted, can go on to become congenial pleasure animals or even competition mounts.

A horse who enters the Animal Welfare Project will never leave until it is adopted.  Itís days will be filled with training sessions.  Flatwork (dressage) will be the basis for further education.  All horses will undergo schooling for jumping in the ring as well as cross country.  Trail work and fitness work will be instilled as well.  Some may be introduced to driving, while others may show a propensity for Western Pleasure.  Whatever itís innate abilities are, those abilities will be furthered.

The purpose of such a training program is to make for a sociable animal, who is willing to work with itís rider.  These mounts are expected to gain a sense of barn manners as well as social etiquette.  

New adventures may await some of these animals in community service as Therapy Horses (for Handicapped Riders) or Mounted Police horses.  In addition, an equine retirement center is planned.

 

A Horse's Progress

1- Rescued from Slaughter

2 - Longeing

3- Basic Training Begins

4 - Conditioning & Flatwork

5 - Training to Drive

6 - Potential for Competition

7 - Handicapped Riding

8 - Mounted Patrol

 

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