In July of 2017, A Home for Every Horse (AHFEH) and AIM Studios traveled to Northeastern Indiana to visit Ride with Faith, an equine therapy center. At Ride with Faith, at-risk, disadvantaged and disabled youth work with horses to gain valuable life skills. Many of the horses there have been rescued, and their resilience helps and inspires their young riders.
While at Ride with Faith, Purina’s Senior Equine Nutritionist & Product Manager, Dr. Katie Young, and Purina Sales Specialist, Mike Witts, were met by AHFEH representative Mariah Hammerschmidt. Several of the therapy horses at Ride with Faith are in their senior years and recognizing their unique needs is important to keeping them in good health to perform as therapy horses. Dr. Katie Young and Mike Witts helped to further develop the Ride with Faith feeding program.
Ride with Faith especially depends on Purina Equine Senior to support their oldest therapy horse. Sawyer is a 36-year-old Arabian with almost no teeth remaining. He took some time to settle in as a therapy horse, but is now one of the favorites around the barn. Equine Senior gives him the nutrition and energy he needs in a form that he can digest as an older horse.
AHFEH plans on visiting horse rescues and rescued horses throughout the year to bring awareness to the alarming 170,000 unwanted horses in the United States. The work groups like Ride with Faith do to support not only horses in need of rescue, but also humans in need of rescue, is what brings change to the situations of these horses and humans. In recognition of their hard work, Purina helped Ride with Faith learn more about equine nutrition and support their therapy horses. A Home for Every Horse has several key sponsors; Purina, WeatherBeeta, ElectroBraid, Merck and Tractor Supply. Each sponsor of the A Home for Every Horse program is key in assisting Ride with Faith, and other rescues, with their initiatives to help horses and humans in need.
If you want more information on rescue horses or you want to locate a rescue near you, please check out AHomeForEveryHorse.com. Equine.com and the Active Interest Media Equine Network have joined forces with the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition to launch A Home for Every Horse Project.
This project helps find homes for America’s 170,000 to 200,000 horses in need of care and shelter. Here’s how it works:
• Begin the search for your next equine partner at AHomeForEveryHorse.com. You can search horses waiting for homes at nonprofit shelters across the country. Browse by rescue horse, or find rescue organizations in your area.
• Visit the site’s “Services” section to learn about your local rescue organizations. Find out how you can volunteer, donate, or simply spread the word.
• Look for upcoming stories on EquiSearch.com related to horse rescue.
If your 501(c)(3) rescue organization would like to join the Home For Every Horse Project, call 303-253-6400. Equine.com is a part of Active Interest Media Equine Network.
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