Hoping to alleviate the unwanted horse problem, equine industry groups have put out new information on how owners, associations, and others in the horse community can help.
The American Horse Council unveiled the brochure "Caregiver's Guide to Rehabilitating the Neglected Horse" at the American Association of Equine Practitioners' 55th Annual Convention this past December.
The document instructs owners who have rescued neglected horses how to properly bring them back to health without overly stressing their already fragile state. Sections include proper feeding, proper vaccination, deworming practices, and hoof care.
The guide was crafted in partnership with Nutrena, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, and the American Farrier's Association.
The Unwanted Horse Coalition released its own publication this past January—a handbook titled "Best Practices: How Your Organization Can Help Unwanted Horses."
The document lists programs and activities that many equine organizations, associations, service providers, and commercial suppliers have already instituted to alleviate the unwanted horse problem. Included in the handbook are sections on administration, continuing education, fundraising, support of equine care facilities, placement, direct assistance, breeding control, and euthanasia.
The intent is to outline the various examples of successful programs and activities so they may be replicated or better publicized.
Copies of the two documents are available on the "Resources" page of the coalition's Web site, www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org.