American Horse Council Releases News Feed

WASHINGTON, (AHC) – AAEP Helps Continue Operation Gelding Program
Thanks to a generous donation from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation [AAEP], The Unwanted Horse Coalition [UHC] is able to continue its Operation Gelding program. The Operation Gelding program provides funds and materials to assist organizations, associations and events that wish to sponsor clinics to which horse owners can bring their stallions to be castrated. Since the program was initiated in September 2010, Operation Gelding has assisted in gelding 489 stallions and has provided $24,450 in grant money to organizations that have hosted Operation Gelding castration clinics.
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Equine Extravaganza, With Rags to Riches Talent Search, Collaborates with UHC
The Unwanted Horse Coalition [UHC] announces its newest member, Equine Extravaganza. The RagstoRiches Talent Search is the newest feature of Equine Extravaganza’s Horse Rescue Initiative, which aims to promote the adoption of unwanted horses and aid for horse rescue groups. The RagstoRiches Talent Search will feature rescued superstar horses and their comeback journey, giving the selected rescuers and their rescued steeds the chance to share their story and strut their stuff for Equine Extravaganza fans, both online and at the event.
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The Jockey Club’s T.I.P. Program Announces Non-Competition Award Winners
Created and announced in October 2011, T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows. The Jockey Club committed $100,000 to T.I.P for the pilot program in 2012, for which 167 horse shows from 26 states and two Canadian provinces were approved. The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work.  Read More…

Horses Fall Victim to Hard Times and Dry Times on the Range
The land is parched, the fields are withering and thousands of the nation’s horses are being left to fend for themselves on the dried range, abandoned by people who can no longer afford to feed them.  Read More…

US Horse Rescues are Overwhelmed by Abandoned Animals
Horse rescue groups nationwide have been struggling to care for a growing number of animals abandoned since the Great Recession hit more than four years ago, but leaders say their work has become even more difficult and expensive this summer as drought and wildfires burned up pastures and sent hay prices skyrocketing. Many people who held on to their horses in the downturn are now letting them go because they can’t find or afford feed that has more than doubled in price.  Read More…

EQUUS Foundation Awards $290,000 to Charities
The EQUUS Foundation, Inc. announced Friday the award of more than $290,000 in grants to charities dedicated to the well-being of horses and equine-assisted activity and therapy programs. The foundation put the number of unwanted horses in the United States at 170,000 a year. Many, it said, can be re-trained and given new homes for useful lives as therapy horses. Our goal is to secure homes for all unwanted horses, and for those that can be trained for use in therapy programs, to ensure that these horses benefit from the horse-human bond as much as people do,” said Jenny Belknap Kees, EQUUS Foundation Chairman of the Board. “We envision a more informed and compassionate America that values the magical and powerful bond we have with horses so that more people can benefit from the horse-human bond.” Read More…

Hay is for Horses in Tyron, NC
The Tryon area has been known as “Horse Country” for almost a century. People here take their equine economy seriously, it’s a major source of jobs. Drought conditions and the economy have forced many horse owners into a predicament of how to feed their families and their horses. So the Hay Pledge was born. Horse owners and hay growers “pledge” 10 bales of hay if asked — unless their supplies are too low to share. Calls for assistance are confidential. Some 500 bales have been delivered in 2012, but winter is coming and that number will go up significantly.
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ASPCA Hay Bale Goes Out National
With drought reports stretching across more than 65 percent of the country, equine welfare organizations are scrambling to secure winter hay for the rescues in their care or for the hay bank programs they run for at-risk horses, mules, donkeys, and ponies in their communities. The ASPCA Equine Fund is once again offering financial support to help keep equines alive and the groups that care for them afloat.  Read More…