PATRICIA SMITH: Support New Local Equine Rescue Group
A quick Google-search for neglected horses seized in the month of May showed that rescue organizations took in 21 horses in Connecticut, 7 horses in South Carolina, 100 horses in California, 26 horses in Colorado, 46 in Georgia, 48 in Virginia, 58 in Texas.
In April, 177 Thorough-breds were seized from a farm in Saratoga, N.Y..
Knock on wood, the Sandhills (so far) hasn't experienced the level of equine neglect that other areas are experiencing. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be prepared for cases of horses in need.
Riding to the rescue in the Sandhills is a newly-formed organization spearheaded by Libby Schmittdiel called Healing Hearts Equine Rescue.
Libby's interest in helping horses is a result of her volunteer work with the United States Equine Rescue League.
There will be a tack sale Saturday, June 13, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sandhills Feed Supply (outside on the lawn) to benefit Healing Hearts Equine Rescue. So now is a good time to do a little spring cleaning and support a worthy cause at the same time.
If you have any new or used tack or horse-related items that you need to move out of your barn, take them to Sandhills Feed Supply, 775 S. Bennett Street, Southern Pines.
Pickup can be arranged by calling Libby at 910-639-2482.
For shoppers, it's a good opportunity to find that special saddle or bridle for a pony clubber.
Other items on the list include show clothing, saddle racks, saddle pads, halters, blankets, boots, grooming supplies, barn supplies and gifts.
If you have any interest in fostering a horse in need, speak to Libby, and she will fill you in on how you go about becoming a foster home.
A paddock with a turnout shed (that is somewhat away from your own horses) would be a perfect place to put a foster horse.
Let's all band together to ensure that Moore County has foster homes ready to go should horses be surrendered due to neglect. There is currently no
county-owned facility to house horses.
Give Libby a leg up with Healing Hearts Equine Rescue.
Patricia Smith can be reached at fotobytocco @vbbi.us.
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