It has been a great year with many hard fought equine welfare battles won and many horses saved through rescues such as ours.
In order to keep The Year of the Horse and our equine friends top of mind in 2015, here are 5 resolutions for our fellow equine advocates and horse lovers to consider:
One of the first things to ensure that The Year of the Horse continues into 2015 is to make sure our current horse owners are planning ahead. Changes in your health, your horse's health or your financial situation are just a few of the reasons why you might need to find a new home for your horse one day. It's a good idea to have a plan in place ahead of time such as: budgeting for the coming year, researching options ahead of time if the time may come for you to re-home your beloved horse and ensuring your family and friends are aware of what has been done to ensure a happy, healthy future for your horse if you cannot.
2. Make a Donation
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to continue to help horses in the New Year, then you might want to consider a donation to your local rescue. All horse rescues across Canada and the globe need your help to keep their doors open and continue providing refuge for horses in need. Whether it is a small donation that will help them buy a tube of dewormer or a large donation to help fund their%2 for your financial support.
3. Lend Your Time & Voice
Not everyone has money, but we all have time and a voice. This year, consider becoming a volunteer and lending your voice to the fight. While not all horse rescues have spaces open for volunteers, there are still many ways you can help rescue horses. Whether that is to physically muck stalls or to virtually share horses for adoption and post listings, every bit helps. For those of you who are not physically or virtually capable of volunteering, then consider lending your voice and fighting to prevent more horses for becoming at risk. As much as we all hate politics, there is a political side to every fight. For horses, that is changing legislation to protect them and passing bills such as C-322 in Canada and the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1094/S. 541) in the United States. Let your voice be heard!
4. Foster an Equine in Need
Even better than donating or volunteering is if you have the ability to foster a horse. Besides finances, one of the biggest concerns that rescues all over the world face every day is capacity. There are only so many stalls or paddocks to go around and, with so many horses in need, that can mean making tough decisions. Luckily, you can help! If you have the ability to foster, let your local rescue know. They may not need the space right away, but if it comes down to a tough decision regarding whether or not they have space to rescue another, they will be glad to know there is someone they could call on.
5. Adopt a Rescue Horse
One of the biggest things you can do to help horses this coming year is to adopt your very own rescue equine. There are horse rescues all over North America and the UK who have sound, rideable and healthy horses in need of new homes. Horses whose owners simply couldn't care for them any longer or horses who found themselves at risk of shipping for meat through no fault of their own. These horses need homes like yours! And remember, by adopting a horse you save two lives.