How about instead of making your typical new years resolution about losing 10 pounds or getting fit tonight, why not make a resolution you will actually keep? The bonus is that you will be able to help horses in need in the process.
To make it easier, here is our list of New Years resolutions to benefit our equine friends and help make 2014 their year:
One of the first things we can do to make 2014 the Year of the Horse is to make sure that 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 research your options ahead of time. You also should think about providing for your horse with a pet trust and let your loved ones and family know what has been done to ensure a happy, healthy future for your horse.
Make a Donation
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to help the horses in 2014, 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. From a small donation that will help them buy a tube of dewormer or a large donation to help fund their hay bill, rescues like ours are always grateful.
Lend Your Time
If you have little money but lots of time and a willingness to work, consider becoming a volunteer. Not all rescues have spaces open, but there are many especially in the Lower Mainland who are in need of help. Whether it is to physically muck stalls or to digitally promote the horses for adoption, everything helps.
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.
Adopt a Rescue Horse
One of the biggest things you can do in 2014 to make it the Year of the Horse 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. Remember, adopt a horse - save two lives.
Sponsor a Rescue Horse
While not everyone has the time or money to have their own horse, there is still another way you can be part of a rescue horses life; sponsorship. By sponsoring a horse, you are looking after some or all of that horses needs while they are at a rescue and can be anything from $100 per month to cover feed or donating specific halters, blankets, etc to that horse. Most rescues offer a sponsorship program and many will provide a certificate of sponsorship as a nice keepsake for yourself, if asked.
Become a Voice
Beyond donating, fostering, adopting or sponsoring it is important to remember that in order to make 2014 the Year of the Horse we must not only look after those at risk, but also try 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 in 2014!