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Helping the American Horse
Helping the American Horse
Helping the American Horse A DEFHR EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION 000 1
Helping the American Horse A DEFHR EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION 000 1

A DEFHR EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION

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THE UNWANTED HORSE
THE UNWANTED HORSE

What is an unwanted horse?

Horses which are no longer wanted by their current owner because they are old, injured, sick, unmanageable, fail to meet their owners expectations (e.g., performance, color or breeding), or their owner can no longer afford them.

to meet their owner ’ s expectations (e.g., performance, color or breeding), or their owner can

unwanted horse Statistics:

unwanted horse Statistics:  170,000 unwanted horses per year in the United States.  There are
unwanted horse Statistics:  170,000 unwanted horses per year in the United States.  There are

170,000 unwanted horses

per year in the United

States.

There are over 430 horse rescue facilities in the county.

Rescues reported that they

have to turn away an

average 38% of the horses

brought to them.

Increasing challenges for

horses today

Increasing challenges for horses today From the 2009 Survey by the Unwanted Horse Coalition www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org

From the 2009 Survey by the Unwanted Horse Coalition www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org

ABUSE Vs. NEGLECT
ABUSE Vs. NEGLECT

Abuse:

1 : a corrupt practice or custom

2: improper or excessive use or treatment :

misuse

3: obsolete : a deceitful act : deception

4: language that condemns or vilifies usually unjustly, intemperately, and angrily

5: physical maltreatment

Neglect:

1: to give little attention or respect to :

disregard

2: to leave undone or unattended to especially through carelessness

HISTORY OF HORSE
HISTORY OF HORSE

A Brief History

A Brief History There are Domestication of wild horses is thought to have happened in more

There are Domestication of wild horses is

thought to have happened in more than

one place from several wild horse populations around 6,000 years ago.

No other animal can match the contributions that horses have made to human civilization.

THE U.S. HORSE TODAY
THE U.S. HORSE TODAY

The American Horse

2 million people own horses in the United States There are horses in every state.
2 million people own
horses in the United
States
There are horses in every state. Forty-five
states have at least 20,000 horses each
There are
approximately
9.2 million horses
in the United
States.
The horse industry has a direct economic
effect on the U.S. of $39 billion annually.
Approximately 34% of horse owners have a household
income of less than $50,000 and 28% have an annual
income of over $100,000. 46% of horse owners have an
income of between $25,000 to $75,000.

4.6 million Americans are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers. Tens of millions more participate as spectators.

Nationwide Challenges

Nationwide Challenges

Problems for Horses Today

Problems for Horses Today
CASE: ROYAL
CASE: ROYAL

Royals Story of Neglect

Royal ’ s Story of Neglect

Royals Story of Rehabilitation

Royal waiting for his first trim, vet and farrier working together.
Royal waiting for his first trim, vet and farrier
working together.

Royals Journey

After Before
After
Before
CASE: ZODIAC
CASE: ZODIAC

Zodiacs Story

Zodiac a.k.a. “Rhythmic Moves”.
Zodiac a.k.a. “Rhythmic Moves”.

Zodiacs Story

Zodiac ’ s Story Zodiac ’ s entrance photos at Days End Farm Horse Rescue (Sept
Zodiac ’ s Story Zodiac ’ s entrance photos at Days End Farm Horse Rescue (Sept

Zodiacs entrance photos at Days End Farm Horse Rescue (Sept 2010).

Zodiacs Story

For 9 weeks, staff and volunteers tended to Zodiac 24/7, feeding him every 2-4 hours
For 9 weeks, staff and volunteers tended to
Zodiac 24/7, feeding him every 2-4 hours

Zodiacs Story

Zodiac ’ s Story

Zodiacs Story

Zodiac ’ s Story MayMay 2011:2011: ZodiacZodiac enjoyingenjoying runningrunning inin thethe fieldsfields atat DEFHRDEFHR

MayMay 2011:2011: ZodiacZodiac enjoyingenjoying runningrunning inin thethe fieldsfields atat DEFHRDEFHR

Responsible Horse Ownership
Responsible Horse Ownership

The Basic Needs

6 needs of horses that are part of responsible ownership:

Shelter
Shelter
Clean Air
Clean Air
Space
Space
Food
Food
Clean Water
Clean Water
Vet Care
Vet Care

Health Care

Health Care
Health Care
Health Care

How to Help

How to Help  Report Abuse and Neglect  Adopt a Rescue Horse  Share Their

Report Abuse and Neglect

Adopt a Rescue Horse

Share Their Story

Volunteer at a Local Rescue

Donate

For more information on Days End Farm Horse Rescue or to find out how you

For more information on Days End Farm Horse Rescue or to find out how you can help, please visit www.defhr.org