August 22, 2016 – The Unwanted Horse Coalition has released a new resource to inspire horse-related groups and organizations to become involved in the effort to help or prevent unwanted horses.
Join the Effort: Programs to Help Unwanted Horses offers 16 specific strategies for groups of any size to help unwanted horses. Examples include hosting charity horse shows, donating ad space, volunteering for non-profit re-training or rehoming facilities, or developing a tracking database. The publication also features the work of seven UHC member organizations and offers general fundraising tips and resources.
“We invite organizations that have developed similar initiatives to contact us, so we can include their work in the publication,” says UHC Director, Jennifer Purcell. “The more ideas and examples we can share, the more likely an organization can find a model that fits best within their structure and resources.”
The .pdf version, located on the UHC website, will be updated twice each year, but new programs will be added to the website on a bi-weekly basis.
Julie Broadway, President of the American Horse Council Foundation, states, “If every horse-related organization implemented one or two of these ideas, we would, as an industry, make significant strides toward further reducing the number of unwanted horses nationwide.”
As a first step, the UHC encourages all breed registration and discipline-based association, youth clubs, and other horse-related organizations to include information about responsible ownership on their websites.