Indiana Unwanted Horse Intake Facility in the works

Indiana Horse Council Plans for an Unwanted Horse Intake Facility
Read more about it by clicking the link.
Dr. Tim Bartlett, director of equine programs for the Indiana Board of Animal Health, says several equine organizations in the state are in the early stages of planning to create a receiving facility in Central Indiana that would take in unwanted horses and evaluate them.

“We would hope it would give people a place to go when they’re in these desperate situations, where hopefully you can find a use for those horses.”

Bartlett says the central receiving facility would not be government-run, and would likely be a nonprofit organization. He says the plan is to accept unwanted horses from around Indiana.

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Maryland Fund For Horses – Poised and Ready

The Maryland Fund For Horses (MFFH) is poised and ready to open its virtual doors as a public charity to promote equine health, safety, welfare and responsible horse ownership, provide resources and collaboration across the Maryland Horse industry via education, outreach and programs to help Maryland’s equines.

To-date, the MFFH has had zero budget, but a very dedicated organizing committee of MHC officers and members. Now, we need all the help we can get to raise funds for State and Federal filing fees, membership in the Maryland Association of Non-Profits and initial educational and outreach materials. Our start-up funding requirements are over $1,600. Please visit the MFFH page on the Maryland Horse Council site and click on the Donate button to help get MFFH working for Maryland’s equines as soon as possible.

The initial beneficiary of Maryland Fund For Horses? The Unwanted Horse Project’s initatives! Here’s a quick status update about what’s happening with the Unwanted Horse Project for the remainder of 2011 and early 2012:
– MFFH and the Unwanted Horse Project is a sponsored charity of Baltimore Give Camp, and is receiving volunteer website development services. The new MFFH website is scheduled to debut in November. Volunteers to provide content and help keep the website updated are needed. Please contact if you can help.
– Maryland Fund For Horses and the Unwanted Horse Project will be the sponsored charity of the Maryland Horse Council’s Horseman of the Year banquet in early 2012. Watch your e-mail for e-blasts about the banquet and donations to the silent auction.
– Starting and/or supporting hay banks beginning in winter 2011/2012
– Gelding clinics in spring and fall 2012
– Gelding voucher program
– Maryland Responsible Horse Ownership Week – an education and outreach week in conjunction with Preakness week.

** Volunteer leaders to help organize Maryland Responsible Horse Ownership Week are needed! If you would like to work on the organizing committee for Maryland Responsible Horse Ownership Week, please contact Vicki Carson at

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Online Live Q&A: Horse Adoption/Rescue

This sounds like something MHC Unwanted Horse Project members might like to attend. and the Bureau of Land Management are co-sponsoring an online live Q&A session about horse adoption and rescue on Wednesday, 9/21/11 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Click here to register to attend
Some additional information about the Webinar from website:
With the current drought, high hay prices, and other factors, more horses are in need of homes and many people have questions about horse adoption and rescue. How can you find the right horse to rescue or adopt? How can you find a reputable rescue if you have a horse to rehome? If your newly adopted horse came from an unhealthy situation, what common health and behavioral issues might you expect to see, and how can you safely rehabilitate the horse? How do you adopt a mustang or burro?

Get answers to these questions and more on Wednesday, September 21st at 8 p.m. EDT during’s Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A event on horse adoption and rescue, brought to you by Bureau of Land Management. Register now and submit your questions for the experts to answer during the live event!

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Unwanted Horse Project Website: Status Report

Great News, everyone! A group of folks from the Maryland Horse Council is in the process of forming a non-profit chartiable organization. The Unwanted Horse Project’s initiatives will be one of hopefully many beneficiaries of funding from the new non-profit, which will have its first fundraiser in January, 2012.

In the meantime, thre’s more great news! The Unwanted Horse Project has been selected as a recipient charity of Baltimore Give Camp. Give Camp is a group of technology professionals who develop websites and web applications for community charities. This post is being written from the first organizational and analysis session. Baltimore Give Camp is sponsored by the Central Maryland Association of .Net Professionals (CMAP). We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to get the website off the ground.

During the coming months, many of our intrepid Unwanted Horse Project members will have the opportunity to participate in defining requirements and planning for a three-day program coding marathon over the weekend of October 21-23, 2011, after which the results will be rolled out for everyone to see. For more information about Give Camp and CMAP, visit

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The Horse | Virginia Livestock Welfare Bill Becomes Law

The Horse | Virginia Livestock Welfare Bill Becomes Law.

Virginia recently passed a livestock welfare bill (see above link) which establishes minimum standards of care for equines, and goes into effect July 1, 2011.  One of the advantages of having minimum standards of care statutes is that they provide guidance to animal control officers that typical animal cruelty laws don’t address.  By referring to the minimum standards of care, officers investigating alleged equine abuse and neglect are better able to determine whether intervention is appropriate.

Did you know that Maryland was one of the pioneers in this area?  Maryland has had minimum standards of care for equines on the books for over a decade.   Here they are:



Nutritious Food In Sufficient Quantity

  • Nutritious food in sufficient quality (e.g. wholesome, palatable and free from contamination, such as feces, mold, mildew, insects, etc.)
  • Food shall be provided in sufficient quantity and be of adequate and appropriate nutritive value.
  • Diet shall be prepared with consideration for the age, breed/type, condition, size, work level and quantity of equine(s).
  • Equines should score, by a veterinarian, no less than a body condition score 3 on the Henneke Condition Scoring Chart to be considered of adequate weight.
  • Equines shall have access to adequate natural forage or be fed daily or as recommended by a veterinarian.
  • All storage and feeding receptacles shall be kept clean and free from contaminants, such as feces, mold, mildew, insects, …etc.
  • If more than one animal is fed at one time or in one place, it shall be the responsibility of the owner/custodian to ensure that each animal receives nutrition in sufficient quantity.

Necessary Veterinary Care
An equine shall be afforded immediate veterinary care if known or suspected to have an injury, accidental or deliberate, or exhibiting such signs as shock, colic, founder, tremors, swelling, broken bones, open wounds, inability to eat or drink, blistering as a result of fire, acid, etc., irregular or abnormal breathing, partial or total paralysis, abnormal discharge or bleeding, signs of disease, severe parasitic infestation or infection, loss of appetite, weight loss, abnormal skin condition or hair loss, temperature fluctuation, persistent diarrhea, inability to bear weight on a limb or lameness, or other such sign.

The following is recognized as standard veterinary care guidelines for equines:

  • Hoof care maintenance and trimming every six (6) to eight (8) weeks, or as directed by a veterinarian or a farrier.
  • Parasites kept under control through worming every six (6) to eight (8) weeks or as directed by your veterinarian.
  • Annual dental check-up and necessary treatment to ensure proper and adequate food digestion.
  • Vaccinations as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Proof of testing for Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins Test) is mandated by law in the following cases
    – When equines are being transported across state lines
    – When equines are bought or sold
    – When equines are at shows or gatherings

Proper Drink
Proper drink shall mean clean, potable water available at all times for all equines. Exceptions shall be determined by veterinary consultation of professionally accepted practices for the safety and well-being of the equine.

Equines that are being worked or are in transport shall be provided water as often as necessary for the health and comfort of the equine. Frequency of watering shall consider age, breed/type, condition, size and quantity of equine(s). Activity levels and climatic conditions must be considered.

Equines that do not have free access to water, must be offered water at least twice daily.

All water receptacles shall be kept clean and free of contaminants and be positioned or affixed to minimize spillage.

Proper Air

Enclosed areas should be constructed or modified to allow free flow of air to control temperature, humidity and prevent air stagnation.

Proper Space

Space available to the equine must be usable and safe (e.g. must be provided an area free from standing water, accumulated waste, sharp objects and debris and maintained in a safe and healthful manner).

Fencing shall be well maintained and in good repair at all times.

Equines shall be allowed to exercise and have freedom of movement as necessary to reduce stress and maintain good physical condition. Space and provisions for exercise must be appropriate and sufficient for the age, breed/type, quantity, condition and size of the equine(s).

Proper Shelter

Shelter for equines shall have at least a roof and three sides and be kept in good repair and free of standing water, accumulated waste, sharp objects and debris. Proper shelter provides protection from inclement weather conditions (e.g. prevailing wind, sleet, rain and arid temperature extremes).

It is the responsibility of the owner/custodian to ensure that each equine, taking into consideration age, breed/type, and health, has access to proper shelter and protection from the weather (e.g. relief from more dominant equines that may exclude him/her from the shelter).


Protection From The Weather

All equines should have access to proper/appropriate shelter from weather extremes. Trees and natural weather barriers providing shelter may be considered adequate shelter.

Maryland State Law, Article 27, Section 59 requires that any person having the charge or custody of an animal must provide “nutritious food in sufficient quantity;” “necessary veterinary care;” “proper drink;” “air;” “space;” “shelter;” or “protection from the weather.”
These terms as applied to horses are defined herein. The Maryland Horse Council considers these guidelines to be the minimum standards of care for horses in the Maryland Equestrian Community.

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Colorado adds voluntary unwanted horse contribution to tax forms

Check this out!  Colorado passed a statute establishing a charitable tax check-off on the Colorado state income tax form, allowing taxpayers to donate to the Colorado Unwanted Horse Fund.  Inspiring, and IMHO, a great model for other horse-centric states.

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The Horse | Video – Equine Welfare (AAEP 2010 Keynote Presentation)

The Horse | Video – Equine Welfare (AAEP 2010 Keynote Presentation).

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