Every horse deserves a safe and loving home. Even if you don’t shelter or rescue equines, you can share with your staff and community members how to recognize and report the signs of neglect and abuse in horses. At a minimum, all horses should have the following:
- A three-sided shelter that can protect them from the elements
- Safe fencing that will keep them from roaming. The fencing should be at an appropriate height and sturdy enough to contain the animals. Here is an example of a fence that is not doing its job:
- Food offered in a feeder, not simply thrown on the ground where it can be contaminated, as in this photo:
- Drinking water stored in a trough and changed regularly
- A clean and dry living environment—both indoors and out—to prevent the spread of disease
To learn more about proper horse care and how to investigate equine abuse, sign up to get the recording of our webinar, “Investigating and Litigating Equine Abuse Cases.”
Want more horse-related content? Watch the free webinar recording “Recruiting and Keeping Equine Volunteers,” presented by Cindy Gendron of the Homes for Horses Coalition. Register today for strategies, checklists and take-away tips for recruiting and keeping volunteers.