Unwanted Horse Coalition Gathers, Spreads Message of “Owning Responsibly”
JUNE 21, WASHINGTON, DC – Members of the Unwanted Horse Coalition met during the American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum in Washington, DC, to develop future plans to raise awareness and share their work with horse industry leaders and participants.
"It was great to come back to the 2007 American Horse Council’s Issues Forum only one year after being folded into the AHC with so many accomplishments such as our web site and awareness brochure,” said Dr. Tom Lenz, chairman of the Unwanted Horse Coalition. “It was important for us to have an audience with industry players so they can help us educate current and prospective horse owners on owning responsibly.”
During the AHC Forum, members of the Unwanted Horse Coalition made several plans for the next year, including publishing the “Own Responsibly” handbook on the web site, developing a rescue and retirement facilities listing and providing promotional items such as pens, decals and lapel pins to help raise awareness of this issue.
AHC Forum participants had a chance to hear about these activities and hear the stories of two horsewomen who have first-hand experience with successful rescue and second-career horses.
Gillian Clissold, an event rider and owner of Quarternote Farm in Virginia read a moving “stream of consciousness” poem about her mare “Sportscar.” Sportscar was an unwanted yearling when she was rescued at an auction from eventual slaughter. With Clissold, Sportscar became a decorated eventing horse, winning 2003 U.S. Eventing Association Mare of the Year at the Advanced Level.
Louise Foreman, of the Board of Governors for the Northern Virginia Theraputic Riding Program, Inc., shared her experiences with the success of horses finding second careers as therapeutic riding lesson horses. She said the need for these horses to be donated is great, especially with a new pilot program they are developing for injured Iraq War veterans.
These were examples of how unwanted horses can find successful second careers when owners have the right resources and education about their options. Spreading this message is an important goal of the Unwanted Horse Coalition.
To learn more about the UHC, visit the web site at www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or contact Katy Carter, coordinator, Unwanted Horse Coalition, at (202) 296-4031.
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