Rescue and retirement facilities play a role in providing care or finding new owners for horses that are considered unwanted.
The UHC does not endorse one particular facility. However, if you’ve decided that a rescue or retirement facility is the best option for your horse, we strongly encourage you to read the "Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities," developed by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and ensure the facility you’re considering operates by these guidelines.
Although the vast majority of rescue and retirement facilities are run honestly and with the horses’ best interests, it doesn't hurt to tour the facility and ensure all horses are properly cared for. While you are visiting a facility, be sure to examine the surroundings. Will they allow you to look around? How do the horses look? Is the place neat, clean and free of debris?
Equine rescue and retirement facilities can be found by using any search engine on the World Wide Web or by contacting the American Horse Council.
The following PDF documents include resources provided by UHC member organizations: