What does it mean to Own Responsibly?
To “own responsibly” means many things, but fundamentally it means that before you buy or breed a horse, you understand how it affects you and the horse, both in the present and in the future.
- To own responsibly means that you, as that horse’s owner and provider, understand the time and financial commitment required to care for the horse.
- It means you commit to the long-term care of the horse and, should it become unwanted, consider all options available to your horse including sale, lease, donation, adoption, retirement, and alternative programs/uses.
- It means that you consider end-of-life decisions, including veterinary care, euthanasia, and disposal, before that time comes.
And it means that the industry must continue to work together to find a solution to this problem.
By encouraging people to Own Responsibly and providing links to organizations around the country that can help horse owners in need, the UHC hopes to help reduce the number of unwanted horses.