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EQUUS Foundation Joins UHC and Teams up with R.O.A.R. Campaign

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 13, 2012 18:13

 

 

Washington, DC – September 13, 2012. The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) welcomes its newest member, The EQUUS Foundation.

The EQUUS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, promoting the use of horses to enrich the lives of those in need, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal.

The Foundation provides financial support through grants to horse-related charities across the United States, operating a network of equine organizations and equine enthusiasts; providing scholarships to reward volunteer service on behalf of horses, and conducting information outreach to educate the public about horses.

In 2012 the EQUUS Foundation awarded over $290,000 in grants to charities dedicated to the well-being of horses, and improving the quality of life of people through equine-assisted activities and therapies.

The EQUUS Foundation has also been selected as the newest member of the Animal Planet’s Reach Out. Act. Respond. (R.O.A.R.) Campaign. From September 1 through October 31, Animal Planet will provide each participating partner with money based on the donations that they receive in association with the R.O.A.R. eight-week matching campaign. The donations received will be used to rescue, retrain, and re-home unwanted and abandoned horses as therapy horses. Animal Planet is also awarding a bonus to the charity with the highest number of Facebook shares. To donate, follow this link:  http://www.equusfoundation.org/ROAR; Click ‘share’ to spread the word.

“We are pleased to be joining forces with the EQUUS Foundation. It is truly a pleasure to work with an organization that does such wonderful things for unwanted horses in our industry. We look forward to helping many of our nation’s unwanted horses and horse rescues together,” said Ericka Caslin, Director of the UHC.

The Unwanted Horse Coalition is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the umbrella of the American Horse Council. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses.  

For more information about joining the UHC or unwanted horses, please visit the UHC website at www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or contact Ericka Caslin at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org.


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The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

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Equine Extravaganza, with Rags-to-Riches Talent Search, Collaborates with Unwanted Horse Coalition

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 25, 2012 07:40



Washington, DC – August 21, 2012. The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) announces its newest member, Equine Extravaganza.

Equine Extravaganza is a Mid-Atlantic region equine trade show that occurs in Richmond, Virginia in November each year. This year marks Equine Extravaganza’s eighth anniversary and the event will occur between November 2nd and 4th. The mission of the Equine Extravaganza is to provide an annual comprehensive horse industry exposition that will promote all aspects of the Mid-Atlantic horse industry and offer a variety of educational opportunities for horse enthusiasts of all types and across all disciplines.

The Rags-to-Riches Talent Search is the newest feature of Equine Extravaganza’s Horse Rescue Initiative, which aims to promote the adoption of unwanted horses and aid for horse rescue groups. The Rags-to-Riches Talent Search will feature rescued superstar horses and their comeback journey, giving the selected rescuers and their rescued steeds the chance to share their story and strut their stuff for Equine Extravaganza fans, both online and at the event.

The competition, which will be held on November 3rd at the Equine Extravaganza, will feature these rescued horses’ talents that may range from jumping, dressage, liberty work, flatwork, tricks, barrels, or other unique abilities. The horses’ stories may be equally as heartwarming and entertaining as their talents. The goals of the competition are to showcase the rescued horses’ talents, highlight their potential as spectacular partners, and educate attendees about rescued horses and horse rescues in an effort to increase support for horse rescues nationwide.

The panel of celebrity judges will include, Harry De Layer, owner of Snowman, and Elizabeth Letts, author of The Eighty Dollar Champion, the story of Harry and Snowman. The judges will select the winner of the Rags-to-Riches competition and the winner will be awarded a cash prize. A special care package will be given to a rescue of the owner’s choice.

“Equine Extravaganza is committed to encouraging adoption of unwanted horses whenever possible,” said Vicki O’Hara, President of Equine Extravaganza. “We began our Horse Rescue Initiative 3 years ago with a showcase of horses that are available for adoption. This year we’ve taken it a step further by including our Rags-to-Riches Rescue Horse Talent Search, which will give our attendees a flavor of the magic that can happen when these horses are given a second chance.”

The UHC is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the umbrella of the American Horse Council. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses. 

“The Equine Extravaganza is an event that is truly dedicated to helping our nation’s unwanted horses and aiding rescue horses and facilities. The UHC is looking forward to collaborating with the Equine Extravaganza and the Rags-to-Riches Talent Search Competition,” said Ericka Caslin, UHC director.

For more information about Equine Extravaganza, the Rags-To-Riches Talent Search, and how you can enter your rescue horse, please visit http://www.equineextravaganza.com.

Additional information about the Unwanted Horse Coalition is available by logging on to www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or by calling 202-296-4031.

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The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.


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AAEP Helps Continue Operation Gelding Program

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 21, 2012 11:01

 


WASHINGTON, DC – August 14, 2012 – Thanks to a generous donation from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation (AAEP), The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is able to continue its Operation Gelding program.  The Operation Gelding program provides funds and materials to assist organizations, associations and events that wish to sponsor clinics to which horse owners can bring their stallions to be castrated.  Since the program was initiated in September 2010, Operation Gelding has assisted in gelding 489 stallions and has provided $24,450 in grant money to organizations that have hosted Operation Gelding castration clinics.
"The UHC is pleased to announce that the AAEP Foundation will be donating $15,000 to the Operation Gelding program to help continue this important effort and aid in the castration of 300 additional stallions. With this charitable donation, the AAEP is dedicated to making a positive impact on unwanted horses and the entire equine industry,” said Dr. Douglas Corey, Chairman of the UHC.
The UHC will provide information and forms necessary to conduct a clinic, along with seed money to defray the costs.  Funds of $50 per horse gelded with a $1,000 maximum will be awarded to groups once a year.  Assistance will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, subject to available resources.  Organizations can apply by filling out the Operation Gelding Funding Form provided by the UHC.  Funds will be awarded once the clinic is complete and a veterinary statement is provided.  Any organization, association or event can participate in the UHC’s Operation Gelding program, the UHC wants to involve as many groups as possible.
"The American Association of Equine Practitioners, through our Foundation, is once again very pleased to be a part of the UHC's Operation Gelding Program. It is very encouraging to see so many organizations throughout the industry hosting clinics and working together to help horses in need,” said David Foley, AAEP Executive Director.
Ericka Caslin, UHC Director, said, “We are so thankful to be able to continue this important nationwide program, thanks to the generosity of the AAEP.”
In addition to Operation Gelding, the UHC is offering the resourceful guidebook, How to Start and Run a Rescue, written by Dr. Jennifer Williams of Lone Star Equine Rescue and Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, for the low cost of $20 including shipping and handling. All of the proceeds from the sales of the book will go directly to the Operation Gelding program.
How to Start and Run a Rescue is an indispensable resource that offers practical and insightful advice to those who are interested in starting a rescue or those who may already have a rescue, but may need help improving upon their business. The book covers topics such as formation of a nonprofit, fundraising, public relations and marketing, formulating policies, successful bookkeeping, and much more. Dr. Williams discusses the complex issues involved in founding a rescue, long-term management, and improving upon a currently existing rescue.
Upcoming Operation Gelding clinics will be held in the fall in New Mexico, Michigan, Washington, Oklahoma, and Maryland.
For more information on Operation Gelding or how to purchase How to Start and Run a Rescue please contact Ericka Caslin, UHC director, at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org or 202-296-4031. Visit the UHC website at: www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org.
The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

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Operation Gelding

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 31, 2012 12:57

Unwanted Horse Coalition’s Operation Gelding Program Closes out the Summer with Four Clinics



WASHINGTON, DC – July 31, 2012 - The Unwanted Horse Coalition’s (UHC) Operation Gelding program completed its summer schedule with four clinics between May and July. The Minnesota Horse Council, Patterson Animal Hospital, Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue, and Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue all hosted successful Operation Gelding clinics, castrating 66 stallions between the four organizations.  The UHC’s Operation Gelding program has aided in the gelding of 489 stallions to date.

The program, which was first launched in late August 2010, is designed to offer funding assistance to organizations, associations, and events that wish to conduct a public gelding clinic under the name and guidelines of Operation Gelding. An organization that has completed an Operation Gelding clinic will receive funding of $50 per horse, $1,000 maximum, to aid in the costs associated with the clinic.

On May 5th, Dr. Yalonda Burton of Patterson Animal Hospital in Stillwell, OK, was able to perform 18 gelding procedures at her veterinary clinic. This clinic marks Dr. Burton’s second time hosting an Operation Gelding clinic with the help of the UHC.

“We were able to castrate 18 equines with the help of the UHC, 2 mules and 16 horses. We had student volunteers from Oklahoma State University student chapter of AAEP as well as a veterinarian from Goldsby, OK come to participate in this event.  It was a great day and we all felt like we made an impact on our community.  We were able to castrate some horses that may not have been castrated otherwise. Although hot and tired at the end of the day, we felt as if we became part of the solution to unwanted horses.  It was a wonderful opportunity to bond with some individuals from the horse world and people with similar goals for the horse industry. We appreciate all that the UHC has done to support this effort and realize that without their support, none of this would be possible.  Thank you for the opportunity to participate,” said Dr. Burton.

“The Minnesota Horse Council (MHC) with the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition (MHWC) castrated 22 horses with the help of 6 local equine veterinarians and 5 veterinarians and 22 students from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Dr. Tracy Turner, President of the MN Horse Council. “The clinic was held on May 19th at the Isanti Fairgrounds. This was the fourth clinic sponsored by the MHC and MHWC, which to date has castrated nearly 90 equids.”

The Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue hosted an Operation Gelding clinic in June in East Hampton Connecticut along with the help of Dr. Stacey Golub.

Natalee Cross of Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, located in Jones, OK, conducted her first Operation Gelding clinic at the end of July. “The clinic went great!” said Cross, “We had a very successful day. We castrated 14 horses!” Ms. Cross was pleased with the outcome of their first clinic and looks forward to putting together more clinics for the horses and horse owners in her area in the future.

Ericka Caslin, UHC Director, said, “With the two year anniversary of Operation Gelding coming up at the end of the summer, we are really pleased with the success of the program thus far. It is very encouraging to see the amount of interest and participation in the program. Participating organizations have helped hundreds of horses and horse owners in need and have done a wonderful job working together to help with the issue of unwanted horses. We look forward to organizing additional clinics for the fall.”

The UHC continues to seek public support, via tax-deductible donations, to extend the program year round. Each generous donation of $50 goes entirely toward funding the gelding of a stallion.

Upcoming Operation Gelding clinics will be held in the fall in Michigan, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

For more information about Operation Gelding, how to conduct a clinic, the schedule and location of Operation Gelding clinics, or how you can help continue this program, please contact Ericka Caslin, UHC director, at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org or 202-296-4031.

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The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

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UHC Announces Availability of How to Start and Run a Rescue

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 14, 2012 13:23


WASHINGTON, DC – May 14, 2012 - The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) announces the availability of Dr. Jennifer Williams’ resourceful book dedicated to rescues and sanctuaries, How to Start and Run a Rescue. Every dollar received from the sale of the book will go directly towards the UHC’s Operation Gelding program.

How to Start and Run a Rescue is an indispensable resource that offers practical and insightful advice to those who are interested in starting a rescue or those who may already have a rescue, but may need help improving upon their business. The book covers topics such as formation of a nonprofit, fundraising, public relations and marketing, formulating policies, successful bookkeeping, and much more. Dr. Williams discusses the complex issues involved in founding a rescue, long-term management, and improving upon a currently existing rescue. “Every rescue can certainly benefit from the topics covered in this book. Dr. Williams has left no stone unturned and has shared a wealth of knowledge from years of experience in the industry,” said Ericka Caslin, UHC Director.

The author, Dr. Jennifer Williams, has started and run two successful rescue organizations, Lone Star Equine Rescue and Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. She obtained a Masters and Doctorate degree from Texas A&M University in Animal Science with an emphasis on equine behavior, learning, and welfare.

The UHC is offering How to Start and Run a Rescue for $20 including shipping and handling. Every dollar of each sale goes directly towards funding the UHC’s Operation Gelding Program. This grant program is the UHC’s effort to help prevent indiscriminate breeding in our nation.

“The UHC is thrilled to be able to offer an amazing, irreplaceable resource to our nation’s rescues, while supporting such an amazing cause as Operation Gelding. It’s important for every rescue to be well-versed in the topics covered in this book, so we can help adopt more horses into loving homes and help more horses in need. The more successful rescues we have, the more horses we can save,” said Caslin.

For information on ordering How to Start and Run a Rescue, please visit: www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or call 202-296-4031. E-mail orders can be placed by e-mailing Ericka Caslin at: ecaslin@horsecouncil.org. Each book is $20, including shipping and handling.

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The Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

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United States Hunter Jumper Association Joins Unwanted Horse Coalition

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 15, 2012 16:03

 

 

Washington, DC – March 15, 2012. The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) has joined the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC).

 

"Supporting the mission of UHC is totally in line with the USHJA’s mission of which a major component is protecting the well being of our participants both human and equine and offering broad based education for our members.  We want to do all we can to help ensure that these generous animals have the responsible care that they deserve from all of us," said Shelby French, CEO of the USHJA.

 

The USHJA, which is the nationally recognized affiliate for the hunter and jumper riding disciplines, promotes the equestrian sport and the well being of its participants. The USHJA offers broad based education for its members and provides the framework for the conduct of the hunter/jumper sport.

 

“The UHC looks forward to working with the USHJA to educate our industry about the welfare of horses. The UHSJA offers so many wonderful programs and educational seminars, it is truly a pleasure to work with an organization that has a similar mission,” said Ericka Caslin, UHC Director. “The USHJA offers equine retirement listings, as well as owner resources. Their welfare committee is dedicated to improving the well-being of our nation’s equines.”

 

The Unwanted Horse Coalition is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the umbrella of the American Horse Council. The Coalition’s mission is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses.  

 

For more information about joining the UHC or unwanted horses, please visit the UHC website at www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org or contact Ericka Caslin at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org.

 

 

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The Unwanted Horse Coalition

The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

 

 

 

 

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Unwanted Horse Coalition presents at Horse World Expo

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 23, 2012 16:33

WASHINGTON, DC – January 23, 2012 - The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) was invited to participate in the University Seminars, courtesy of University of Maryland, at the Horse World Expo on January 20th in Timonium, Maryland. Ericka Caslin, UHC Director, gave an informative presentation about the UHC and unwanted horses to a group of Expo attendees.

 

The presentation, titled Unwanted Horses: The Issues and the Solutions, focused on responsible ownership and the options horse owners have when faced with the difficult decision of finding their horse a new home. Caslin said, “Many horse owners are not informed about the help that is available to them. The UHC helps owners understand their options, from donation to therapeutic riding programs, to horse owner assistance and grant programs.” Caslin gave the attendees information about the UHC’s Operation Gelding Program, as well as other similar programs offered by organizations throughout the industry. Caslin also reported the findings of the UHC’s 2009 Unwanted Horses Survey, which details the scope of the problem, the causes, and possible solutions.

 

Each attendee was given a copy of UHC’s brochure, The Problem of the Unwanted Horse: Own Responsibly and information about how to find additional materials on the UHC website, free of charge.

 

“It is extremely important to make sure that each horse owner has the knowledge of responsible horse ownership. In order to help our nation’s unwanted horses, we need to make sure we provide the tools and information to horse owners about their options,” said Caslin.

 

For information about the UHC or to request a speaker for your event, please contact Ericka Caslin at ecaslin@horsecouncil.org or 202-2964031. For information about horse owner assistance programs and facilities that accept horses, please visit www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org

 

The Unwanted Horse Coalition

The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the unwanted horse in America. Its purpose was to develop consensus on the most effective way to work together to address the issue. In June 2006, the UHC was folded into the AHC and now operates under its auspices.

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