The American Association of Equine Practitioners estimates that the minimum yearly cost to care for a horse, not including veterinary and farrier expenses, is $1,825. Add in veterinary and farrier costs, as well as boarding expenses in some cases, and the yearly cost for keeping one horse can reach $5,000.
There are many reasons why horse owners are unable to keep their horses, including illness, injury, age, and expense.
If you are a horse owner who is facing a difficult decision, please know that there are options, from selling or leasing your horse, donating it to a worthy organization, or even euthanasia if the horse is not adoptable.
Following are some resources that you may find helpful:
Oregon Hay Bank
To apply for hay, visit Oregon Hay Bank.
Horse Rescues in Oregon
Find rescue organizations through the United Horse Coalition's resource database.
Euthanasia & Cremation
Dignified Pet Services
Dignified Pet Services offers whole body, individual cremation for horses and provides transportation from your home to their facility.
Sound Equine Options
Sound Equine Options is a veterinary-based equine relief fund. It is a 501(c)3 organization that provides veterinary-directed programs to measurably reduce the number of suffering and starving horses in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Equine Community Resources (Central Oregon)
Equine Community Resources (ECR) was founded in 2013, becoming the Central Oregon affiliate of Sound Equine Options (SEO), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
American Association of Equine Practitioners
The AAEP offers resources for horse owners.
American Veterinary Medical Association
United Horse Coalition
Through industry collaboration, the UHC promotes education and options for at-risk and transitioning horses. They host a resource database of assistance options by state.
A Home for Every Horse
A Home for Every Horse is a resource for 501(C)(3) rescues, sanctuaries, and care facilities. Its mission is to provide support for these organizations, bridging the gap between rescue organizations and the those who can assist them.