Resources for Responsible Horse Ownership: Financial Options & Assistance
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:
Equamore Horse Sanctuary
This Southern Oregon sanctuary has a hay bank. Visit their Web site for more information.
Grassroots of Central Oregon
Grassroots of Central Oregon is a food bank for horses. They can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (541) 408-6079.
Oregon Hay Bank
The Oregon Hay Bank started as an Oregon Horse Welfare Council program, but has developed into its own organization, offering assistance to owners in need. To apply for hay, visit their site or call (541) 482-5550. Owners who pass inspection usually get hay within a week.
Blue Sky Horse Rescue
Yamhill: 503-662-0082, email@example.com
Oregon Horse Welfare Council
The Oregon Horse Welfare Council is comprised of individuals from rescue organizations, breed groups, veterinarians, state officials, law enforcement agencies, equine media, and concerned citizens. The council has formed a horse foster program, a list of horse rescues in the state and a hay bank (see above). (541) 530-8509
Unwanted Horse Coalition
The mission of the UHC is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and improve their welfare through education. The coalition's "Own Responsibly" campaign includes a handbook, which offers information on the responsibilities of horse ownership, options for owners with unwanted horses, retirement and rescue facilities in the state, and tax implications of donating a horse to a charity.
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. Current programs include euthanasia clinics for horses not able to be adopted. Future programs to include foster care resources and temporary feed assistance.
Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign
The Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign is a non-profit joint effort between Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and the AAEP. Through the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign, qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities can receive complimentary equine vaccines for horses in their care, protecting the horses’ health and making them more adoptable.
American Association of Equine Practitioners
American Veterinary Medical Association
Equisearch.com provides articles and information on horse rescue and welfare issues, including articles about the horse slaughter issue.
Northwest Equine Practitioners Association
NEPA is a membership association for equine veterinarians in the NW.
Published: March 23, 2009; Updated: December 10, 2012
Note: The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association is neither responsible for nor specifically endorses the content of these organizations and/or Web sites, but offers these links as a courtesy. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact the organization directly.