I am always amazed and awed by those who dedicate their lives to helping animals — while the rewards are many, it’s also incredibly challenging work, not only physically but emotionally. It’s always wonderful to find yet another organization devoted to helping animals live safe, healthy, happy lives after being neglected or abused … and Ashland’s Equamore Foundation is one of these places.
At its sanctuary just outside Ashland, Equamore and its staff and volunteers currently care for forty-six retired and formerly abused, neglected, or abandoned horses. John and I were privileged to meet about a dozen of these magnificent creatures one recent afternoon, and I wanted to share a couple of their stories to highlight what amazing work this organization is doing.
Destiny is a stunning Thoroughbred mare whose owners had planned to put her down because they “didn’t want her anymore.” She was thin, needed basic hoof and dental care, and had a bad wound on her hoof that still causes her to occasionally lose her balance. Because she has arthritis in both knees, she is not fit to ride — but thanks to the Equamore Foundation and a sponsorship, she will live out the rest of her life, safe and sound and well cared for, at the sanctuary. As you can see, she is still a little thin — but absolutely beautiful.
Another rescue, Star, had been left to starve in a field at the age of three. Seized by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, she was transported to the sanctuary by Equamore volunteers, where she could receive care and food. Here are a couple photos of Star from around the time she was rescued.
Star had never worn a halter and was afraid of humans, but after several weeks, volunteers were able to gain her trust and lead her out to the field for exercise. She is now doing so well it’s hard to imagine her once having been fearful of humans — when I met her, she was friendly and affectionate, and she happily and gently ate carrots from my hand. Just look at this sweet face.
To learn more about Equamore, visit the website, where you can read about the horses and the rescue efforts, about boarding and training (these services help support the organization’s mission), about events, and about how to donate. For as little as $12 a month (just 4o cents a day!), you can help feed a horse for a week; you can also make a one-time donation or become a volunteer. I’m sure you’ll be as impressed and inspired by their good work as we are.