RESCUE AND RETIREMENT GUIDELINES
The problem of inadequate horse care -- especially for unwanted horses -- continues to grow in the United States. In an effort to address these situations, the Pennsylvania Equine Council has developed the Equine Education Station to educate new and potential horse owners about owning responsibly. The PEC also recommends the retirement and rescue guidelines offered by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners was founded in 1954 and is dedicated to the advancement and excellence in veterinary care. It has developed some solid guidelines for people interested in operating a retirement/rescue facility. These guidelines offer advice on things like feeds and supplements, and suggestions on a wide range of subjects from isolating a new arrival to euthanizing when necessary. Click here to visit their website and check out the guidelines posted there.
The PEC is also attempting to build an on-line resource page for horse related businesses, including rescues and retirement facilities. Listing this information will facilitate contact between potential donors and local rescues, rescues and support services, and the general public with horse related businesses throughout the state. This on-line directory is under construction and will be launched in early 2010.