Helping Horses

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Did you know that Martha and G.K., her chow puppy, are horse lovers? Martha's horses get the best of care, but unfortunately, so many of these majestic, sensitive creatures do not. Local shelters and horse rescue groups are filled with potential equine friends in need of rescue or an adoptive home, like the ones in our gallery here. Because horses are not exactly pocket pets and can live up to 30 years, they can be harder to help through fostering and adoption.

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Martha's pup Ghenghis Khan (G.K.) is all for helping horses in need. Here he is getting to know one of Martha's horses, Rinze, a little better.

1 Martha's pup Ghenghis Khan (G.K.) is all for helping horses in need. Here he is getting to know one of Martha's horses, Rinze, a little better.

Martha and G.K. love horses! Here they are atop one of Martha's beautiful black Fresians.

2 Martha and G.K. love horses! Here they are atop one of Martha's beautiful black Fresians.

Martha's horses are fortunate to get lots of love and attention. Here Martha takes Rutger for a ride with her niece, Kristina, atop Rinze.

3 Martha's horses are fortunate to get lots of love and attention. Here Martha takes Rutger for a ride with her niece, Kristina, atop Rinze.

Naturally Martha's horses receive the best of care- the kind all horses deserve. They are visited regularly by the horse dentist...

4 Naturally Martha's horses receive the best of care- the kind all horses deserve. They are visited regularly by the horse dentist...

...and they head to the vet when necessary (here, Meindert arrives for a bone scan after a spill -- everything checked out fine.)..

5 ...and they head to the vet when necessary (here, Meindert arrives for a bone scan after a spill -- everything checked out fine.)..

...they even receive acupuncture! Do you think they get psychotherapy too?

6 ...they even receive acupuncture! Do you think they get psychotherapy too?

Martha currently has four Dutch Friesian geldings at her farm in Bedford: Rutger, Rinze, Ramon, and Meindert.  Martha writes in her blog.

7 Martha currently has four Dutch Friesian geldings at her farm in Bedford: Rutger, Rinze, Ramon, and Meindert. Martha writes in her blog. "I really love these stately horses and find them to be gentle, responsive, and animated, with that wonderful high-stepping gait that distinguishes the breed." How wonderful it would be if the following horses could live like these treasured equines!

Cupid, from from Oroville, California.
Appaloosa mix Cupid is a sweet senior who is looking for a loving place to retire. He is a love, hence the name, and is already neutered. See link to his info at end of blog post.

8 Cupid, from from Oroville, California. Appaloosa mix Cupid is a sweet senior who is looking for a loving place to retire. He is a love, hence the name, and is already neutered. See link to his info at end of blog post.

A4085863, from Lancaster, California.
This poor sweet girl has only a number for a name and is in urgent need of adoption. She has been at the public shelter in Lancaster since early February and her time there is up. Can someone please open their heart and home to her? See link to her info at end of blog post.

9 A4085863, from Lancaster, California. This poor sweet girl has only a number for a name and is in urgent need of adoption. She has been at the public shelter in Lancaster since early February and her time there is up. Can someone please open their heart and home to her? See link to her info at end of blog post.

Magic, from Ventura County, California.
The regal purebred Ms. Magic needs to be adopted right away. See link to her info at end of blog post.

10 Magic, from Ventura County, California. The regal purebred Ms. Magic needs to be adopted right away. See link to her info at end of blog post.

Olive, from Oroville, California.
Mustang mix Olive was left behind on a foreclosed property.  She is sweet, ridable and in need of a loving home. See link to her info at end of blog post.

11 Olive, from Oroville, California. Mustang mix Olive was left behind on a foreclosed property. She is sweet, ridable and in need of a loving home. See link to her info at end of blog post.

Charlie, from Washington, Connecticut.
Charlie is an ex-jumper who has been retrained for trail riding.  He is affectionate and is already neutered. Charlie would do best to be adopted by an experienced rider. See link to his info at end of blog post.

12 Charlie, from Washington, Connecticut. Charlie is an ex-jumper who has been retrained for trail riding. He is affectionate and is already neutered. Charlie would do best to be adopted by an experienced rider. See link to his info at end of blog post.

Gilligan, from Seaford, Delaware.
Purebred Gilligan is a very sweet and well-behaved boy.
He loves to be groomed.  See link to his info at end of blog post.

13 Gilligan, from Seaford, Delaware. Purebred Gilligan is a very sweet and well-behaved boy. He loves to be groomed. See link to his info at end of blog post.

And that's me, getting my first exposure as a little one to these magical fur babies. And donning some fashion forward sunglasses to boot!

14 And that's me, getting my first exposure as a little one to these magical fur babies. And donning some fashion forward sunglasses to boot!

Anyone who has ever spent time with a horse grasps how truly special and intuitive these creatures are. Fortunately, The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) is offering an easy way for horse lovers across the country to saddle up this coming weekend to help horses in need. And those who participate will be part of the first-ever attempt to achieve the largest trail riding competition in history for the Guinness World Records .

One of ACTHA's missions is to enable the humane treatment of horses in need. According to Tom Scrima, the organizer of the event and general manager of ACTHA, "What makes this record attempt so significant to us is not just the Guinness World Records achievement in itself, but also the fact that thousands of volunteers will come together in one day to raise thousands of dollars for horse rescue programs across the nation.”

There will be 61 trail rides occurring simultaneously across the country. Participation is open to anyone who wishes to ride on a 6-mile course featuring easy natural obstacles. Professional judges will be present to observe the historic event, ready to crown more than 100 winners in 3 divisions. Those who participate will also be eligible for valuable prizes at each location.

I'm sure G.K. joins me in encouraging animal lovers to get out there and make some horse-helping history this Sunday! For information on how to participate, visit www.actha.us. And be sure to report back to your friends here at the Daily Wag if you saddle up! You can reach me at drpia.dw@gmail.com.

In kinship,

Dr. Pia Salk

You can find more information on the horses in the gallery by clicking on their names below.

Cupid

A4085863

Magic

Olive

Charlie

Gilligan

Comments (5)

  • Dr. Pia

    My mom said I can't get a horse, sorry :( I even asked if Santa can bring me one and the answer was still no. I think I'd look great riding on top of those beauties in my riding gear but NO she spoils all the fun.

    Anyway I hope you find good homes for them.

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. You are talking about my favorite animals; horses. Well they really are second to dogs because I like them best of all but who’s counting? I am not allowed to have a horse either. The neighbors wouldn’t like it because they live so close. What I really need is for mommy and daddy to move to a farm. Now that would be just fine, but we can’t move. I guess I am stuck right here. On the other hand, living on a farm requires a lot of work and I would miss my naps. Speaking of which, I’ll take one now.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Dr. Pia: Horses sure are swell, but like Zoe and Kirby, momma and daddy said that I could not have a horse. Not even a pony! Can you imagine such a turn-down? Well, there are horses down the road and they are very well taken care of. Momma said my fenced-in backyard was plenty big enough for us but not for a little pony. She said they grow up to be very big horses. I hope you find homes for all of them, but I sure would like one. Riding on the back of one is soooooo cool.

    Zoe - How is your daddy doing these days? I hope he is getting better.

    Well, it is time for my dinner, so take care everyone. Se ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Horses are wonderful animals,too. I love your blog and these fantastic photos about horses. Sure hope those who need a great home get one real soon! The Sunday program should be a great thing to honor horses and help find homes for them. Wouldn't it be great if everyone of those horses you showed on your blog were to get their needed home?!! Bless you for all you are doing for all animals! Jan

  • Please visit http://www.theCloudFoundation.org and help our wild horses. You young people do own some horses. The wild ones belong to us all, but they are being wiped out by the constant roundups.
    When I was young I dreamed of having a horse. Now I am older and have 3 mustangs I rescued from going to slaughter and 3 domestic horses. Horses are a lot of care and responsibility but if you really love them they are worth all it all.

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