Wild Horse Rescue: Equine Outreach

Wildlife — By Stephanie on October 20, 2010 at 5:50 am
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Horse rescue efforts in Central Oregon this weekend

We’ve written several times about saving wild horses from federal government efforts to round them up and auction the animals – often times to meat buyers or rodeo stock contractors.

Here in Central Oregon, you can spot herds of the animals on or near the vast expanses of range land throughout the region.  The beautiful creatures once freely roamed throughout the Western and Central states.  But today, horses are often captured, auctioned and often destroyed to preserve grazing land for ranchers.

Fortunately, animal lovers and equine enthusiasts have worked hard to save the horses from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) programs.  One such organization, Equine Outreach, is a nonprofit horse rescue, started by Joan Steelhammer of Bend, Oregon, with the mission to:

“facilitate the rescue, rehabilitation and permanent placement of abused, neglected and unwanted horses and mules.”

Equine Outreach is holding an auction this weekend that is very much unlike the BLM auctions.  In order to make room at the 20-acre ranch owned and managed by the nonprofit, 100 rescued horses will be put up for sale.

The Equine Outreach ranch currently houses 150 horses and burros.  Of these animals, 70 were saved from a BLM auction in June.  A healthy core of volunteers keeps the organization running, but the daily cost of $500 for food and shelter (not counting veterinarian or farrier bills) is straining operations.  Equine Outreach is one of the last horse rescues remaining in the region.

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Do you have room in your life for a rescued wild horse?

Want to help the wild horse rescue?

There are several ways you can!  If you live in or near Oregon, consider checking out the horse auction this weekend at Equine Outreach:

  • Viewing of horses to be auctioned begins Friday, October 22 at 8 a.m.
  • Auction is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, October 23
  • Location: 63220 Silvis Road, Bend, Oregon
  • Cost: Free to attend
  • Contact: 541-419-4842 or www.equineoutreach.com

Even if you don’t live in the area, consider making a tax deductible donation.  Equine Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Donations are used for the following:

  • Veterinary Expenses
  • Medical Supplies
  • Horse Trainers
  • Feed
  • High Desert Feed
  • Horse Trailers
  • Tack
  • Panels
  • Farm Equipment

For more information and regular updates, check out the Equine Outreach Facebook page – become a fan!

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  1. Amy says:

    I wish I was not on the opposite side of the country – I would love to buy one of those beautiful horses! So glad to hear that they are being rescued. Thanks for the post. :)

  2. admin says:

    I thought of you, Amy, when I wrote this post! Hugs and cheers to my favorite horse lover! Steph

  3. Karla says:

    Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate animals, particularly horses, that have been injured, abused, neglected, abandoned or orphaned. We carry out this mission by providing good nutrition, medical care and emotional support in a safe and nurturing environment.

    It takes a lot of time, work and financial resources to operate any type of rescue. Animals that find their way to your door often need a lot in the way of physical care, emotional support and medical treatment. They also need shelter and room to exercise. Shelters and exercise areas need to be erected and maintained.

    Together we can make big difference.

    For more details on Help Equin Rescue



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