Times have certainly changed what we set out to do with horses. After adopting our first BLM mustang in 2006 and spending a year as a BLM Wild Horse and Burro volunteer in San Diego County, I became a TIP's trainer for the Mustang Heritage Foundation to help promote the adoption of BLM Mustangs by gentling, then adopting out one mustang at a time.
In October 2007 the Witch Creek fire burned much of San Diego county including many ranches and homes in our town of Ramona. That changed everything. As a family we stepped in to help horses of all breeds needing new homes from families who lost theirs. We purchased a few horses from kill-buyers and auctions so they wouldn't go to slaughter and found good adoptive homes for them.
In 2008, the economy hit horse owners hard and still is. Knowing of our ability to find good homes for horses we started to get calls from people who were loosing their homes, or desperately trying to hang on to them, but needed to give up their horses. Heartrenching as it is to loose everything (we know we lost our house too), knowing that your horses are going to loving homes makes a huge difference.
2011 the economy is still bad and now hay prices have sky-rocketed. We could no longer afford to house horses at our ranch first to help find new homes for them. We have utilized a wonderful network of loving horse owners that we have grown to know over the years to help us find homes when we get a call for help.
Our 501c3 non-profit status was effective 7-1-11. Unlike the last five years, as a hobby we paid the bills out of our own pockets, Equine WellBeing Rescue, Inc. a corporation can accept the generous donations of people who support what we do. So any donations received are so very deeply appreciated and will help us help more horses from abuse, neglect or other situations of need.
Late 2012, my husband accepted a position for a company in Arizona and in 2013, we purchased a 20 acre ranch in Snowflake, AZ, where to cost of living is less allowing me to dedicate myself full-time to the needs of the horses. We still have family at the ranch in Ramona and are helping people with their horses in both locations.
As an equine vet tech, certified by the American Association of Equine Vet Techs (sister to the AAEP) each horse brought to EqWBR gets a through intake exam and if tests are needed further exam by a veterinarian. We have been following guidelines from the AAEP and for emaciated horses, UC Davis.
If you can volunteer your time or your services to help the horses on-site, it is also greatly appreciated by us and the horses and a great opportunity for people to spend time with horses that truly appreciate a gentle hand and kind heart. Please contact me at 760-703-4860.
We have also built working relationships with equine rescues throughout the country, in an effort to deal with the unwanted horse issues we are all facing. I don't like the term "unwanted" because in many cases the horses are wanted but the families are unable to provide for them because of the economy and other personal situations.
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