You never know when the paths cross, if it is for a reason, if it is by chance, or perhaps by fate. When I received an email letter from Horse Rescue United stating their mission, their commitment to saving as many horses as they could, it touched my heart and I wanted to know more, so I contacted them and had many questions. ..
Tell me about Horse Rescue United. What is your mission?
Spokesperson and Vice President Diane Tuorto explained: “Horse Rescue United, Inc. (HRU) saves horses from neglect, abuse, neglect and slaughter. We specialize in retraining and rehoming standard breed horses. Always Whenever possible, HRU buys horses destined for slaughter at auction and finds a home for them, and also helps indulging owners find a place before they end up in the wrong hands. “
How did HRU start? How did it all begin?
“I got involved by realizing the slaughter of American horses on Facebook,” says Anouk, the founder. “In March 2010, there were two old Amish standard breed geldings at auction. So I stepped in and asked if my friends could help finance them. We got the money and another ransom stepped in to take them home after we bought them. That’s right. which prompted me to initiate a royal rescue. “
Are you specific to a breed? Just standard breeds?
“We specialize in Standardbreds but we save horses of all breeds,” says Diana Tuorto. “We have helped thoroughbred, quarter mile and also Belgians.”
What is involved in rescuing a horse? How do you save the animal?
“We take a lot of owner handover. Some are ex-racehorses who just need new homes and second races,” says Tuorto. “Others may be starving or neglected and need our help. Our goal is to get them out of harm’s way and rehabilitate and retrain them if necessary. If we go to an auction to rescue a horse, we focus on those in danger of selling cheap. to kill buyers. We saved four horses at a New Holland auction for just over $ 500 in early 2011. “
What is the general condition of the horse in rescue circumstances?
“It varies. We have saved a lot of abandoned skinny horses, both owner-delivered and auctioned, but many of the owner-delivered ex-racehorses come to us in perfect condition. Many are delivered by trainers and owners who want to. their horses are protected for life by our contract and they don’t want them to end up in the wrong hands. Other horses have scars of abuse or neglect. It really varies. “
Tell me about some of the horses. As they are? What is your story?
“Tristan was saved from shipping to the New Holland auction slaughterhouse on January 3, 2011. He was found with cancer in his right eye and taken to the New Bolton clinic. Sadly, Tristan’s cancer has already spread to “His bones. To keep him more comfortable, his cancerous eye was removed in October 2011. While there is no way of knowing how long Tristan has left, we hope that he will be able to live happily and comfortably for some time.”
“Jessica was likely a former Amish horse who was saved from slaughter through a New Holland auction. We were able to save her for only $ 75. She was thin and terrified people. She has come a long way in two years and still needs a home.
“Trolley is a Quarter Horse mare that was found at auction with a horrendous hole in her head. She is believed to have hit a pole or someone stabbed her. Two surgeries later, the wound is healing and she is happy and healthy in a foster home with one of our volunteers. Since 2010, we have helped over 50 horses. “
If you could attract the reader personally, right now, in this article, what would you say?
Tuorto didn’t even hesitate. She knows the answer; they live it every day at HRU. “I would tell them that adopting a horse saves two lives; the horse that they take home and the horse that we can save in their place. I would ask you, please … to help us save the horses.”