Horses are large animals, and the care and feeding of these amazing creatures is not cheap.
Horses eat like, well — “a horse”. A 1000 pound horse can eat up to 20 pounds of hay per day. Horse feed is provided in addition to a hay, with one horse going through about six (6) bags of feed per month.
Shavings are used as bedding in horse stalls to absorb urine and moisture. Used bedding is removed from stalls daily. One horse will require 10-12 bags of shavings per month.
Our focus this #GivingTuesday is to ensure that the “pony pantry” is stocked to the rafters with hay, grain, and bedding, to ensure that we are ready when the next horse needing care and rehabilitation comes to our facility.
And while HART’s focus is on the rescue of Off-The-Track Thoroughbreds, we also assist other animal organizations with other breeds of horses when the need arises. The ASPCA was recently called in to assist in a case of horse neglect requiring the removal of 51 Paso Finos from a 40 acre farm near Lake Butler, Florida. ASPCA reached out to HART and HART took in two (2) of the horses and is currently in the process of nursing them back to health.
So this #GivingTuesday, help us help the horses by donating the monetary resources for us to fill our “pony pantry”. The horses thank you!