Ontario SPCA works with equine community to find homes for horses

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When caring for a dozen horses became overwhelming for an elderly couple from Eastern Ontario, the Ontario SPCA and the local equestrian community came together. The goal is to find new homes for some of their horses to keep the couple’s herd at a size they can manage.

“This is a great example of what can be accomplished when a community comes together,” says Bonnie Bishop, Senior Inspector, Farm Animal Welfare, Ontario SPCA. “When the Ontario SPCA reached out to members of the horse community in that area to see if they could assist this couple, they went above and beyond to help these horses find new homes.”

Equine community coming together

Christine Allard from Forever Green Stables in Glen Robertson, ON stepped up to welcome five horses into her stable. A senior Miniature Horse and a 15-year-old Quarter Horse have already been adopted, while three others are still in need of homes:

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    Silver Dollar.

    Silver Dollar, a three-year-old half-Arabian gelding

  • Lucky, a 10-year-old Paint gelding
  • Jasper, a five-year-old Quarter Horse gelding

Allard has been busy prepping them for adoption. That includes ensuring they are comfortable with day-to-day handling and starting under-saddle work.

Finding homes for horses is typically more difficult than it is for smaller animals. It’s even more difficult when the horses are stallions, as three of the five horses were when Allard took them into her stable. Unaltered male horses (stallions) tend to be more difficult to handle than their castrated counterparts. They also typically live a solitary life to prevent fighting and unplanned pregnancies.

To help make the horses more adoptable, Dr. Ingrid Bill, DVM, castrated the three stallions and ensured they were up-to-date on their vaccinations at no charge.

Lucky, the 10-year-old paint was already gelded, but had his own challenges to contend with. He had a five-pound mass on his genitals that was beginning to threaten his health. With the assistance of a fourth-year student from the Ontario Veterinary College, Dr. Stephanie Yates, DVM, of the Martintown Animal Hospital, performed surgery to remove the mass. Dr. Yates waived the cost of the procedure, charging only the cost of the required medications.

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“The horse community has a way of coming together when someone needs a hand,” says Allard. “It’s very rewarding to be able to help these horses find new homes. I couldn’t have done it alone. The veterinarians who provided their services to get these horses ready for a new home should be commended for their generosity.”

Now, with a clean bill of health and training underway, the horses will soon be ready to move on to new pastures.

“It’s a happy ending for the horses and their previous owners,” says Bishop. “They did the responsible thing by asking for help when they needed it. We are so pleased to have worked with the owners and the local equine community to find homes for their horses. Together we are ensuring these horses get the attention they deserve.”


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