PRESERVING AN AMERICAN
One Equine at a time!
We know that cost of euthanasia and burial or disposal is expensive, and sometimes horses suffer because their owners cannot afford to end their pain. We created The Rainbow Bridge Project to help horses and their owners during this difficult time.
GELDING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Ungelded horses, donkeys, and mules can be difficult to house and hard to handle. They may be hard to rehome, as well, if needed. Indiscriminate breeding by stallions, colts, and donkey jacks also leads to equine overpopulation. We created the Cuter when Neutered program to offer low-cost equine gelding services to help alleviate these problems.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR
While we all want our equine friends to be with us forever, far too often accidents, injuries, and old age take them from us. Unfortunately, many people don’t know what to do with their horse’s body.
Getting a Horse
Getting a horse can be one of the most exciting times in your life. You’re fulfilling a dream…gaining a companion…expanding your horizons…starting an adventure. Getting a horse will change your life.
The worst way to get a horse is to remember how much fun you had riding horses at camp or your grandparents’ place, see a photo or video on the internet, fall in love, visit the horse, fall more in love when it lets you lead it around and pet it, write a check to pay for it, and then realize you have no way to take it home and no place to keep it. People aren’t always rational about getting a horse.
It isn’t fair to a horse if you buy or adopt it and then discover you can’t afford to care for it, can’t spend time with it, or lose interest.
- An average horse suitable for trail riding is likely to cost $2,500 to $5,000 if you purchase it or $750 to $1,500 if you adopt from Bluebonnet.
- Boarding your horse at a “full care” stable that provides feed and bedding, cleans stalls, and turns horses out in a pasture each day might cost $9,000 to $12,000/year. Routine farrier and veterinarian costs add another $500/year. If you board at a “self-care stable” ($2,000-$3,500/year) or keep your horse at home, hay and grain may cost $2,000 – $3,000/year. Wood shavings for stall bedding might cost another $1,000/year.
HORSE OWNERSHIP COSTS
Deciding to own your first horse is a big decision. There are plenty of costs that go into horse ownership. Learn what to expect financially when you own a horse.
RESCUE AND REHABILITATION
Learn more about horse rescue and rehab in our series of
articles. From trailering safety, kid safety, and
socialization of your horses to your herd.
Equine Health is at foundation of rescue. We want
to adopt out our healthy horses and ensure they
are set for a healthy future.
In an ideal world, all of us would have enough pens, corrals
and cross fencing with safe materials so that integrating
a new horse into your present herd would not be much
of an issue.
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Learn how to work with your horse and bits as well as how to train your horse to tie.
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- Donkey Articles
- Training Articles
- New Horse Owner Articles
- Health Care Articles
Rescue and Rehabilitation Articles