Dani Horton made her way to Clovis, New Mexico over the weekend to participate in training at Carter Horse Ranch, just west of Ned Houk Park. The effort is presented in partnership between Forever Foundation and the Humane Society of the United States, and aims to alleviate obstacles in horse rescue efforts.
The goal at Hope Equine Rescue, which Horton is the President of, is to take in unwanted, abused or neglected horses, rehabilitate them, and then get them adopted by forever homes. This effort has proved to be more daunting year after year, as the economy has taken its toll on horse owners across the nation.
“We have a constant waiting list to get in the door,” Horton said of the current needs. “We are at capacity and doing the best we can to get our rehabilitated horses adopted by loving owners.”
The three-day clinic taught trainers new techniques for training horses. The end goal is to make rehabilitated horses more adoptable, because they are trained adequately. Instruction began on Friday, August 12, and wrapped up Sunday, August 14.
Hope Equine Rescue has a dedicated group of volunteers currently focusing on weekly training with those horses currently in the care of the rescue.
Horton was joined by trainers from five other rescues, as they attempted the techniques taught by Trevor Carter. Carter, and his wife, Tara, train horses for a living and do similar clinics throughout the United States.
Forever Foundation serves 29 organizations.
“We do our best to show the public what our horses can do,” Horton said. “We hope that by doing such intensive training with the horses, that people will understand that they are still very capable and some can even compete in shows.”
In addition to training the horses weekly, the rescue now also uses Facebook Live to stream training sessions whenever possible, hoping that the right eventual owner will see the horse of their dreams.
Those interested in horse adoption are encouraged to check out the current list of Available horses on the Hope Equine Rescue website.