Cold weather brings extra responsibilities for horse caregivers. Proper nutrition, access to water, adequate shelter, regular hoof care, and, depending on circumstances, dental attention, vaccinations, and parasite control are all winter concerns for the equine enthusiast.
By Rebecca Walton
Throughout the year, the United States Equestrian Team Foundation works diligently to honor the top riders in their disciplines as they excel at the highest level of the sport. In 2010, the USET Foundation presented 16 awards to riders in five disciplines to honor their incredible achievements. The mission of the USET Foundation is to support and foster America’s riders and they help do this by recognizing each athlete’s excellent accomplishments.
Officials at a shelter for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say 2010 has been the third year in a row they have received a record number of horses given up by their owners.
MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen said Monday that 74 horses have already been surrendered to the non-profit this year - eclipsing last year's record of 70 equines.
The jump comes after four horses arrived at Nevins Farm last week following a foreclosure and another was surrendered after it got sick and its owner could not afford the veterinary care.
Melissa Ghareeb, manager of the Nevins Farm Equine & Farm Animal Adoption Center, said the poor economy is still the main reason owners are giving up horses.