We’ve written several times about saving wild horses from federal government efforts to round them up and auction the animals – often times to meat buyers or rodeo stock contractors.
Here in Central Oregon, you can spot herds of the animals on or near the vast expanses of range land throughout the region. The beautiful creatures once freely roamed throughout the Western and Central states. But today, horses are often captured, auctioned and often destroyed to preserve grazing land for ranchers.
Fortunately, animal lovers and equine enthusiasts have worked hard to save the horses from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) programs. One such organization, Equine Outreach, is a nonprofit horse rescue, started by Joan Steelhammer of Bend, Oregon, with the mission to:
“facilitate the rescue, rehabilitation and permanent placement of abused, neglected and unwanted horses and mules.”
Equine Outreach is holding an auction this weekend that is very much unlike the BLM auctions. In order to make room at the 20-acre ranch owned and managed by the nonprofit, 100 rescued horses will be put up for sale.
The Equine Outreach ranch currently houses 150 horses and burros. Of these animals, 70 were saved from a BLM auction in June. A healthy core of volunteers keeps the organization running, but the daily cost of $500 for food and shelter (not counting veterinarian or farrier bills) is straining operations. Equine Outreach is one of the last horse rescues remaining in the region.
Want to help the wild horse rescue?
There are several ways you can! If you live in or near Oregon, consider checking out the horse auction this weekend at Equine Outreach:
- Viewing of horses to be auctioned begins Friday, October 22 at 8 a.m.
- Auction is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, October 23
- Location: 63220 Silvis Road, Bend, Oregon
- Cost: Free to attend
- Contact: 541-419-4842 or www.equineoutreach.com
Even if you don’t live in the area, consider making a tax deductible donation. Equine Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are used for the following:
- Veterinary Expenses
- Medical Supplies
- Horse Trainers
- High Desert Feed
- Horse Trailers
- Farm Equipment
For more information and regular updates, check out the Equine Outreach Facebook page – become a fan!