Baby it’s (Getting) Cold Outside: Horse Rescue Holds Supply Drive to Prepare for Winter

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Beginning October 1st, HorseNet Horse Rescue is holding a special winter drive to prepare for harsh winter conditions after last year’s crippling east coast storms. Items such as blankets, feed and farm supplies are needed to ensure their 90 horses stay healthy as winter approaches.

Chief, a blind horse, weathers last year's blizzards

Our volunteers dealt with issues like frozen water pipes and water troughs, and during the worst storms, we had a few days where the farm was nearly impossible to access. We hope the supply drive will help us have a better winter this year."

Last year, the east coast was hit with severe snowstorms which caused severe damage to much of the region. This year, HorseNet, a non-profit horse rescue in Maryland, is preparing their facilities early with a winter supply drive starting on October 1st.

HorseNet is a certified nonprofit horse rescue and rehabilitation organization that facilitates the adoption and re-homing of equines. Although HorseNet specializes in senior care, the organization will accept any horse in need, including those experiencing abuse, neglect, or are given up by owners due to financial hardship or divorce. HorseNet is a 100% volunteer run organization with 2 farms in Maryland, one in Mt. Airy and the other in New Windsor. The rescue also maintains a permanent herd of approximately 15 blind and visually impaired horses.

Expenses increase for horse rescues during the winter, as horses need extra food and supplies to maintain their internal body temperature and stay warm. Blankets are very important because like humans, horses need an extra layer during the cold season. It is important to increase the amount of hay the horses consume, because during winter there is no grass for them to eat. Also, salt and mineral blocks are necessary because they provide horses with mineral content and keep them drinking water even during frigid temperatures.

"Last winter was very tough on our horses" said Laura Jones, HorseNet's Director of Public Relations. "Our volunteers dealt with issues like frozen water pipes and water troughs, and during the worst storms, we had a few days where the farm was nearly impossible to access. We hope the supply drive will help us have a better winter this year."

The rescue will be collecting items via their website and at their facilities in Mount Airy and New Windsor during the months of October and November. Supplies needed range from salt blocks that cost $8 each blankets that cost $150 each.

The rescue also appreciates volunteer help and general monetary donations. Also, many horses can be sponsored for as little as $12 per month. Sponsors receive recognition, a photo and story of their horses and other benefits depending on the sponsor level. This is a great option for holiday gifts for family, friends and colleagues. With the help of donors and sponsors, HorseNet Horse Rescue aims to provide the 90 horses in their care with the best care possible this winter.

To find out more about HorseNet, their sponsorable horses, and their winter wish list, visit http://www.hnhr.org.

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