Rehabilitation. Horses come to us in, and with, all sorts of conditions. Some are very malnourished and underweight; some are overfed and obese; others are fit and trim; young and uneducated (or spoiled); old and broken down; aggressive and scared; timid and distrusting; injured or ill; or healthy and happy. And more often than not, the information we receive about a horse prior to getting it is, at best not thorough, and at worst, just plain dishonest. So we have learned to not heavily rely on what is told to us about a horse, but to complete an evaluation on the physical, mental, and behavioral condition of every horse we get to determine our course of intervention and rehabilitation. Every horse that comes to Easy R receives the following care:
- An initial evaluation by a veterinarian to determine physical health and any needed medical treatment for illness or injury
- Initial needed vaccinations and annual vaccinations thereafter
- Appropriate meal plans for weight gain, weight loss or maintenance
- De-worming and farrier work every 8-12 weeks, or as indicated
- Annual dental work, which is critical for the overall health of a horse
- Ground work and/or formal training, as indicated by the history, behavior, and training needs of each horse
- Additional therapeutic services such as chiropractic care, sports massage, laser therapy, etc., as needed
- All stud equines are gelded upon arriving at Easy R
The rehabilitation and daily maintenance and care of the horses is the mostly costly part of our program. Just quality grain, hay, and necessary supplements are expensive. Then the total annual cost of vaccinations, dental work, farrier care, de-worming, etc. is a large additional expense. On top of that, we always have several horses that require more intensive medical care, therapeutic hoof care, chiropractic adjustments, and laser light therapy. We also make decisions to send a few of the horses to formal training for 60-90 days in order to increase their chances of getting adopted.
If you are interested in financially supporting the rehabilitative program at Easy R, click the “Give” button at the top of this page. We operate fully on donations from individuals, grants from foundations, and annual fundraisers. Our Sponsor a Horse program allows supporters to give on a monthly basis and choose the horse(s) to which they want their contributions to go.