To rescue and/or assist in the rescue of abused, abandoned, injured or unwanted horses, and to provide them with the care they deserve. Provide community education for horse owners and potential horse owners in all areas of equine care, training and maintenance. Preventing animal cruelty before it begins. Horses brought to Osborne Stables Equine Rescue, Inc. are provided a permanent home.
2. Organization Type
3. M. Gandhi “Quote”
Sherman T. Potter “Quote”
4. Mission Statement
5. The Problem
6. Care of Rescued Horses
7. Advisory Committee
10. Rescued Horses
12. Additional Thoughts
The Osborne Stables Equine Rescue, Inc. is dedicated to the life and memory of William E. and Frances H. Osborne; two of the world’s greatest people and two of the world’s greatest animal lovers.
2. ORGANIZATION TYPE
501 c 3 non-profit
Claudette Osborne – President
Kelsey V Nichols -Vice President
Megan Wenzel – Assistant Veterinary Advisor
Bill Osborne – Secretary/Treasurer
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Character on MASH 4077th Col. Sherman T. Potter. , United States Army,
“I’d rather spend a day with my horses than most people I know”
4. MISSION STATEMENT
To rescue and/or assist in the rescue of abused, abandoned, injured or unwanted horses, and to provide them with the care they deserve. Horses brought to Osborne Stables Equine Rescue, Inc. will be provided with a permanent home. They will not be available for sale or alternative placement.
5. THE PROBLEMS (or part of the problems)
Some reports state that 55,000 horses went to slaughter in this country last year.
Some of the issues leading to this statistic are:
a. The demand for horse meat for human consumption, or as a by product in a dog food can or people who choose to sell the horse at auction instead of Euthanasia of a sick horse. As horse lovers and vegetarians we find this beyond comprehension. Side note, all of our dogs are vegetarians.
b. Some states that legalize horse slaughter report big increases in horse theft. When California banned horse slaughter horse theft dropped 50%.
c. It seems that every one wants to own a horse. However according to Pat Parelli 90% of first time horse buyer’s get rid of the horse sometime during the first year.
d. Breeding for the sake of breeding has to add to the problem of too many horses in relationship to the availability of people qualified to provide a proper home. As with puppy mills breeding are a matter of conscience.
e. Some estimates we have seen estimate the cost of maintaining a single horse in Texas is $4,200.00. This does not include the time requirement.
If there was an easy solution to the problem someone would have found it by now. It is our goal to find enough people who care to at least put a dent in the problem.
6. CARE OF RESCUED HORSES
Horses brought to Osborne Stables Equine Rescue, Inc. are provided the following care:
a. Immediate and complete physical examination at Retama Equine Hospital, Inc.
b. Provided with the best available nutritional program. They also love carrots.The horses have daily turn out and stalls at night in a covered barn.
e. Horses are provided training by an experienced equine persons. Some will eventually be ridden while others will be provided a life of grazing and leisure. We need qualified people for training of the horses and other volunteers can be instructed in the daily operations of keeping the facility and the horses. We are only interested in people who believe in and practice non-abusive training methods. Of the different training methods reviewed Claudette has become most comfortable with the Parelli training system.
7. ADVISORY COMMITTEE
An advisory Committee is formed from people who love horses and have their best interests at heart. Being an experienced equine professional will be helpful but not a pre requisite. The Advisory committee’s main purpose will be to share their experience and help organize the operation and assist in areas they feel they can contribute the most.
Due to everyone’s schedules regular meetings will not be held. However, groups can schedule meetings among themselves and necessary information can be shared by e-mail.
The goal for advisory committee members will be to include an Equine DVM, a Farrier as well as other equine professionals. Advisory members can be added by nomination of an advisory committee member and approval of the directors.
Advisory Committee members will not be for a specific term. However, it is our hope members will become permanent fixtures to establish continuity. Members can resign at any time or can be replaced with thirty (30) Day written notice from the Directors.
A. ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Michael F. Martin DVM
The initial funding and continued funding to care for the existing rescued horses has come from Bill and Claudette Osborne. All future funding if necessary will continue to be provided by us. However, it is our hope to obtain additional financial help from the following in order to expand the program:
a. Individual donations
b. Corporate donation/Sponsors
c. Horse Care and Safety Classes
d. Play days and Training Shows
e. Trail Rides
f. Other fund raising events that may be implemented by the advisory board.
a. Offer ground safety courses.
b. Provide general equine knowledge through training sessions.
c. Work days. Plan is to schedule once a month workdays to help do a major cleaning of the barns, arena, and bathe the horses. Any fence repairs or other repairs can be addressed by any one qualified. Participants will be welcome to ride when the workday is complete. Work day will end with a swim and a buffet dinner.
d. Training sessions will be decided on by what everyone feels is needed and what professionals are available.
Examples are: round pen training, nutritional seminars, trailer loading, trailer maintenance, proper saddle fitting.
e. A strong emphasis will be placed on 4-H horse clubs, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, at Risk Children and other groups and organizations, providing them with the special benefits the horses can offer. Knowledge and experience give not only self esteem but a perfect way to stop cruelty to animals before it begins through education.
f. The idea is to implement a “holistic approach” (whole horse) to the treatment and care of these magnificent animals entrusted to us by God.