Help Us Give Rescue Horses a Second Chance
There are close to 200,000 horses in need of care and shelter in the United States. That’s why Purina sponsors A Home for Every Horse, a program to help find forever homes for horses in need. We supply participating rescue shelters with high-quality nutrition developed by our Ph.D. equine nutritionists at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center. To date, we’ve donated more than 800 tons of feed.
Over the past three years, Purina has donated $425,000 in free feed to rescue shelters participating in the A Home for Every Horse program. We look forward to continuing our support for rescue horses in 2015.
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Nutrition is Key to Bringing Rescue Horses Back to Good Health
"We don’t always know the history of a horse when it comes to the rescue, and Purina® Equine Senior® horse feed is what we start each horse out with. It’s so important that these horses start out with a food that is easily digestible. The improvement in Lucky was that, as she gained her strength back, she also understood she was safe here. She’s a loving, sweet girl."*
Joyce Pomeroy, Last Stop Horse Rescue
Luna looked horrid when she came to us. I started off with just a handful of Purina® Equine Senior® horse feed every two hours around the clock for the first three days, with a forkful of hay every two hours. I was setting my alarm clock every two hours to go out to feed her. Then we started increasing the amount of feed that she got, and after a few weeks I broke it down into three feedings per day. Equine Senior® horse feed helped saved her life. She never experienced colic or any gastrointestinal problems."*
Tammy, Serenity Horse Rescue
"We started Ramius on Purina® Equine Senior® horse feed, then built it up — usually with Purina® Strategy® Healthy Edge® horse feed, because of the fat content. When Ramius came to the shelter, he was about a 2 on the Henneke Scale. Within a month, he started to improve. Within six months, he was looking really good. I’m sure he’ll be adopted — he’s a beautiful horse."*
Melanie, True Blue Animal Rescue
"When Twinkle arrived off the truck, he was in worse shape than we had been told. We then added Purina® Equine Senior® horse feed to his diet. Twinkle's body condition went from a 1.5 to a beautiful, healthy body weight within six months. He grew a beautiful, shiny coat, his hooves grew strong and he got a twinkle back in his eye. Twinkle was adopted by the first family that met him. He passed his vet check and soundness evaluations with flying colors, and he is now training to become a dressage horse and jumper."*
Joy, Harmony New Beginnings Animal Rescue
Purina® Equine Senior® horse feed was one of many factors that helped these horses' recovery. Purina is proud to assist rescue shelters with one of many resources needed to bring troubled horses back to good health.
*This story is presented in connection with Purina Animal Nutrition LLC's participation in the A Home for Every Horse program. This story is provided as an individual’s experience with Purina® horse products and is not a representation of actual results that can be guaranteed. Because of factors outside of Purina Animal Nutrition LLC’s control, individual results to be obtained, including but not limited to: financial performance, animal condition, health or performance cannot be predicted or guaranteed by Purina Animal Nutrition LLC.
ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS
Bringing a Rescue Horse Back to Good Health
At the Purina Animal Nutrition Center, Kelly Vineyard, Ph.D., Research Equine Nutritionist, lives and breathes equine nutrition research. She’s provided some guidance to get a malnourished horse on the path to good health.
Understand the importance of working closely with an equine veterinarian.
Develop an immediate re-feeding plan for the first 10 days.
Closely monitor the first 10 days of re-feeding.
Implement a long-term feeding plan.