This year is the Year of the Horse and the ASPCA has designated Saturday, April 26 as Help A Horse Day across the country. In the Wichita area, several Kansas horse rescues are gathering at Selby Stables, 8830 S. Hydraulic in Haysville, KS from 12:30 – 4 pm, for an opportunity to learn more about rescues, how people can help when they see a horse in need, and meet adoptable horses waiting for homes. In addition, Hope in the Valley, near Valley Center, Kan., will hold their Open House from 10 am – 4 pm.
“Like small animals, people often think there is something ‘wrong’ with a rescue horse,” said Karen Everhart, Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue executive director. “We seek to disprove that myth by showing people that most rescued horses are friendly, rideable and ready to be trusting companions.”
Everhart became aware of the ASPCA designating today, April 26, as Help A Horse Day and sought to bring area rescues together in one place for people to visit with rescue representatives about adopting a horse, what they can do to help and learn more about issues affecting horses in America.
Hope in the Valley near Valley Center, Kan., had already planned their Open House which will feature equine care and training demonstrations throughout the day along with the opportunity to meet the horses. This is also a fundraiser for the rescue. Pony rides will be available between demonstrations and refreshments will be served.
At Selby Stables in Haysville, Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue & Retirement, Sedan, KS; Southern Winds Equine Rescue, Udall, KS; Greenwood Stables Equine Rescue, Peabody, KS and Shooting Star Equine Rescue, Wakarusa, KS will be on hand to answer questions, provide information on issues affecting horses in our state and the country, and talk about the opportunities there are to help horses in our area.
“You don’t need to be a horse owner to come and learn more about the resources that are in the area to help when someone is in a financial or health situation that may mean giving up their horse,” said Vic McMullen, president of Southern Winds Equine Rescue.
In addition, there will be an opportunity to learn about K-HEART, the Kansas Horse Advocacy and Rescue Team that is forming in Kansas with the help of the Humane Society of the United States’ state coordinator Midge Grinstead.
Gates at Selby Stables open at 12:30 pm
Hope in the Valley opens at 10 am
Everyone is invited to come out and celebrate the Year of the Horse by learning more about the rescue resources available, and spend a day with the horses.