Horse Rescues Seeing Increase In Horse Surrenders Because of Pandemic

In Tennessee, we’re beginning to hear warnings of a large number of horses that are expected to become “unwanted” over the next 12 to 18 months. During our most recent Tennessee Horse Master Class, our instructor, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, told the group that horse wellness calls are expected to spike in the months ahead and a glut of animals in need of rescue likely will follow, similar to the trend following the 2007 recession.

The following headlines seem to indicate this wave is coming and those of us operating rescues should prepare resources — financial and otherwise — and programs accordingly.

Horse rescue sees large increase in horse surrenders due to pandemic struggles


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