The first thing that happens when a horse is rescued during a law enforcement seizure that Habitat for Horses takes part in, is that horse gets evaluated medically. Our trained staff, veterinarians, equine dentists and farriers – all can be involved in this process during the first days of a rescue. After the health issues are addressed, our staff works with each horse to re-socialize them. The trauma of abuse and neglect can takes it toll. Bonds of trust for humans are rebuilt with loving care.
It can take weeks, months, even upwards of a year or more to fully rehabilitate a horse both physically and mentally. Once the horse is determined to be fit enough, a Habitat for Horse’s trainer then does a complete evaluation report on the condition of the horse. This includes: General Health – long term or chronic health conditions are discussed; Social Skills – the horse’s response to human interaction and other horses is determined; Ground Manners – the horse’s ground manners are tested – including catching, haltering, loading, leading, bathing and more; Riding Skills – the horse’s ability to stand while being tacked and mounted, the ability to walk, trot, canter etc is evaluated as well as how well the horse does on trails and arena riding. All of this allows Habitat for Horses to give potential adopters a full understanding of the horse they are looking at so together we can find the best horse for them.
Here are some pictures and a video of a horse being evaluated for their riding skills:
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