WASHINGTON — The Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines, HORSE of Connecticut, the oldest horse rescue in Connecticut, will hold a special Spring Horse Parade from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at 43 Wilbur Rd.
The farm is set up for social distancing, and hand sanitizers and wipes will be available. Due to insurance regulations, children under 12 are no longer permitted.
The Spring Horse Parade is an opportunity for folks interested in adopting, leasing, sponsoring or volunteering, to meet the many fabulous horses, aged 6 to 29, from mini to draft-crosses, with many available for the advanced-beginner to experienced rider.
HORSE’s leasing program is for people over 18 who ride regularly and want to find out what is involved in caring for a horse, while adoption is for the experienced horse owner looking for a lifetime companion. Sponsoring is an introductory option for those that would simply like to groom and hand walk a horse.
A few of the featured horses for the Spring Horse Parade are Montana, 20 year old, 16’3 hand, draft-thoroughbred paint gelding that loves working the trails and will go for miles. He is traffic safe, happy to lead, follow or go solo, and loves attention. Montana is available for sponsor or adoption, and requires an intermediate rider and 24/7 turn-out.
Gus is a 10 year old, 16’1 hand, registered thoroughbred gelding that rides English for an experienced rider. He is a very handsome, personable boy that loves to go work the trails for miles. Gus will be shown under saddle and is available for sponsor and lease.
Star is a 16 year old, 13’3 hand registered Morgan/Arab cross gelding that rides English or Western and loves to ride for miles on the trails. He is easy to load, happy to lead or follow and loves water. Star is available for lease, sponsor or adoption, and requires an intermediate rider under 150 pounds.
In addition to the horses, those attending will meet several dedicated volunteers and learn the many ways to help. From grooming and cleaning stalls to helping at fundraisers, many of volunteers have learned much from their four legged friends.
Those interested in a career in the equine industry can gain valuable hands-on experience working with the many rescues, and the personal rewards are immeasurable.
HORSE of Connecticut is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization funded only by charitable contributions. All funds raised go directly to the horses; from feed and blankets to farrier, dental and veterinary expenses.