About Equamore Foundation
The Equamore Foundation provides rescue and sanctuary for neglected, abused, and abandoned horses that have no other alternative for life. Each day our Sanctuary pushes back against cruelty and indifference. Our mission of kindness and respect for the dignity of all life is vital and universal.
The Unwanted Horse Coalition estimated in 2007 that there were 170,000 unwanted horses in the United States alone. The GAO estimated in 2011 that at least 138,000 unwanted horses were sold and transferred across our borders to slaughter. The numbers of unwanted horses in our country is increasing due in large measure to economic stress. Many of these unwanted horses are auctioned for slaughter or die of starvation, neglect, or abuse each year.
Only a fraction find sanctuary at places like the Equamore Sanctuary. Equamore Foundation receives numerous calls from desperate owners who can no longer care for their equines and from concerned citizens who see cruelty or neglect and are helpless to intervene. So many more horses are still in danger and could be helped with more funding,
We are determined through sanctuary, outreach and education to make “Hungry, Neglected, Abused… Never Again” a reality.
Here is just one of many many success stories…
From Prison to Pasture
- Breed – Bay Arabian Gelding – Born in 1999
- Entry Date – 12/27/13
- Type of rescue – Surrendered to Jackson County Sheriff’s Department
- Reason – Neglected & Starving
- Special needs – None
In full view from the street, Maguire and his field mate Coco were penned up in a pipe coral staring and nickering to passersby, pleading for help. Fed poor quality hay on rare occasions, the desperately hungry pair were reduced to chewing on the oak trees that surrounded their prison.
Several neighbors heard her cries and complained to the Sheriff’s Department. In December of 2013, a deputy from the department tried working with the owners to improve the care and feeding of this neglected pair. The owners made promise after promise to step up and regularly feed Coco and Maguire adequate hay rations to keep them in good health. On each visit to check on the horses, however, the frustrated Deputy Sherriff found no improvement in their feeding schedule, and the horses continued to look thinner on each subsequent visit to the property.
The owners were give an ultimatum. They could either surrender the horses to the Equamore Sanctuary or go to jail. On December 27, 2013, volunteers from the Sanctuary transported Coco and Maguire to their new and permanent home where they now thrive.