Standing Ovation by Ovation Riding

This week’s honoree: Large Animal Rescue Training by Draft Gratitude.

Photo by Rebecca Roy

Rescuers, firefighters and those who end up in the middle of a mess with a horse that needs help can sign up for the Large Animal Rescue Training Program offered by Draft Gratitude in Winchester, New Hampshire on April 22, 2017.

Founder, Rebecca Roy, shares, “This is the third year we have offered a Large Animal Rescue Training Program.” The first year covered moving a downed horse. The second addressed barn fires. This year participants will learn what actions to take with trailer accidents and how to haul safely. “We will offer a hands-on experience to firefighters, first responders, animal control officers, etc. Auditors include horse enthusiasts, barn owners, trainers, etc. Roger Lauze from MSPCA Nevins Farm is our instructor.”

This class falls on the ASPCA’s National Help a Horse Day. Given that the cost to feed and care for one draft horse is $12 per day, Rebecca is always hunting for funds to feed her “big babies.”  She added, “Hosting this rescue event on this day will make us eligible to apply for their #HelpAHorse Day grants.” The event has also been registered with the ASPCA.

Participation prices are: $75 for firefighters and first responders (includes hands-on training, certificate of completion and lunch); $40 to audit (includes lunch) and $30 for 4H and Pony Club members (includes lunch). Be prepared to bring foul weather gear in case of rain or snow. A lawn chair is recommended.

“Our three goals are to rescue/rehabilitate; place horses in safe homes and to educate on draft horse history, husbandry, uses and abilities.  We started hosting these programs as a way to be part of community education. We also realized that there are very few classes of this type in our area. We think this training is a vital educational program to offer.”

More information and registration is available via Facebook, or call 603-762-3266.

Many thanks thanks to Ovation Riding for their support of both Horse Nation and individuals and organizations that are doing good work in the horse world. If you know someone who deserves a Standing Ovation, we would love to recognize them in a future post. Email the name of the person or organization along with a message about the good work they do to [email protected]. Photos/videos are always welcome, and include a link to their website if applicable.

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