If you suspect that horses are being abused or neglected, please notify the County Animal Control authorities immediately. Please have a specific address/location to provide as they will not investigate without that information. Once investigation commences, we can follow up with the authorities to make sure that the horses are safe.
SW Idaho County Animal Control contacts:
TWIN FALLS 208.735.4357
If you have reported your concerns to the authorities & no investigation is forthcoming; please notify us:
There are a few things to note when submitting information on potential abuse or neglect. We must know:
It is enormously helpful if you are able to provide current photographs of the suspected abuse or neglect.
*Please note that we do not share publicly the names of those who report abuse/neglect to our organization unless we are specifically instructed to do so by the individual who is reporting.
We focus on the worst of the worst cases of equine abuse and neglect. That means the vast majority of the horses we take in have been seized by local authorities prior to their arrival at our barn.
In order to ensure that we have space and resources for horses coming from horrific circumstances we have a No Owner Surrender Policy.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing to rehome a horse there is a list of community resources below.
NETWORK TO RE-HOME
• Contact local horse clubs, riding groups, lesson stables, local feed and/or tack shops. Try your breeder or the previous owners.
• Be sure to check references! Call the animal control officer where your potential buyer/adoptor lives, & do a home site inspection – at the very least – request pictures and Google the location.
• If you truly care for the health and well-being of your horse; be honest with the potential new owners; lying about your horses capabilities, or lack thereof, can land your horse in an unsuitable home which often leads to neglect or abuse.
• Remember it can takes months to re-home a horse, so explore this option before you are desperate.
If your horse is safe & sound, consider giving your horse to a therapeutic riding center. Use the same careful consideration you would in choosing any home for your horse and be sure to find out what policies the organization has in place for horses who are retired or are no longer suitable for the program. Some local equine therapy programs are:
Idaho Horse Therapy
Idaho Youth Ranch
There are a handful of Facebook groups** that may prove very helpful for these types of situations. Simply post a pic/bio in all of them. They each have thousands of members and are very active groups with lots of traffic. They are:
• Idaho Horse Community
• Idaho Horse Forum (for sale/trade/barter)
• Idaho Horse Lovers
• Free Horses to Good Home in Idaho
• Heads Up Idaho Horse Community
**To find & join facebook groups:
Log into facebook
Enter their group name in the facebook search bar
Open their page & post your horse
Some groups you have to click “join group”
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