Friday, May 12, 2017
Wild Horse Rescue, Inc. McDermott, Ohio
Do you love horses?
Are you looking or to rescue, adopt, or work with horses?
From McDermott, Ohio, USA, Betty Davison is the founder of Wild Horse Rescue, Inc., a non-profit equine rescue, re-homing trained horses.
We are known for taking in horses that are running at large and Mustangs. Just recently had three horses brought to us by an animal control officer five hours from us because these horses had not had human touch, therefore the average person would not be qualified to work with them. We then work with them to gentle them so the average person can continue their training. We have also had severely neglected and injured horses the we have nursed back to health so could get into a forever home or sanctuary home.
I am the founder and president of our organization and we have been a 501(c)(3) non-profit since 2009. I began working with and studying horses since the age of ten yrs old. I always had horses that people had problems with, so I learned early on how to relate with the horse. I know the basics to working with a horse that has an issue. One must understand what is important to the horse. It is imperative the we understand that a horse is a born claustrophobic, and if they feel trapped they will become very agitated and tense. They instinctively want to get away or out of that restricted state. If they can't get away, then they go into the fight mode. We, the human, are predators in their eyes and they are the prey. All prey animals have their eyes on the sides and all predator’s eyes face to the front. We, here at the rescue, try to teach people to understand how the horse views and reacts to human behavior. That is why natural horsemanship is so important to us. I am soon to be 68 yrs young and have osteoarthritis which is making it more difficult to keep doing what I do. I am searching for a dedicated young person to share my experience and knowledge with so the rescue and our work teaching others can continue. Keeping ones' self-safe while working with horses is a top priority and we strive to impress that to everyone who spends any time around a horse.
We rely on donations, very far and few in-between, to keep our hay supply. We do not have many people who are willing to volunteer, as most only want to ride horses and have fun. Most of the horses that come here, the average person cannot handle. This makes it extremely difficult to get help.
We do not have an indoor arena/covered round-pen, so weather dictates our ability to work with the horses. I have been told to apply for grants, but I must have someone would could write and present the grant request as I know there are certain criteria that must be followed.
Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. For more info check our web site; http://www.wild-horse-rescue.org/