With that in mind, here are a few horse-related worthy causes that are near and dear to my heart that I hope you consider during this holiday season.
I adopted Tristan from this rescue almost ten years ago. Located in Southern Maine, they taken in unwanted mustangs from across the northeast. They specialize in BLM-gathered horses that have fallen on bad times. Some of them come in off the range and go into unsuitable homes, despite precautions, and it's a swift downhill slide from there. The summer I spent working there taught me more about horses than every moment I'd spent around horses before that summer.
They do extraordinary work, and they're in the midst of a capital campaign now to refurbish the outdated barn and provide real facilities to intake badly neglected horses and retrain them.
Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistant Group
As I'm sure you know from reading this blog, Tristan was diagnosed with Cushing's this past fall. This group, headed by Dr. Elaine Kellon, has been instrumental in helping me learn about the disease, and their commitment to scientific research, dissemination of information, and finding solutions have been instrumental in developing new therapies and making effective therapies more widely available. Even ten years ago, Tristan's prognosis would have been very serious, but he's doing great now at least in part to the work of this group. So check them out and consider donating!
United States Eventing Association Equine Cardiovascular Research Study
I love eventing, and it breaks my heart that so many horses are dying while doing it. This study has good people doing good work to help figure out the problems, and help make eventing safer for everyone. The link is to the main USEA donation page, but you can earmark your donation for the study by using the check boxes provided.