A Home for EVERY HORSE
The program A Home For Every Horse is the result of a partnership between the Equine Network, publisher of equine-related content including Practical Horseman, and the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition. Its goal is to connect horses who have been rescued from a variety of circumstances with people looking to own them. To facilitate the effort, Practical Horseman is spotlighting participating rescue organizations. For more information, go to www.ahomeforeveryhorse.com.
It All Came Down to Chance
After watching her special-needs son, Chance, connect with a horse boarded on her property, Linda Nemec, of New Braunfels, Texas, decided that the boy would benefit from having one of his own. So she turned to Craigslist to see whether she might acquire a worthy candidate for little to no cash and ended up with two older, bonded horses: one for Chance and the other for his brother, Trace. “It was magical,” says Nemec of the transformation she saw in the boys and the horses. “They needed us, and the love they both gave back was tenfold. It felt great being able to help them.”
Inspired by the horses’ progress and her sons’ connection to them, Nemec set out to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome horses through her nonprofit organization, Happened by Chance Horses, which she runs out of her 10-acre family farm. “I started looking at Craigslist for horses that needed help—those that were unwanted for whatever reason,” Nemec says. “And so it began: my mission to help horses.”
Although Nemec didn’t have much horse experience at the outset, she worked closely with two veterinarians, sought help from a trainer and began educating herself in many areas of equine management and care, such as nutrition. Since 2014, she and her team of volunteers have rescued more than 125 horses with 58 successfully rehabilitated and adopted to date.
All horses who come to Nemec’s facility are seen by a veterinarian within a week so that any medical issues can be addressed. The starvation cases are started on a careful weight-gain regimen. Therapeutic treatment is given as needed, and likely candidates are retrained from the ground up. Each rescue horse typically spends at least a year at the farm, where health, attitude and training levels are assessed and addressed by Nemec, veterinarians and a trainer.
“I love when the horse that doesn’t trust comes up to me or gives me a nicker as I walk by. I love watching the horse transform from starving, abused and neglected to healthy and happy.”
For additional information, go to www. happenedbychancehorses.com.
One of the more than 125 horses rescued since 2014.