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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.

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