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One Horse at a Time

Flag Foundation

National Equine Resource Network

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's
James River Chapter

Big Oaks Rescue Farm

Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Inc

Equine Learning and Literacy Advocates

Refuge Farm

Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue

Begin Again Horse Rescue

Changing Leads Equine Rescue

2011 Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Schedule

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Read about our
2010 and 2009
Horses in Need


Equine Photographers Network
 2011 Horses in Need Documentary Project

Since 2009, members of Equine Photographers Network have donated their time and applied their skills to aid equine welfare world wide. The Horses in Need Documentary Project is an annual Equine Photographers Network project. All photographers are invited to participate.

The photographers that submitted documentaries found it was much more than just another photo assignment. The quest of most photographers is to capture beauty in their images. Typically equine beauty is portrayed in color, conditioning, tone, strength, movement, and in their connection with humans. In this assignment, that beauty was not always visible upon the first glance. They found beauty in places most people would avoid looking. They found beauty in places where it was difficult to find hope. The circumstances that brought each horse to a point of needing rescue varied. Whether it was hardship of their humans, neglect, abuse, greed or in some cases human mental illness, each animal had a story. These are stories born of sorrow, however many of these horses now have hope due to kind intervention.

The photographers that participated in this project help raise awareness of suffering and neglect. Their work helps in the adoption effort and in some instances they even adopted animals. They have made friends through the journey, both equine and human. Further, many photographers have committed to continue their efforts to give back.

In an effort to include as many stories as possible regarding Horses in Need around the world EPNet has opened this project to all photographers. To participate in the 2012 Horses in Need Project you do not need to be an EPNet member. Plan to join us and submit your story by January 1, 2013.

Photo by Karen Bayerl

Horses of Tir Na Nog
by Donna Delikat, San Diego, California

Located in San Diego County, California, Tir Na Nog is the area's oldest non-profit equine sanctuary. Tir Na Nog provides a haven for horses that perhaps would have no other options. Many of the equine residents have been deemed unadoptable. This all-volunteer organization has created a partnership with the local animal services department to provide a forever home to equines that would be facing possible euthanasia. Attention is dedicated to educational programs that illustrate responsible equine care and bring focus on the plight of neglected and abandoned horses.

Donna followed up with a heart-warming update of three newly rescued horses that were featured in her original documentary. The returning health and bloom of these three mares is magnified by the story of their human sponsor.

2011: Road Trips, Rescues, and Revolution
by Sarah K. Andrew, New Jersey

Professional photographer Sarah Andrew has taken a multi-faceted approach to equine rescue. Included in her rescue endeavors is a weekly trip to the auction barn, where she captures beautiful images of these homeless horses. Her photographs are utilized by local rescues and sanctuaries for general awareness and securing foster homes and adoption. Sarah and her friend Gina Keesling of HoofPrints have developed Sarah's auction images in to a successful fund raiser. The profits are donated to One Horse at a Time helping horses nationwide.

How Bella Got Her Groove Back
by Alise Lamoreaux, Washington

In this case, Alise Lamoreaux follows the rescue, recovery and adoption of one of the most prized breeds of horses, the Lusitano. Bella is one of 120 Lusitanos rescued from the neglect of an animal hoarder on one ranch in Oregon. Although the term animal hoarding may be relatively new, the problem is not. Alise's documentary shows that both the abusers and the victims of neglect may not fit in to any specific stereotype.

Flag's Sentinels
by Tara Arrowood, California

The Flag Foundation was inspired by racing horses and the needs that develop from a career associated with racing. The foundation has evolved to support the well being of all horses in need. Tara's documentary features three lovely horses that are the by product of the pharmaceutical industry. Horses are bred for only the urine of the pregnant mares used for menopausal replacement hormones. Known as PMU's, these three mares were fortunate to find their forever home at the Equistar Ranch in northern California.

Gelding Clinics
by James Westin, California

James Westin of California writes about his experience of volunteering his photographic services to document a gelding clinic sponsored by National Equine Resource Network (NERN). They have launched a low-cost gelding clinic program in California that has already reduced the future equine population in the state by as many as 395 horses.

To date, NERN has held 7 low cost gelding clinics in partnership with local veterinarians and other non profit equine welfare organizations, in the horse-rich communities of Salinas, Cottonwood, and Oakdale, among others.

An Unusual Rescue Facility . . .
by Debby Thomas, Virginia

The unusual setting of Debby's documentary is a prison. Her photographs tell the story of second chances. A unique union has been formed between the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's James River Chapter and the James River Correctional Facility in Goochland, VA. Inmates working in the "Groom Elite" program learn to practice many skills related to equine care, health and management. The lessons from the horse to their caregivers are greater, for they teach compassion, responsibility, understanding and bonding.

Big Oaks Rescue Farm
by Mary Peterson, South Carolina

Mary Peterson was looking for a rescue subject to submit to EPNet's Horses in Need documentary. At Big Oaks Rescue Farm of Greenwood County, SC, she found horses and a lot more. The rescue is home for nearly a hundred animals. Mary's blog recognizes the required elements of a successful rescue farm, the vision and dedication of Joe Mann, the owner; the need for a savvy right hand, Mary Moss, and the many volunteers needed in daily operations and fund raising.

The Fight to Save Wyoming's Wild Horses
by Carol Walker, Longmont, Colorado

Carol Walker, author and artist of Wild Hoofbeats is well known for her stunning images of America's wild horses. Her documentary illustrates a glimpse of the plight these wild treasures face under the administration of the BLM. Carol brings not only a photo-documentary, but offers avenues one may follow, should they desire to help.

My Angel
by Kim Michels, Fairfield, MT

Kim Michels visits a wild horse sanctuary and enjoys a special close encounter with a yearling filly. Her documentary expands on the spiritualistic qualities of the wild horses and what made her encounter so special that day.

Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Inc.
by Karen Bayerl, Wisconsin

Karen and Scott Bayerl operate the Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Inc. MHWF has a fifteen year history of rescuing horses and helping them find forever homes. Karen's documentary features Rebel, an older gelding placed with MWHF through law enforcement. Rebel was literally skin and bones upon his arrival. Karen's photos show a remarkable return to health in just 2-1/2 months with proper care, and of course . . . love.

Why I Do What I Do
by Kevan Garecki, Langley, BC, Canada

Kevan Garecki earns his living in equine transportation. He is committed to giving back to the equine through donations, fostering and fund raising. In his work he is privileged to enjoy some of the highs, and sadly has witnessed some of the terrible horrors of equine neglect and abuse. Kevan has had to rescue horses from rescue facilities.

The Re-Purposing of Miniature Equine Lives
by Theresa L. Fleming, Colorado

Theresa and Bill Fleming provided a sanctuary, Blessing Way Miniatures for miniature equines. Some of these mini horses and donkeys were destined to be euthanized without their intervention. Last year the Flemings decided to give these minis a purpose and established Equine Learning and Literacy Advocates. The equines serve as book ambassadors for children and young adults. The miniatures of E.L.L.A. also bring happiness to the residents of assisted living centers.

Laddee, the Little Belgian Mare
by Sandy Gilbert, Spring Valley, Wisconsin

Sandy Gilbert is the executive director of Refuge Farm in Spring Valley, WI. Laddee is a Belgian mare that has just arrived at the sanctuary, and she is dying. Nothing can be done to change that. Laddee is suffering from a tumor on her eye and has cancer that can not be cured. The issue is quality of life. Sandy shares Laddee's story.

Still Winners
by Laurie Taylor, Southern California

Since 2009, Laurie Taylor has featured the Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue for her EPNet documentary. SCTR monitors auction barns in search of thoroughbreds. Sadly, most horses at low end auctions are sold for slaughter. The general notion is that these horses are in some way flawed. Laurie's beautiful images and a brief glimpse of the history of these horses dispel this conception. Thanks to the dedication of SCTR, these beautiful horses have a second chance.

Begin Again Horse Rescue: "One by One"
by Carien Schippers, Catskills, New York

Carien was asked to create images of the horses at Begin Again Horse Rescue in Lima, New York. BAHR rescues auctioned, neglected and owner surrendered horses and works to situate them in forever homes. The beautiful Thoroughbred, Krisco Kid that Carien featured in her documentary, fortunately has been adopted. "One by oneā€¦," the motto of BAHR, does not end with the successful adoption of a horse. A great effort is put towards diminishing the need of intervention and rescue through awareness, education of responsible horse ownership and breeding.

Percheron Gelding at Changing Leads Equine Rescue
by Adrienne Shoopman, Kansas City, Missouri

Adrienne Shoopman presents Joe Black, a Percheron gelding foaled at a PMU farm. Joe Black stands 18.3 hands, and arrived at Changing Leads Equine Rescue in August, roughly 700 lbs under weight. He has already made great progress under their care, and soon will be fit to be placed in to a loving permanent home.

Retired Thoroughbreds at Changing Leads Equine Rescue
by Adrienne Shoopman, Kansas City, Missouri

Changing Leads Equine Rescue of Kansas City, Missouri is currently home for six equine rescues. Adrienne has presented images and a brief history of two Thoroughbred mares under the care of Changing Leads Equine Rescue that are awaiting their forever homes.

A Stallion, Mare & Filly: Changing Leads
by Adrienne Shoopman, Kansas City, Missouri

August 2011, brought three horses to Changing Leads Equine Rescue. They were brought in from a facility that did not separate the genders. The obvious result was overpopulation and scarcity of food. They are now available for adoption, having been given proper care.

Endurance Tunisia
by Pauline Prior, Holland

Pauline Prior writes of the distress equines suffer in the name of extreme sport or competition. Douz-Tunisia, is considered the gateway of the Sahara. Each year a four day celebration features an endurance race of horses. The course is over 60 km. There are three veterinarian check points, the course is so grueling that nearly half of the horses are not deemed fit to continue past the first check point.

Plan to join us in 2012 for the next EPNet Horses in Need Documentary Project.