BY LESLIE POTTER
— MARCH 1 —
The designation was created in 2005 and aims simply to raise
awareness of horses in need. Here are a few suggestions of things you
can do for horses in your community, courtesy of
■ If you know a horse owner who can’t devote a lot time to their
horse, offer to spend some time grooming or exercising the
horse, or helping out with some basic chores.
■ Help your favorite equine rescue plan a National
Horse Protection Day adoption event.
■ Organize a hay and feed drive in your equestrian
community to help a horse rescue organization
or local horse owners facing financial hardship.
■ Foster or sponsor a horse in need at a
NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION DAY
THE Donkey IS IN
Donkeys can be terrific therapy animals for children or adults with
mental or physical disabilities. In a study recently published in the
journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science, researchers based in
Spain sought to create a test to determine if an individual donkey
was suited for animal-assisted therapy.
The study found that donkeys tend to be reactive to visual stimuli.
Despite the big ears, they aren’t very reactive to noises. Like horses,
donkeys seemed less concerned by stimulus introduced slowly and
gradually compared with something unexpected.
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On The Trail With
Do you like to explore the woods and fields with your Thoroughbred? The
Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) wants to reward you.
Here’s how it works: Register your horse for the Thoroughbred
Recreational Riding Incentive Program—any registered Thoroughbred
is eligible, even ones that never raced. Keep track of the time you and
your Thoroughbred spend riding or driving out on the trail. Any trail time
counts, even competitive trail rides, endurance races, and hunter paces.
Record your hours using the TRRIP Hours Log, and when you reach set
milestones, you can send your log to The Jockey Club to earn rewards,
which include apparel and accessories for you and your horse. Find out
more at tjctip.com.