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Homes for More Horses

New efforts are helping place more horses into adoptive homes.
KENNY WEBSTER/UNSPLASH

When she arrived at the Heart of Phoenix (HOP) rescue in West Virginia, Sansa was starving and nearly too weak to stand. The attending veterinarian advised rescuer Tinia Creamer that even with extensive rehabilitation the filly would never be sound and recommended that she be humanely euthanized.

But Creamer disagreed. Instead, she placed Sansa in HOP’s rehabilitation program, brought her body score up and made her eligible to take part in the rescue’s annual Appalachian Trainer Face Off contest, an event that showcases adoptable horses by pairing them with highly skilled trainers who put the horses through a series of challenges. Then HOP places the animals with qualified, pre-screened adoptive owners through an auction streamed live on social media.

Connecting horses in need with prospective adopters is a problem many rescue groups are working to solve.
PENNY TRANCHILLA/USPLASH
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