Maryland Fund For Horses is expanding its virtual hay bank for horse owners during the COVID-19 crisis. For a short time, recognizing that certain equine businesses have been especially hard-hit, MFFH is adding hay bank eligibility for two types of businesses:
- Riding lesson programs without income from business activities considered “essential”, and
- Non-profit rescues and sanctuaries struggling to find sources of hay
To apply, equine businesses must be licensed by the Maryland Horse Industry Board for 2020.
Update: through a generous outpouring of support from horse lovers across the country (Thanks, Horse Nation!), MFFH has surpassed our original fundraising goal of $3,000 to geld the 19 Wicomico stallions.
This is fantastic news because there are still unmet medical needs we can help address. The veterinarian on site has indicated that at least one of the stallions is likely to need a more complex castration surgery. Until these feral stallions are tranquilized and examined thoroughly, there’s no way to determine whether others will need advanced surgical help. We’ll keep you updated about that on Tuesday. In our experience, such surgeries cost a minimum of $1,000. For now, we have increased our fundraising goal to $4,000.
We want to make sure ALL the stallions can receive the care they need in order to become healthy, trainable, adoptable geldings. With your support, we are making this happen. Thank you all!