6 Ways to Change a Horse’s Life This Holiday Season

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6 Ways to Change a Horse’s Life This Holiday Season
One way you can help contribute to changing a horse's life this holiday season is by paying it forward. Even just contributing a small sum toward the fees for your veterinarian’s next client, or paying in advance for someone else’s dewormer, could have a positive rolling effect in the industry. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on how we can make a difference in a society full of challenges. Many people seek to “decommercialize” the holidays; others feel a strong pull toward benevolence in hopes of making our world a better place, for horses and humans alike. Whatever your calling, you can certainly direct your giving toward improving lives in the equestrian community. We’ve assembled a list of ideas for all budgets—including free gifts and projects—to help you contribute to changing a horse’s life this holiday season … and maybe his owner’s, too.

1. Donate funds to a local rescue charity.

Each rescue case’s story is heart-wrenching, we know. But no matter how benevolent you may be feeling this holiday season, it’s not possible to adopt them all. (No, really, it isn’t. Deep sigh.) And unless you have a lot of land, time, and resources, it might not even be reasonable to adopt one. That doesn’t mean you can’t help, though.

Charities put donations to excellent use, buying high-quality hay and paying for necessary medications, treatment, dewormers, and farrier care for the equids they’ve saved from mistreatment or neglect. That’s especially true this time of year, says Nicolas de Brauwere, MRCVS, senior welfare veterinarian at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, in Hapton, Norfolk, England.

“From now until March is when people have a hard time coping and need rises,” he says, adding that they appreciate any amount of contribution. “Even 10 pounds ($13) is helpful! A horse charity donation makes a great Secret Santa gift

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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