Rescue and Retirement
Rescue and retirement facilities play a vital role in providing lifelong care as well as finding new owners for horses, or other equidae, that may be considered “unwanted” or have been subjected to neglect or abuse.
Recognizing the importance of these facilities, the AAEP has developed care guidelines in order to provide guidance about the care of a horse throughout its life. While principles of basic horse care and management apply to all horses regardless of their situation, those horses entering rescue or retirement facilities may arrive with unique health challenges. For these reasons, employees and volunteers should understand and appreciate basic horse care as well as be able to recognize health conditions that may require medical attention from a veterinarian.