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Winter 2015 Newsletter
December 28, 2015

Our annual newsletter is out -- Baily, an off the track thoroughbred rescued with 3 other thoroughbreds in March of 2015, writes his first Spring Hill newsletter!

Read Baily's report, Winter 2015

There's still time to make a difference in the lives of horses in 2015. Help us celebrate the New Year by making a donation by midnight on December 31.

Spring Hill Horse Rescue has rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed nearly 1000 animals, including over 700 horses in just 15 years. We are a 501(c)3 registered charity and a Guidestar Exchange Gold Participant; your donations are deductible to the extent the law allows.

Baily arriving at Spring Hill, March 2015

Four Thoroughbreds Rescued in Cruelty Investigation
Four horses relinquished to Spring Hill Horse Rescue in Rutland County Investigation
March 16, 2015

As the result of a 3 month long investigation, four thoroughbreds have been taken into care by Spring Hill Horse Rescue of Clarendon VT. Spring Hill’s Humane Agents responded to a property in Poultney, VT in late November, after a complaint was received through VT’s Online Animal Cruelty Reporting System www.reportanimalcruelty.com. Our Humane Agents assisted the owner with resources including access to free hay, winter blankets and education as to how to properly care for the horses.

After another complaint was received last week, Spring Hill contacted the Vermont State Police, and found that the horses’ conditions had worsened. All of the horses are severely malnourished and have painful, untreated skin infections and parasites. The horses were voluntarily relinquished on March 13, 2015. Spring Hill is now caring for them, and they have been placed on a slow re-feeding program. They will need significant veterinary treatment for their medical issues. The investigation is ongoing; no charges have been filed as of yet.

Your generosity will make a major difference in the lives of these horses! The cost of the first few months of their rehabilitation will be several thousand dollars. You can help save them by donating to their emergency fund through PayPal (preferred)

or to our GoFundMe campaign, or by check to: Spring Hill Horse Rescue, 175 Middle Road, Clarendon, VT 05759.

Spring Hill currently has 23 rescued horses in its care, and is entirely supported through private donations and grants. We receive no state or federal funding for horses taken in through cruelty cases.

Winter 2014 Newsletter
December 21, 2014

Our annual newsletter is out! Gina and Dahlia, the sweet Haflinger foal we rescued this winter, colloborated on this year's newsletter

Read Dahlia's Report, Winter 2014!

Dahlia and Mom Lily on their first day at Spring Hill, Jan 2014

Eight horses relinquished to Spring Hill Horse Rescue in Rutland County Investigation in September/October 2014
November 10, 2014

As the result of a month long investigation in Rutland County, eight horses have been taken into care by Spring Hill Horse Rescue, of Clarendon VT.

Spring Hill’s Humane Agents responded to a property in Rutland County, VT in mid-September, after a complaint was received through VT’s Animal Cruelty Reporting System (www.reportanimalcruelty.com). Eight horses were on the property and found to be in various stages of neglect. Three were removed to Spring Hill Horse Rescue on September 25, 2014 where they were placed on re-feeding programs and have been receiving veterinary and farrier care.

The five remaining horses were found in early October after they had been moved to a property in a different town, without the permission of the property owner. Spring Hill Horse Rescue responded to the scene at the request of law enforcement, and removed those horses to the rescue, where they are currently being cared for.

No charges have been filed in the case yet.

These horses need our help, and we need your help. Please donate to our emergency fund at www.springhillrescue.com/donate.html, or by check to: Spring Hill Horse Rescue, 175 Middle Road, Clarendon, VT. Spring Hill currently has 21 rescued horses in its care, and is entirely supported through private donations and grants. We receive no state support for horses taken in through cruelty cases.

WPTZ news coverage

Double Your Donation!
September 3, 2014

Great news! A very generous donor has come forward and offered to match every dollar donated to Spring Hill Horse Rescue for the next 60 days (through October 31) up to $50,000! Our horses are ecstatic and so are we!

How You Can Help:

  • Donate by sending a check to Spring Hill Horse Rescue, 175 Middle Road, Clarendon, VT 05759
  • Hold Your Own Fundraiser, and double every dollar you raise!
  • Hold a garage sale, bake sale, or online auction
  • Host a charity event
  • Hold a wine and cheese party
  • Ask your local businesses to get involved
  • Please contact us if you’d like us to speak at your fundraiser
  • Downloadable Campaign Poster

Your Donations support:

  • Hay, grain and vet care
  • Rehabilitation for the horses who arrive in critical condition
  • Farm Maintenance and repairs for our 15 acre rescue farm in Clarendon, VT
  • Horse Education and Retraining Operation (HERO)
  • Community Response Teams assisting horses and their owners in need

Spring Hill Horse Rescue has rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed over 1,000 horses in just 14 years. We are a 501(c)3 registered charity and a Guidestar Exchange Gold Participant; your donations are deductible to the extent the law allows.

Three Horses Abandonded in Addison County - Rescued January 2014
January 30, 2014

When one thinks of abandoned property; storage units, cars, and sheds full of forgotten tools comes to mind. But too often, animals are left behind like abandoned property, lost, and in trouble. This is the fate that Lily the mare, Dahlia her young foal, and Larkspur, the sire faced this winter. Looking for food, with Lily struggling to feed her baby, this little family found themselves wandering in Bridport, VT. Neighbors stepped in and did their best to care for them. But with no long term plan to keep the animals in hay and safely contained; these horses were destined to suffer the fate of many - injured, starved or at auction to suffer whatever cruel fate awaited. Fearing for their safety, the neighbors caring for them reached out to us - and we decided we could provide a safe place for this struggling family.

Now at Spring Hill, they will receive vet care, vaccinations, parasite control, hoof care, and nutritional support. The needs of a nursing Mom are great, and Lily really needs a break. Weaning may be in the near future, once everyone is stablized. Larkspur is living with our herd of geldings, managed by Willie, our Arabian stallion. In time, they will be stabilized and ready for adoption. Adding a family of three to our herd requires a major commitment of time, money and resources. But we love what we do and are happy and greatful to be able to do it. We could certainly use help with supporting our beautiful little Haflinger family! Anything you can spare to help our new charges would be greatly appreciated!

Winter 2013 Newsletter
December 28, 2013

Willie's Winter 2013 report is here! Since our Spokeshorse, Dorothy, was adopted, Willie, our Arabian stallion rescued in January 2013 was put in charge of the newsletter from the farm.

Read Willie's Report, Winter 2013.

ASPCA Comes Through For Horse Rescues
November 13, 2013

Our friends at ASPCA have been wonderful! Not only did they fund our recent trip to Pennsylvania to attend a very informative seminar for horse rescues, we've just received a $500 grant to attend an online professional fundraising course.

ASPCA's Equine Program has helped us in so many ways - giving us grants for hay, an incredible opportunity to start our "HERO" training program, and now, helping horse rescues to become the organizations that we need to be - to better serve our community, our horses, and our donors.

We are looking forward to learning better ways to communicate and serve all of you, thanks to the ASPCA Equine Fund Grants!.

Karma and Gus - Rescued July 2013
July 15, 2013

Karma, a beautiful thoroughbred, and Gus, a striking draft cross, were rescued by Spring Hill Humane Agents in Rutland County in July 2013. Spring Hill had been working with their owners, trying in vain to assist them in caring for their horses. Our agents repeatedly delivered hay, offered Haybank vouchers, and assistance, until finally, faced with seizure of the horses, their owners signed them over. The owners were issued a civil ticket for animal cruelty, which they later contested. Spring Hill Humane agents provided testimony in court, and the tickets stood.

Karma and Gus came to Spring Hill and were started on a re-feeding program, and provided with much needed veterinary and farrier care. Amazing resilient, these horses bounced back and both horses were adopted in September 2013, and are doing wonderfully in their new homes.

Photos of Karma and Gus just after rescue, July 2013

WCAX Report on Animal Abuse in Vermont
June 12, 2013

Judy Simpson of WCAX reported on the State of Animal Abuse in Vermont. She visited our farm, and interviewed Gina Brown and Deb Loring of Spring Hill Horse Rescue in this very well produced series. see Part 1 and Part 2 of the report below:

Animal Abuse in Vermont, Part 1
Animal Abuse in Vermont, Part 2

Spring Hill Rescues Three Horses in Critical Condition
January 24, 2013

On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, Spring Hill Horse Rescue was called to an emergency response to help three horses found in dire circumstances in Chittenden County, VT. What we discovered upon our arrival shocked us. Two mares and a stallion had been locked in small, dark stalls for years. They were standing on several feet of built up manure – and were running out of room to stand upright. The bones, hair, and hooves of their former herd mates surrounded them. These were the three survivors.

Willie, the stallion, is thin, his teeth are rotted, and he was covered in lice. His hooves are the worst case of abuse and neglect we have ever seen. He had trouble walking; it took 6 people to help lift him onto the trailer. A total of 24 inches of overgrown hoof material has been removed, and further work revealed maggots growing inside sensitive foot tissue. Willie is almost blind, most likely due to living in the dark for years. He has been receiving extensive veterinary care, ongoing farrier and dental work, and nutritional support since his arrival.

The mares, Dolly and Lolly, are utterly terrified as they have had little contact with humans. Their hooves are also grossly overgrown. For now, the best we can do is to provide them with proper nutrition, clean water, a clean stall, and some positive human interactions in the hopes they will become calm enough so that our vet and farrier can safely work with them. Lolly and Dolly are also showing signs of vision limitations.

We are working feverishly to try to save these poor, terrified horses who have suffered years of horrific neglect and trauma. They need our help, and we need your help. The expenses to nurture them back to health are going to be very high and it will take months, and possibly years of extensive rehabilitation just to address their physical needs.

To help these horses, you can donate online to our emergency response fund using the button below, or by check to: Spring Hill Rescue, 175 Middle Road, Clarendon, VT 05759 (Note Emergency Response on your check).

Appearance on Everything Animals - WCAX
July 30, 2012

Deb Loring and Peggy Murray of Spring Hill talk about the rescue, a special event, and challenges faced by Spring Hill after Hurricane Irene.

WCAX Everything Animals

A Star is Born - Duncan's Story
December 19, 2012

Duncan arrived at Spring Hill Horse Rescue in September 2012, the shadow of a Clydesdale. Hundreds of pounds underweight; he was the elder gentleman of a three member herd who were surrendered in an animal cruelty case; what little food they shared was clearly reserved for John, the youngster.

Started on a re-feeding program, Duncan quickly regained his physical strength. As he gained, his personality shone. Duncan loved everyone, and was as kind and gentle as he was huge.

With the assistance of an ASPCA training grant, we’d recently started a program in which our exceptional horses received outside training to help showcase them for adoption,. We knew Duncan was the perfect horse for this; and we placed him at Gentle Touch Training. Trainer Peggy Murray spent a month helping Duncan regain his confidence and build his wasted muscles.

About this time, a local film company, Kid Brothers Pictures, was casting the role of a horse to be ridden in its film “The Green Knight”. Mark, the lead actor, came to meet Duncan, and a star was born.

We wondered – is this right for Duncan? After meeting Mark, we knew that Duncan’s best interest would be served, and it could help Duncan and other horses find homes. We agreed, and contacted the local media.

On a cold December day, Duncan showed the world what he could do. He filmed a newscast with the local news anchor - a horse lover – astride. We hitched up a cart, and headed down a snowy road with Duncan. We could feel his exuberance; he was having the time of his life.

When nighttime came, the film crew got to work. Duncan faced fog machines, knights’ costumes, and cameras. With his desire to work, his love of humans, and his trust in Peggy, Duncan relaxed into his role. We were exhilarated and in awe of this extraordinary Clydesdale.

We received a lot of interest in Duncan afterwards, but no one was certain, or quite ready to adopt him. In early January, the right call came. We knew after talking to Laureen, all the way from Michigan, that we’d found Duncan the perfect home.

At a community’s best, it comes together to heal and lift up those in need. In Duncan’s case, it took a rescue group to heal him and recognize he was special. It took a trainer, whose gentle touch allowed Duncan to flourish. It took a filmmaker who saw in Duncan a majestic strength. It took a newsman to show the world how special a rescue horse could be, and it took a loving Mom to trust his destiny was with her.

Our Duncan became a star, and we all became friends – his rescuers, his trainer, the filmmaker, the newsman, his new Mom, and even the company that transported him. We are in touch, we share his pictures, and we eagerly await his film release, for which we hope to reunite. Duncan brought out the best in all of us; and we share a special and lasting bond because of him.

Watch WPTZ George Mallet's wonderful news segment on Duncan's rise to stardom!

A Beautiful Mare in Need - Spring Hill takes in Sapphire
March 16, 2012

Over the weekend, Spring Hill Horse Rescue was contacted by the Rutland County Sheriff's Department to respond to a complaint about a very thin mare who was lame. By Monday morning, a team was assembled that included Spring Hill, a veterinarian, and representatives of the Agency of Agriculture and the Rutland County Sheriff's Department.

The report turned out to be accurate - we found Sapphire, a beautiful 10 year old paint/thoroughbred mare who was very thin and who was not receiving the veterinary attention she needed for an infected hoof. As is the case with many complaints across the state, the neglect was due to economic circumstances and poor judgment.

Spring Hill decided to step in and do what was best for Sapphire - we've taken her into our care to provide her the nutrition and medical care that she needs. She immediately received a veterinary exam and was found to have a subsolar hoof abscess, which, if untreated, could have resulted in a bone infection. We found out today she is riddled with tapeworms. We estimate she'll need to gain at least 200 lbs.

Sapphire is now receiving daily medical care. The road ahead for Sapphire will surely be easier than the road behind. She will need carefully monitored nutritional support to bring her weight up, ongoing hoof rehabilitation, and careful management of her de-worming.

We estimate Sapphire's care will cost about $1800/month over the next 3 months, and any donation, whether a one-time donation or a monthly commitment to Sapphire over the next three months will help her to become the horse we know she can be.

Seven Days Investigative Journalism on Livestock cruelty Cases
December 14, 2011 by Andy Bromage

Is Vermont failing its livestock?

Past Newsletters from Spring Hill

Dorothy's Report, Fall 2011

Newsletter, Spring 2011

Spring Hill Horse Rescue
175 Middle Rd, Clarendon, VT 05759
(802) 775-1098
Email: springhillrescue@aol.com

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