A Family Visit to Equine Advocates Horse Sanctuary Farm Tour

by Gina Martin on April 26, 2012

in Outdoors with Kids, Service Projects

Despite the rain this past weekend, I took my family out for a farm tour and visited Equine Advocates’ horse sanctuary in Chatham NY for their first open house day of the year. The Open Day is a self-guided tour, where you can read about each of the animals background and current info. It was our first visit, and it definitely will not be our last! It’s a gorgeous piece of property, over 140 acres devoted to the comfort and happiness of rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have experienced the very worst that humanity can do. They get to live our their lives with plenty of room to run, graze, and plenty of food and tender loving care.

Equine Advocates Chatham NY

My favorites are the Belgian Draft mares. They’ve long been my favorite breed, and their rescue stories are intense. These gals were all used as PMU (Pregnant Mares Urine) horses for the drug industry, and their treatment during this time is nightmarish. Once they’ve outlived their usefulness, they often end up at auction, for slaughter and sale to meat markets abroad.Equine Advocates PMU Rescue Mare

I like seeing the ladies enjoying their roomy stalls, and each other’s company in the large fields – living well is the best revenge!

Equine Advocates PMU Mares Rescued and Living Large

We met some up close and personal – though they were disappointed that we had no treats to offer. I felt bad, but the rules say ‘no feeding the horses’, because they may be on special diets, etc. So, we settled for giving pats and chatting for a bit.

Snacks Please?  Equine Advocates Rescued PMU Mare

When the rain got really heavy, we went inside one of the barns to meet some of the other residents.

From some of the smallest.

Equine Advocates Miniature Horses

To those with famous artist friends.

Bobby II, Equine AdvocatesBobby II, muse of Peter Max

And one handsome fella who is not a subject of a famous artwork, but should be.

Equine Advocates Dallas the ApaloosaIMG 2743

It’s like a horse heaven. There’s a wall with bios of all the residents, and you can sponsor one in part, or in full. Volunteers are also welcome, there are a lot of different opportunities for community service.

Equine Advocates Horse bios and sponsor info

The stalls were actually nicer than my first apartment in New York City back in the late ’80s. Certainly cleaner…(wish I was joking!) We’re looking forward to going back and spending more time in better weather during the next open house day.

Check it out!

Equine Advocates Horse Sanctuary
Open Day, self-guided tours Saturdays on May 19, June 16, July 14, August 18, September 15 and Sunday November 18 from 1:00-4:00 pm.
3212 Route 66, Chatham NY, 518-245-1599

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| lives in Coxsackie NY with her husband, their two children, and an assortment of Rottweilers and cats. Gina has been a homeschooling parent since 2003, and is also proud parent of a Tech Valley High School student. Gina is the creator of ModSchooler, her blog about 21st -century learning and fun, and is a contributor to From Scratch Club writing on food and food policy. As lifelong learners, Gina and her tween and teen kids like to go off the beaten path to explore quirky travel destinations, unusual cuisine, and all things geeky. Email: GinaMartin@AlbanyKid.com, twitter: @GinaMartinBlogs

Roberta April 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I agree about the cleanliness of the stalls. I like how they display the story of each horse, so their history isn’t lost.

Kudos!
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Gina April 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Thanks Roberta 🙂 You’re right about the histories, and the other thing that’s wonderful is that they horses all have actual names – not just a number, though that’s how some started out (like the PMU mares). Even my husband, not usually into my dog and cat rescue activities, was inspired, and said he wished we could start a horse rescue (I almost had to ask him who he was and what he’d done with my real husband ;-))
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