Road Trippin' : Happy Trails

Road Trippin': Happy Trails (KTVL)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Happy, healthy horses. That's the goal at Equamore Sanctuary in Ashland. The stories behind why the animals are there, are heartbreaking.

T-Bow is a retired endurance racer, destined to go to a slaughterhouse, "he used to run in 100 and 50 mile races and he was a contender in his younger days. He got too old and he wasn't competitive anymore and his guardian was going to have to sell him to auction. He checked in with us and we were able to rescue him," J.W. Lyon said about the horse, now living out his days in peace.

J.W. Lyon sits on the board and has been helping out with Equamore for the last 5 years. He says the sanctuary gets horses from all over. Most of them either don't have any where else to go, or they're starved, neglected or badly abused.

"The horses that come here have been so abused they become dangerous. When a horse becomes dangerous, people want to put them down, even though they're the reason the horse is dangerous. Those kinds of horses break my heart," Ruth Kennedy said. Kennedy is the president of the board and says these animals have become so domesticated, they can't survive on their own.

It takes about $400 per horse each month to take care of the animals and right now, the sanctuary has 54 horses. Every cent is either donated for fundraised.

Staff at Equamore encourage people to come visit, bring a picnic, walk the grounds and just meet the horses.

"I think it's really important to know what's happening to these animals and to see what the results can be like," Kennedy said about the horses.

If you'd like to stop by and visit Equamore, the staff asks that you call ahead so someone can be there to give you a tour. If you'd like more information about the sanctuary and how you can help, visit their website.

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