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Horses Helping Horses Does It Again

Horses Helping Horses Does It Again
 
ARREDONDO DRESSAGE SOCIETY

Presents the 10th Annual Horses Helping Horses

A day to benefit the HORSE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA 

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Canterbury Equestrian Showplace, Newberry Florida
In the Covered Arena
 
Join us and some of the regions most talented dressage instructors as they donate their time and skills to perform a benefit clinic for Horse Protection (HPAF). The Arredondo Dressage Society Website lists the clinicians, ride times and instructions for bidding on the clinics ( arredondodressage.org ).
 
The day is a day all about horses, and a day to raise awareness about equine rescues and sanctuaries and the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for the at-risk horses in their communities who have often been abused or neglected. Horses are majestic, loving animals, and we hope our local and loyal supporters will come out so that we can continue our lifesaving efforts for years to come.
 
To support this cause, Arredondo Dressage Society will sponsor events throughout the day. The clinics offer riders and spectators a chance to see actual dressage training and work. In addition, there will be lunchtime demos including vaulting, reining, and dressage. There will also be a used tack sale and raffles throughout the day.
 
Arredondo has an online auction on its website which will be finalized at the 5:00 Wine and Cheese Reception, with a live auction and bidding. Horse Protection staff will showcase some of the rescued animals and they will be on hand to answer questions and to educate the public about the work being done on behalf of the equines of Florida.
Come for a fun day and support this most worthy cause !!!!
HORSE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA
Horse Protection Association of Florida (HPAF) is located on 140 acres in Micanopy where a herds of upwards of 60 rescued horses are cared for. These horses have been abused, abandoned or neglected and have been seized, surrendered or otherwise rescued by Morgan Silver and her team. The horses usually arrive at HPAF in an emancipated condition and they are typically weak and scared. Some have never known a kind human touch, but under the loving care of Morgan and the women and men who work at the farm, the horses are given the care they need. They receive veterinary care; farriers work on their feet; their diets are customized for their needs and each horse is handled and worked with until they recognize that these humans are there to help.
 
Each horse has its own stall and is trained to walk into its stall each morning and night for feeding. Each horse is Parelli trained with a rope halter and rope so that they are used to handling and develop ground manners. Each horse is groomed on a daily basis before being turned out to pasture.
 
The HPAF website ( hpaf.org ) shows some of the work being done at the farm, and shows the horses that are ready for adoption. Once a horse is sound and properly trained, they will be ready to be adopted. Of course, there are some that will remain at HPAF as their forever home. Right now, there are 4 distinct herd groupings. The mares with an occasional senior or quiet gelding are kept in one barn and pasture. The geldings have another barn and pasture. There is also a senior barn and pasture and finally, there is the mums and babies barn. We have 4 new babies this year, and just recently, the mums have been take to a new farm and the babies have been weaned. After a few days of protesting, the babies have all settled down and happily romp around in their own pasture.
 

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