July 11, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Equine not-for-profits

"Information on several non-profit horse related organizations in and around Santa Fe."

By Susie Morgan

Hoof Prints in Santa Fe

Susie Morgan is a lifetime lover of horses, the outdoors and lives for adventures. She lives in Las Campanas, and is reconnecting with horses after working 27 years in New York City.

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The Horse Shelter– This is a unique organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned, abused and neglected horses near Cerrillos south of Santa Fe.  They have facilities for about fifty horses.  They are eager to place adoptable horses in new homes, but it's even more important to be sure the horses find the best situation possible; in some cases, this means a horse may live at the facility for the duration of it's life.  A great deal of effort is devoted to successfully matching adopters with horses.  Therefore, their trained staff will help determine which horse will be an appropriate match to the new owner, as well as visit the horses facility. www.thehorseshelter.orgTo adopt or donate phone:  (505) 471-6179  Toll Free: (888) 471-4677  or email:info@thehorseshelter.org

Horses for Heroes– There are several horse therapy organizations serving different groups of people in Santa Fe.  Horses for Heroes is a unique recreational horse therapy program free to OIF and OEF (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan) veterans and active military who have sustained physical injuries or combat trauma (PTSD) during their time serving our country. More information can be found at www.horsesforheroes.org or contributions can be made by contacting them at 505-798-2535 or e-mail info@horsesforheroes.org

Monero Mustangs– North of Santa Fe off Highway 84 is the 4500 acres where the Monero Mustangs run free.  The main goal is to reproduce genetically pure descendants of the original Spanish horse brought to the US to prevent this breed from becoming extinct.  A second goal is to educate people about the role these horses played in the history of the west.  To this end, visitors are welcome to see these wonderful wild horses in their natural environment.  www.moneromustangs.org   To contribute or arrange a visit in advance by email or phone:  contact@moneromustangs.org  575-756-8674

Lucky 13 Donkey Shelter– this facility focuses on donkeys and mules which have distinctly different personalities than horses.  Lucky 13 takes in surrendered donkeys and mules many of which have been hurt or neglected or abused, rehabilitate them, and work to find each one an appropriate home.  www.lucky13donkey.com To make a donation or inquire about adoption, call or email Barbara White at apsrun@hotmail.com (505) 286-2940
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