New Life Equine Rescue (NLER) is a 509(a)(1) non-profit organization established for the purpose of humane education, rescue and rehabilitation of animals from abuse and/or neglect. In addition to rescue services we provide housing and foster care for retired animals or those that simply need to find good homes.
In time, as facilities are constructed, our goal is to provide services to at risk and disabled youth through Equine Assisted Psycho-therapy (EAP) and Physical Therapy. There is a unique bond that forms between these animals and people, especially children. A horse seems to be able to reach a place in these children that no other type of therapy can. Many physical therapists have stated that the movement of a horses body can stimulate muscles in ways that cannot be achieved by manual manipulation. As a very intelligent man once said, "There's something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man", Sir Winston Churchill.
Currently our main focus is on equine rescue and fund raising to achieve our ultimate goals. After the legal seizure, or voluntary release of ownership, of an abused or neglected horse the slow process of rehabilitation begins, usually six to nine months of intensive, medical, foot and dental care, along with gradual feeding that, in the end, results in a horse that is once again physically healthy. Then comes the retraining, building of muscles and regaining self-confidence, that will hopefully return the horse to a healthy state.
All of the work load is handled by volunteers but the cost of feed, medications, and a never ending list of needed expenses must be paid every month. On the average, it takes $200 per month to rehabilitate a horse to the point where they can be safely adopted. That comes to about $1,200 for each horse that we take in. If the horse can be ridden, our adoption fees range from $600 to $1,000, depending on the age and condition of the animal. Sadly, many of the horses we recover can never be ridden again and will be placed as companion animals with an average adoption fee of $200. Some animals, that have the temperament for the work, will be retrained to work as future therapy animals.
The bottom line is that the rescue covers between $600 to $1,000 per horse of the rehabilitation expense. Are these horses really worth saving? Just ask the adopters of a rescue horse, or a child who has come out of their shell, and they will assure you that it is most definitely worth the effort and expense. Many of the horses that enter rescue programs are young to middle-aged and go on to live long healthy lives following their rehabilitation.