How It Works
Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (MVHR) horses are in different stages with different needs.
Recovery/Evaluation – Upon intake horses are first evaluated physically by MVHR staff, volunteers, and veterinarian to identify and address any health issues. Almost all are in need of improved nutrition and basic preventative health care to reach a baseline of well being. In some cases, extreme neglect, starvation, illness or injury must first be addressed to attain a minimal level of health even before basic preventative treatments (vaccines, worming, teeth and/or hoof care) can be provided. Especially in these cases, recovery is facilitated in especially close supervision of a veterinarian.
Once a horse is healthy and stable, they progress to being extensively evaluated by MVHR staff, volunteers, and trainers to assess their handeability and level of training. In many cases, some evaluation of their training status has been able to coincide with their physical recovery. Once training level and health are able to be considered, a training or management plan is developed for each horse.
Some are young and healthy, but in need of extensive socializing and training to facilitate eventual adoption, and these will be matched with volunteers and/or trainers contracted by MVHR to begin their journey.
Others may be already well trained and very handleable, but may have physical or health issues which limit the “usability” and make them better suited as sanctuary candidates. If the horse’s personality suits, these handleable but unrideable horses participate in interactions to evaluate their suitability for participation in MVHR’s Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy opportunities. The ultimate goal for all sanctuary horses at MVHR is participation in these programs, where they can serve as ambassadors, educators, therapists, friends and companions, and even help financially support some if not all of their own care.
MVHR looks to find support for horses at each of these phases of their recovery process though Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Foster Homes.
Scholarships are intended as support for horses from the moment they are taken in, through their health and physical evaluation and recovery, eventually including training costs, until they are adopted or deemed to be Sanctuary horses. It takes an average of one year for a horse taken in by MVHR to move through that process. Costs in that first year can be as high as $10,000 per horse, especially if extensive health recovery and/or training is required. Full and partial scholarships can be made online or in person, simply by indicating which horse you are intending your donation to help scholarship. Donate now or contact us for further information!
Sponsorships are geared towards those horses who have been deemed to be Sanctuary horses, likely to be in the long term care of MVHR. Once the health of these horses is stabilized, basic maintenance costs for caring for sanctuary horses averages $300/month or $3600 annually. Sponsorships by individuals, businesses, and organizations allows MVHR to provide this long term care, without compromising the ability to continue to take in and care for other horses in need. Ideally sponsorships are multi-year commitments to support a particular horse – either in full or part. Full and partial sponsorships can be made online or in person, simply by indicating which horse you are intending your donation to help sponsorship. Donate now or contact us for further information!
Foster Homes are critical to the ability of MVHR accommodate as many horses as possible. Qualified foster homes host a rescue horse (or horses) on their property, and provide all of their basic day-to-day care, as well as special needs, vet and farrier care if the foster home is comfortable doing so. Each foster home is different, so great consideration is given to which horse might be suitable for which foster situation. Some foster homes provide all care at no cost to MVHR, while others offer simply space with feed and supplies being provided by MVHR. Without foster homes helping to alleviate some of the cost, manpower, and space demands placed on MVHR and our facility we could not help as many horses as we do. Thank you to all of our current foster homes, and thank you for considering becoming one! For further information about fostering a horse, contact us!