11 Aug 14

Because horses need rescue too ...

By Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com

If your heading out to the North Fork during this summer and fall season, as you drive on Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow you will pass a few bucolic horse farms along the way.  While you admire the beautiful scenery and think how you’re amazed your still on Long Island – you might be surprised to know that many of the horses you pass are actually horses rescued from slaughter or horrible situations.  Truth be told, the average person doesn’t want to know about this, that horses get slaughtered for meat consumption in other countries and not nessecarily humanely euthanized when they are no longer wanted or needed.  So I dare you to read on and look at the beautiful horses in the pictures I took below at North Shore Horse Rescue farm and stop by to visit these majestic and comical horses.  (I was laughing so much at these horses, who were, well horsing around – I can’t wait to go back!)

It’s not an easy topic to write about, let alone be one of the wonderful people who rescue, rehabilitate, re-home and save these horses lives.  It’s hard work, dedication, and lots of love to say the least.

The North Shore Horse Rescue, which is a 501 c 3 non-profit, is run by Laurel Palerno and Tom Renzetti and in the past 13 years they have rescued approximately 30 horses, re-homed 10, and currently have 17 rescue horses in their care along their own 14 horses.  Laurel said, “We get horses from everywhere, with many of the horses coming from the local area, especially in the last few years due to the recession.  We try to help out our neighbors a lot.”  Their very first rescue was a pregnant mare that just happened to be a Wild mustang who is now part of their sanctuary of horses that will stay with them.

This is Tate who popped his head out to see who was visiting – love that blonde coloring!

When I asked Laurel, how did you get into rescue, she responded, “I wanted to get my own horses and we moved from the south shore of Long Island to this location.  It wasn’t tooo long after I got my own horses that I started to find out more and more how many horses needed rescuing.”

This handsome boy above is Winston who is a 1/2 Arabian and 1/2 Thoroughbred who has an adoption pending.  Absolutely stunning to see in person.

Lakota is a privately owned horse, but was rescue who was adopted from another local horse rescue, Amaryllis – and the mini is Sam who is also rescue.

One of their horses there, is Jet he was abused, and I mean not just neglected but abused by someone who hit him in the head with a sledge hammer.  You read that right.  He has the scars on his head and face to prove it – but he was sweet and beautiful.  He wouldn’t be such a healthy beautiful horse if it was not for North Shore Horse Rescue. Some of the horses in the pictures are privately owned, but ALL were rescues.
So what can you do to help? There are many ways you can help, yes you one person!
  • You can donate, that’s the easiest way to help, no amount is too small or too big.  Horses lived up to 30 years, they are expensive to care for and eat a lot of hay. :)
  • You can share this article with all of your friends via social media buttons at the top, so they too are aware of the horse rescues in need on Long Island.
  • You can volunteer to help.
  • You can visit their website for more information.
  • And you can go and visit and learn more about the horses in their care and you may be motivated to do even more.

To find out more about them and see many of their upcoming events go to www.northshorehorserescue.com.  To see many, more pictures for our visit, click here!

To read about another horse rescue here on Long Island, click here.

And oh yea, this horse does bite!

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