I am happy to be a part of a new venture. A few months ago one of my friends asked me to help her with a logo for the new web site she was getting ready to launch. Not long after that she approved the final design which is based on a photo of her and one of her dear horses. Here is the press release about the web site. Please visit the site and spread the word. Hopefully this will be yet more more way to prevent a good portion of horses from becoming dinner for a foreigner.
Almost every horseperson can tell you about “the one that got away” - a horse they used to own or ride that they have lost track of and still think about. Maybe circumstances have changed and they’d like to buy the horse back if it is available. Maybe they just want to find out if it’s in a good home. Or maybe they have a horse they love - but that horse’s past is a mystery and they’d like to get in touch with former owners and find out their horse’s story.
Too often, registration papers are lost or not transferred, or the horse never had any, and so there is no way to find information or locate the horse. Sadly, many of the horses that go to slaughter every day have someone somewhere who would have rescued them - but that person did not even know they were in danger.
HorseReunions.com was created to connect people and horses. Horse listings are absolutely free - just sign up, create your listings and upload pictures. The comments area allows you to tell your story. If you know about a horse who is in danger, use the search function to see if he has been listed. A broad search - for example just searching for chestnut Thoroughbred mares - is more likely to yield results than a highly specific search. You do not need the horse’s registered name to search. You can search for a bay gelding who cribs or a sorrel tobiano mare with one blue eye.
You do not have to have owned a horse to list him on HorseReunions.com. For example, you can list a racehorse that you would like to offer a retirement or “second career” home to when his racing days are finished. We do ask that you be serious and financially capable of following through with any home offers.
With rescues overflowing and many owners unable to continue caring for their horses due to the poor economy, we need a way for horses in need to find the people who already care about them and want to help. HorseReunions.com seeks to fill that need but it will only work if horsepeople take the time to list the horses they care about. While we will continue to maintain the Responsible Breeder’s List, we encourage breeders to list every horse individually on the main site if possible.
Please bear in mind that HorseReunions.com is merely a listing service. We have not checked out or approved any of our members as adoptive homes for horses, and we strongly recommend you do your own research and check references before placing a horse with anyone - even the horse’s own breeder.
Enjoy the site. You can ask any questions on the site’s forum at http://forums.horsereunions.com/ and also get advice on your search!
I also have launched a new site of my own to promote my design and publishing skills. The economy and job market out there is tough right now and our family needs every little bit of income we can get. The banking collapse has affected our family significantly and I need to start bringing more in to help offset that. If you or someone you know needs help with a web site, newsletter, book or blog, or even just a little bit of banner advertising creation, please send them my way! I am taking on new clients.