The Oregon Hay Bank was organized in 2008 as an ongoing outreach program of the Equamore Foundation, in cooperation with the Oregon Horse Welfare Council and Strawberry Mountain Mustangs, Inc. Its mission is simple: to provide a means of support for struggling but responsible horse owners. By making options available, we can keep horses with their owners, thus keeping them out of rescue.
Throughout 2011 and 2012, the Hay bank provided vet checks, teeth floating, hoof trimming, gelding, and bodywork at reduce cost to horse owners in Clackamas, Jackson, Jefferson, Douglas, Klamath, Harney, and Josephine counties. Vaccinations were also offered at a reduced price. The picture above shows Dr. Bill Ferguson of Rogue Valley Equine Hospital, an Equamore business partner, checking the teeth of a mature horse at the Health Fair held at Equamore Sanctuary in April of 2011.
The Hay Bank and Equamore Foundation are proud of having helped over 1,000 horses stay with their families in 2010 and 2011 and continue to improve the delivery of quality health care in 2012. The Oregon Hay Bank works closely with other Oregon and northern California rescue organizations. Applications for help can be found at www.oregonhaybank.org