Ravalli County Coverage

Jan 30, 2011 2:17 PM by Breanna Roy (KPAX News)

Permanent homes sought for sanctuary horses

CORVALLIS - More than 20 healthy horses are homeless, but ready for new pastures and someone to ride away with.

They are all waiting to be adopted in Corvallis pastures after making the move from the Montana Large Animal Sanctuary and Rescue near Hot Springs, which closed for financial reasons in December.

Montana Animal Care Association president Phyllis Ruana said the horses deserve a permanent home because they've moved so much throughout the course of their lives.

"They've been moved, moved, moved," she said. "So to be able to finally get in their last best place is what our goal is."

Trainers and veterinarians assessed the horses. Experts wormed the horses, trimmed their hooves and floated their teeth.

Only some of the horses are able to handle riders, but Ruana said there are plenty of uses for the ones that can't.

"Like a 4-H project, an older horse in a pasture who's needing a pasture mate, another animal needing a pasture mate - it doesn't have to be another horse," Ruana said.

Several donkeys from the same sanctuary are also in Corvallis awaiting adoption.

View photos of the horses here.

Montana Horse Sanctuary executive director Jane Heath is heading the horse adoption effort. Contact her at ht@mt.net.

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