National Riding Stables Horse Rescue

Ride into History...Save a Horse

aka National Riding Stables Horse Rescue   |   Gettysburg, PA   |  http://www.NationalRidingStables.org

Mission

The mission of National Riding Stables Horse Rescue is to save distressed horses from abuse, neglect, and slaughter, and to place them in retirement homes as trail or companion horses. As part of the means of accomplishing this mission, we will provide guided horseback tours of Gettysburg National Military Park, as a principle means of raising funds for the care of the horses and of raising public awareness of the need to raise funds to save, heal, and find retirement homes for distressed horses. We will also seek contributions and donations from all those who become aware of the need to save these horses.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Dr John Allen Latschar

Vice-Presidet

Terry Lee Lee Latschar

Main address

815 Taneytown Road

Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA

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EIN

83-0980823

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Horses are too often treated as commodities; to be used so long as they are useful, and then disposed of. Whether they are thoroughbreds from the racetrack, draft horses from the fields, buggy horses from the streets, performance horse who can no longer jump, trail horses who are no longer rideable, or companion horses from families that can no longer care for them, their fate is often a trip to the auction block. Approximately 75% of older horses who go to auction are purchased by meat buyers. They deserve better after their years of good service. Although we cannot save all those horses, we can save some.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ride into History

We provide guided horseback tours of the Gettysburg National Military Park, as a principle means of raising funds for the care of the horses and of raising public awareness of the desperate need to raise funds to save, heal, and find retirement homes for distressed horses.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A successful adoption requires a partnership that creates a bond of trust and friendship for both horse and rider. It is our goal to find that match for every horse we save. Consequently, when you come to visit a horse for potential adoption, we will also be evaluating your experience in caring for a horse, and to see if the horse returns the affection that you offer.
Potential adopters must demonstrate to our satisfaction that they have the right combination of “horse sense,” the potential for mutual bonding with the horse, and can provide it a safe and healthy home.  

Potential adopters must sign a waiver of liability and no auction/no kill contract.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Basic equine maintenance – hay, feed, and farrier and veterinary care – typically costs about $3,600 per year, per horse, or $300 a month. This does not include “overhead” costs of rent, utilities, supplies and maintenance, so if you decide to sponsor one of our horses you will be assured that every dollar you invest will go directly to that horse's feed and care.

You may sponsor a horse on a one-time basis (for a month or a year), or may wish to sponsor a horse until that happy day when it leaves for its new retirement home. Either way, that horse is “yours” for the duration of your sponsorship, which gives you special visiting privileges. In addition – if you wish – your name will be proudly displayed with your horse's picture for the duration of our sponsorship.

If you cannot afford a full sponsorship, you are more than welcome to sponsor a half or quarter of a horse. If you wish you can find another person, group, or a club that would like to sponsor with you.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Volunteering at the National Riding Stables Horse Rescue is hard work. It's often muddy, dirty, repetitive, hot or cold, and sometimes frustrating. But there's nothing better than getting to know a horse on an individual level, and few things more rewarding that the gentle nicker of a horse that is glad to see you – unless it's the thrill of seeing a distressed horse gain weight, heal from wounds, and gradually lose its fear and regain confidence.

Experience with horses or riding is not necessary. We will assess your knowledge and abilities and provide personal training in horse care and horsemanship. What is necessary is patience, good will, and an infinity for God's creatures. Your reward will be to experience the special sense of bonding with a horse which has fascinated mankind for centuries.

Volunteer duties would involve typical horse care such as feeding, watering and grooming the horses, calling them in from the pastures in the morning, turning them out in the evening, cleaning and rebedding stalls, and other typical stable maintenance duties. 

Advanced volunteers may perform as wranglers, tacking horses up for rides across the battlefield, and accompanying the rides on either foot or horseback.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To identify and rescue distressed horses from abuse, neglect, and slaughter.

To heal and rehabilitate rescued horses, in both body and mind, to train them for a new life as trail horses or companion horses.

To adopt horses out to permanent retirement homes as trail or companion horses.

To provide a safe and secure lifetime home for horses who are not adopted.

RIDE INTO HISTORY

Provide guided horseback tours of Gettysburg National Military Park to raise funds for the care of the horses, and as a principle means of raising public awareness of the wonderful world of horses and the desperate need to raise funds to save, heal, and find retirement homes for distressed horses.

ADOPT A HORSE

A successful adoption requires a partnership that creates a bond of trust and friendship for both horse and rider. Evaluate potential adopters' "feel" for the horse, to see if the horse returns the affection that is offered.

Potential adopters must demonstrate that they have the right combination of experience, the potential for mutual bonding with the horse, and can provide it a safe and healthy home.  Potential adopters must sign a no auction/no kill contract.

SPONSOR A HORSE

Promote the "sponsorship" of a rescued horse, for those who don't have the ability or time to adopt a horse of their own. Sponsors may “own” one of our rescue horses by sponsoring it's trip through healing, rehabilitating, retraining, and waiting for a new permanent home. Horses may be sponsored on a one-time basis (for a month or a year), or until that happy day when it leaves for its new retirement home.

VOLUNTEER

Selectively recruit volunteers. Volunteering at the National Riding Stables Horse Rescue is hard work. It's often muddy, dirty, repetitive, hot or cold, and sometimes frustrating. But there's nothing better than getting to know a horse on an individual level, and few things more rewarding that the gentle nicker of a horse that is glad to see you – unless it's the thrill of seeing a distressed horse gain weight, heal from wounds, and gradually lose its fear and regain confidence.

Experience with horses or riding is not necessary. We will assess your knowledge and abilities and provide personal training in horse care and horsemanship. What is necessary is patience, good will, and an infinity for God's creatures. Your reward will be to experience the special sense of bonding with a horse.

Volunteer duties would involve typical horse care such as feeding, watering and grooming the horses, calling them in from the pastures in the morning, turning them out in the evening, cleaning and re-bedding stalls, and other typical stable maintenance duties.  Advanced volunteers may perform as wranglers, tacking horses up for rides across the battlefield, and accompanying the rides on either foot or horseback.

DONATE

Promote financial support of our mission which is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Seek donations of all sizes – in either cash or kind – to help us provide our rescued horses with the very best of care while they are waiting for their permanent home. Whether small or large, donations may be the difference in enabling us to rescue another distressed horse suffering from neglect, abuse, or shipment to a kill pen.

We have the means and the capabilities to house up to 30 horses at our stables, given the current status of our fund-raising programs, our revenue-generating programs, and our physical space. Our rehabilitation and retraining programs are directed by Terry Latschar, who has owned and trained horses for 49 years. We are most fortunate in having a highly-experienced and highly-dedicated veterinary and farrier as partners, and have been very successful in recruiting and retaining a staff of dedicated and skilled wranglers to provide day-to-day care of the horses.

Since becoming a non-profit in June 2018, we have rescued 38 horses and adopted out 11 horses. One of our horses died of natural causes in 2020, after enjoying several years of well-deserved retirement. We currently have 26 rescued horses under our care; 16 are rehabilitated and are used for guided horseback tours (to generate program revenue); 10 are retired and waiting for adoption.

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National Riding Stables Horse Rescue

Board of directors
as of 05/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr John Latschar

National Riding Stables Horse Rescue

Term: 2018 - 2023

Organizational demographics

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