We know that this economy is a nightmare, and that hay prices are through the roof, and grain is pretty ridiculous too... BUT... there is NO EXCUSE for starving your horse!! If you are in dire straights and need help... PLEASE ASK! People are trying to rehome their horses all the time, NEER gets anywhere from 3-7 emails a week. We are doing what we can... we are happy to put them on the web site, run them through the board, network them as best we can. But, again, starving your horse is NOT the answer. If you need hay, or grain, a blanket, etc... PLEASE ASK! This is not a cash handout, and we will need references and to check out the situation, etc... but we can help....we can TRY! We will provide grain, hay, etc... whatever we can to help keep horses from going hungry. firstname.lastname@example.org - Mary
Two horses were just starved to DEATH, only minutes from me... NEER! ... not to mention 2 other rescues in RI... HOW is this possible?? How can this have happened?? http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_wpri_west_greenwich_horses_starved_20090205 Why didn't anyone ask US for help??
If you would like to help other horses, you can send in your bag tags (or UPC, or proof of purchase), all of these grain companies give a 'kick back', NEER is using this money to form an Emergency Fund to help people that really need it, and to protect the horses. Click on the grain name for more info.
The bag tags are white and tell the Nutritional Info and what grain they are. If anyone uses Loyal dog or cat food (from nutrena) or Empower, the proof of purchase needs to be cut from the bag itself.
Life Design,Vitality, Legacy, Safe Choice, LiteBalance, XTN, Energx = 35 cents/tag
Empower = 50 cents
Triumph, Horse Kwik, NW Stretch Hay Extender = 10 cents
Naturewise, Cargill Milk Plus, Dairy Way and Dairy Focus Feeds = 20 cents
Loyall Pet Food, River Run Dog Food = 40 cents
All other Nutrena grain products ( including chicken feed etc) = 10 cents
PLEASE save them, and send to:
3 Uptack Ave
Write NEER on them because this is being done for AC4H as well. (:
Nutrena Rebate http://www.nutrenainfo.com/Default.aspx?medcd=NTR15R
The necessary item is the PROOF OF PURCHASE: not the paper hang tag or UPC.
35 cents for:
TC 10 , PERFORMANCE, TC LITE, TC SENIOR, TC GROWTH, TC COMPLETE, TC HERBAL, TC 12 & 30 SUPPLEMENTS
25 cents for:
TC GRASS FORAGE, TC ALFALFA FORAGE, TC CONDITIONING CHAFF
(On the Forage bags there should be a UPC bar code and to the left of that will be "Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc," )
TRIPLE CROWN proofs of purchase go to:
177 Red Fawn Rd.
Brewster MA 02631
They have a "Crown" proof of purchase symbol on the bag.
35 cents for each original proof of purchase for:
AGWAY SUPERIOR EXTRA LITE: PELLETTED
AGWAY SUPERIOR GOLD PERFORMANCE: 10-10-10:TEXTURED
AGWAY SUPERIOR EMERALD 10-10-10
AGWAY SUPERIOR SENIOR: TEXTURED
AGWAY SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE: 10%, 12%, 14% TEXTURED & PELLETED
AGWAY MARE & FOAL
25 cents for each original proof of purchase for:
AGWAY proofs of purchase go to:
177 Red Fawn Rd.
Brewster MA 02631
Timothy Plus Alfalfa
26 Beacon Street Apt. 56B
Burlington, MA 01803
Poulin continues to make it very difficult for us and all of our supporters to use their bag tags. We say SWITCH TO NUTRENA!!! They are AWESOME! Have sent us hundreds of dollars, without blinking an eye. They LIKE to help the community in a time when feeding a horse is SO expensive!
And there are grain coupons here, as well as other stuff.
Mary, Cheryl, Davlyn, Cindy and Amanda for helping with the tags.
To Mrs Blanchette's Animal Science majors at Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton Massachusetts.... for all the grain tags.
To the barns that have switched to these grains just for the tags.
To Caroline at Ventura Grain!. www.venturagraininc.com
There is a list of dealers on the grain website. And if people go to the Taunton, Ma store/mill they can get the "ton" rate on a 1,000 pounds of grain(20 50lb. bags or 10 100lb bags) It's 70 cents off of 50lbs and $1.40 off a 100 lbs bag. Also there are coupons on the website for 50 cents off grain up to 10 bags.
Thank you EVERYBODY for making the effort!
<<A gold star to Cindy for doing SO much for our Emergency Bag Tag program! Thank you Cindy! (:
$2798.90 in at last count. (:
Thank you Nutrena!!
You can make a tax deductible donation to the 'Emergency Fund',
this money will be used ONLY for emergency hay and grain, etc.
40 bales of hay to NH in March of '09 ($229.50)
10 bales of hay to MA in March. ($57.50)
2,000 lbs grain to NH in April ($412).
Hi Beth ,
I just wanted to send you an extra special thank you. I received my grain on Friday as planned. What a huge help! Such a relief ! Thank You so much!
I'll stay in touch and keep you posted. Things definitely seem to be getting better.
If you need anything in my neck of the woods let me know.
15 bags of grain to NH in May ($161).
$50 grain store credit to NY.
$100 grain store credit to a NH rescue.
$50 grain store credit at Paris Farmers Union.
40 wormers to a barn in need in NH ($80).
$150 grain store credit to RT in NH.
$100 grain store credit in Hardwick MA.
$300 worth of meds to a rescue in NC.
$150 to a NH Rescue.
$100 grain store credit in PA.
$50 to Tigger's transport.
July-22 bales of hay ($143) to MA.
$100 of Sr grain credit to CT.
$50 credit to Janice.
$100 grain store credit to CT.Other help Given:
15% of Expo funds raised to CANTER...Saddlepads and halters to Windrush Therapeutic...Aeromask to an ABR rescue...
Cushing meds to Charlie Pony at Cozee Valee...Blankets EVERYWHERE!...Ulcer meds to Seeing Spots Rescue...
Donations to L&LL...Veterinary help for Cassies horses after her persoanl tragedy...Donation to Spring Hill in VT...
Xmas present for AJ, the boy with cancer (now in remission!)...Shipped QARR horses to Meadowgate Rescue...
$100 to Peneliope at AC4H...Donated to grey Arabian barn fire pony on AC4H...$150 to deliver mustangs to
Horse Play...Donated through Lemonade Girls to AnCarm Farm...Donated through Lemonade Girls to Project Sage...
Donated through Lemonade Girls and AC4H to Amanda Sorvino's 'FAO Baby'...Donated to Marilynn Long's
'Dedication Of The Horse' in Methuen MA.
~In addition, there is now a new non profit equine assistance program for those who live in NH: www.beckysgift.org
Body Condition Scoring:
1 - Poor: Animal extremely emaciated. Spinous processes, ribs, tailhead and hooks and pins projecting prominently. Bone structure of withers, shoulders and neck easily noticeable. No fatty tissues can be felt.
2 - Very thin: Animal emaciated. Slight fat covering over base of spinous processes, transverse processes of lumbar vertebrae feel rounded. Spinous processes, ribs, tailhead, and hooks and pins prominent. Withers, shoulders and neck structures faintly discernible.
3 - Thin: Fat build-up about halfway on spinous processes, transverse processes cannot be felt. Slight fat cover over ribs. Spinous processes and ribs easily discernible. Tailhead prominent, but individual vertebrae cannot be visually identified. Hook bones appear rounded, but easily discernible. Pin bones not distinguishable. Withers, shoulders and neck accentuated.
4 - Moderately thin: Negative crease along back. Faint outline of ribs discernible. Tailhead prominence depends on conformation, fat can be felt around it. Hook bones not discernible. Withers, shoulders and neck not obviously thin.
5 - Moderate: Back level. Ribs cannot be visually distinguished but can be easily felt. Fat around tailhead beginning to feel spongy. Withers appear rounded over spinous processes. Shoulders and neck blend smoothly into body.
6 - Moderate to fleshy: May have a slight crease down back. Fat over ribs feels spongy. Fat around tailhead feels soft. Fat beginning to be deposited along the sides of the withers, behind the shoulders and along the sides of the neck.
7 - Fleshy: May have crease down back. Individual ribs can be felt, but noticeable filling between ribs with fat. Fat around tailhead is soft. Fat deposited along withers, behind shoulders and along the neck.
8 - Fat: Crease down back. Difficult to feel ribs. Fat around tailhead very soft. Area along withers filled with fat. Area behind shoulder filled in flush. Noticeable thickening of neck. Fat deposited along inner buttocks.
9 - Extremely fat: Obvious crease down back. Patch fat appearing over ribs. Bulging fat around tailhead, along withers, behind shoulders and along neck. Fat along inner buttocks may rub together. Flank filled in flush.
Recommendations for Assigning Scores Scoring is based on visual appraisal and handling (particularly in scoring horses with long hair) of horses. Conformation differences between breeds or types do not affect scoring when all criteria are applied. Muscle tone should not be confused with fatness. Scores can be assigned in half-point increments.
Henneke et al Texas A&M 1983