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Welfare Resources

Unwanted Horse Coalition  http://www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org/

  1. Rescue and Retirement Information

  2. Operation Gelding

    1. Operation Gelding provides guidance, materials, promotional, and financial support to groups that wish to host low- or no-cost gelding clinic

American Association of Equine Practitioners

Equine Welfare https://aaep.org/owner-guidelines/equine-welfare

Forms and Checklists

  1. Examination Form - Equine Investigation

  2. Forensics Supply List - Equine Investigation

  3. Compilation of All Equine Investigative Forms - Steps for Evidence Collection and Triage

Additional resources

  1. Abuse Reporting Requirements by State

  2. AVMA Practical Guidance for the Effective Response by Veterinarians to Suspected Animal Cruelty, Abuse & Neglect

  3. Equine Body Condition Scoring Chart

  4. Henneke Equine Body Scoring Chart, Henneke BCS Power Point

  5. How Do I Report Suspected Abuse? The National Link Coalition State-by-State Agency Listings

AAEP Equine Assistance Programs

1.    Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign

2.    AAEP Foundation Equine Disaster Relief Fund

Educational Resources

1.    Transitioning the Retired Racehorse 

2.    Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities - Updated 2012 

Day’s End Horse Rescue


The Equine Cruelty Investigation Series at Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) is a seminar series designed to educate cruelty investigators. The seminars range from handling horses to crime scene investigation and preparation for courtroom trials.

Dominion Equine Welfare 


Dominion EquiHelp offers grants of free hay and grain for Virginia equine owners that need short-term assistance. 

(c) The Virginia Association of Equine Practitioners

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