NM ranch rescues, rehabilitates abused or neglected horses | KOB 4

NM ranch rescues, rehabilitates abused or neglected horses

Morgan Aguilar
May 31, 2018 06:02 AM

STANLEY, N.M. - Right now, there are about 60 horses waiting to be adopted from Walkin N Circles Ranch in Stanley, New Mexico. Since 2002, the nonprofit organization has been rescuing and rehabilitating horses that have been abused or neglected. In 2017, they found forever homes for about 45 horses.


“We are the largest rescue in New Mexico and we are licensed and regulated by the New Mexico Livestock Board,” said Lauri Michael, the public relations lead for Walkin N Circles and a volunteer.

The horses come to them after being seized by the livestock board, or from families who cannot afford to keep them.

“Hay is really expensive now because of the drought, and so we're finding more and more people are struggling to care for their horses,” said Michael.

Some of the horses are starved, while others may be in good physical health but have behavioral problems. Their more than 100 staff members and volunteers are prepared to work with them until they are ready to be adopted out.

“The first thing that we do is really evaluate what condition they are in, both physically and behaviorally and start to work to improve both of those areas for them,” said Michael.

The ranch is currently competing for a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They will be judged on fundraising efforts and the number of adoptions through the end of June.

The public is invited to two events in June:

Summer Fun Open Horse Show

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Edgewood Equestrian Center

91 W. Frontage Rd.

Edgewood, NM

Walkin N Circles Ranch Jamboree

Saturday, June 9, 2018 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

198 Weimer Rd N

Stanley, NM

The Jamboree will be the largest event. Families are invited to enjoy food, live music and plenty of horse time.

“All kinds of fun activities,” said Micahel. “Pony rides for the kids, and meet all the horses that are ready for a home.”

You can find more about the ranch and these events here.


Morgan Aguilar

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