Ontario Equestrian is renewing its appeal for contributions to save school horse operations devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
About $150,000 of the $500,000 goal has been given so far, trying to save the horses and jobs.
Ontario Equestrian launched the appeal For The Herd in April because the training centres were forced to close and had no income to keep feeding and caring for trained school horses.
“The need is still great as many facilities on the verge of bankruptcy attempt to recover in a slow re-opening of industry,” Ontario Equestrian said.
The pandemic restrictions are beginning to be lifted, but those facilities that have re-opened are not to pre-COVID-19 income and also need to recover from losses.
“School horses are one of the most undervalued contributors to the horse industry both in the present and for the future. They are the wonderfully tolerant and patient horses that introduce new riders to the joys of riding and help them progress their skills as riders – they are as important to our industry as the “farm league” teams for the Blue Jays!,” the association said.