FCER is an all volunteer non-profit group dedicated to the rescue of horses, burros, and mules: their rehabilitation (both physically and mentally), and their adoption into good, loving homes. We will assist wherever, whenever we can, to help horses in need.
Located just outside Aztec, in the Four Corners area of New Mexico,we follow the guidelines for rescues as set forth by the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners). This guide can be viewed by clicking on the Forms icon, then AAEP.
6-7-15 Volunteers from FCER removed 6 horses from a residence after the owner signed them over. We were called by the NM Livestock Inspector the previous day to see if we would take them. Four of the six horses are stallions. Three of them are around 10 years old and not halter trained. One stallion is about 21 years old. This is the only stallion that is trained to halter, lead and load. The other 2 horses are mares. The sorrel mare is older, at least 21 by our field estimate. This mare, now named Copper, is in the worst shape. She is very thin, and her hooves are in terrible condition. Copper does know how to lead and load. The second mare, now known as Francie, is the daughter to Copper. We estimate Francie to be 10 years old. She is not halter trained. At this time it is unknown if either mare is pregnant. The two mares were kept in a pen in horrid condition. The manure had piled up so high that the horses backs scrapped the beams of the awning which should have been 8 feet high. Three of the stallions were together in a pen about 2 acres in area. This pen also had several non-running vehicles in it as well as miscellaneous trash including fencing, sheet metal panels, poles, pipe, water hoses, barb wire and other objects too numerous to mention.
At this time we are working with the vet clinic to schedule castrations for most of the males. Because they are not halter trained they are currently at the training facility where DeLaws Lindsay will be working with them. Once gentle enough, each will be castrated. The older mare, Copper, is scheduled to go for a medical evaluation in the next days.
If you can help support this rescue effort, please do so. FCER is estimating the initial intake phase - medical evaluations, castrations, weight gaining diets, hoof work and halter training will cost $1000 per horse. Once this phase is complete we will be able to re-assess which horses should move on to more training for futures as riding horses. Estimate for that training and feed is $1500. It will be some time before they are ready to move on to new homes, and we have much rehab to do. Your support for these efforts is absolutely vital.