When a Working Horse Reaches Retirement, Most Owners Abandon Them. Roanchar Saves Them

Lida Ellsworth is the founder of Roanchar Ranch Draft Rescue, an organization that helps draft horses have shelter after retirement. Draft horses are also known as working horses — they are the ones you see out on the fields. Most of these horses are Clydesdales. Once these horses are considered old, most owners abandon them instead of letting them roam free on their ranch.

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In Varysburg, New York, Lida’s rescue organization saved a dozen draft horses. She believes that even though their work as draft horses is done, they still have a life to enjoy with freedom. Abandoned draft horses deserve a second chance in life, and the organization will provide that for them.

“Roanchar is a combination of my personal horses Roni and Charlie. Charlie is actually the catalyst for the draft horse rescue,” she said. “I wanted to start a rescue when I moved out here, but I didn’t know what.”

When she got Charlie, she researched about taking care of draft horses. She found out that these horses are purchased at auctions for their meat during her research. She immediately chose to start an organization to save these horses from being robbed of their future.

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“A lot of them spend the majority of their life working either as a career chore or plowing fields, and they deserve a soft place to land; they shouldn’t be discarded and really just unloved,” she said.

Roanchar Ranch Draft Rescue is the right place for these horses. Lida has also adopted two more horses, Harry and Louie. A horse sanctuary is a good place for Louie, especially as he is a 12-year-old horse with a medical condition. Louie may look fine outside, but the horse has troubles between his brain and spinal cord. Louie is on medications and has been progressing well — he consumes ten medications to relieve his pain.

Draft horses like Louie need all the medical support they can get. Roanchar inspires people to help these beautiful horses to live a healthy, peaceful life in their old age.

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“We have a summer program here for disadvantaged youth, and they’re the centerpieces of it,” said Mosovich. “We’ve seen it time and time again, where the horses have been able to bring kids out of their shell.”

To save more draft horses and maintain the sanctuary the organization has built for these animals, you may donate or adopt the lovely horses. Watch the video below to learn more.

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