What Should I Do if I See a Horse that Might Need Help?

If you suspect abuse or neglect, call the local Sheriff's Department.  Get the name of the person who takes your call and ask which Deputy will handle the complaint.  Give specifics and let them know you will call to follow up. Many Sheriff's Departments do not have adequate resources to handle large animal cases so they may call a rescue or a veterinarian to consult.  A vet will guage the horse's body condition score.  In Louisiana, all that is required is that food and water be present.  Abuse is another issue that can be difficult to prove.   A rescue has no jurisdiction or authority; we can only step in if the authorities delegate to us and only then if we are able to given resources on hand.   We are lobbying actively to require shelter, as many other states do and we are helping to quantify minimum standards of Equine care.

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Our mission is to provide sanctuary for abused or abandoned horses of racing breeds. Once in our care, horses are rehabilitated/repurposed as we find caring homes for them. Please keep in mind we are solely funded by tax-deductible donations, 100% of which goes to the care of these horses.


Dedicated to the rescue and care of horses of racing breeds, LHRA is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity operating under the guidelines of the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners). We are solely funded by much-appreciated donations of time, horse boarding and money, 100% of which goes into the care of our animals. Volunteers are the heart of the organization. Volunteers participate in fundraising, grant-writing, publicity, farm inspection and clerical duties. If you have a particular skill or just a passion for horses and some spare time, we'd love to talk to you. To contact us regarding volunteer opportunities, adopting a horse or to help support our horses, please send an email to admin@louisianahorserescue.com.

Our goal is to raise awareness about horses in need of rescue after their racing or breeding careers, and to raise funding to support the intake of those horses we cannot directly place. We welcome donations of time, products, services and funding, and are always open to new ideas for raising awareness.

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Members of Louisiana Horse Rescue Association become involved in all aspects of the organization. They are welcome to attend meetings, are called upon to nominate and vote on board members and participate on committees that drive the organization. Cost of Membership is $25.00 per year.  To find out more about membership, you may download a membership app and make payment for your membership fee at right.