The closing of a Carroll County horse farm is creating new opportunities for local horse lovers.
HorseNet Horse Rescue, which is run by volunteers, announced Feb. 12 that it will close its New Windsor farm, moving its resources to its farm on Mattie Haines Road in Mount Airy in Frederick County.
Melanie Biemiller, the organization’s assistant executive director, said financial hardship forced the closing.
Biemiller said 16 horses will need to be adopted or moved to Mount Airy from the New Windsor farm. Most of the volunteers who help with the farm on a daily basis will have new roles at the Mount Airy farm. Four or five volunteers help at both farms on weekdays.
Biemiller said the ideal place for one of the group’s horses to live may be local.
“Anywhere that the person has a safe place for that horse to be, and is willing to have an animal that they want to love,” she said.
Many of the horses that now live at the two farms were seized from unsafe environments by their local humane societies or through animal control departments in nearby counties. Some horses also come to HorseNet when an owner dies or no longer can care for the animal.
There may be some difficulties with placing the animals in new homes.
“A lot of the horses that I need to place are non-rideable because of their age, past injuries, limitations, things like that,” Biemiller said.
HorseNet is required to vacate its New Windsor farm by May 1. Biemiller said even if homes can’t be found for all of the horses, euthanizing them will not be an option.
For more information about HorseNet Horse Rescue, call 301-922-7029 or visit horsenethorserescue.org.