Equine rescue center expanding


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – After a busy 2013, a local equine rescue expanded in anticipation of a busier 2014.

Meet Lilly. The folks at the Horse Shoe Equine Rescue welcomed her to the world on Palm Sunday.

“We saw mom in the morning, and just an hour later we were working on a fence, and we came back and there’s the little one,” said Ron Barnett. Ron and his wife Tammy operate the rescue, located in northern Vigo County.

Lilly and all of the animals at the rescue have more room to roam. The Barnett’s just put the finishing touches on some new fencing; giving them some much needed space as well as some flexibility.

“We just never know what we’re going to get,” said Barnett. “Somebody might call us and say we’ve got a couple ponies here that the kids don’t ride anymore. Sometimes we might get called on a seizure where horses get seized, and other times where people can’t take care of them anymore.”

At one point last year, the Barnett’s were asked to take in 7 animals at once. The extra space will have them better equipped to handle situations like that. Ron and Tammy Barnett are in their third year of operating the Horse Shoe Equine Rescue. What was once a goodwill gesture on their part has blossomed into a full-time operation, with last year being their busiest year yet, as they adopted more than 40 animals.

“We did this just trying to take in a few horses that needed help,” said Barnett. “Now, it’s expanded to the point we get calls all the time and from all over.”

They’re off to a fast start this year having already adopted 6 animals. So things are sure to pick up at the rescue now that spring is here. And the Barnett’s are ready to answer the call of making sure some good animals find good homes.

The equine rescue will host an Easter egg hunt this Saturday at noon. Cost is $5 for each family of up to three children. All proceeds will help the animals at the rescue. There are plenty of eggs with candy to be found, and the top prizes include a boy’s and girl’s bicycle. The rescue is located on Devonald Avenue east of Rosedale Road.

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