California Riding Magazine • August, 2012

Hometown Heroes
San Diego Horse Coalition
helps horses in need.

Chase Robinson's horse Reba was colicing and hospitalization was required to save her. Ron Robinson, a self-employed, hard-working horseman, just had expensive truck repairs, and his son's sick horse couldn't have come at a worse time. With the family's emergency funds depleted, the San Diego Horse Coalition (SDHC) stepped in to help cover the veterinary costs to make sure Reba could get the care she needed.

Reba

The Robinsons are huge helpers to others in the horse community and to be on the receiving end this time was an enormous relief in their time of need. As they recover from the financial stresses of the past month, they will be donating money back to SDHC so others that may be in a similar crunch can benefit from the Coalition's good efforts. 

SDHC was formed by a small group of equine advocates in 2010 when the economy was really starting to hurt horses. As a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, their purpose is to address the needs of the at-risk horse through community programs, public awareness and education. In an effort to provide horses with a second chance at life, they currently offer the following programs: hay bank assistance, emergency veterinary vouchers, a euthanasia and gelding fund, as well as regular equine symposiums and clinics. 

Recently the ASPCA has offered the SDHC a unique opportunity to raise funds and ultimately help more horses in need. The ASPCA will donate $2 for every $1 donated through the end of September. The fundraising started the beginning of June and, as of press date for this article, they have raised over $4,500. The goal is to get to $25,000 by the end of September to get $50,000 from the ASPCA.

To help out this good cause, find their page on Facebook (search for San Diego Horse Coalition) or visit their website to help make a difference: www.sandiegohorse.org. You can also call them at 760-803-0827.