Panhandle Safe Hayven Equine Rescue invited Amarillo-area residents to horse around Sunday afternoon.
“Today (was) about getting the community out to see the horses, the property and have fun,” said Cortney Woodall, a volunteer at the rescue center.
In addition to horse rides, Open Barn Day included a bounce house, face painting, lawn games and free hot dogs while acoustic guitar music played in the background.
Woodall said there were 19 rescue horses at the center, which was started in 2003.
The group receives horses from the Randall County Sheriff’s Office and through owner surrender.
There are no paid staff, and the organization is funded completely through donations.
The mission of the nonprofit is fivefold:
Educate the public about proper horse care.
Offer help to horse owners in times of natural or personal disaster.
Rehabilitate abused and neglected horses.
Place horses in approved adoptive homes.
Assist law enforcement agencies in the seizure of abused or neglected animals.
“We want everything that comes in to go back into these horses, to find their forever homes,” Woodall said.
“We currently have one that needs to have surgery to have her eye removed (because) she had an eye infection that has eaten away at her eye.”
Learn more about donating, volunteering or adopting a horse through the group’s website at panhandle horserescue.com. Prospective adopters need a veterinarian, farrier and personal reference.