Junior Legacy participants with DEFHR horse Adelaide
Summer Legacy Programs

Back again this summer are our popular Legacy Programs for Youths (ages 12-17) and Juniors (7-11). These week long sessions are here at the farm June-August. Participants will learn basic handling and daily care of horses while engaging in educational lessons and fun activities. There will even be fun games on horseback.

Registration has already started, and slots fill fast!

For more information and registration forms, please click here.

Quarantine in Place

As the Maryland Department of Agriculture shared, Days End Farm Horse Rescue is currently under a 30-day quarantine because two horses on our farm were diagnosed with the non-neuropathogenic strain of equine herpes virus type-1 (EHV-1).

According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), EHV viruses "are found in most horses all over the world. Almost all horses have been infected with the virus and have no serious side effects.” The virus can be activated in horses experiencing stress. Therefore, everyone who owns an equine runs the risk of their horses being affected by EHV. Stress in equines can be caused by change of environment, herd dynamics, or physical or emotional strain.

To learn more about EHV and how DEFHR is responding to the quarantine, click here.

Volunteer and educational activities will be modified, if you have questions about upcoming activities click here to email DEFHR.

Slick with ribbons

Slick came to DEFHR in April 2014 along with two other horses from Caroline County, MD. He was a 2 1/2-year-old stallion at the time, very thin, with overgrown hooves, sharp teeth and lice. He had had very little handling so needed lots of TLC before he would be a good adoption prospect.

Once he was through rehabilitation and had been castrated, Slick was ready for training. Head Trainer Sara Strauss turned him over to Leigha Schrader, long-time DEFHR volunteer and member of the training team. Leigha spent many hours and months working with Slick, entered him into our 2015 trainers challenge, and in the process fell so in love she couldn't part with him. Read their story here.

Leigha adopted Slick in March 2016. May they make many more happy memories together! Thank you, Leigha, for all you have done for Slick and DEFHR!