Blue Star Equiculture, Inc.
PO Box 7
Bondsville MA 01009
Last Updated 2010-10-31
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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Our Mission is to provide homeless working horses a sanctuary and the opportunity to be useful and positively improve their lives, while bringing education, equine awareness, skills and healing to the community and the environment.
Blue Star Equiculture finds suitable adoptive homes for homeless working horses and offers a sanctuary to retired working horses whose health problems make them difficult to place in adoptive homes. Some of Blue Star Equicultureâ€™s residents are able and eager to work, and, since draft horses thrive on having a job to do, we find them jobs in the community â€“ giving history tours and hayrides, delivering the bride to the church, moving compost and other equipment on the farm, and teaching the public through workshops and driving lessons. In turn, these activities, through fees or volunteer donations, help support the horses in residence at Blue Star Equiculture.
In these difficult environmental and economic times, educating the public about the jobs horses can do, and the role they can continue to have in our society helps not only the horses in Blue Starâ€™s care, but also working horses across the country. Horses with a job are not mere luxury items, are generally happier and healthier, and are â€œrecession-proof.â€ We encourage people to think outside the box to discover ways to reincorporate the horse into our everyday lives, and in so doing, reconnect with local history and the natural world through contact with real horsepower.
Horses belong to the whole community, not just to an elite few. It also takes a community to care for our nationâ€™s homeless or unwanted horses.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Horse Welfare
Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.
Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.
GroomingBlue Star Equiculture always needs some loving hands to groom our horses! It's a great way to form a bond with the horses, keep them healthy and check them over closely for problems as they arise.
Groomers will need to be comfortable working around large horses. Grooming training sessions are available as part of our workshop series, "The Horse Comes First."
Fundraising - Promoting MerchandiseWe need help raising money through the sale of Blue Star merchandise. Our "Human History Is Written In Hoof Prints", "Share the Road, Horses Paved the Way," and "Hope for Horses" items need to be promoted and sold. We also have a variety of products, such as Christmas cards, art prints and more that need to be sold. All proceeds will benefit the horses at Blue STar Equiculture.
Paddock Picking30 horses produce a lot of manure! Help us keep their home clean and tidy by helping with cleaning up.
This is a volunteer activity that can be undertaken by volunteers of all skill levels. Volunteer Orientation required.
Herd MemberJoin the Herd - support the herd for just $10 / month! All volunteers are STRONGLY encouraged to be Herd Members... It takes a community to support our working horses!
Harness - Single And Double - All SizesBlue Star Equiculture's focus is on driving, so we are always in need of harness and harness parts for all sizes of horse, from miniature to 19.2 hh Belgian! Whole harness or spare parts are all greatly appreciated to help us assemble harnesses that fit each of our driving horses. Good harness helps our horses work to support the rest of the herd.
Draft Horse Sized EquipmentDraft horse sized halters, hoof boots, bell boots, bridles, bits, saddles, etc. Big horses need bigger things!
Draft Sized TrailerGooseneck or bumper-hitch trailer capable of carrying four draft horses and their harness, or two draft horses and a vis-a-vis carriage.