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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
To provide humane treatment and shelter while working as a clearinghouse to seek adoptive homes for all of Illinois unwanted equines, regardless of breed.
To educate the public and raise awareness for responsible equine ownership so that fewer horses end up in crisis.
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's primary activity is equine rescue, adoption & retirement.Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Volunteer Riders/trainers NeededMinimum Age: 18ILEHC is in need of experienced riders/trainers to assist in the retraining process of off the track Thoroughbreds in our care. Experience with off the track Thoroughbreds is necessary but if you are experienced with training horses, please reach out to us. Thank you.
Horse Care And Stable Help Volunteer Opportunity.Minimum Age: 18ILEHC is in need of additional volunteers to help with feeding, turnout, grooming and other horse care related tasks. We also could use assistance with stall cleaning and general barn maintenance. Morning chores begin around 8:30am and evening chores in the warmer months begin at 4pm. Please use the "contact us" feature at Equus.
Feed And HayWe appreciate donations of hay and grain for our horses. The ILEHC feeds the horses "Respond". Every bag of feed or bale of hay donated is greatly appreciated!
Folks wishing to donate hay, please call 815-761-4937.
Tack And Stable SuppliesTack and stable supply items are always needed and appreciated! We are constantly in need of leather and/or breakaway nylon halters, lead ropes, winter blankets, fly sheets, fly spray, feed tubs, water buckets and water tanks, grooming supplies, dewormer, etc. Did we say fly spray?? Thank you.
FencingThe ILEHC has been in its forever home since mid-2018, we have 13 acres and need additional fencing. We wish to take the existing hay field and convert it to grazing pasture but cannot do that without proper fencing being extended into this area. This is a 2019 goal for ILEHC and its horses.