I call horses ‘divine mirrors’ – they reflect back the emotions you put in. If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the horse will return that. – Allan Hamilton
The mission of JSTE is to use a therapeutic approach to the rescue, rehab, and retraining of horses.
What is JSTE?
JS Therapeutic Equine is a 501(c)3 organization and is recognized by the IRS as a non-for-profit. All proceeds of JSTE are tax deductible and go directly towards the rescue, rehab, and retraining of horses. These horses require extra care and attention to become healthy and happy in their futures. JSTE focuses on horses that are at a high risk of ending up in an undesirable place (such as a slaughterhouse) due to behavioral issues, injuries, and lack of training. The majority of horses that enter into our programs are retiring racehorses.
Our rescue, rehab, and retraining program address all medical, farrier, and nutritional needs of each individual horse. Once the horse has been assessed and treated in these three areas, the horses are then put into a retraining program if cleared by a veterinarian. This retraining program is unique for each course with one main similarity, patience. We always allow the horses to work at their individual pace. No horse is over worked and no horse will continue a program if they are unhappy. We put our equine's needs number one!
How are my contributions used?
Donations are put towards many different areas in our program including, but not limited to, veterinary care, farrier costs, and nutritional needs.
Medical bills: Veterinary care and visits are very costly. The average veterinary bill for each horse in our program is about $500 per visit. Depending on the injuries and the medical needs of the horse, this can involve multiple vet visits while in our care. Some common injuries we encounter are osselets (traumatic arthritis), sesamoid fractures, chip and slab fractures, bowed tendons, and poor dental health. Corrective dental work is common in retired racehorses, and this cost is $240 per horse.
Farrier Care: Most retired racehorses come into our program with poor hoof quality. Extensive corrective farrier care is started right away, which is also a costly expense for these horses. Thoroughbreds typically have poor hoof quality, which is a breed issue. Considering the breed and adding in the extreme sport of racing and not always the best farrier care on the track, this is a recipe for bad feet. Horses generally see improvement in hoof quality after about 18 weeks or about 3 farrier visits. As any seasoned equine professional will say "No hoof, no horse!".
Nutrition: Racehorses are typically fed large amounts of high energy feeds, or "sweet feed". This keeps the horse maintained on the track when requiring lots of calories and energy to perform. Horses in our program are slowly transitioned into a low starch low sugar feed with high fat content for weight gain. Many retiring racehorses are mistaken for underfed and underweight. The slim look these horses exhibit is called "track fit", with a few exceptions. These horses are put on a high quality feed and nutrition program that is designed for these horses to gain weight without extra calories or energy. Weight gain can take up to several months depending on the horse. It is a drastic transition for these horses when considering their diet and work load on the track. Most of our horses have a "let-down" period after coming off the track to enjoy a vacation from work. This helps with weight gain and transitioning to second careers and post-track life.
How do I donate?
Donations to our program can be sent directly to JS Therapeutic Equine via paypal or via our website page under "Donations". Please contact JSTE through our contact form if you have any additional questions. If you wish to donate a different amount, please email or call Jane for your unique contribution.