SANTA FE – The New Mexico Equine Rescue Alliance (NMERA) was founded in 2012 to give all registered equine rescues in New Mexico a louder voice.
Over the past decade, the NMERA has been able to work closely with the New Mexico Livestock Board to improve the admissions process for horses found stray or seized due to cruelty. There are over 300 horses in rescues across New Mexico, and the 10 registered rescues admit over 120 horses each year, which includes owner surrenders.
All horses receive veterinary care and are rehabilitated and then, depending on the individual rescue, they will remain in a sanctuary or be trained and offered for adoption to the public.
All kinds of horses are accepted in rescue and some of them are untouchable or have had very little handling and most arrive in poor health. Equine Rescues throughout New Mexico provide a valuable service to the state, its horses, and citizens by rehabilitating these horses to be safe for the public to adopt, or giving them shelter.
Over the past decade, the NMERA has worked closely with New Mexico Animal Protection Voters (APV) and legislators to improve the situation for all horses in New Mexico. In the 2022 legislative session, a bipartisan group of lawmakers allocated $350,000 in recurring annual funding to the state’s Horse Shelter Rescue Fund, it’s also the fund to which New Mexico taxpayers can donate in their New Mexico personal income tax return. The fund is then distributed to registered equine rescues in New Mexico.
This funding is a huge help for all rescues, especially since it takes $3,000 to feed a horse for a year, which doesn’t cover medical, training, or settling-in costs.
NMERA would like to thank these lawmakers for recognizing and responding to the need for homeless horses throughout New Mexico and for helping rescues step in to help even more horses in need.
NMERA wants to celebrate and show the public what they do and will be at the State Fair Equestrian Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 8 in Albuquerque.
Four registered rescuers will be present with their horses:
- Four Corners Equine Rescue – Aztec;
- Maslena Rescue Foundation – Tijeras;
- New Mexico Horse Rescue at Walkin N Circles Ranch – Edgewood; and
- The Horse Shelter – Cerrillos.
NMERA will showcase their saddle horses and companion horses in the arena and talk about their rescue operations, adoption and volunteer programs. Help NMERA celebrate New Mexico’s rescue horses and let them show you that there are many young and worthy rescue horses waiting to be adopted as riding or companion horses.