Hay Rack lends support to horse rescue organization

Published 3:46 pm Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Helping Equines Regain Dignity (HERD) Rescue, a 501(c)3 based in Tryon dedicated to saving horses bound for slaughter and rehabilitating them to find new careers, is grateful for the substantial July 7, 2017 contribution to feed the HERD from Don Williams of The Hay Rack, located at 325 West Rutherford Street, Landrum, S.C.  

 The Hay Rack, a small, family-owned business, is proud to be considered “the feed store next door” since it opened its doors in 1993. It carries farm, garden and animal-related supplies with an emphasis on supporting the region’s equine and farming community. From lumber, hardware, fencing and pet supplies, to farm and garden equipment, one can find it at The Hay Rack.

 “We are so grateful to Don Williams of The Hay Rack for his generous, continuous support of our HERD horses,” explains Stuart Evans, vice president of HERD. “It is through community support and a love for horses, that we can continue to make a difference in the lives of so many equines.”

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 HERD Rescue began as a grassroots effort in the spring of 2016, to save equines from local kill pens in the Carolinas. It has grown to a national level of support since its inception, rescuing over 140 horses from slaughter-bound situations, including auctions, kill pens and newspaper advertisements with horses advertised at dangerously low prices.

The horses, ponies, donkeys and mules are purchased, quarantined and then put into training to find approved homes through foster care and full adoption agreements. For more information on HERD visit www.herdrescue.org and join us on Facebook at Helping Equines Regain Dignity.

HERD has a spokes-pony named Pebbles that the community is getting to know through the help of the Tryon Daily Bulletin and Life in Our Foothills Magazine as they invited her to pen a monthly column about life on the farm among rescue horses. One can find a copy of the complimentary monthly magazine in many area locations including The Hay Rack or online at TryonDailyBulletin.com.

– article submitted by Heather Freeman