Come join us to volunteer at F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse rescue from 12:00pm-3:00pm, Sunday, November 4, 2012. We will meet at Starbucks nearby (15951 Sheridan St.) at 11:00am for coffee/tea and to socialize and to fill out release forms. If you would like to meet us at the rescue site at noon, the address is 19801 Sheridan St. and please try to download a release form from their website and fill it out prior to 12:00pm to save time. Some of the things we will be doing to help these horses and this rescue are: grooming, cleaning stalls and riding rings, raking aisles, and topping off water. Wear old clothes, rubber boots or old shoes, and bring work gloves. Water is available or bring your own drinks.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S., (Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing, Development and Safety, Inc.), is a non-profit organization of horse lovers that has created a caring rescue ranch for horses that otherwise would have been killed. In 1970, a herd of horses had to be relocated to Plantation Acres, Florida due to construction. Several months after the move, some of the horses tested positive for EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia). F.R.I.E.N.D.S. was formed when the ranch was once again forced to move because of construction. Some of the original members of that ranch are still with the organization. Originally, one special lady and several other people, started the quarantine ranch in 1970 which became a haven for these horses, as well as other animals that have been abandoned. Her name is Susan Young and she is the founder of the first EIA quarantine ranch which today is known as F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Ranch.
What is EIA? It's a blood disease found in horses also known as Equine Infectious Anemia. EIA is not contagious to humans and does not affect humans. It is detected by a test known as the Coggins test. The horses at the ranch are not sick, but carry antibodies in their bloodstream to the virus that causes "equine infectious anemia" OR (EIA). The chance of one horse infecting another is approximately 1 in 6 million. Regardless, there is a law in Florida requiring positive EIA horses to be quarantined on property with a 200 yard radius from the nearest negative horse. If that is not possible, the horse must be killed even though he or she is healthy. There are some stables that do not have space to comply with this law, so they must have their horses euthanized.