Positively Veg*n Message Board › New Meetup: Help F.R.I.E.N.D.S. & Have Coffee
Pompano Beach, FL
Announcing a new Meetup for Positively Veg*n!
What: Help F.R.I.E.N.D.S. & Have Coffee
When: January 24, 2010 11:00 AM
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue
19801 Sheridan St.
Southwest Ranches, FL 33332
Come join us to volunteer at F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse rescue from 11:00am-3:00pm, Sunday, January 24, 2010. We can meet at Starbucks nearby (15951 Sheridan St.) at 10:00am for coffee/tea and to socialize and to fill out release forms. Carpooling may be available from Pompano leaving at 9:15am. If you would like to meet us at the rescue site, the address is 19801 Sheridan St. and please download a release form from their website and fill it out prior to 11:00am. You will need to include your car make and model and tag number, etc.
Some of the things we will be doing to help these horses and this rescue are:
-Cleaning Stalls and Riding Rings
-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. is a non-profit organization of horse lovers that has created a caring rescue ranch for horses that otherwise would have been destroyed. 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. F.R.I.E.N.D.S.; or (Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing, Development and Safety, Inc.) 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. This woman's passion for horses still runs deep as she is still caring for and riding horses today at the age of 81 !!
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 our 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 destroyed 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.[killed]
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