Skip to: Site menu | Main content

About Us

Mission & Vision | Need Statement | Goals | Board of Directors

Hay! Neighbor was founded in 2009 by horse enthusiasts in Missouri and Arkansas who believe that a proactive solution is needed to protect the welfare of horses.  It functions as a link between those who need help and those who can provide help.  Hay! Neighbor acts as an organizational system to locate resources and ensure that they benefit the appropriate horses.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to extend a neighborly hand to Missouri and Arkansas horse owners who need additional resources to provide sufficient feed, shelter, or health care for their horses.

Vision Statement

Hay! Neighbor strives to be a recognized leader in forming partnerships between horse owners, their community, and the organizations that can provide compassion, innovative solutions, and proactive approaches to protect the welfare of horses.

Need Statement

The number of unwanted, neglected, and abandoned horses is increasing.   We hear, see, and read stories about horses that have been abandoned in places such as public parks or starved horses that have been seized by law enforcement. 

The three main reasons for neglected and unwanted horses are lack of knowledge regarding the proper care of horses, financial hardship, and a change in life situation. 

  1. Education:  Most owners do a very good job of caring for their horses.  However, some owners don’t have an understanding of the nutrition, healthcare, and/or living condition needs of horses.  This is especially true of first time owners or those who have not owned horses since childhood.
  1. Financial hardship:  Owners who have been able to provide for their horses in the past may have decreased available funds due to job loss, health problems, or death of a family member.  They suddenly find themselves unable to pay for hay or veterinary care.
  1. Change in life situation:  Owners may become physically or mentally unable to care for their horse due to health problems or disability.  Or owners have to move to a location where they can no longer keep their horse.

The availability of resources to struggling horse owners is limited.  Many horse rescue and retirement facilities have reached capacity and cannot accept additional horses.  Several have had to close their doors due to lack of funds.  There is currently a push for governmental oversight of horse rescue facilities that will require them to meet specified standards.  The most likely outcome of this will be closure of more small facilities with limited budgets, which will result in even fewer places for unwanted horses. 

While humane organizations and law enforcement do a good job of working together to rescue neglected horses, their main focus is seizure of animals and prosecution of owners.  Usually by the time they have become involved in the situation, the horse is already severely neglected.

A proactive approach is needed to prevent situations where horses are neglected or abandoned and to prevent horse owners who have fallen on hard times from becoming labeled as criminals because they cannot care for their animals.  Most owners do a good job of caring for their own horses and so can foster or adopt an unwanted horse without the need for a formal rescue facility or governmental oversight.

Goals

  1. Educate horse owners about the nutrition and healthcare needs of horses so that they can make good decisions regarding the welfare of their animals.
  1. Provide feed and basic healthcare for horses whose owners have the desire and ability to keep and properly care for their horses, but who are experiencing financial hardship or illness. 
  1. Relocate horses for owners who do not have the desire, ability, and/or space to keep them.

The finances and time required to help horses and their owners will become insignificant if each individual or business volunteered to do just one thing such as provide Hay! Neighbor brochures at a place of business, store donated hay, or deliver a horse to its new home.

Board of Directors 

Dr. Konnie Plumlee, President

LaVese Ericksen, Secretary/Treasurer

Robby Lockeby, certified animal abuse investigator

Chris Snyder, farrier and trainer