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Humane Society celebrates opening of equine center in Chino Valley

A group of supporters and local officials cut the ribbon on the new Yavapai Humane Society Equine Initiative. Dr. Steven Dow, a semi-retired veterinarian who will be providing medical care for the horses; Yavapai Humane Society Executive Director Ed Boks and Program Director Nina Ekholm Fry manage the Red Ribbon cutting scissors.
Photo by Nanci Hutson.

A group of supporters and local officials cut the ribbon on the new Yavapai Humane Society Equine Initiative. Dr. Steven Dow, a semi-retired veterinarian who will be providing medical care for the horses; Yavapai Humane Society Executive Director Ed Boks and Program Director Nina Ekholm Fry manage the Red Ribbon cutting scissors.

CHINO VALLEY – The heat did not dissuade hundreds of supporters of the Yavapai Humane Society from coming to celebrate on Saturday the opening of its new Equine Initiative, complete with a red-ribbon cutting and tours of the facility.

The Humane Society bought the property on North Road 1 West in December 2014 and has spent the past 18 months renovating the facilities that will include an intake and medical station, a track station, an open shelter and resting place station, a hoof and dental care station, a variation and choice station and a slow feeding station.

The facility also has shade areas, a round pen, an arena and a donor patio. The Humane Society already has four horses ready to become the first residents of the rescue shelter.

The new facility’s mission is to rehabilitate and adopt out abused, abandoned and neglected horses, or horses whose owners can no longer properly care for them.

The program is designed around an equine enrichment approach called the “track system.” Rather than using traditional stalls, this pioneering design spreads resources – food, water and open shelter areas – along a track bordering the property’s perimeter, encouraging movement and enabling group housing, according to a Humane Society news release.

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