December 13, 2017

Maryland Fund for Horses – Helping Local Horse Owners

Did you know that there’s a “safety net” program for horses right here in Maryland? The Maryland Fund for Horses (MFFH) provides services and funds for horses BEFORE they become victims of neglect.

MFFH Safety Net Screen

Through advice, financial aid, hay vouchers, gelding vouchers, a healthcare rebate program, and other forms of assistance, MFFH helps horse owners care for their horses when they can’t do it alone. Dedicated volunteers and generous donations make these efforts possible.

This holiday season, Horse Bucks Hay Vouchers are the focus of MFFH’s year-end fundraiser, and the MFFH Board of Directors remind us:

"We all know someone who is facing a life challenge – lost job, illness, divorce, a family member in crisis… and a responsible horse owner suddenly in trouble, not sure where to turn. These are the people we help – with compassionate short-term assistance so that their horses can stay at home without becoming neglected."

To donate funds, go to

To donate hay, go to

The links above are to MFFH’s fully redesigned and re-launched website, where you can also sign up to receive their newsletter!

MFFH Education Screen

I also referenced MFFH’s “Safe & Sound Responsible Horse Ownership: A Resource Guide for New and Prospective Horse Owners” in my December 2015 blog post. This booklet, available in electronic format, highlights best practices and minimum standards of horse care for new horse owners. Including resources found online, in Maryland libraries, and in the community, the latest edition will be available in January, 2018.


So join me in considering the Maryland Fund For Horses as a valuable resource and a worthy recipient of support. If you’re attending the Maryland World of Pets Expo in Timonium, MD, January 26-28, 2018, stop by the Maryland Fund for Horses Booth (#114) to learn more about this great organization.


Holden Rafey Bio Pic

My name is Holden Rafey, and I am honored to be serving as the Maryland Horse Council’s Youth Correspondent. As the MHC Youth Correspondent, I will be posting monthly to this blog about horse-related topics in the state of Maryland to give a youth perspective and share information of interest to MHC youth members and young readers. I live in Montgomery County and attend Walter Johnson High School, where I play softball and field hockey. My equestrian trainer is Melinda Cohen, and I ride at her barn, Dream Catcher Farm, in Frederick County. In addition to being the Youth Correspondent for the MHC, I am serving a third term on the Washington International Horse Show Junior Committee and have served as an intern for the American Horse Council. I will attend Barnard College in the fall and plan to ride with the Columbia University Equestrian Club.

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