One of our most important goals is to provide herd management and equine welfare activities. Herd management means that we will work to ensure that herds are healthy, well-fed, and that any injuries are attended to.
In addition, herd management includes population control. Currently, there are stallions breeding bands of mares each year, increasing their herd sizes at a rate that is not sustainable. Stallions with a herd of mares can double the herd size in four years. An additional concern is that the mares who are bred each year have difficulty keeping on weight, as they are often pregnant while still nursing last year’s foal. The Appalachian Horse Project will work with other equine welfare agencies on gelding operations as needed to keep herds at manageable sizes.