January 23, 2014
A Hospital Barn Just for Horses
The Duchess herd gets all the medical care they need on-site in a brand new facility
Injured and sick horses will now receive necessary medical care in a brand new hospital barn just completed on-site at Duchess Sanctuary.
Operated by The Fund for Animals, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, Duchess Sanctuary is home to 185 horses rescued from neglect, abuse, and slaughter.
The current Duchess herd includes 25 horses over the age of 20, and even a few over the age of 30. The new hospital barn will allow for their specialized care as they progress into their later years, and it will also provide a safe, enclosed location for the treatment of any injured or ill horses.
Thanks to the continued generosity of Celine Myers and the Ark Watch Foundation in funding the new barn, Duchess Sanctuary can continue to provide an exceptional level of care to its equine residents.
The new 6,000 square foot, all-weather facility includes stalls capable of handling any-size horse, including the several large draft horses that call Duchess Sanctuary home. The barn is fully equipped to care for horses in a wide-range of conditions, including critically ill horses who can be lifted with the help of special equipment.
Veterinarians who provide services to the Sanctuary, and other consulting veterinarians, were involved during the design phase of the barn, ensuring its efficiency for treatments of all kinds. Every stall has an indoor/outdoor capability to accommodate the changing needs of horse patients. Adequate lighting, hot and cold water, and stocked work areas for staff and volunteers also allow for ease of care, making it even more possible to cater to the needs of each horse patient.