A 33-year-old horse rescue operation with a new name and new start is welcoming visitors and potential volunteers on Saturday, July 4.
“Last year, we changed our operation name to Brighter Days Horse Refuge Inc. DBA (doing business as) Hill Country Horse Rescue,” said the center’s Chief Executive Officer Carole Gage.
While the center is operating as Hill Country Horse Rescue, she said either name can be used in donating funds to the center through its GoFundMe page.
Gage said the operation started in Boerne in 1987 and moved a few years later to a 22-acre ranch in Pipe Creek at 682 Krause Road off of Highway 16.
It has horses rescued from abusive or neglectful owners. The rescued horses receive extraordinary care and are rehabilitated and ready for adoption, Gage said.
Saturday’s event will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Visitors will have a chance to tour the upgraded facilities and to learn about how they can volunteer at the center and the steps needed to adopt a horse.
“We hope guests will come out and spend time with the horses who have found their independence here,” Gage said.
“These horses are looking for their ‘forever home.’ They love visitors - especially ones that bring treats like apple slices and carrots”, the CEO explained.
Gage said the horses and visitors bond easily in the caring, interactive atmosphere of the rescue center.
“It’s amazing to see what proper nutrition and loving attention can do for a horse that was once a candidate for euthanasia,” Gage stressed.
She said the center has completed a lot of physical
improvements, including the repainting of numerous features, a new restroom, a new fence and a new sign promoting the new name on Highway 16.
For additional information about the rescue, call 830-510-6607, visit www.hillcountryhorserescue.com or go to the organization’s Facebook page.