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Year-long horse pen project earns Aptos woman commendation

Posted: Monday, Jan 7th, 2013

Alex Scott, member of the Girl Scout Surf City Troop 11004, stands next to a round pen she built for Pregnant Mare Rescue in Watsonville. (Photo by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE — Since its inception seven years ago, Pregnant Mare Rescue in Watsonville has provided a place for more than 80 neglected and abandoned animals to receive the training, rest and human contact they need to become adoptable.

According to president and founder Lynn Hummer, approximately 90,000 horses go to slaughter every year, a problem compounded by the economic downturn and the rising cost of feed, which forces many horse owners to abandon their steeds.

Most of these are shipped overseas to countries where their meat is considered a delicacy.

The problem also led to a drop in horse adoptions, Hummer said.

Now, the horses that call the 3-acre ranch home have a new place to exercise, thanks to Aptos resident Alex Scott.

Scott, 18, spent the better part of her senior year at York School in Monterey building a 1,200 square-foot round pen that will be used as an exercise yard for the resident horses, and as a place to “break” foals, getting them ready to find a family.

For the complete article see the 01-08-2013 issue.

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