Blue Star Equiculture's Work
Blue Star Equiculture provides compassionate and loving care for horses whether they are living out their lives with us or getting therapeutic and medical care required for their long term or short term disabilities. At BSE, we specialize in retiring working horses whose owners can no longer keep them. Over the years, we have retired over 300 NYC and urban carriage horses, farm horses, logging horses and police horses.
Each horse is evaluated for their special needs to determine what will bring the most comfort to the horse, whether it is full retirement or part-time work or exercise. We keep our horses in two herds, one with retired and disabled (slower) horses and another with the younger disabled and ambassador work horses of the farm. In this way we provide a healthy way for the horses to socialize and partner with horses of their choice. This has created some wonderful bonding relationships that surprise, entertain and teach us endlessly!
We also seek to find forever loving homes and have adopted out over 500 horses since we began in 2009. We are proud of our success at "matching" horses to humans that they are well suited for and with whom they bond deeply. There is nothing like finding a forever home for a horse with a family of their own.
Blue Star Activities on the Farm
The Blue Star Equiculture farm is open to the public every day, from dawn to dusk, to visit the horses and the farm garden. We welcome our community to visit and participate in workshops, in equine first aid and fire safety, eco-tours, art projects, pasture management workshops, Girl and Boy Scout clubs, 4-H groups, demonstrations and much more. We offer horse/human interactions for military vets and seniors from group homes on a day out. The Center of Hope children and adults with disabilities have come and worked every week day for five years now, proving themselves to be some of our most committed help in keeping the barn and pastures clean. We encourage people to connect with and understand our equine friends better, so we can do better for them as a community that cares about their noble equine friends.
UMass Draft Horse Classes
For the past 5 years, we have introduced future farmers and veterinarians at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts to the world of horsepower. Each semester, the class is full of inspired students hoping to understand and use horsepower in their lives and on their farms. They are taught how to give proper care for the unique health issues draft horses can have, especially with diet and working in harness, and also drive in a beginner level. Those that enjoy the class are encouraged to spend a lot of time developing their skills here on the farm or as interns on other horse powered farms. Several of our Stockbridge students are now on farms of their own, working with horses and building successful lives alongside them now.
Share the Road Horses Paved the Way
Originally conceived of with our carriage horse friends in Philadelphia, NYC and Charlestown South Carolina, today our Share the Road campaign has grown to include Jose Rubero, lifelong horseman and owner of Paso Fino's and the Granby Horse Council of Belchertown, MA. The second Saturday of June and a TBA date in the Fall we take to the streets to remind all slow down and make time and space for the ones that built the roads! We hope that one day this special event is shared by equestrians all over the country and world!
Our Share the Road campaign is a simple reminder of laws that already exist protecting our horses and private and commercial equestrians on pubic roadways. By facilitating the presence of horses in developed areas and on the road, we re-connect the public with horses. Responsibly reintroducing horses builds community cooperation in conservation efforts and equestrian issues. In 2014, the city of Holyoke, MA. approved Share the Road signage throughout the city and its neighborhoods.
Share the Road. Horses Paved the Way and it's the Law!
Partners in restoring Horse Power in our communities!
If you love the world's great forests and want to support their health and well being than please check out Jason Rutledge's lifelong work in protecting, advocating and teaching about his "worst first" method and so much more!
For a growing network of animal powered farmers and forum to ask questions and share information and for awesome teaching experiences and gatherings please check out!