Rescue offers horses rehab & new homes, but is looking for more space

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Rescue offers horses rehab & new homes, but is looking for more space

Since 2017, a Clinton rescue has been helping horses and other equine in Weber and Davis counties.

“We basically bring in horses that are at risk of abuse, neglect, slaughterhouses, auction yards,” explained Kelsey Bjorklund, executive director of Lazy B Equine Rescue of Utah.

The rescue takes care of medical needs, gives them special diets if needed, help with mental health issues, and more. They hope to get most of the animals into a new home.

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“We have an average of about 12 horses for 2018, 2019, 2020 per year that have been adopted,” said Bjorklund.

The rescue is currently helping 32 horses — more than they’ve ever had. Bjorklund says they have seen the need for their services go up as people struggle to make ends meet during the pandemic.

It can be expensive to feed and house the rescued horses, as well as pay for vet bills and other care. Lazy B offers boarding services and riding lessons to help pay the bills, and give back to the community.

“We teach all ages and all skill levels,” said Kristen Bingham, administrative manager.

Lessons start at age 3 and Bingham says people in their 60s and 70s also take lessons Tuesday through Saturday. They learn about more than just riding; they also learn what it takes to properly care for a horse.

Some of rescued horses are used for the lessons. Lazy B has seen them transform.

“Once you get them to trust you, they’re your buddies forever,” said Bjorklund.

Bjorklund says instructors, volunteers, and donations make all this work possible.

“It takes a village, for sure,” she said.