National Help A Horse Day – April 26, 2022

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National Help a Horse Day is on April 26 and we are saddling up to create awareness around taking better care of horses. Horses hold a high status in the United States and this day endeavors to encourage people to come together and safeguard these beloved animals from any neglect.

History of National Help A Horse Day

Back in 2013, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) launched an equine campaign in the form of Help a Horse Day to create awareness and promote the protection of neglected and abused horses across the country.

National Help a Horse Day has more than one purpose. This day also serves as a national day of acknowledgment for equine organizations to highlight the work they do to save at-risk horses. Moreover, it even showcases how people can join them to make a difference in the equine community.

Thousands of horses across the country are abandoned and face poor care. Although rescues and shelters work round the clock to take care of them, these organizations still need adequate support to sustain their efforts. Thus, ever since the launch of National Help a Horse Day, many programs have been and continue to be conceptualized to build a better life for horses.

National Help A Horse Day timeline

1863
First Arrest for Horse Mistreatment

ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stops a cart driver from beating his horse, leading to the arrest of the driver for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year.

1866
ASPCA launched

Henry Bergh returns to New York to devote his time and energy to prevent cruelty to animals by launching what we now know as the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

2014
Help a Horse Day Contest

Qualified equine groups stand a chance to win money for holding a Help a Horse Day event.

2018
Raise the Barn Campaign

Animal lovers are encouraged to take impactful actions for the benefit of horses throughout May and June.

National Help A Horse Day FAQs

What day is National Day of the Horse?

National Horse Day is celebrated on December 13. It encourages people to pay homage to the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and society of the United States.

Why is a horse important?

According to the British Museum Blog, “The adoption of the horse was one of the single most important discoveries for early human societies. … Horses were used in war, in hunting, and as a means of transport. They were animals of high prestige and importance and are widely represented in ancient art, often with great insight and empathy.”

What does a horse say?

The sound that a horse makes is called a neigh. When a horse neighs happily, it is sometimes a greeting to other horses. Other words for the noise a horse makes are ‘whinny’ or ‘bray’.

How To Observe National Help A Horse Day

  1. Adopt or foster a horse

    There’s never been a better time to adopt or foster a horse and provide them with the love and nourishment they need. You can visit the ASPCA website to find ways in which you can help a horse.

  2. Donate to a sanctuary or equine care charity

    Don’t have the space to house a horse? Fret not! You can find horse sanctuaries or equine care charities and donate towards them to be able to better take care of the horses.

  3. Create awareness via social media

    With the power that social media yields in current times, use it to spread the word on why it is important for people to work towards helping neglected horses. Upload a post or story, write an encouraging caption, reach out to your friends and help towards creating a cohesive community to take care of our horses. You can even use #NationalHelpAHorseDay while posting on social media.

5 Facts About Horses That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Number of breeds

    Believe it or not, there are over 300 breeds of horses.

  2. They can’t see red

    Horses have exceptional vision however they can’t see the color red.

  3. Big teeth

    A horse’s teeth take up more space in its head than its brain.

  4. Sweet tooth

    Horses have a sweet tooth and will probably refuse to eat sour or bitter foods.

  5. World’s smallest horse

    At only 17 inches tall and weighing 57 lb, Thumbelina, born in 2001, was the world’s smallest horse and resided in the U.S. — she lived until the year 2018.

Why National Help a Horse Day is Important

  1. It encourages the rescue and rehabilitation of horses

    National Help a Horse Day brings to light the plight of horses and encourages horse rescues and their enhanced welfare.

  2. Helps to find loving homes for horses

    Through this day, welfare groups and communities can spread the word and endeavor to find the right home for these loving animals.

  3. Provides a national platform

    The day provides a national platform for horses and organizations to engage the community in the welfare of horses.

National Help A Horse Day dates

YearDateDay
2021April 26Monday
2022April 26Tuesday
2023April 26Wednesday
2024April 26Friday
2025April 26Saturday