The American Saddlebred Horse Association, in partnership with the American Saddlebred Registry, has launched the Home for Life Network. The program, formerly known as the My Meadows program, encourages members to volunteer to provide a “safety net” for horses they bred or owned. This free program allows anyone who is either the breeder or a previous owner of registered American Saddlebreds to record their name and contact information with the American Saddlebred Registry. If a horse ever becomes unwanted, the individual with custody of the horse may visit the horse’s page on the ASHA website, by searching registered American Saddlebreds, to see if Home for Life Network enrollment has been indicated.
“It is important that we provide a safety net for unwanted American Saddlebreds, especially during the financial uncertainty caused by the pandemic," said David Mount, ASHA executive director. "This program along with the promotion of microchipping and freeze brands are important steps in achieving this goal. I would like to thank the My Meadows Task Force for their work on this program."
The My Meadows Task Force, whose members include Tina Batchelor, Sandy Currier, Jessica Moctezuma DeHart, Anna Marie Knipp, Shawn Stachowski and Owen Weaver looked at ways to revitalize the My Meadows program, which had an enrollment of 442 horses, and identify other initiatives to help unwanted horses. These initiatives include promoting microchipping at shows and developing an American Saddlebred specific freeze brand. A special thanks to Karly Morgan of Saddlethreads for her efforts in making the creative updates to the program. Also, the ASR Board voted this month to include Home for Life Network enrollment check boxes on all registration and transfer forms.
To enroll a horse in the Home for Life Network program, fill out the Recording Form and submit for free.
-- via ASHA