Our Mission: A New Life for Rescued and Retired Horses
At Ryerss Farm, our business is caring for aged, abused or injured horses, providing a home where they can spend their golden years out to pasture. The horses at Ryerss are never worked, go to auction or are used for experiments. They simply spend their days grazing and enjoying life with their friends, as part of the herd.
Some of our equine residents are brought to Ryerss Farm by their former owners, who wish to reward their faithful friends with a happy retirement. With more than 350 horses on our waiting list, horses normally must wait several years for an opening, provided they meet the minimum age requirement of 20. Others are rescued horses, brought to Ryerss Farm by the SPCA (The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) or LAPS (Large Animal Protection Society) for a temporary or permanent home. For more information on our residents, go to the Home Page and click on the Residents square .
Visitors are welcome to stop by the farm and see the horses between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Group tours can be arranged by calling the office in advance at (866) 469-0507. The cost is free but donations are most appreciated. When you visit, stop by the main office and view our residents board, featuring a picture of every horse on the farm and be sure to visit our gift shop for items any horse lover will appreciate!
RYERSS COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Though Ryerss’ primary focus is always the welfare of our horse residents, outreach to our community and community involvement with our equine population has increased over the past decade. Programs include:
Agricultural Internships for students of CAT Pickering (Center of Arts and Technology) located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; Work with local facilities for the disabled (Camphill Soltaine, Ken Crest and Devereaux); Hosting high school seniors who spend a month or more at Ryerss learning horsemanship firsthand to complete their graduation projects. We are also a location where community residents can perform service hours as required by local jurisdictions. Our Animal Welfare Manager provides horsemanship training and speaks to groups regarding the unique requirements of aged horses.
Ryerss is open to the public daily 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We received approximately 5,000 visitors during the 2012 calendar year, including group visits by 4-H groups, senior citizens, church groups, school and preschool children.
SOME FACTS ABOUT SENIOR HORSES
As our name specifies, the residents of our farm are primarily retired horses 20 years of age or older, many with chronic health issues. We also have some horses younger than 20 who were rescued from abusive or neglectful situations. If this is the first time you have been around “senior” horses, you may notice some differences from the other horses you may be used to seeing, such as at horse shows or riding stables. This handout provides information about our residents to help make your visit to Ryerss more interesting and enjoyable: RYERSS SENIOR HORSE HANDOUT