Mount Airy horse rescuers to move to farm in Lisbon with riding arena

January 27, 1995|By Heather Reese | Heather Reese,Contributing Writer

For Kathleen and Allen Schwartz, home is where you hang your saddle, and, in less than a month, the operators of Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Mount Airy will be moving to a new farm at 15856 Frederick Road in Lisbon.

The move will end a months-long search for Days End Farm, a LTC nonprofit organization that rescues and rehabilitates abused and neglected horses.

Although only a few acres larger than the organization's rented farm on Route 144, the location features new amenities, including an indoor riding arena, which will allow the couple to work with horses in bad weather.

"If we can work with the horses when the weather gets bad, we can have a quicker turnaround," Mrs. Schwartz said.

She said the organization had been aware that the farm was available, but the original $2,000 a month rent seemed too high.

Mrs. Schwartz was able to negotiate a lower rent. In return for maintenance and a promise to maintain the land, the Schwartzes are paying $1,600 a month, with a $200-per-month increase planned for each year the nonprofit organization uses the property.

Because the Days End Farm depends on donations and a few grants, Mrs. Schwartz said the couple will keep an eye out for a similar property with lower rent.

The new farm needs work and the Schwartzes hope for volunteers, as well as donated materials, especially lumber, and fencing materials such as posts, and gravel and stone dust, Mrs. Schwartz said.

The response from people who are willing to volunteer has been good, but local businesses have not been as ready to donate materials, she said. "It's a matter of getting the people who can say yes on the phone."

The new Days End Farm is almost ready for the 37 horses the organization is caring for, but first the couple will have to build a shed. Another shed will be built after they've settled in. In the meantime, the indoor arena can be used to house the horses in bad weather, Mrs. Schwartz said.

In addition, the organization needs to improve some of the 22 stalls in the barn, as well as continue the upkeep of an isolation unit on Route 144 about a mile west of the new location.

The isolation unit is used to treat critically ill horses that might contaminate other animals, Mrs. Schwartz said.

To help pay the bills, Days End Farm offers lessons to the public on how to care for horses and offers a foster care program and an adopt-a-horse program to people who want to help.

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