The program was developed to help horses in the area that have been abandoned or neglected by their owners. Hundreds of horses in New Mexico are sent to slaughter, because their owners are unable to care for them. Many of them are farmers who are struggling financially, contending with the drought, and can’t afford to buy them food. Unfortunately that means they're often left to roam on their own, and many have become sick and malnourished.
The Hyatt's stables, led by Connie Collis, give the horses a safe home, tender-loving-care, and rehabilitation. The resort presently has 50 horses and is caring for five others through its program. Once rehab is completed, the horses will either join other healthy animals in the stables or be adopted out to new owners. Collis screens the horses before they are allowed in the program and on the resort’s grounds. This is apparently necessary because as Wood told us, “You can’t just bring a sick horse on the property from the side of the road.”
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[Photo: Hyatt Regency Tamaya]