Two Day Cruelty Investigator Training 

On August 23 and 24, DEFHR will host a two-day seminar designed to help cruelty investigators feel confident working with and handling equines. Any cruelty investigator who does not work with horses on a regular basis would benefit from this instruction. This course will prepare you to feel more self-assured around horses, have a better understanding of the equine mind, and be better prepared to determine when a horses needs are not being met. Topics covered include: Case Histories, Horse Handling and Safety, Hoof Anatomy and Hoof Problems, Use of Height and Weight Tapes, Color and Breed Identification, Dental Care of Equines, Trailering Tips, Body Condition Scoring, Nutrition, Examining for Illness and Injury, and Minimum Horse Care Standards.

Participation is limited, so we encourage you to sign up today! Both days will be 9:00AM – 4:00PM. Registration is $100.00 and includes lunch. For more information please email outreach@defhr.org or call 301-854-5037.


Homeschool Program Registration OPEN!

Allow your child the opportunity to learn all about horses our Homeschool Education Program! This program was designed exclusively for homeschool students and allows participants the opportunity to learn about equines by working hands-on with DEFHR’s own rescue horses. Topics are different each month, but in each session, students participate in classroom instruction followed by hands-on activity to reinforce the lesson.

Topics include: grooming, leading, hoof care, digestive system, dentistry, psychology, and more! For more information, please visit our Education Programs page to download a registration form.

Polo web pic


Get in on the action on August 12th for Saturday Polo at Summerhill Farm. Join us for a POLO showdown between the DMV's top ranked riders and ponies as we raise awareness for horses in transition and highlight one of the many careers horses can go on to partake in with all proceeds going toward DEFHR's Rehabilitation Fund!

(online pre-purchase available, as well as pay at the gate on event day)
♦   $20 General Parking per vehicle
♦   $50 Premier Tailgate Parking per vehicle
(only 25 spots available - pre-purchasing online to secure your spot recommended)
Tickets purchased on-line MUST present receipt at gate on day of the event.

Click HERE to purchase tickets 


RES-QUE Logo License Plate

Stop by DEFHR's main office for an application along with payment of $50. It takes 6-8 weeks to receive your new logo license plate. Once you receive your new plate in the mail, all you have to do is drop off or mail your old license plate to the MVA.

If you are interested in applying for ResQue license plates, click here to contact DEFHR's office.

As a partner in The Right Horse Initiative, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, is proud to support a national movement reframing the conversation about equine adoption. The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. To learn more about The Right Horse Initiative, visit therighthorse.org or click here to learn how to help.