About 80 to 90% of horses at auction end up purchased by meat buyers - weanlings, yearlings, pregnant mares, mares with foals, broke horses, wild horses, healthy horses, sick horses... We rescue these horses whenever possible, and nurse them back to health and facilitate a second chance.NEW ARRIVALS
As new rescues arrive they are mostly untouched by humans. Interacting and gaining the horses trust is our first goal. Our primary intention is to get halters on, so they can be handled safely and assessed by our veterinarian and farrier. Ongoing training continues with all horses, focusing towards solid ground work, and suiting them with a new forever home.AVAILABLE HORSES
With strict vetting requirements and high standards of future care, we ensure each rescue is rehomed to a loving environment. We continue to follow our rescues in their new homes, providing support and guidance for the lifetime of the animal.SUCCESS STORIES
An Ipsos-Reid poll conducted in May 2004 revealed that 64% of Canadians oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption. We are spreading awareness about horse slaughter in Canada through open houses, school tours, horsemanship clinics, and more.LATEST NEWS
In partnership with Cheekye Ranch, Cheekye Ranch’s Youth Horsemanship Program aims to promote an early love for horsemanship. We strive for a true appreciation of horses through qualified and experienced instruction and mentorship. Proceeds from the program are donated to Second Chance Cheekye Ranch (SCCR).LEARN MORE
Volunteering at Second Chance Cheekye Ranch is rewarding and inspiring. If you are looking to join a passionate group of people, wanting to learn, use or expand your horsemanship skills and knowledge, and can commit to an advance schedule, then you have found your place!JOIN OUR TEAM
Second Chance Cheekye Ranch (SCCR) was established in 2016 by Kris Latham. With the help of a passionate group of animal loving volunteers, SCCR aims to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome horses in need. Over 61,000 horses were needlessly slaughtered in Canada in 2014. We aim to save as many as we can from that fate.
Most horses that are rescued by SCCR are untouched by humans and can be quite wild. Most do not know what a carrot tastes like, and often come to us with health issues. A great deal of time is spent interacting and gaining the horses trust. Our initial primary goal for these often scared and neglected animals, is to make them feel comfortable enough to get halters on so they can be groomed, have their health checked by our veterinarian, and feet assessed by our farrier.
Since November 2016 SCCR has rescued 47 horses and re-homed 21. The horses all come from various backgrounds and situations.
We are proud of the progress that we have made with these otherwise forgotten animals. The reward of saving a life is immeasurable, but the costs are not. All feed, vet, farrier, medication, transport, and purchase costs of the horses are supported by donations and personal funds. It is a big undertaking both financially and logistically, but our devotion to horses, and our continued hopes that the current horrific slaughter regulations will change or cease someday altogether, fuel our resolve to do everything we can.
100% of every donation to SCCR directly benefits the horses and their care. Of course, there are many ways to help the fight to end horse slaughter in Canada. Visit the CANADIAN HORSE DEFENSE COALITION website to learn more.
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We couldn’t do what we do if it wasn’t for our dedicated volunteers. It is no small feat rescuing horses and their care is extremely time consuming. Our volunteers work hard while asking little in return, and the well loved and happy horses at Second Chance Cheekye Ranch are the result of many hours of donated time. If you are interested in joining our team, learn more and apply here.
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