Help a Horse Day

Help a Horse Day

Location: ARL Main, Kruidenier Second Chance Ranch(Map)

Contact: Carrie Spain (


A day dedicated to rescue horses and local heroes.

Keira ZachPlease join us for the the national celebration of ASPCA’s Help A Horse Day! By attending this event, you will be helping the ARL qualify for an ASPCA grant up to $10,000 which will assist our efforts to protect horses from abuse, neglect, and abandonment. We also appreciate any donations you may bring for the animals, you will find items that are currently in need on our Fetch! List at

Our Help a Horse Day celebration will honor our local community heroes and the ARL rescue horses. The day will start with a flag presentation by a local veterans group and a demonstration in our indoor arena. There will also be a drill team performance and a chance to meet our horses, heroes and volunteers. Stick around for some fun and educational activities for all ages and help support the animals we care for at the Second Chance Ranch!

Attendees will be able to meet 19 horses that currently live at the ARL's Second Chance Ranch, 14 of the horses recently came to us from 2 different rescue situations in Warren County, read the full story.

Activites for the day include:

  • Flag presentation
  • Wildwood Drill Team performance
  • Horse/Pony Grooming
  • Horse coloring activities
  • Lasso stations
  • Cupcake walk
  • and more!

This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP here.

Check out these additional ways to support Help a Horse Day!

Crafts for Paws: 515 Wine with Design
April 20, 2017, 6-8 p.m.

What better way to celebrate horses than to paint a picture of a horse in the ARL's horse barn? The image to the right is the picture you will be painting. This class is a supporting event to ARL's Help a Horse Day.

There are 2 classes being held, so reserve your spot today! More information >

Fill the Horse Trailer
We will have an ARL horse trailer parked on-site at the following locations so you can drop off your donations as you leave the store! Donations may also be brought to the Second Chance Ranch at anytime. View the most needed items for the barn animals on our Fetch! List.

  • April 7-9, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Tractor Supply (405 SE Oralabor Rd, Ankeny)
  • April 13-15, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Bomgaars (5049 NE 14th St, Des Moines)

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is just beginning the long process of rehabilitating the horses rescued in Warren County. Your donations are needed to help with the horses' food, medical care and other ongoing care as we work to prepare them for eventual adoption. Thank you for donating to help these horses on their road to recovery. 




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