A national animal rescue group is purchasing a Westchester County farm to provide a home and permanent sanctuary for retired carriage horses and other neglected farm animals.
The non-profit group, The Gentle Barn, called off its local expansion plans for the village of South Salem after Central Park carriage horse, Ryder. fell on west 45th street in August – and was whipped by her driver in a viral video that led to widespread outrage and calls for further to ban horse carriages from city streets.
Despite efforts by Gentle Barn and others to save him, sources told The Post that both vet tests and the necropsy revealed that Ryder had been suffering from untreated cancer for a long time, among other ailments – and after collapse Overlooking it all on an upstate carriage horse farm, he euthanized,
The Gentle Barn was founded in 1999 in Southern California by ellie lac, Since then, she and her husband, Jay WeinerLouis and Nashville—where they rescue animals from food factories, farms, auctions, and city sidewalks.
“we were talking [opening in New York] When the rider fell,” Lux said. “We knew it was only a matter of time until the next carriage horse fell and we had to be ready.”
A donor put them in touch with Douglas Elliman broker Janna Rascoff, who looped in her colleague, Bronx and Westchester market expert, Ari Susswein, to find the right location. It turned out to be a listing from Glynae Manning of Vincent & Whittemore Real Estate.
“It’s stunning and has a wide-open view, great sunlight and a stream – and makes you feel wonderfully connected to nature,” said Susswein of the Gentle Barn’s new grounds. “It lends itself to a perfect mix of education, nature and sanctuary.”
“The most important thing was that we were close to Manhattan, so people in the city could come out and find hope and healing,” Lacks said.
The Gentle Barn now fundraising To receive the $3.2 million needed to close and fix the existing 18-acre sprawl—a former horse operation—by the end of the year.
That said, the new digs include two barns and a shed with more than 35 stalls – plus paddocks, pastures and turn-out areas. As well as apartments for carers, there is a heated indoor ring and show-worthy outdoor area.
“It has beautiful barns and is fully installed, but we need to reconfigure the fence and make other improvements,” Lux said.
“Right now, it’s set up for horses — and we also have cows, pigs, sheep and goats, chickens and turkeys,” Weiner said, rounding off his list of concoctions that also includes the occasional peacock, llama and emu. Can be “And we need to buy tractors and utility carts, snowplows and things like that.”
Weiner said this is The Gentle Barn’s third public fundraising campaign focused on buying property and the fifth it has purchased.
Local staff will care for his large and small animals and grounds, as well as a national team that includes his daughter and son-in-law who live at the Nashville site.
Gentle Barn’s public and educational programs include cuddling cows, feeding horses, raising chickens, gobbling with turkeys, plus petting super-soft sheep, watching rectangular effigies of goats, and partially petting pigs is included.
Although the pandemic affected The Gentle Barn’s fundraising, they created Cow Hug Therapy as well as virtual and pop-up programs to provide a comprehensive, in-person experience to meditate and heal with cows.
While not therapists, they offer one-hour “therapy” sessions where up to two participants, ages 14 and older, can spend time alone with cows, horses or other barnyard animals for a $200 donation .
“We’re always here to listen to you, but we tell them, ‘Today the cow is your doctor and you can talk to the cow or not,'” Weiner said. “If we bring boys home, they come with their counselor or social worker or whoever is responsible for their treatment.”
“They are a very well-respected group and we are very pleased that they are starting a rescue and will be the closest sanctuary to New York City,” said Edita Birnkrantz, executive director of the animal rights group NYCLASS.
The animals taken in by The Gentle Barn are provided with medical and dental care, organic hay and feed, soft bedding, acupuncture, massage therapy, nutritional supplements and round-the-clock care.
For example, a malnourished upstate dry horse destined for slaughter was recently rescued and provided with veterinary care so that it can now chew and digest its own hay, Weiner said — and may soon be back in its wagon. Will be placed in their new barn with mate.
“I rescue animals from America’s pits and closed backyard butchers and big hoarders. I guess I’m not surprised anymore,” Weiner said. “We’re trying to create a place where where the drivers can bring each of their horses and we will take them.”