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L.E.A.R.N. (Livestock & Equine Awareness & Rescue Network) was created from crisis and necessity. In the Spring of 2009, South Carolina Animal Control executed the second largest animal seizure in the history of the state; forty-seven horses were removed from a local farm following complaints to authorities of the horses’ abuse and neglect. Elizabeth Steed, the founder of L.E.A.R.N., assumed the care of thirty-three of these horses, including the most physically critical cases.
Mrs. Steed had engaged in private horse rescue in the Charleston, S.C. area for more than 20 years and served as Charleston County’s large animal consultant for ten years prior to this event. She recognized that the need for an officially designated Equine rescue organization had become essential to the Low Country of South Carolina and so began the process of creating L.E.A.R.N. Horse Rescue.
L.E.A.R.N. is an all-volunteer organization, with no paid staff positions. Since L.E.A.R.N.’s founding in 2009, we have successfully rescued, rehabilitated, and re-homed over 300 previously abused horses.
L.E.A.R.N. Horse Rescue rescues and rehabilitates neglected and abused horses in need with the goal of placing them in responsible lifelong homes. We utilized the rehabilitation, general care and retraining of abused and neglected horses as a learning tool to educate our youth, owners and prospective owners in responsible and compassionate animal stewardship. The ultimate goal being to reduce or eliminate the vast numbers of abused and neglected horses through education and awareness.