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Rescue farm in Chatham draws widening attention

Mar 03, 2011 7:10 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Little Brook Farm in Old Chatham teaches students the career potential in horse care."][/caption]Francesca Olsen of the Register-Star has a story about Little Brook Farm in Old Chatham, a horse rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary that in 2008was selected to be represented at a USDA forum on unwanted horses — Little Brook was chosen out of all the nation’s other horse rescue operations as an example, especially because of its educational component. Olsen's story follows a Cazenovia College Equine Business class of 15 young women, led by Dr. Karin Bump, touring Little Brook and a few surrounding farms, meeting rescue horses, sheep and other mammals protected by Lynn Cross and her dedicated staff and volunteers. “Lynn has really figured out how to make it work — how to really integrate her passion for horses, people and kids in a way that benefits all those populations,” Dr. Bump said. Currently, Little Brook has 60 horses in nine locations — on 55 acres in Old Chatham. The farm is widely-used by the county’s school districts for visits. Bump said the career options for such a major are “very diverse”: some will go into rescue work, some will get involved in land conservation, equine pharmaceuticals (for horses, not made from horses), some will go on to get their master’s degrees in business. “There are lots and lots of options,” Bump said. “The horse industry is a $9.2 billion a year industry.”

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