Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue is partnering with Neptune Feed & Saddlery (www.neptunefeeds.com) and Long Island Equine Trail (www.longislandequinetrail.com) to help support the equine industry on Long Island by launching an island-wide initiative featuring a 30-minutes contactless Long Island Drive-Thru Animal Tour. The family friendly, educational and social distancing experience will be held every Saturday and Sunday through the month of July at Spirit’s Promise Rescue (www.spiritspromiserescue.org).
Every business has been impacted by COVID-19, within the equine industry this holds especially true for the equine rescues who operated on limited recourses prior to the pandemic. The ticketed drive-thru tour will provide these rescues with financial support to provide critical care to their animals that offer services ranging from equine therapy, recreation and jobs throughout the region. The young and the young at heart alike will have the opportunity to reconnect with nature and the farms four legged residents from the safety of their car. Families will enjoy fresh air while being educated about the animals history and will have access to a digital map on their smartphone which will showcase photos and fun facts about each animal. Online reservations are required, a face mask must be worn at all times and time slots are limited.
The tours will be held every Saturday and Sunday throughout July and tickets can be purchased by visiting https://bit.ly/3doZKEj.
“We’ve had to pivot our barn operations to be able to offer our services while keeping everyone safe. We are committed to continue to work together to bring the equine community to every household,” said Marisa Striano, Founder of Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue. Inspired by Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescues Hay For Horses Mobile Food Pantry hosted at Tanger Outlets Riverhead during Giving Tuesday on May 5, the Neptune Feed & Saddlery collaboration will support increasing the frequency of the horse mobile food pantry throughout all of Long Island for equine organizations going through economic challenges to receive free food for their animals.
An economic impact study conducted by The American Horse Council shows that the New York state’s Equine Industry is the second largest agribusiness in New York, providing the state with $5.3 billion in economic impact generating 42,400 full-time jobs for New Yorkers. The horse industry also does its part for the preservation of green space. Approximately 1.3 million acres are currently used for horse-related purposes, and the equine industry is active in every one of New York’s 62 counties.
About Long Island Equine Trail:
Long Island Equine Trail provides a platform to collaboratively advocate for the equine culture on Long Island for both Nassau and Suffolk County. They work to inspire the public to develop an appreciation of the equine industry which includes the areas of equine leisure,competition, racing, social, work and rescue. “When you visit a Long Island equine destination, you share in the pride we have for the people, places and passion for horses.” says Diane Tucci of Main Street Agency. “Our firm is leading digital storytelling for these efforts. My daughter personally volunteers at a local equine rescue and growing up on a farm on the North Fork, this work couldn’t be closer to my heart to assist.”
For additional information about Long Island Drive-Thru Farm Animal Tour visit www.longislandequinetrail.com.
For further information on Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue, please visit //www.spiritspromiserescue.org.