Accepting donations for

Emergency Feed fund

The OHA has developed an emergency micro grant program to help those Marion County horse owners who are struggling to feed their horses during this unprecedented time. The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected us all, and the OHA wants to help those in need to ensure the welfare of the horses in Marion County.

If you can give during this time, please consider donating to the Feed Fund. These funds will be dispersed among applicants requesting help with hay and grain costs. Click here to learn more about the Emergency Feed Fund for Horses.

To the Ocala Horse Alliance Members and Equestrian Community:
These are unprecedented times…. indeed, challenging times.  But no doubt, we as an industry and community will weather the storm if we use our collective energy and acumen to address and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
 
Below are a few topics that we feel are important to note at this juncture:
1.       Feed and Hay Availability
We have spoken with several feed and hay suppliers and all assure us there is no need to hoard or stockpile feed or hay.   Even if there were an order to close business, ag and animal feed suppliers are considered ‘essential business’ and they would remain open.   The feed companies report their mills are operating and will continue to produce.  Hay supplies are continuing to be trucked here without interruption.  Please do not hoard feed or hay as it may create a supply issue that is unnecessary.
 
2.       Non-Transferable to Pets or Horses
The According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals or humans.   Please remind people so there is not an influx of pets to shelters.  As precaution, always wash your hands after interacting with an animal.  
 
3.       Parks, Trails: Closed for Safety
The number of trails, trailheads, parks and facilities that are closed to equine activity is growing daily.  Please respect the closings and understand the closings are designed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  
 
4.       Social Distancing and Best Practices
The Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization both recommend social distancing as a primary means to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Social distancing (keeping 6 feet away from another person) and sanitation of common areas and surfaces should be practiced at all equestrian related facilities to help limit the spread of COVID-19.    Common areas such as tack rooms, bathrooms, as well as doorknobs and light switches should be disinfected regularly.  There are but a few cases of COVID-19 in Marion County. Let’s keep it that way.
 
5.       OHA Connections Events Suspended
In keeping with the recommendations from Governor DeSantis, the CDC and local officials, we have suspended the monthly OHA Connections events.   As soon as it is deemed safe to resume, we will.
 
6.       Small Business Support
Without question, one of the biggest hits economically will be to small business.  Please consider this when we return to a more normal lifestyle.
 
7.       Need and Crisis
The time may come when some individuals will be in critical need of assistance with their horses.   I hope as a horse community we can reach out and assist in these very trying times.  Let’s be good neighbors, good citizens, and a good resource for members of the equine community. 
 
We are bonded by the horse…and we can, and may need to be, there for those in need. 
 
Please take care to be safe and healthy.

In Unity There Is Strength

With more people in the  Ocala horse industry united for one goal, comes new possibilities, new partnerships and new opportunities. The Ocala Horse Alliance is a new organization that is uniting ALL aspects  of the horse industry in Marion County. Join now as a member and begin to socialize, make new connections, explore vast partnerships, be a part of industry marketing initiatives, and avail yourself of educational seminars and programs.

Seize Your Moment


Whether you breed it, ride it, braid it, shoe it, dress it, feed it, house it, show it, train it, drive it, treat it, ship it, trail it, write about it, lease it, judge it, appraise it, massage it, photograph it, promote it, whisper to it, or just love it… you are an integral part of the horse industry. 

The Ocala Horse Alliance… Giving Spurs to the Ocala Horse Industry.

You’ll want to be part of this new association!

Join the OHA Now!

 

World Equestrian Center Magazine


Article Date: April 2020

The OHA was featured in an April 2020 article in the World Equestrian Center Magazine. Click the magazine to the left to read the article. Highlights include a review of the successful OHA Summit and a thank you to our sponsors. 

MONTHLY CONNECTIONS EVENT:

DUE TO CONCERNS RELATING TO COVID-19 THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

CF Vintage Farm – 4020 SE 3rd Ave, Ocala

Click here for more info and to RSVP

 

MAKE CONNECTIONS – TOUR THE FARM – WIN A HORSE TRAILER!