Horse owners alerted to dire situation for horses


The San Mateo County Horsemen's Association is alerting local horse owners to a critical situation at Fancier Farm in Acampo (just outside of Stockton in San Joaquin County), where many horses from Woodside and nearby communities are being boarded in retirement.

The owner/operator of the facility is unable to care for the horses, according to an alert sent out on July 6 by Cheryl Basin, president of the association.

The property will be seized in a few days and the San Joaquin County Department of Animal Control will take possession of the horses, the alert says.

Some of the 70-plus horses are privately owned and some belong to the owner/operator. There are a couple of burros and one mule. "The difficulty right now is in identifying which horses are which, as there are no available records," the alert says.

Volunteers are feeding, cleaning and providing water to the horses. A previous boarder, Jamie Larson, is trying to connect horses with their owners.

The next task will be get as many horses as possible to licensed rescue groups and to identify people who may be able to provide an aging horse with a home, the alert says. "The remaining horses will likely end up at a slaughter auction."

Anyone with information should contact the San Joaquin County Department of Animal Control at (209) 937-8274.

There is an account at Lee's Feed in Acampo where donations can made to pay for feed, according to the alert. The phone number there is (209) 727-0131.

To contact the San Mateo County Horsemen's Association, call (650) 568-1045 or by email:

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