Horses in Trouble


Clarke County Sheriff 540-955-1234

The sheriff may involve either the county’s animal shelter that has facilities for boarding in emergencies or may involve the county veterinarian to fully assess the animal. Both will be responsive but must be accessed through the sheriff.

The Shenandoah Equine Rescue Network (SVERN)

Contact: Shannon Ott 540-550-7476

SVERN is dedicated to providing public education in equine rescue as well as all aspects of horse owner-ship and care. SVERN provides care and rehabilitation for unwanted, abandoned, neglected, abused and malnourished horses.

Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company (540) 727-7900

Available to assist with physical rescues of horses who have gotten into a difficult position i.e an inescapable mud bog and cannot rise. They are dispatched by Culpepper County. Follow them at or Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team on Facebook.

Equine Rescue League

Humanely helping and healing since 1990


If you are a horse owner just having a hard time maintaining your animal, contact any member of the Clarke County Equine Alliance Board at