Everyone wants a horse, until they realize the time, work and money it takes to maintain a horse.
Unfortunately, many stop feeding their horse when that realization hits.
Right now the Belmont County Animal Rescue League is caring for 13 horses whose owners were not properly caring for them.
But as winter approaches, the rescue league also has concerns about the cost of hay and grain.
So they have a plan for raising money to keep their equine friends in grain all winter.
It's a project called "Furniture For Horses." Click Here for our WTRF.com Slideshow of some of the furniture available.
While horses have no need for decorative chairs and tables, people do.
Candace Fleagane with the Animal Rescue League has painted and decorated lots of antique and vintage furniture.
She plans to be at many fairs and festivals this fall, selling her furniture, as well as tiny decorative bales of hay, to raise money for horse feed.
"We have 11-13 horses," says Fleagane. "We have mares, geldings, yearlings and a young filly and they're all going to need food and grain. So if anybody donates money to buy one bale of hay, they get a tiny decorative bale of hay to hang on their Christmas tree. And they can also buy furniture, and all the proceeds will go for horse feed."
The vintage and antique pieces are all available at bargain prices, as well as jars of homemade hot pepper butter, and hand crafted wreaths.
And while you're making a great purchase, you're also making a much-needed donation.
Here's where you can find Candace in the coming months:
-Thursday, Sept. 1, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., at the St. Clairsville Riesbeck's. (No furniture on site.)
-Sept. 7 from 4-10 p.m. and Sept. 8 from 1-11 p.m., at the Friendship Park Wine Festival in Smithfield, Ohio (no furniture on site)
-Sept. 21 from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Barnesville Riesbeck's (no furniture on site)
-Sept. 27-30 at the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival in the "Pumpkin Patch" in the school gymnasium (furniture will be on site.)
Also, Candace can be contacted by calling (740) 782-1823.
She will also show the furniture to interested buyers by appointment.
Ideally, she says, the horses should get permanent homes with responsible owners.
To find out more about the possibility of adopting a horse, call the Belmont County Animal Shelter at (740) 695-4708.