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Rescue, Rehabilitate, Relocate and Re-educate

Second Chance Equine Association

(SCEA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and relocation of horses and other equine. We are not a sanctuary but commit our resources to helping equine in life threatening situations. SCEA is committed to providing quality equine education for both members and non-members, and their horses. We provide multiple free seminars every year on subjects from equine first aid to barn winterization. We also provide free and low-cost horsemanship clinics, helping participants improve their relationship with their horses, and helping their horses become safe and reliable partners.

Second Chance Equine Association Humane Police Officer Program

For years, SCEA has worked with other humane agencies and police departments to provide support for humane police officers (HPOs) who respond to calls involving cruelty to horses. We have been working to expand our capabilities and now have a second HPO that is working with us. We also obtained a dedicated phone line and email for our humane officers to use for their humane work, thus insuring direct access by the public to an officer while insuring confidentiality. We also fund their required continuing education and miscellaneous expenses. There are few agencies in southwestern PA that deal with large animals, especially horses, and we felt it was time to expand our services to the community.

Armstrong County Rescue

For anyone who follows us, you know that there is quite a story behind the horses currently in our care. Here is an update for everyone, including some background, in case you missed any part of the story.

On August 31, 2019, Second Chance Equine Association got a call to assist with horses being seized by the Armstrong County District Attorney in Dayton, PA. Six emaciated horses were taken from a barn where they were being held. SCEA took Comanche, Lakota, and Apache into our care, while the other 3 were split between two other rescue organizations.

We brought them to our facility and the long, grueling, rehabilitation process commenced. Lakota, Apache, and Comanche began the fight for their lives. Our volunteers worked tirelessly around the clock to ensure their safety and health and we were cautiously optimistic about the process. Unfortunately, on September 8, 2019, Comanche succumbed to his years of neglect and malnourishment. However, Lakota
and Apache got stronger and healthier.

April 20, 2021 - Latest news!

As of yesterday, the wait is FINALLY over. We are beyond thrilled to announce that the horses have been surrendered! Lakota, Apache, AND Comanche are officially ours! Yes, we got surrender for our fallen warrior. Comanche no longer "belongs" to him. He is home, with his family, where he belongs. This case has been a long, tough, grueling one, and we were never one hundred percent sure on what the outcome would be, but we never gave up. We kept fighting.


We will soon begin the process of getting Lakota and Apache ready for adoption. These will be hard ones to let go, but we know like with every rescue, we are better than what they had, but they deserve better than what we can give them. A forever home.


Lakota, Apache, and Comanche fought to survive, just like we fought to give them a voice. and we were finally heard. We want to thank everyone from the bottom of all of our hearts here at SCEA for following this rescue, supporting us, and loving the horses as much as we do. Comanche will always be loved and remembered, but now he may finally rest in peace. At last we can officially close that chapter of their story. Yesterday was the first day of the rest of Lakota and Apaches lives. The time is here; it's time for their Second Chance.


Did you know...?

A primary goal of SCEA is the prevention of abuse and neglect of our equine friends. Many times, neglect cases can, and have been, resolved by SCEA members and humane officers providing consultation, education, and help for unintentional horse neglectors. This, in many cases, helps avoid seizure and prosecution. While seizure is at times unavoidable, it is a serious drain on resources of both law enforcement and rescue organizations. 


This is why SCEA places great emphasis on education both before problems occur and when a problem is identified. We have had several recent cases resolved this way. Your support is vital for us to continue to provide quality education for horse owners. 


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Members Receive

  • Horse Club members receive $1,000,000.00 Personal Excess Equine Liability Insurance to protect you from financial responsibility for any property damage or injury to people their horse might cause. This protection follows you anywhere - at home, boarding stable, show or on the trail. 

  • Reduced fees for clinics.

  • Free admission to educational seminars.

  • Access to a large network of equine professionals to help with all of your horse questions.

  • Invitations to all SCEA events.

!!  Important - if you plan to purchase a membership with insurance, January 1 is the best time to do that. Here's why. !!

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.