Thumbs up: Christine Hajek’s desire to rescue draft horses from slaughter more than a decade ago went from a hobby to her forming the Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue in Mount Airy in 2005, where today the organization had 119 horses — among some other farm animals — on the 135 acres of land as of mid-July. Draft horses are large horses bred to work on farms doing tasks such as plowing and other labor. When their time as a plow horse is up, though, they are sold at auction, some to slaughterhouses that butcher them for meat, which is a delicacy in certain countries. The rescue also takes in horses that have suffered abuse and neglect. Most of the horses retrained to be riding horses, and the rescue helps find an adopter. Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue is 100 percent donation based, and has 13 full-time barn staff and 175 active volunteers. Call 443-285-3835 if you’re interested in volunteering or visit www.gentlegiantsdrafthorserescue.org to learn more about the organization.