"The wind of heaven blows between a horse's ears." ~Arabian Proverb
The Unwanted Horse Crisis
America's horses are in crisis. Some are old, some are injured and some are in foal. Some are babies, just a few weeks old. Some were a faithful mount, showhorse or loved companion & friend.
They are proud ex-racehorses or a little girl's dream she outgrew and no one wants to pay for anymore.
They are being dropped off to starve in the mountains, left alongside farm roads or abandoned in back fields to die. The majority go to auction, where most end up in the kill pens awaiting transport to Mexico for slaughter.
Did you know that thousands upon thousands of unwanted horses make the trip to slaughter in Mexico every month? If they do not die enroute from heat, dehydration or trampling, they await the final slaughter house horror.
Many of these horses are sound, healthy horses with years of life, riding and love to offer. Irresponsible owners, overbreeding, a throw away society, and the sadly 'no longerconvenient' mentality plays a role, like our overcrowded animal shelter problem.
Did outlawing slaughter here in the USA contribute to this problem? What can be done to help?
1. A trained horse is a wanted horse. Do not allow your horse to develop bad habits. Get a trainer, or sell your horse to a skilled rider.
2. A sound horse is a wanted horse. Take care of issues right away, Call your vet, follow instructions, and keep horses healthy.
3. If you cannot keep an old horse, lame horse, or dangerous horse, have them humanely euthanized by your vet.
4. Do not breed horses unless you have a good sales pipeline in place, and can improve the quality of the breed.
5. Ensure ground work and stall manners so your horse can be haltered, shod, groomed, led, tied, hauled, tacked up and handled.
6. Sell your horse before you get in a position of having to make harmful inhumane choices. Ask for help!
Going to the auction yard is not fancy or fun. It is pretty depressing to see. It changes you. It is easier to pretend it does not exist or that 'someone else will help'. But if you really love horses - like the bottom of your heart, soul connection kind of love horses - you will not be able to turn away.
If you have room in your heart & barn for just one more, PLEASE HELP!
One small act by many becomes many acts of love. They are worth saving, and they deserve a second chance.
Together we CAN make a difference, one horse & one dog at a time xoxox
Thank you for caring enough to save a life :)
I went to the auction for the first time and felt the unavoidable call to action to bring home this wonderful green broke older gelding xo
Welcome to a safe place to land, big guy :)
Giving him a good, overall foundation.
Time, patience and exposure to new things helped him become a Great trail horse!
Good stall manners are a must!
Just a few glitches to train through and he will be a good equine citizen :)
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