Horse Rescues

November 23rd, 2010

There are hundreds of horse rescue organizations in the United States, so odds are good that there’s at least one near you. Most rescues depend heavily on donations (of money, feed, tack, etc.) and volunteers. Whether you can spare a $20 donation, a few bales of hay, or a couple of hours per week cleaning stalls, you can help save a horse.

I’ve compiled a huge list of horse rescue organizations, and I’ve broken them down by state below. (more…)

Buy a painting, save a racehorse!

November 23rd, 2010

ReRun, Inc. Thoroughbred rescue is about to launch their latest Moneigh art auction on eBay.

Moneighs are paintings created by famous racehorses, using their noses, hooves and even paintbrushes. Equine artists featured in this auction include Curlin, AP Indy, Big Brown and more. The proceeds help fund ReRun’s efforts to help ex-racehorses find a second career.

You can see examples of past paintings here.

The auction runs Nov. 28 – Dec. 5. Watch ReRun’s homepage for details and links!

Operation Gelding

November 23rd, 2010

Just as with dogs and cats, the overbreeding and accidental breeding of horses has helped created a situation where the supply far exceeds the demand. This over-abundance of horses has far-reaching consequences– none of them positive, for horses or the people who love them.

The obvious long-term solution is to breed fewer horses. That’s where Operation Gelding comes in. Sponsored by the Unwanted Horse Coalition, Operation Gelding provides funds to groups and organizations who hold low-cost gelding clinics to castrate local horses. So far, clinics have been scheduled or completed in 16 states. (more…)

Euthanasia: Not the worst thing that can happen to a horse

November 23rd, 2010

Over the years, I’ve seen many rescues and individuals go to incredible lengths to save horses. While I admire the love and dedication behind them, I often feel that such efforts are misplaced and counter-productive. A quick, quiet death is sometimes the best gift we can give to an animal.

It’s often also the only one that makes sense.

I won’t fault any individual for spending his or her own money to try to save a beloved animal, assuming the animal doesn’t suffer long-term, and assuming that spending that money doesn’t endanger any other members of the household. But rescues are different. Nearly all rescues are working with very limited resources, many of them donated. The sad reality of the current horse market is that spending thousands of dollars trying to save one critically ill or injured horse means that several healthy but unlucky horses lose their second chance at a good life. And often, even the ill/injured horse in question has very little chance at what most people would consider a GOOD, comfortable, enjoyable life. (more…)