My name is Melissa Bradshaw, and I’m a writer and designer in north Texas. I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of sharing my life with horses for 25 years.

Horse rescue has been a pet cause of mine since 2006, when I first read about PMU horses– by-products of the Premarin drug industry. In the summer of 2006, I adopted Rhona, an 11-year-old PMU mare, from a local horse rescue. She’s the horsey love of my life, and since I found her I’ve been educating myself about horse rescue and trying to figure out ways to help others like her.

It has been a long and frustrating road. The problem of unwanted horses in America is far, far greater than I realized when I began this project, and the issues surrounding it are complex. And there are a lot of good — and, sadly, a lot of bad — people on every side. Spend a while reading forums, news articles and blogs on the subject and you’ll see examples of the best and worst of humanity.

This blog is my attempt to make sense of it all, while helping to educate others about what I’ve learned and hopefully finding ways to help along the way. Because while there are no simple solutions, I firmly believe in the power of small acts. I know I can’t save all the tens of thousands of homeless horses out there, but I will do what I can.

(I am not, however, here to argue. There are enough places for that on the internet. That’s why comments are disabled.)

Although horse rescue is relatively new to me, I’ve always been a fan of animal rescue in general. In addition to Rhona, I’m also the proud owner of two giant orange tabby cats (former strays) and a beautiful Akbash dog (an abuse case adopted from a local rescue group).


Melissa & Duchess



Max & Zak

Zak & Max

I can be contacted at ahorseslife.contact@gmail.com.