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…)

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…)

How YOU Can Help Save a Horse

February 17th, 2010

Anyone can help save a horse’s life!

Here are some of the many ways YOU can help:

  • Purchase an item from this website [coming soon]. 100% of the profits will be donated to non-profit horse rescue organizations.
  • Make a direct donation to a horse rescue organization. In most cases, you can deduct the donation from your taxes!
  • Sponsor a horse for as little as $5 per month.
  • Volunteer at a horse rescue near you.
  • Adopt a horse.
  • Link to this site from your own web site or blog and help spread the word.

Horse Slaughter: NOT a Necessary Evil

February 14th, 2010

In 2006, approximately 105,000 horses were slaughtered in the United States. Some of the meat was used by zoos to feed large carnivores, but the vast majority of it (42 million dollars’ worth) was sold to Europe and Japan for human consumption.

However, because all horse slaughter took place at only three plants (two in Texas and one in Illinois, all Belgian-owned), most Americans were unaware that it was happening until proposed legislation in 2006 made the issue public.

In 2007, court rulings shut down all three plants, effectively ending horse slaughter in the United States.

I believe that, in the long run, this will be a good thing. But it was NOT the simple, magical solution that many proponents were hoping for. For many decades, slaughter provided an easy, convenient disposal system for tens of thousands of “extra” horses, and those extra horses aren’t going to disappear overnight. (more…)