Equine Welfare News Archive

Is it game over for wild horses?

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

there are only hours left to take advantage of our year-end match and make a tax-deductible gift for wild horses in 2017. We’re almost there – can you give before midnight to make double the difference for horses and burros?

2X the impact for wild horses

Thanks for all your support – and best wishes for a wild and free New Year!

– The AWHC Team

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SYALER eNewsletter

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The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:

 

Dear loyal SYALER friends,

As I write this Ann is out doing chores this frigid night, lugging hot water from her house to make mashes for the animals who get them, carrying and spreading hay for each group so every donkey and mule has access, graining and medicating those who need it, filling water troughs (yikes, don’t let the spigot run over and cause a skating rink now!) and most importantly checking that each animal appears bright and healthy as the day flips from dusk to dark.

In that manner, Ann works her way around to all four barns until every creature on the farm is fed, watered and content.

Come daylight, she will do it all again and hope once chores are complete she has the energy to go back to scoop manure and add fresh shavings so her charges can be as comfortable as possible.

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Let’s lawyer up to protect wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Great news: a generous donor has offered to MATCH all gifts up to $25,000 made by midnight tomorrow. Can you donate now and help us take advantage?

As President of the American Wild Horse Campaign, I am honored to have supported AWHC for more than six years. After working hard on this issue for nearly a decade, I can tell you that we are having real impact – in the halls of Congress, on the range, and in the courtroom.

My strategy from the start has been: let’s lawyer up to protect our wild horses. We work with the nation’s top environmental/public interest law firm, and together, we’ve been racking up the wins. Just this week, we won a huge case against the BLM in Idaho to stop the inhumane sterilization of an entire mustang herd.

We’re building a firewall between our wild horses and burros and the government’s plan to destroy them. Can you chip in to help, and have your impact doubled today?

Our opponents may be powerful. But we keep winning because we have science on our side, we have the facts on our side, and we have people like you on our side. Because of you, our wild horses and burros have the best legal team available to defend them.

Please stay in the fight with us and donate to defend wild horses and burros. Donate by midnight tomorrow and have 2X the impact.

With your help, we’ll keep fighting on behalf of America’s wild horses and burros. Thank you for your support, and let’s keep winning in 2018.

Ellie Price
President
American Wild Horse Campaign

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When No One Else Would, We Did! Blue’s Last Hope

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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3 Days Left, Blue!

Blue is a young mustang gelding out of Nevada who came to AAE at the beginning of the year after being asked for assistance by Virginia Range Wild Horse Sanctuary and Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. He had been carrying around a large mass of proud flesh (granulation tissue) over his rear fetlock/pastern area for some time.  He was not halterable when he arrived at AAE, and we knew we had a big job ahead in helping Blue.

Before we could evaluate the mass, he had to be gentled, haltered, and his legs/hooves handleable.  With a straightforward mustang, not a big deal, but Blue had some substantial fear/trust issues.  Initial efforts with befriending and haltering him were lukewarm.  Thanks to Dr. Stolba and Team LBEMC (throughout Blue’s journey), we were successful enough to sedate him, radiograph the bony area beneath the mass and collect tissue samples for biopsy.  We wanted to make sure there was not an underlying reason for the mass other than old injury before getting too deep into corrective measures if they would be for naught.  It was not an easy feat.  Even with sedation, he kicked quickly and with purpose.

 

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VICTORY in Arizona

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

GREAT news: yesterday we learned that the Governor of Arizona signed an agreement to save the famed Salt River Wild Horses. Two years ago, these horses were almost removed from the Tonto National Forest and sent to auction. Now they are protected under state law from roundups, harassment, and slaughter.

We’re proud to have worked with the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group to achieve this victory. It’s just another example of our vital work – and none of it would be possible without support from people like you. Watch our Year in Review video now – and then pitch in before midnight tomorrow to stand up for wild horses and burros.

Thanks,

AWHC Team

We’ve done a lot this year, and we couldn’t have achieved any of it without you. Watch our 2017 Year In Review video to see all the victories you’ve won for wild horses and burros.

Screenshot for 2017 Year In Review video

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You’ve helped us do so much in 2017 – but wild horses and burros need us to continue the fight. Chip in today and help us keep fighting for wild horses and burros in 2018.

With Gratitude,
The AWHC Team

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VIDEO: A year of saving horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve done a lot this year, and we couldn’t have achieved any of it without you. Watch our 2017 Year In Review video to see all the victories you’ve won for wild horses and burros.

Screenshot for 2017 Year In Review video

WATCH NOW

You’ve helped us do so much in 2017 – but wild horses and burros need us to continue the fight. Chip in today and help us keep fighting for wild horses and burros in 2018.

With Gratitude,
The AWHC Team

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What If Tomorrow Never Came?

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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4 Days Left, Aziza, Nailah and Layla!
 
Today’s story is about four Arabian horses that came to AAE in early 2015.  It was back in fall of 2014 that AAE got a call from Janis Jones about several horses left on a ranch after the passing of their owner.  It turns out, there were four beautiful bay mares and a gorgeous black stallion.  These were the last of the horses at Coffey Arabians. Janis Jones, the former Mrs. Michael Coffey, assisted AAE in this rescue and ended up adopting the black stallion (now a gelding). Per Dr. Jones, “The Coffeys were known as one of the finest breeders of Egyptian Arabians in the United States, and these mares are most probably of the Shiko Ibn Sheikh line, a line known for beauty and performance”.
Mr. Coffey passed without a will or trust, and the horses were caught up in probate.  An administrator was appointed to oversee the estate, but there was no information about the horses.  No records of care or feeding practices, no veterinary history, no pedigrees, nothing.  No one knew who the horses were, how old they were, whether they had any health conditions or special needs.  However, it appeared they had lived on the ranch’s 80 acres of lush green pastures without much care.
Their hooves were long, and it appeared one had been dealing with chronic laminitis/founder for some time.  Fortunately, the administrator was a compassionate animal person and sought veterinary and farrier care.  Unfortunately, there were probate issues that limited her ability to provide for the horses via estate funding, so personal funds were used.  Further, being from well known breeding stock, there was belief that the horses had substantial value to the estate.  Reality was that without any specific information about the horses, they had little value to the estate, and the cost of care would exceed the value of the horses.  Ultimately, the horses were released from the estate about six months or so after the death, and AAE was finally able to pick them up.
 

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Tens of thousands of lives on the line

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The slaughter lobby has launched an all-out assault on wild horses and burros. They are desperate to destroy our progress and strip away the rights of wild horses and burros once and for all. Worse, they’re willing to sink to almost any level to do it.

Here’s the good news – we held the line in 2017, and if we can hold it against these attacks in the New Year, we will win. But we need the resources to keep up the fight, and what happens in early 2018 will determine whether tens of thousands of these innocent animals live or die. There are only a few days left in 2017 – can you make a tax-deductible donation right now to help save wild horses and burros?

Wild Horse Defense Fund Campaign Status

Photograph by Kimerlee Curyl

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CAMPAIGN GOAL: NOT MET
CAMPAIGN DEADLINE: 12/31/17

Wild horses and burros are counting on you. Please, chip in now and show you have their backs.

With Gratitude,
Suzanne

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Aging – Realities of Life for Horse and Human

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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Let’s Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty for 2018

 5 Days Left, Danny!

 
Danny’s story isn’t one of neglect, abandonment, abuse, or poor care.  Sadly, it’s one of human health and aging.  Danny was loved beyond words.  So much, his former owner considered euthanizing him rather than risk him having difficulties transitioning to a new home, ending up in a bad home, or worse, the fear of auctions and the slaughter pipeline.
Fortunately, the timing was right and Danny has a couple special people in his life that paved the way for him to get to AAE.  Danny is the most kind, mellow, and affectionate horse we have known, and we are grateful he landed with us.
 

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Mule Shot with an Arrow

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The following is from a Lucky Three Ranch follower:

On 12/22/2017, John the mule was show with an arrow by an unknown person(s). This occurred on Deal Mill Road in the Hudson, North Carolina, area. If you know who is responsible please call Crime Stoppers at (828) 758-8300. Crime Stoppers will pay $1,000 cash for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible. You can remain anonymous. The owners of John the mule are also offering a reward.

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If you’d like to donate toward John’s veterinary care, do so at the link below:

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Abandonment is not the Answer

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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6 Days Left, Shelby!
Shelby is one of several horses that has come to AAE after abandonment by an owner or previous owner.  Sadly, too many horse owners feel they have no other option than to abandon a horse and leave them to fend for themselves for food, water, and shelter.  Many end up in shelters in poor condition, while others are injured, or worse, lose their lives to injuries or accidents.
Shelby is a 6-7 year old QH-type mare that came to AAE in April of 2017 when her new owners realized they did not know enough about horses to provide proper care. They had taken her in after she had been abandoned in their neighborhood.  When we arrived to pick her up, it took about 2.5 hours to earn her trust and place a halter on her.  She was fearful and reactive, and acted as if she’d been abused or otherwise mis-handled.  She was in fair condition, but had several abrasions across her body.
 

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This is tough to read

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

THOUSANDS OF LIVES ARE AT STAKE: Please donate to save wild horses and burros today.

For all the talk about legislative strategy, campaign tactics, and fundraising goals, here’s the sad truth:

Thousands of wild horses like this young mustang in Nevada languish in government holding pens. Their freedom stolen. Their families separated. Their sadness evident in their eyes.

The stakes of our campaign have never been higher. If we don’t succeed:

1) Thousands of wild horses like this will be killed in cold blood. It’s what our opponents want… they’re not even hiding it.
2) More and more wild horses like this will be rounded up, robbed of their freedom. They’ll end up confined in feedlot pens like this – or worse.

We need your help now more than ever. With just days left in 2017, can you make a critical tax-deductible gift now?

Every dollar you give us is used carefully and thoughtfully to prevent the slaughter of wild horses – and work to reform BLM’s failing system of roundups and stockpiling of horses in holding facilities.

Here’s what your donations will fund:

  • We are working day-and-night to ensure that Congress rejects the BLM’s request to start slaughtering America’s wild horses. Our efforts helped to preserve protections in the U.S. Senate’s Interior spending bill, but now our fight continues into the New Year as the Senate bill gets reconciled with the House pro-killing measures.
  • We are working to expand humane birth control programs using the PZP vaccine. We’re leading the way and showing how to manage wild horses without cruel roundups that destroy family bands and lead to horses losing their freedom in overcrowded holding pens.
  • We are monitoring roundups to stop cruelty and expose the BLM’s wasteful and inhumane practices. We’re shining a light on this hidden tragedy, and educating the American public about what can be done to stop it.
  • We are fighting in federal court to build a future of freedom for wild horses and burros.

All of this work takes resources. We’re as thrifty as we can be with your money, but it is vitally important that we’re able to continue this important work in 2018. It may be our most critical year yet.

Please consider a tax-deductible gift now. There has never been a more important time to give.

Thank you for everything. And I hope you have a joyous holiday season.

In Freedom,

Suzanne Roy

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A Christmas Story…Thank You for Making It Possible!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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 Merry Christmas!

7 Days Left, Sparkie!

What happens when a horse gets old? Do their guardians continue to provide good care and allow them to live out their lives in a beautiful green pasture and run free? More often than not, this is the case – however, there are horses who are not given the dignified retirement they deserve.  It’s not uncommon to find senior horses abandoned, neglected or worse, as was the case of Sparkie, a former rodeo barrel racer and cow horse.  Sparkie, a 20+ mare, had given her entire life to her owner.  Then she was thrown out as if her lifetime of service wasn’t worthy.  The pasture had dried and gone, and there was nothing more for her to eat.  She wasn’t fed, she wasn’t supplemented, she was just there.

 

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Season’s Greetings & “Wild” Wishes for the New Year!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

May the spirit of the Holidays bring you and your family hope, joy, happiness and love.

May we continue to be inspired by the beauty and boundless spirit of America’s majestic wild horses and burros and the magnificent public lands on which they roam.

Thank you standing with us as we fight for the future of this great American legacy… We’re proud to call you part of our “herd!”

Wishing you and those you love a wild and free New Year!

In Freedom,

Suzanne, Deniz, Grace, Jenn, Mary & Ocean

(The AWHC Team)

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Give the Gift of a Horse Sponsorship! Our Horses Need You!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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 8 Days Left, Maya!

Maya is a beautiful 12-14 yr old mare that was rescued by her former owner from extreme neglect and abuse. She came to AAE at the end of September 2016 when her owner was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and would no longer be able to care for Maya or work with her due to illness, and terminal prognosis.

Not having a place for Maya to go, Maya’s owner and daughter tried to rehome her via a Craigslist ad that turned into a pretty scary experience. Maya generated A LOT of interest, but all from backyard breeders, trainers looking for a resale project, and someone even wanted to make her a dancing horse. Her owner felt she deserved a forever home with someone who would LOVE her, not breed her or “train” her to resell at a profit. They contacted AAE and over a few months a place became available and the owner made plans to get Maya from the California, Oregon border to AAE.

 

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Reba’s life has now come full circle!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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 9 Days Left, Reba!

Reba and her adult filly came to AAE after the death of her owner.  Subsequently, family was not able to provide for them.  Reba’s daughter was adopted some time ago.

Reba was an amazing senior mare that we had hoped to utilize as a program horse at AAE. However, she has challenge after challenge as a “herd” horse at AAE. We make ongoing adjustments to try to keep her happy and healthy! Ultimately, Reba was not happy.  We needed to make that right.

 

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Plan Ahead, They Are Counting on You!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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10 Days Left, Blaze and Quinn!

Quinn & Blaze came to AAE when their family was preparing to downsize.  Another frequent reason horses end up at rescue is their family is moving and they can’t take their horse(s).  More often than not, people don’t realize how difficult it can be placing horses, especially older horses.  When the time comes to go, they have no place to go.  

Fortunately, Quinn and Blaze’s family was planning ahead, and when space became available, AAE was able to help, which is often not the case.  

Quinn and Blaze are looking for a new family to call their own.

Quinn is a very fancy 23 year old half Arab (registered) and half Saddlebred mare. Quinn tends to be higher energy and a bit impatient. Quinn was trained English and Western in the distant past, and she has been used in the arena and on trail.  However, she has not been ridden for about 5 years.  She was forward on trail, loved to go!  Quinn is a bit more complicated and needs at least an intermediate handler/rider.  She’s not always compatible with other horses, and is known to kick out at other horses when under saddle.  She has had a mild injury to her front right, but was lightly rideable in the past.  She was recently evaluated and okay’d for light riding. 

 

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Consider the Effort and the Impact

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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11 Days Left, Smokey, Tilly, Mazie and Hildago!

Today’s story includes several horses, previously rescued, and they fell back on AAE this year as a sort of a safety net.   Too many times, people adopt a horse, and for one reason or another, and they are unable to keep the horse.  That’s how many end up here to begin with.

One of our disappointments in recent years is that AAE’s failed adoption rate has grown to about 10 percent.  Though AAE strives to match horses with forever homes, sometimes the situation is beyond anyone’s control.  Other times, it seems people far underestimate the effort, responsibility, commitment, and cost of horse ownership.  Sometimes the adopter overestimates or overstates his/her abilities, resulting in a mis-matched adoption.  Sadly, these things happen far more often than they should.

 

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WE DID IT – 7 MORE LIVES SAVED! MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM CHILLY PEPPER!

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Chilly Pepper.

We did it, we saved the 7 (2 minis and 5 ponies) from slaughter. This took awhile, but all came home safely. Great news is that two of them have already been adopted.

This group was by far our most expensive, but we had to save them. THANK YOU EVERYONE who stepped up to make it happen. The “tiny’s” would have been slaughtered for dog food or their hides. So they say THANK YOU!

At this point we have 23 horses on the property. Four of the older ones have special feed requirements . One of the 20 year olds need his teeth floated as he looks like he is starving :( But he will get those fixed soon and he is on special feed and doing well so far. We need to get a couple stallions gelded so they can be adopted. There are 9 total up for adoption. Most of our permanent residents have either health issues or are special needs for a variety of other reasons.

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He Caught Her Heart and Changed Their Lives!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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 12 Days Left, Legend and Jackson!

Last January, AAE learned of a call for help with 20 some horses that had been removed from the range in Nevada.  These were Virginia Range wild horses that were removed by the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDOA).  The NDOA manages the horses that are on state lands.

In short, the NDOA has authority to remove horses that present a clear and continuing danger to motorists after failed relocation attempts.  Sadly, this group of horses had crossed the highway too many times and presented a threat to motorists.  The Virginia Range Sanctuary (VRS) works tirelessly to protect and advocated for the wild horses, and when they are removed, this amazing group works diligently to place the horses in forever homes.  When forever homes can’t be found, they look to other organizations to continue their work.

In January, one of our volunteers, Pam, reached out to VRS with interest in one of the horses that had been removed.  At the time, we were still hoping to help the Hallelujah Horses, but winter weather and the transport situation was not cooperating.  Since we hadn’t made progress in that situation, we refocused to a more local need.  Before you know it, we committed to four Virginia Range Horses that became five:  Onyx, Whisper, Annie, Legend and Jackson.  Today, we focus on Legend and Jackson.

 

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