Equine Welfare News

  • Adoptions & Visits to Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang


    Did you know that the babies you hear about from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang are available for adoption and you can visit them and see the good work being done there?  Call 530 474-5197 to schedule a visit or inquire about adopting one of the many equines they have rescued.

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  • NIFA Accepting Submissions for 2016 Research Grants


    The National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports grants to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future challenges. NIFA is the USDA’s primary extramural agency to advance agricultural sciences. NIFA has funded nearly 300 active equine projects through the 2015- 2016 fiscal year.

    The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is a competitive grant program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and Extension projects in agricultural sciences. In their most recent request for applications, NIFA is seeking applications for the Foundational Program for FY 2016. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2016 is approximately $130 million.

    Land-Grant Institutions, for-profit organizations, individuals, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, small business, State Agricultural Experiment Stations and more are able to apply. Applications are due to NIFA by Wednesday, August 31, 2016. For more information visit the link below.

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  • Arizona’s Wild Burros Under Attack: Please Act Today!


    The following post comes from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    May is Burro Awareness Month and it’s time to take an action to help our wild burros! Nowhere are these amazing and historic animals in more danger than in Arizona, where the State Game and Fish Department is teaming up with some counties to lobby Arizona’s Senators to support burro roundups. Arizona Senators McCain and Flake need to receive a message loud and clear that Americans want our wild burros protected, not cruelly rounded up. Please tell these Senators that the voice of “We The People” should prevail in the management of these iconic animals and the public lands they call home. Please sign our petition today!

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  • Senate Committee Approves USDA Appropriations Bill


    The following post is from the American Horse Council.

    Yesterday,  the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2017Agriculture Appropriations bill. T his bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2017 fiscal year (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017).  The bill contains several provisions that impact the horse industry, including the so-called “horse slaughter defunding provision,” funding for  USDA equine health activities and enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

    FY 2016 House USDA Appropriations 

    Horse Slaughter

    Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) offered an amendment to prohibit funding for USDA inspections at U.S. horse slaughter facilities that was  adopted by a voice vote. This prohibition will  prevent horse slaughter facilities from operating in the U.S. if this bill is signed into law.

    Currently, No horse slaughter facilities are operating in the U.S and a prohibition  on funding for inspectors at such facilities from last year’s FY 2016 USDA bill is in effect until September 30, 2016 . If that prohibition expires, USDA will be required to provide inspectors and horse slaughter facilities if any were to  open.

    A similar defunding  amendment was adopted by the House Appropriations Committee when it approved the House version of the USDA appropriations bill.

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Equine Health 

    The bill would provide $939 million for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS is the USDA agency responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, including responding to contagious equine disease outbreaks.        Funding for Equine, Cervid, and Small Rumi ant health would be set at $19.7 million, this is a $200,000 increase over FY 2015.

    Horse Protection Act

    The bill provides $706,000  for enforcement of the Horse Protection Act a $9,000 increase over FY 2016 funding.

    The bill must now be approved by the full Senate.

    View this article on the AHC website


  • Unwanted Horse Coalition Media Roundup


    Horse Castration: From Colt or Stallion to Gelding

    According to Larry R. Bramlage, DVM, MS, castration is normally performed on colts to make them more tractable and easier to handle. The mature, intact male horse becomes progressively more difficult to train and more aggressive as it gets older.

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    New Career Barrels of Fun for Retired Giant

    When 17hh gelding Colicchio retired from the stables of Caulfield trainer Clinton McDonald in late 2014, a second career in barrel racing isn’t what most astute judges predicted.

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    New Vocations Featured in The Chronicle of the Horse “Untacked” Magazine

    New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is honored and proud to be featured in a 4-page article that appeared in the May/June 2016 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse Untacked magazine.

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    EQUUS Foundation Announces 2016 Champion Scholarship Recipients

    The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s Champions of Equine Service Scholarships to seven equine volunteers who logged hundreds of hours in support of organizations in the Equine Welfare Network.

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    Cathy Wieschhoff on Natural Horsemanship for OTTBs

    As an eventer based in Lexington, Kentucky – the heart of Thoroughbred country – Cathy Wieschhoff has plenty of experience with OTTBs. Cathy and Sheldon were one of five Thoroughbred Makeover demo participants who wowed audiences at Rolex this year.

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    Extreme Mustang Makeover competition: 100 days to train a wild mustang

    Wish Come True – it’s not just a random name, but how Wanette Wilson explains the wild mustang that she was given nearly 100 days to train in the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition.

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    Morris County Teen has a Knack for Taming Wild Horses

    Cat Zimmerman was just 12 years old when she picked up her first mustang for the Extreme Mustang Makeover Youth Challenge. She and that horse, “Comacheria,” better known as Monche, ended up fourth overall out of 17 competitors. Now 14, Zimmerman, Morristown, is starting out with a new mustang to participate in this year’s challenge.

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    Horse Ownership is a Large Investment

    Shelters take in a variety of horses. Some have been abused, some are sick or injured and some are left simply because their owners can’t take care of them anymore. That’s because people often get into horse ownership without fully understanding the commitment they are making.

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    Wild Horses Transformed in Extreme Mustang Makeover at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center

    The Jacksonville Equestrian Center was host to genuine American mustangs and their trainers as they showcased their newfound partnerships to a packed house.

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  • Arizona Governor Signs Historic Bill to Protect Salt River Wild Horses


    The following post comes from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    Yesterday was a big day for wild horses in Arizona! At an official ceremony, Governor Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2340 to protect the famed Salt River wild horses of the Tonto National Forest near Phoenix. He stated: “The Salt River horses are beautiful, majestic and a treasure to our state. Since last summer, we have worked to protect them and their ability to roam free…”


    Since July 2015, when the U.S. Forest Service announced its intention to round up and dispose of the Salt River wild horses, AWHPC has worked alongside our coalition partner the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) to defend this very special herd. Thanks and congratulations go to SRWHMG president Simone Netherlands and all the dedicated volunteers, to Rep. Kelly Townsend, sponsor of the bill, to Governor Ducey for standing by the Salt River wild horses from the beginning, and to the Arizona Congressional delegation for its support in protecting this popular herd. We are especially thankful to all the AWHPC supporters who have given us the funds to deploy the necessary resources to shepherd this bill through its many twists and turns in the legislature. 

    Now the hard work of developing and implementing a humane management program begins. But for now, it’s time to celebrate victory… The power of the people has again prevailed to save our wild horses! 

  • Help needed for SIX new babies


    The following post comes from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.

    Life in the world of rescue changes by the second. We got the call again, but this time it was confirmed, we needed to come pick up another Six Slaughter Babies.

    So we are on the way as I write this These kids are in tough shape and have been through the wringer. Left alone in a trap for a day or more, all six were trying to nurse on a dying mare. In spite of the best efforts of the folks we work with, the mare passed. So we are left with six little souls who need us badly.

    I will post pictures as soon as I am able.

    DOUBLE J TRAILERS in Woodland (and also in Albany, OR) donated a hay rack for the Rolling Foal Hospital. They installed that and the much needed fridge at no cost for labor and only charged us their costs on the fridge. As we travel as inexpensively as possible, (camping whenever possible and cooking most of our meals to save funds), not to mention bringing easily $1000 + of Colostrum and other medicines and emergency supplies for these little ones that must be refrigerated, a fridge is pretty essential.

    Y’all have already saved lots of little lives this year, and we are so very grateful. But this baby season is just starting and we can’t leave any behind. So as long as God keeps putting them in front of us, we will do our best to save them. We so appreciate all of you who are part of this and make it all possible.!!

    I am sorry the links have not been working properly, they are supposed to be fixed. Thank you for your patience :)

    We want to thank everyone for being part of saving all of these lives. It means the whole world to each and every horse that we save, and although we can’t save them all, we are grateful for all the lives we do save because of folks like you and your love and support.

    If you want to help You can go to You Caring – to help us save these horses.

    You can go to Paypal – Palominodancer@yahoo.com or go to our website
    if you would like to help these horses.

    You can donate via check at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088

    530 474-5197 If you are interested in visiting or adopting one of these beautiful horses

  • Bill to Protect Salt River Wild Horses Passes in AZ


    This post is from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    We have fantastic news to share!

    The bill to protect the famed Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest near Phoenix cleared its last hurdle in the Arizona Legislature this afternoon. On a vote of 53 to 3, the Arizona House of Representatives passed HB 2340, which criminalizes the killing or harassing of a Salt River wild horse. The bill specifies that the horses are not stray livestock, and establishes a process for their humane management through cooperative agreements between federal, state, and local authorities and the community-based Salt River Wild Horse Management Group. 

    Today was a great day for wild horses in Arizona!

    Congratulations to our coalition partner, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group and its president Simone Netherlands, for their unwavering dedication and tireless work to protect these amazing horses, and to Arizona Representative Kelly Townsend, the bill’s sponsor, for her dedication to the horses and her hard work in getting the legislation passed.

    Special thanks to our supporters, who have given us the resources to fight for passage of this bill alongside the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group. Thanks to you, we were able to organize and deploy the necessary resources to work with Rep. Townsend and others to shepherd the bill through its many twists and turns in the legislature. Now onto the Governor’s desk for signature!

    With last month’s victory in the U.S. Senate for North Carolina’s historic Corolla mustangs and this win for the Salt River horses in Arizona, it’s turning out to be a great spring for wild horses and those who advocate for them!

    Thanks to all who make this work possible…We are making a difference and it feels so good!

  • Tell BLM: Don’t Sterilize Utah Stallions!


    [Teaser]The following post comes from the American Wild Horse Preservation.[/teaser]

    The Bureau of Land Management in Utah is planning to round up wild horses from the Frisco and Conger Herd Management Areas (HMAs), permanently removing 375 wild horses from their homes on our public lands. The proposal also includes a “research” study that will involve castrating 75 percent of the stallions in the Conger HMA! 

    The BLM is using “research” as an excuse to sterilize most of the wild stallions in the Conger herd, an action that will destroy the genetic viability and social integrity of this federally-protected wild horse population. Please don’t let them get away with it….take action today!

  • Four New Kids, new homes for some, & a Big Girl update


    The following post comes from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.

    After placing the first 7 babies, we picked up Shimmer (little gray girl) & Cocoa Puff, the chocolate colored baby mustang. The next Monday, along came Cupcake and her mama. Cupcake is a miniature horse and is about 6 months old. She is wild and untouched at this moment, but we will take the time we need to gentle her. :) She, as well as her mama, will be available for adoption, along with Shimmer and Cocoa Puff at a later date.

    We placed Phantom in a wonderful home, (son of the Phantom Stallion), and watched him drive away as the tears flowed down. Loved him so, but it is the best thing for him to have a life where he will get all the attention he deserves :)

    Tomorrow we take Velma and Cowboy to their new home. They will be staying together which is nice for them.

    Big Girl had her x-rays today. She is in tough shape all around :( . She has very little sole between her coffin bone and the ground, and has extensive “ring bone” (arthritis) on both front feet, although more so on one side. She has very little hoof growth so far, but is on some really good supplements so hopefully that will change soon. Her heartbeat is elevated and irregular, and she will never be able to be ridden or worked again. It is painful for her to move, but Doc prescribed some new meds so we will see if that keeps her comfortable.

    She needs lots of prayers for healing, but in the meantime we will give her as much time as she needs to get better, and she can spend her remaining time on this earth being a spoiled and much loved gentle giant. We want to give her all the love, time and happiness she deserves, and are hoping that with pain meds she will be comfortable enough to enjoy a few more years. She is the biggest sweetheart there is and so deserves some love and appreciation. (I still can’t believe the people think I bought her for a riding horse. arghhhh). But she needed to be saved and that is why God sent her to us.

    We got a call about 6 babies today. Getting ready to load up and head out early, when we received another update that the folks changed their minds and are going to try and keep them. You are on a never ending emotional roller coaster ride when you do this. The day we placed Phantom was a day when I questioned if I could keep doing this. It is so very hard to let them go after you have rehabbed them and put so much time into their healing. But if we don’t move horse kids to good homes, we won’t be able to keep saving more.

    But it is hard when you see babies in situations where folks have not had training for critical care and you know the babies need it. It sounds crazy, but I know many of you will understand. The minute you get that message, text or phone call about babies that need help, your heart is invested. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t laid eyes upon them yet, or touched them or spent time with them. In that instance they become “your babies”. That is what makes it possible to keep going through the craziness, the heart break and the non-stop never ending insanity that comes with this type of rescue. God hooks you up emotionally so you have what it takes to do whatever it takes. Then when you get that other call, it is a huge letdown. Especially knowing they need special care, but we can only do what we are allowed to do.

    We want to thank everyone for being part of saving all of these lives. It means the whole world to each and every horse that we save, and although we can’t save them all, we are grateful for all the lives we do save because of folks like you and your love and support.

    If you want to help You can go to You Caring – to help us save these horses.

    You can go to Paypal – Palominodancer@yahoo.com and click on Send or go to our website
    if you would like to help these horses.

    You can donate via check at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088

    530 474-5197 If you are interested in visiting or adopting one of these beautiful horses

  • SYALER April/May 2016 eNewsletter


    The following post is an update from Save Your Ass Longears Rescue.

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    Well, March and April got away from me! What a busy spring it has been!

    A belated thank you to all who participated as donors and bidders in this year’s Cabin Fever Auction. It was a huge success – we raised over $5,000 for our animals! I am grateful to all who pitched in to make the auction one of our best, including my board of directors – Jean Cornish, Judy Ballantine, Jen Luethy, and especially Joan Gemme, who busted her you-know-what organizing, itemizing, posting, corresponding, and generally running the auction. It was a Herculean effort that was greatly appreciated!

    For the first time since the inception of the rescue, for about a week, I had NO animals available for adoption! I guess that is the goal of rescue, but man, did it feel weird! No rest for the weary, though, because within a few days the calls and emails started coming in and we will have a full house again before long.

    Last weekend we celebrated Earth Day with a Veridian volunteer clean up day, hosted by SYALER’s dear friends, Nigel and Terence Blake. It was great fun for everyone, and Nigel and his son Terence kept us laughing as we worked. Thank you everyone who came out to help!

    Our own SYALER mascot, Marlin,was the subject of a recent article in The Dodo! Reporter Sarah Schweig and the rest of the staff at The Dodo fell in love with him – and who wouldn’t?! We’re thrilled that Marlin got his 15 minutes of fame and that the Rescue got some much needed publicity!

    You can read the story here.

    I wish you all a happy Spring!



    President & Shelter Manager

  • Big Day of Giving


    The following post comes from All About Equine Animal Rescue.

    On May 3rd, we are asking you to participate in another huge and historic event for our region, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Placer Community Foundation and Yolo Community Foundation bring you the BIG Day of Giving.  This is a 24 hour event that begins at midnight on May 3rd. Once this starts, All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc. (AAE) will join with over 500 other nonprofits to raise $6 million, engage 30,000 donors, and make our region #1 as the most generous community in the country on this national day of giving!

    As many of you know, All About Equine strives to support and further our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abused, neglected, and/or abandoned horses and other animals, as well as those in the auction/slaughter pipeline.

    This year, with your support, our goal is to engage at least 200 donors and raise $10,000 to satisfy our $10,000 matching funds requirement for our very recent expansion grant award from the ASPCA!   This grant was awarded to help fund a covered roundpen (small covered arena) for operating year round training and program activities providing protection from the rain and hot summer sun.

    We are less than 2 days away, and we are asking you to help us on this historic day to meet this goal. Invest in All About Equine as we further our mission and expand programs for our community including our youth, seniors and veterans.

    I am writing to ask you to take five minutes on May 3rd to give to All About Equine Animal Rescue.  You can donate using this link: Big Day of Giving – All About Equine. Looking for a reason to be proud of our region?  Just log onto www.bigdayofgiving.org and watch the total number and value of donations climb.  Give and be a part of the most generous community in the country by raising $6 Million!

    How you can help on May 3rd:

    1. Make a donation (starting as small as $25) to All About Equine Animal Rescue at Big Day of Giving – All About Equine.
    2. Spread the word. Tell your friends, post on Facebook, and tweet about it. This is an opportunity to be part of something really big. Help us get there.

    Your donation of any amount will help assure that All About Equine receives the $10,000 grant funding from ASPCA.  Be a part of the $5 Million giving community and help us improve our community by joining with others on May 3rd for a BIG Day of Giving!

  • Registration Now Open for the AHC’s 2016 National Issues Forum


    Registration is now open for the American Horse Council’s 2016 Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, taking place from June 12-15 at the Washington Court Hotel here in Washington, DC.

    Registration is available online here, and more information including a tentative schedule and hard copy registration form can be found on the AHC website in the Events section. All hard copy registration forms can be emailed to afurst@horsecouncil.org, faxed to 202-296-1970, or sent via regular mail to 1616 H Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006.

    The AHC has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $289/night, and reservations can be made online here. Please note, all room reservations must be made before May 21 in order to guarantee the discounted rate.

    If you have any questions about the meeting itself or registering, please contact Ashley Furst at afurst@horsecouncil.org or 202-296-4031.

  • Adoption Program Provides Bright Life For Thoroughbreds In Retirement


    The following excerpt is from an article written by Lauren Barry for the Journal Online.

    Amy Cone of Bellevue, IA, rides Snapphok, a former racehorse adopted through the Galloping Out program.

    Amy Cone of Bellevue, IA, rides Snapphok, a former racehorse adopted through the Galloping Out program.

    Have you ever wondered what happens to a racehorse after its years on the track are over? For the thoroughbreds that hoof around Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, their future is bright thanks to Galloping Out, an Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (ITHA) program that sets up retired racehorses with new careers.

    Working as a racing horse is similar to an elite athlete. Horses are often ready to quit by age 8, according to Chris Block, president of Galloping Out. However, injuries, slow speeds or temperament can force horses out of the game earlier.

    “Our horses can be anywhere from 3 to 10 years old,” Block told the Journal & Topics. They can live as long as 20-25 years, so having a place to go after their racing days is important for these animals.

    Read the rest of the article at the Journal Online.

  • Adobe Town Herd Horses in Danger


    The following post comes from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    Pam Nickoles PhotographyThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wants to conduct yet another wild horse roundup in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area (HMA) in Wyoming. Previous roundups in this HMA in 2013 and 2014 resulted in the deaths of scores of Adobe Town horses. The BLM is spending millions of our tax dollars on perpetual roundups in this area for the direct benefit of the wealthy and powerful Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members receive millions more in taxpayer subsidies to graze their livestock on our public lands in the Adobe Town HMA. 

    This roundup will include a “research project” in conjunction with the University of Wyoming that will place radio collars on approximately 15-40 mares to gather data about “habitat selection, seasonal use and movement between habitats, and the migration patterns with and outside of the HMA.” Unfortunately, valid data on natural behavior will be scarce after a traumatic helicopter roundup that removes 46% of the herd and shatters the horses’ close-knit family/ social structures.


  • Big Day on Capitol Hill for America’s Horses


    The following post comes from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    AWHP horsesOn Tuesday, April 19, America’s horses scored two significant victories on Capitol Hill. By a 25-23 vote, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to prohibit the expenditure of U.S. tax dollars on horse slaughter. And later that day, the U.S. Senate voted to adopt an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act to protect the Corolla wild horses of North Carolina’s Outer Banks by ensuring the genetic viability of this historic herd of colonial Spanish mustangs. Both victories are testimony to the growing strength of the grassroots base of support for America’s horses — both domestic and wild — and the power of the people to overcome the special interests that lobby for horse slaughter and the eradication of wild horses on our public lands.. 

    Thank you to Representatives Sam Farr (D-CA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA) for working to protect horses from brutal slaughter, and to North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Congressman Walter Jones for their dedication to protecting the Corolla wild horses. A sincere “Thanks” to everyone who called and wrote their Representatives and Senators on these two issues. Both of these victories are important examples of how our calls and letters can and do make a difference for our wild horses and burros.

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  • More Baby Rescues – Miracle Mustang


    The following post is courtesy of Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.

    Trailered BabiesOn my phone as we head out to deliver these babies to the amazing folks who will continue their specialized care. Although it breaks my heart to place them so young, we need space for the new babies coming in.

    We were notified about a single Baby, but if course that has changed. Now it is 2 babies, one of them only 2 days old as we are driving. Babies this young can crash so fast and these kids are what we specialize in. No one can save them all, but it is truly a privilege to care for them when they are so delicate.

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  • Are their days numbered?


    The following post comes from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    The historic Corolla wild horses on North Carolina’s Outer Banks have survived for 500 years, but their days may be numbered without legislation to protect them.

    Two calls from you could change the future for these historic wild horses, who are direct descendants of the colonial Spanish mustangs brought here in the 1500’s.

    The federal government is imposing a herd size of 60. This number is not large enough for a viable herd and is causing inbreeding and birth defects.  An Amendment would increase the herd size to 120-130 to ensure the future of this herd.

    Legislation to protect the Corolla wild horses twice passed the House of Representatives unanimously, but has stalled in the Senate.

    Please call your Senators to ask them to vote in favor of the Burr-Tillis Amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act.  

    The vote could be as early as Tuesday. Even if you have weighed in previously, your voice is needed again, so please act today! 


  • Help a Horse Day with Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary


    Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary will be celebrating the ASPCA® (The AmericanSociety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help A Horse Day April 22-24.

    Help-A-Horse-Day_040416_shareable_2This nationwide Help A Horse Day Celebration is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.

    In addition to caring for special needs horse at our facility Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary has an Equine Re-Homing Assistance Program to help people who are no longer able to keep their horses.

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  • Cracking the Tax Code


    The following excerpt comes from TheHorse.com.

    The United States’ tax code is written in a special dialect—call it “taxspeak”—that is nearly incomprehensible for most people. One way to make sense of taxspeak is to study the subject until you master it, but that takes substantial time and effort. A more practical approach is to find someone who already knows the language and can decipher it for you. B. Paul Husband is a Burbank, California, attorney with a rare talent: He knows the tax code and, more importantly, he can explain what it means without resorting to taxspeak. In this article he will help us interpret some of the important tax provisions affecting the horse industry.

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