Equine Welfare News

  • 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.

    Read The Full Article Here

  • 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.

    Read The Full Article Here

  • Slaughter Baby Update – Miracle Mustang


    The following post is courtesy of Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.


    Hi All, (My photo is not flattering – but it is the reality of what we do!! ha ha, but Kim Dezellem so kindly took it to show what it is like on these rescues – thanks Kim lol) Spent nearly 8 hours there. Kim came and brought milk and lunch and stayed for moral support :)

    Sorry it has taken so long for an update. We picked up 7 (Seven) babies at the shipping yard. The littlest one is Thumbellina, who was maybe half a day old. We were told that she had nursed from her mama, and that she had gotten her colostrum.

    However, by the wee morning hours she was crashing, and could not stand and could barely even drink from her bottle. I tucked her into the living area of the Rolling Foal Hospital, right smack in front of the heater and while my heart was breaking, prayed like crazy. We have seen this so many times. They are so tiny and fragile and the stress can just be a door closer.

    I gave her electrolytes (again), tiny drops of glucose and gradually she started to come around. She was very shaky but managed to drink a few drops of her formula as well as the electrolytes.

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  • Take A Stand Against Barbaric BLM Sterilization Experiments


    The following post come from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    Please take action on our petition to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, which is asking its members to oppose the BLM’s dangerous plan to conduct painful and risky surgical sterilization experiments on wild mares.

    The experiments will subject mares to the risk of death from hemorrhage, evisceration and infection, and will cause pregnant mares to abort their foals. If implemented in the field, this sterilization method (“ovariectomy” – surgical removal of the ovaries) would take the wild out of wild horses by destroying their natural free-roaming behaviors and causing social chaos on the range.

    We will be delivering these signatures in just three days and need to make sure our voices are heard. Will you please help by sending a message to oppose this horrific plan?

  • American Horse Council Tax Bulletin – April 2016


    The following post in an excerpt from the American Horse Council’s Tax Bulletin.

    Circuit Court Affirms Lower Court Finding Horse Activity Not a Business for Profit

    By Thomas A. Davis, Esq., Davis & Harman LLP, Washington, DC

    The taxpayers, wife and late husband, bred Tennessee walking horses on their farm in Tennessee. They incorporated the horse-breeding operation as LSA, Inc. and claimed substantial losses as deductions from LSA on their personal tax returns. (The husband died in a fire at their residence in January of 2003.)  The IRS determined that the horse-breeding operation was not an activity engaged in for profit and therefore assessed taxes and penalties against taxpayers.

    Tax Court Finds Horse Training Activity Not Engaged in for Profit

    By Thomas A. Davis, Esq., Davis & Harman LLP, Washington, DC

    During the taxable years in issue, 2010 and 2011, the taxpayer, Linda Kaiser, operated a financial consulting and insurance business from her home called “Kaiser Consulting/Insurance Sales.” The taxpayer also conducted a horse training activity known as “The Forty Carrot Wisdom Co.” Previously, she had operated a small business, worked in real estate and insurance, and was a sales manager at a multinational financial services company.

    Attorneys’ Fees and Other Costs in Tax Cases: Opportunities Exist for Taxpayers to be Reimbursed Their Costs
    By Douglas P. Romaine, Esq., Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC, Lexington, KY
    To date myself, I remember when a rate of $100 per hour for an attorney was a big deal.  Today it is not unusual to find hourly professional fees in major metropolitan areas have broached $1,000 per hour and beyond.  This article is not intended to examine the vagaries of hourly rates or their steady march up the scale but to make the observation that in the federal tax system where taxpayers generally bear the burden to prove that the determination of the IRS is not correct, it is often an expensive proposition for a taxpayer to contest an assessment.
  • Chilly Pepper: Update on Big Girl


    The following post comes from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.

    Vet check yesterday. Heart is good, lungs are good, pain level not too high. We are managing that on an as needed basis.

    Scheduling specialized farrier to meet us at Vet’s for hoof clean up (not really a trim as Doc says not enough to trim), and to see how bad the thrush is. X rays will be taken while under sedation and we will be able to make informed decisions about the best care for her hoofers.

    Doc is hopeful we can actually get some hoof wall on her and have a much improved hoof after 6 months or so with specialized care, treatment and supplements.

    Weight is approximately 1350 pounds and at least 20 years old, (probably a bit older)

    Sad news, Big Girl has cancer. She has melanomas under her tail, (and they are not exactly small), and some (lumps) on her underside. This is not uncommon with white and grey horses, but this does have the potential to be deadly and can go really fast or it may not be an issue at all. Her lumps have the potential to cause issues with her anus if they grow larger.

    Doc said the cancer can be very unpredictable and she has seen it go very quickly and seen other equine with small melanomas live out a very happy life.

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  • Tell BLM Advisory Board: Say No to Dangerous Sterilization Experiments!


    This post comes from American Wild Horse Preservation.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet on April 13, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and April 14, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Redmond, Oregon.

    Please take a moment to sign the petition asking this citizen advisory board to oppose the BLM’s barbaric, risky and invasive sterilization experiments, proposed to be conducted on captured wild mares at the BLM’s corrals in Hines, Oregon. These painful experiments will expose mares to risk of death by bleeding, infection and evisceration (a deadly condition in which the intestines protrude through surgical incisions). The majority of the mares used in the experiment will be pregnant and the procedure will cause many to abort their unborn foals. We have one week to gather as many petition signatures as possible, which AWHPC will hand deliver to the Advisory Board. Help us take a strong stand against this cruelty by signing and sharing today!


  • Emergency Help Needed for Latest “Critical Case” at Chilly Pepper


    The following story comes from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.

    Matt and I had to do an unexpected rescue today. “Big Girl” is a 20+ (?) year old Percheron who weighs about 1600 pounds. She was for sale as a “riding horse” and we were told she just needed her hoofers trimmed. We were also told that even if you used a crop or whip, she would not canter. But it was fine to trot her.

    As panic welled in my gut, we handed over the cash to “bail her” and bring her home. Did she even have enough back hooves to have a chance? Her front hoof was bare sole with the hoof wall well above where it should be. I cannot begin to imagine how uncomfortable it is for her to have to hold all that weight on such broken feet.

    We are praying that there is not too much damage done for her to heal. When you think of the saying “NO HOOF – NO HORSE”, PURE PANIC COMES TO MIND!

    We are asking for prayers and any help you can give to save this beautiful girl. She will need to be sedated to have her feet worked on as it seems to be too painful and hard for her to stand on 3 feet. We were told it takes 3 men and medicine to do her front feet, but you “cannot do her hind feet”. I lifted her rear hoof up today to try and see what damage had been done, but it was apparent that she was really uncomfortable and after that she was very wary of me.

    She is settled in with Magic and tomorrow we will contact the vet and try to get her some help. No horse deserves this, and we can only pray we got to her in time. This is overwhelming, disheartening and simply devastating. But when God puts one of His creatures in front of you, there is no choice, you do whatever you can to help, so once again we are asking folks to join us so we can help this beautiful soul. Any prayers and help you would like to give and what you can comfortably do for “Big Girl”…. are so very much appreciated.

    You can go to Paypal – Palominodancer@yahoo.com or go to our website
    www.chillypepper.org if you would like to help Big Girl, the horse with no hooves :(

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

    530 474-5197

  • WY Wild Horse Wipeout Continues – Take A Stand!


    The following post comes from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    Take A Stand Against BLM’s Illegal Wyoming Wild Horse Wipeout!

    The BLM is accepting public comments on a proposal to remove all the wild horses from the Checkerboard lands within and outside of the Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells Creek, and Adobe Town herd management areas (HMAs) in Wyoming at the request of ranchers. 

    If allowed to stand, this action will place the fate of wild horses living on public lands throughout the West in the hands of private landowners who want them all removed. We have mounted a significant legal challenge to the BLM’s illegal Wyoming wild horse wipeout, and our case is currently being considered by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. While we battle the BLM in court, we need you to show the agency that “We the People” want our wild horses protected on our public lands. . . . Please take action today! 


  • Help NV Mustangs & Thank AZ Congresswoman for Pro-Wild Horse Stand!


    The following post comes from the American Wild Horse Preservation‘s eNews roundup.

    Weigh in for Humane Wild Horse & Burro Management in Nevada’s Blue Wing Complex

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public scoping comments in the development of a ten-year management plan for the wild horses and burros in the Blue Wing Complex in northern Nevada. Under pressure from area ranchers, the BLM is likely to develop plans for perpetual roundups and removals of hundreds of wild horses and burros from the public lands in this area — unless they hear from you! Now is the time to weigh in for humane management of our wild horses and burros on our public lands. Please act today!


    Arizona Congresswoman Takes a Stand for America’s Wild Horses

    As the first American woman to fly in combat, U.S. Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ), a retired Air Force Colonel, is a military hero. And now she is a hero for America’s wild horses as well!. This week, Rep. McSally asked the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee to incorporate language in the 2017 budget bill that would prevent the BLM from turning over captured wild horses to other federal, state and local agencies for use as “work animals.” Rep. McSally is concerned, as are we, that this will provide a potential backdoor route to slaughter.

    When our elected officials take action to protect our wild horses and burros, it’s important to let them know that we appreciate it. Please call Rep. McSally’s office at 202-225-2242 to thank her for acting to protect wild horses and burros from slaughter. 


  • Newest Arrival at Chilly Pepper: Miracle Mustang!


    The following post comes from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.


    As I write this, I am remembering how quickly you get “baby brain”. The time when your brain turns to mush from lack of sleep.

    Wow – it seems like the Rolling Foal Hospital never stops. We are so very pleased to be able to let folks know just how important this trailer is, and that it is constantly being used to save the lives of our beloved horses.

    We left last Tuesday to take Seanna, Cicero and Go Go Boots to their new home in Idaho. We had to meet with Doc on Wednesday in NV to procure the proper paperwork and off we went.

    We arrived to a stunning property and an amazing woman waiting for the babies. God has once again blessed us with the help we needed for these young horses. They have a wonderful place with a river, many streams, a clean and clear pond and wild life all around. They have space and will have folks to continue their training.

    They have settled in well and although there was the usual heartbreak as we drove away, all was well and it was the best scenario we could hope for.

    All the way there, and even prior as we were prepping the trailer, something kept telling me we would not be coming back empty. So I made sure we had our “new baby kit” well prepped. On our way back home, we received an emergency call. Shirley (my friend in NV who was caring for Velma), was in the hospital and we needed to come and pick up the baby. We are blessed as I am Shirley’s back up and she is ours if we have emergencies.

    So we picked up Velma, (whom I had had quite a bit of time with the night prior to our vet visit with Doc), whose world was once again upside down. Although pretty scared at first, she traveled beautifully, and as always we took our time and gave her lots of rest stops. Here is the link for a short video of her enjoying one of her bottles. (Beware – this is cuteness over load at it’s finest.)

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  • Angels in Idaho


    The following update comes from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.


    Exciting news – We received a message yesterday that our new “Angels in Idaho” will be taking three babies. Seanna, (shown in photo), Boots and Cicero will all be heading to their new home this week.

    Matt and I will be transporting them. We will need roughly $375 fuel for transport and a little for Health Certificates and needed blood work for transport. So we are looking at between $400 – $500 to secure these three great homes.

    (Unfortunately it won’t reduce our monthly board as they have been at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang and we do not receive any funds for “boarding” even though they were part of the 55)”. ) But it will certainly be a reduction for feed expenses and leave me more time to help gentle other wild ones and care for the upcoming orphans.) Finding them homes is the biggest blessing ever :)

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  • Chilly Pepper Rescue: Bad weather postpones the roundups


    The following is an excerpt from the latest Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue Newsletter.

    Hi, Sending out a quick update to keep everyone informed. We are in a “hurry up and wait” state, but thanks to y’all we are ready for that call.

    I am happy to share some good news. Thanks to the wet weather, the roundups in Yakima, WA have been postponed. This is good for all the babies as they have a better chance of spending more time with their moms. Of course we are praying the roundups simply do not happen, but at least the older the babies are, the better chance they have of surviving.

    So far, we have not heard any news about the Warm Springs roundups having started yet either. Once again, the weather is a big factor. PTL! So for now, we have been blessed. Please send your prayers that the roundups don’t start.

    On the home front, we are still prepping for babies. Things can change in a heart beat, and you have to be ready to go. Prior to last year, our babies came locally in CA or from NV off the range. So although that is our normal source, we are now on board for the “slaughter babies” once again this year. We are trying to establish a “direct relationship” with the auction yard. Once these horses are brought in, they go straight to Canada as the gentleman running the operation has a direct contract with Bouvry Exports, in Alberta Canada.

    In the meantime, we are also gentling and training the wild ones that are here. I am so happy to report that Lacy has made a huge break through and she is bonding up nicely. Prior to this she would bite and was very unsure and unhappy with any type of touching. She is going to make an amazing partner for someone and will be available for adoption. If you would like to see Lacy’s progress, you can follow the attached links. :)

    “Seanna” has also made huge strides and her training is coming along nicely. “Go Go Boots” is just a tiny bit behind her, but we will be needing homes not only for these girls, but for Cicero. Cicero is from Yakima Washington and is coming on a year old. He will need someone with experience, but promises to be an amazing horse. He is very spirited and intelligent (shown below).

    We so appreciate everyone who is part of this rescue and helping us keep these horses safe. Please share far and wide so we can find forever homes for these horses.

    If you want to help You can go to You caring – https://www.youcaring.com/let-em-run-foundation-for-55-wild-horses-orphaned-foals-415297 to help us save these horses.

    You can go to Paypal – Palominodancer@yahoo.com or go to our website
    www.chillypepper.org 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.

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