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Landmark Tax Bill Crosses the Finish Line

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

Landmark Tax Bill Crosses the Finish Line

The Senate hustled early Wednesday morning, December 20 to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 by a vote of 51-48.  Although the House passed the bill Tuesday afternoon, congressional budget rules required the Senate to return the bill to the House for a revote on Wednesday to address technical changes.  While details related to the 1100-page conference report on the final legislation continue to emerge, please see the below highlights that will have the most direct impact on the horse industry:

Business Provisions

  • Corporate Taxes :  The new tax law reduces the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% and takes effect January 1.  AHC members filing as “C corporations,” which are generally identified by the suffix, “Inc.,” will see an immediate reduction in their official, or statutory tax rate.  AHC members filing as “C corporations” would include racetracks, makers of pharmaceuticals and agricultural equipment, and large breeding operations governed by officers and a board of directors, among others.  While many policy experts believe that the new tax code will be easier to navigate from a business perspective, corporate taxpayers’ effective liability will vary to the extent they are able to utilize the new code’s remaining deductions, some of which are outlined below.
  • Small Business, “Pass-Through” Deduction :  The Tax Cut and Jobs Act establishes a 20% deduction for the first $315,000 of joint income, or $157,500 for individual filers, from “pass-through” entities such as partnerships, sole proprietorships and S corporations.  This new provision could benefit small businesses that generally report incomes at or near the new threshold level.  While various types of “pass-throughs” constitute the fastest growing segment of AHC members, they also include the majority of U.S. farms.  According to Department of Agriculture data, 85% of domestic agriculture production comes from “pass through” entities.
  • Bonus Depreciation of Equipment: The House and Senate conference report includes 100% bonus depreciation – an increase from the current 50% rate – through  December 31, 2022, for property placed in service after September 27, 2017.  Beginning in 2023, bonus depreciation is reduced from 100%, to 80% in 2024, then falls by 20% increments each year through 2026.  Farm equipment used in a business operation, breeding stock and according to a preliminary reviews of the final language, race horses will benefit from the robust deduction.
  • Losses at the Racetracks :  The final law preserves the deduction of losses “sustained … on wagering transactions to the extent of the gains” realized “during the taxable year.”  However, the law clarifies that the “limitation on losses from wagering transactions applies not only to the actual costs of the wages, but to other expenses incurred by the individual in connection with the conduct of that individual’s gambling activity.”  For example, the law subjects the deduction for travel expenses to and from a racetrack to the cap established by the amount of the gains.  Like many of the deductions in the bill, the provision sunsets after 2025.
  • Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) – The new law repeals the corporate AMT, ending the need to calculate tax liability twice for a single filing.
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We Started with 4 and Baby Made 5!!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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13 Days Left, Onyx, Whisper and Annie!

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.

 

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Sometimes Good Things Take Time

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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14 Days Left, Lilly!

Sometimes good things take time.  AAE is committed to providing sanctuary to all horses we take in until a forever home can be found.  Like fine wine, Lilly’s adoption took time.  Lilly had been at AAE longer than any non-program horse.  She was one of the 2011 November Rescue Miracle horses rescued from the Nevada feedlot by Stinkin’ Rose Ranch.  She came to AAE in March 2012.

Lilly was untouchable and extremely fearful upon arrival.

 

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The difference you make

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Photograph by Linda Hay

There’s one thing standing between our opponents getting their way and ushering in a new policy to slaughter America’s wild horses: you.

This was our organization’s most challenging year ever. But, thanks to you, we overwhelmingly succeeded.

From legal and Senate wins, to education and advocacy milestones, to holding BLM accountable for its inhumane roundups, we’ve been fighting back against all the dangers wild horses and burros face. Our opponents may have the power and money. But we’ve always had the people on our side.                                                        

Here are just a few of our 2017 successes:

  • Convinced Senate to stand against slaughter. We fought the Interior Department’s request to slaughter nearly 100,00 of America’s wild horses with everything we had. Together, we led a massive grassroots, advocacy, and paid media campaign. It paid off in November when the Senate maintained prohibitions on killing and slaughter. The fight’s not over, but the Senate’s position is a major victory for our side.
  • Litigated to stop destruction of wild herds and removal of habitat. We scored major victories in federal court that stopped the BLM from destroying an entire wild horse population in Idaho by sterilizing every member of the herd, and from turning over wild horse habitat in California to private livestock interests.
  • Vaccinated more mares with birth control than the BLM did. Our volunteer team on Nevada’s Virginia Range darted more horses with humane birth control this year than the entire BLM did in 2016!
  • Mobilized 300,000 citizens. We delivered over 300,000 signatures to key Congressional offices in Reno, Phoenix and Las Vegas and to a National BLM Advisory Board meeting in Colorado, urging support for humane management methods for wild horses and burros.
  • Educated the public about federal cruelty to wild horses & burros. We showed the world what our government is doing to our mustangs in the remote areas of the West where wild horses live. Our high quality video footage of BLM helicopter roundups was seen by millions on social media, raising significant public awareness about our government’s inhumane treatment of wild horses and burros.

That’s only a small glimpse of the work we’ve done. I am so proud of our excellent team and the hard work they put in this year. But most of all, I am so very grateful for you: your dedication, your support, and your actions. You are the backbone of what we do.

From all of us here, and on behalf of the magnificent wild horses and burros we are fighting so hard to save, thank you.

Sincerely,
Suzanne Roy

PS. Want to help us make even more of an impact of 2018? Pitch in now to support our year-end fundraising efforts and fuel all of our vital work to protect wild horses and burros and meet the challenges of the year ahead.

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Confused About the ELD Mandate? We Can Help.

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

Confused About the ELD Mandate? We Can Help.

On November 30th , the AHC sent out a Washington Update to our members on our efforts to address the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate. The AHC, in collaboration with the rest of the animal agriculture community, has requested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) grant a one-year enforcement delay followed by a waiver and limited exemptions from compliance with the December 18, 2017 implementation date for the Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Hours of Service (HOS). Additionally, we requested that the DOT address the significant problems with the mandate that will occur if the compliance deadline is not extended. The welfare, safety, and health of the animals in transit, together with the safety of other drivers on the road, are top priorities for the equine industry and its enthusiasts.

The introduction of the ELD mandate has also brought to light concerns about Commercial Driver’s license (CDL) requirements from the entire equine community. Drivers have been required to have a CDL in order to drive certain commercial motor vehicles (CMV’s) since April 1, 1992. That being said, a truck and trailer can be considered a commercial vehicle without the requirement that you obtain a CDL. The AHC would like to note that the requirements for a CDL or CMV classification have been in effect for quite some time, and are not new developments along with the ELD mandate.

In an effort to help provide some clarity for both our members and the general equine industry, the AHC has put together two brochures: “Electronic Logging Device Mandate: How Will It Affect You?” and “Commercial Driver’s License: How do I Know if I Need One?” Both are available as a .pdf on the AHC’s website here:http://www.horsecouncil.org/eld-mandate-cdl-requirements/

We encourage our members to share this information, and please contact the AHC if you have any additional questions.

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Remembering a Gentle Giant!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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 15 Days Left, Angus the Gentle Giant!

Remembering Angus!  He was a big, enormously handsome, genuinely kind, 21-ish Shire gelding. He introduced our volunteers and guests to the true gentleness of these giant horses.
He crossed the Rainbow Bridge this year, and he has been missed a ton.

 

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Meet our Majestic Mustang

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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16 Days Left, Bentley!


Bentley is one of the Hallelujah Horses.  He’s so special, he needed a day of his own.  Bentley was the most pathetic looking when the boys arrived, but at the same time, the most majestic.

 

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A Call to Action Led Us to These Six!

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 17 Days Left, The Hallelujah Horses!

In October 2016, 907 mustangs were seized by authorities from International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros in South Dakota. Fleet of Angels stepped in to take responsibility for what is now known as the largest horse rescue mission in the US.

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UHC Roundup – December 2017

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The following is from UHC:

The UHC Roundup

DECEMBER 2017​
The UHC Roundup is an online publication that compiles news articles and events related to unwanted horses. It highlights UHC member programs and success stories spanning all breeds, disciplines, and regions.I
f you wish to share your story of unwanted horses becoming wanted again, contact the UHC at afurst@horsecouncil.org.
UHC NEWS
Happy Holidays from the Unwanted Horse Coalition!​The UHC would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year! Thank you for your past and continued support of the UHC. We are looking forward to 2018 with some new and exciting initiatives in the works!Read More

Feature Photo“The UHC has helped us with five mini stallions, which is amazing! Sadly, many of the minis that enter the action pipeline are studs, I guess because owners don’t want to spend the money, and the little ones are easy, even as stallions.”
Program Highlight

Somehow, through the flames, smoke, chaos and tears, an army of heroes emerged in California. Some were burned, some bruised, but all were relentless in aiding the struggling people and horses of the San Luis Rey Downs Fire.

Success Story

It was just another ordinary Tuesday in 2001 for Janet Rowe, owner of Saving Grace Equine Rescue in Bracebridge, Ontario. She was making one of her frequent trips to the Ontario Livestock Exchange in St. Jacobs, Ontario, to look for another horse in need to rescue, rehab and re-home.

 

Click to Read the UHC December Roundup in its Entirety

Operation Gelding Updates

2,330 stallions gelded
$152,275 in funding provided
186 gelding clinics supported
Clinics offered in 33 states
306 vouchers distributed
UPCOMING CLINICS
January 13, 2018
Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue, North Wichita, KS
January 17, 22, 24, 2018
KSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, KS
January 27, 2018
Edisto Equine Clinic, Yonges Island, SC
April 11, 2018
VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, VA
April 28, 2018
Horse Haven of Tennessee/University of Tennessee Vet Med, Lancing, TN

Click HERE to see full list of clinics.

The Countdown Continues with A Wild One

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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 18 Days Left, Diego!
 Handsome Diego was originally part of a group of mustangs gathered by the USFS in New Mexico off the Jarita Mesa Wild Horse Territory in the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest.
After being offered for adoption by the USFS at two adoption events, he was not lucky enough to be chosen.
Diego, along with herdmates Scout, Diesel and several others, were taken to the Monty Roberts International Learning Center (MRILC) in Solvang, CA.

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Nevada to Give Away Virginia Range Mustangs – Please Help!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Nevada’s beloved Virginia Range mustangs are in grave danger.

On Tuesday, the Nevada Board of Agriculture voted to direct the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) to transfer ownership of the estimated 3,000 Virginia Range horses to a private entity. The new “owner” would then have private “property rights” entitling them to do whatever they want with the horses, including send them to slaughter.

The Board’s vote defied the will of the public and business community, which turned out in force to oppose this dangerous giveaway. The only comment in favor of the plan was made “Protect the Harvest,” an organization whose top priority is legalizing the slaughter of America’s horses and burros.

For years, AWHC has worked to protect the Virginia Range horses. Through Cooperative Agreements with the State, we implemented the world’s largest humane birth control program and rescued over 240 horses from slaughter. Then on October 25, the NDA abruptly cancelled these agreements.

It’s clear that the good-old-boy cattlemen’s network is taking advantage of the horses’ legal vulnerability (the horses are not protected under federal law) to push their agenda of mustang roundup and slaughter.

We can’t – and won’t – let this stand. While we explore legal and political avenues to challenge this action, we need you to contact Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval – he has power to reverse his administration’s decision that jeopardizes the future of this historic herd.

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Sometimes You Have to Say Good-Bye!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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19 Days Left, Banjo!
Banjo, we said goodbye to another long timer at AAE

Banjo was relinquished by his owner in January 2014 after his owner developed health issues. He shared a pasture with another horse for 12 years, and he was very protective of his pasture-mate, much to his detriment.

Banjo had a very sweet side, but he also tested his handler, and displayed some naughty stud-like behavior. He was fearful of ropes, and he would challenged his handler when approached with one. We were told he was used as a child’s riding horse (hard to imagine) 12 years prior.

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From No Future to Forever Loved! Your Support Made a Difference!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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20 Days Left, Maci

Maci arrived at All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc. on September 4th, 2015.  She was one of four horses that came to AAE as part of a collaborative rescue effort in Fallon, NV that saved 56 horses at auction from purchase by a slaughter buyer.  Maci was a two year old, and the rest of the foursome included two yearlings, Bailey and Mazie, and Jolene, an older, experienced mare.  Maci, Bailey, and Mazie were not halterable when they arrived.

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Can we make it 11?

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21 Days Left, Gentry and Foley

Last, but not least, AAE welcomed Gentry, a pretty young mare, and Foley, her little “red” colt from the DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary in September 2017. These are the last two, which made 13 horses helped from the DreamCatcher gang.  Nine have been adopted so far.  Can we make it 11?

Gentry had only recently been introduced to humans when she arrived, so she was a bit shy and unsure about the new humans that were caring for her. She is learning humans are not so scary, and she knows they’re the ones with the good stuff (food).  She always waits patiently at feeding time.

Upon dental exam, we learned she is only about 2-1/2 years old.
A baby with a baby, but she is such a good mama.

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What Will the Future Hold for this Kind-Eyed Mustang?

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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22 Days Left, Our handsome Ford!

The DreamCatcher connection continues…  
A handsome lil, young, gray gelding came to AAE after a failed attempt in a gentling program.  He landed at AAE for a layover in transportation with two other somewhat overwhelmingly dominant geldings as they were making their way back to DreamCatcher.  He seemed to find himself unwittingly between the antics of the other two, and the poor guy couldn’t seem to catch a break.  He had a kind eye and an inquisitive nature, but for intimidation by the other two.  We called him Ford.  He seemed to be a good fit here at AAE, so we held him back when the trailer came for the boys.

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There should be a Cowboy in every countdown!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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23 Days Left, Meet Cowboy!

About a month after lil’ Rascal came to AAE, DreamCatcher contacted AAE about another orphaned foal. He was born around May 5, 2017, but wasn’t found until May 8 when his mom was suffering from colic. She had been hiding him.  Mom was a senior mare, and her colic was severe.  Sadly, she had to go to horsey heaven, so her lil guy traveled all the way to AAE so he’d have a big sister to grow up with and lots of people to watch over and love him.

He arrived late on May 8th.  This lil guy had slightly bowed legs and an ol’ soul. It was like looking at an old cowboy.  Alas, AAE dubbed him Cowboy. After evaluation by the vet, and a selenium injection, he was on his way to happily ever after.  He quickly picked up drinking milk replacer from a bucket, and in a blink, he stole everyone’s heart.

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With 24 Days Left We Introduce The Burros

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support has helped horses in 2017. This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!
As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

We want to thank everyone for their love and support!

We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

Have a great holiday season!

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Waylon, Whitney & Walker continue our countdown – 25 days left

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support has helped horses in 2017. This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!
As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

We want to thank everyone for their love and support!

We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

Have a great holiday season!

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A New Way to Speak Up for Wild Horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

A Creative Way to Speak Up: Letters to the Editor

As Congress debates the future of wild horses and burros in behind-the-scenes negotiations, the key to saving these cherished animals remains expanding public awareness. One great way to spread the word about the threats facing mustangs and burros is by informing your friends and neighbors through letters to the editor. Members of Congress also monitor local newspapers to keep abreast of their constituents’ views and opinions. We have an awesome feature that makes sending your letters to the editor EASY and FAST! Try it out by clicking below!

Wild Horses: What’s Happening This Month in Congress

You may have heard that things in Washington are not working very well these days, and we’re here to report that—sadly, that’s exactly correct. Read more about this month on Capitol Hill and what’s in store for wild horses and burro by clicking below.

Conger Roundup Concludes; Research Moves Forward

The Conger roundup concluded on December 3, 2017 with a total of 111 wild horses captured. The roundup is part of an ongoing “population control research” study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado State University to assess the impacts of gelding (castrating) stallions on individual behavior and herd dynamics. Read below for more about the research project and a report from the roundup.

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Day 26 – Collaboration Saves Lives: Rascal

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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Join AAE as we Deck the Stalls with Boughs of Plenty.  As the year comes to an end, we are sharing stories straight from the barn to show how your support has helped horses in 2017. This year was very special, and there are so many stories to be thankful for!
As we count down to 2018, please help us as we prepare for another year of helping horses.  Your donations will assure we have ample funding for unexpected veterinary needs as we move into our next year.

We want to thank everyone for their love and support!

We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

Have a great holiday season!

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