Equine Welfare News

  • Bella II Update

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    The following post comes from All About Equine Rescue.

    Sincere thanks to all of our family, friends, and followers for supporting AAE.  With your ongoing care, everyone here at AAE will continue to give horses a new life as best we can.

    We have been a bit quiet the last couple months, but rest assured, we have been busy helping horses, planning events, and expanding our networks.  There is much more to come, but for now, thank you for caring, sharing, and making a difference, one horse at a time.

    In The Meantime…. 

    We have a new little gal that needs our help.

    Bella II is a recent intake.  She’s only two to three years old, and such a sweet face.

    What you don’t see, is she has been dealing with contracted tendons, probably since birth.   We picked her up and brought her home, and she looked like this:

    Radiographs show her condition is a bit severe.

    She has been trimmed a couple of times, and a therapeutic shoeing effort failed to help.

    This is one of those cases where Bella’s needs are a bit beyond what we normally plan for with a new intake, but she is young and healthy with a good prognosis for a happy future with treatment.

    Bella needs surgery to help relax her tendons in her front legs.  Although not common, it looks like her hind legs may need surgery, as well.  After surgery, she will need special shoes during her recovery.  With two surgeries, radiographs, at least two sets of new shoes, and treatment to date, costs will likely exceed $2,500.

    We are asking for a little help with Bella’s costs.  If she does not need surgery on her hinds, any excess funds will apply toward veterinary costs toward other current cases.

    Help however you can:  donate, share, or send a good thought for this cute little girl!

    Donate Now

    To date, we’ve raised over $500 towards her treatment.

    Thanks to everyone that has donated thus far!!

  • AHC NEWS – Summer 2015

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    This news round up comes from the American Horse Council.

    Dr. Jerry Black Elected AHC Chairman

    Dr. Jerry Black was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council at the AHC’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on June 15.


    Federal and Industry Speakers Address AHC’s 2015 Issues Forum 

    A broad range of speakers from the federal government and the horse industry addressed the American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum in Washington, DC on June 16.  The theme of the forum was “Protecting and Promoting the Horse.”  This year’s forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, drew a crowd of about 175 and was held in conjunction with the AHC’s annual convention, which ran from June 14 to 17 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.  “We were very pleased with the crowd and the presentations,” said AHC president Jay Hickey, “particularly the afternoon sessions which were very upbeat and highlighted the efforts of six organizations working hard to attract people, particularly youth, to the horse experience and keep them involved.”


    PAST Act Introduced in the House

    On July 28, 2015, Representatives Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) re-introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2015 (HR 3268) (PAST Act) in the House of Representatives. The PAST Act is supported by the American Horse Council (AHC) and almost all major national horse show organizations and many state and local horse organizations. The Senate version of the bill was introduced by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Warner (D-VA) earlier this year.


    Racing Medication Bills Again Before Congress

    The last few Congresses have seen an increasing number of bills introduced that call for a new, national structure to replace state regulation of medication in racing.  Hearings have been held on some of these bills in past Congresses.


    Congressman Yarmuth Receives AHC’s Rolapp Award   
    Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville, Kentucky was awarded the American Horse Council’s 2015 Rolapp Award for his outstanding service to the horse industry.  The award was presented to Congressman Yarmuth on June 16th at a Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill during the AHC’s annual meeting in Washington, DC before leaders of the horse industry and Members of Congress.   

    UHC Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Releases New Educational Brochure

    This summer marks the 10th anniversary of the Unwanted Horse Coalition.

    The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) grew out of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in 2005, a time in which new legislation had brought slaughter to the forefront of the equine welfare debate.


    National Forest Trail Bill Gains Momentum

    The National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R. 845/S.1110) introduced to help address the current trail maintenance backlog on many National Forests, continues to gain momentum. Recently, the bill won praise in a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing and the number of endorsements from many national and local groups continues to grow.

    Equine Disease Communication Center Fundraising Initiative Launches 

    The horse industry is always just one step from the calamity of a disease outbreak. Our industry is built on its ability to move horses easily for sales, breeding, racing, showing, events, work and recreation and an infectious disease outbreak has the potential to limit such movement through emergency action imposed by state, federal or international authorities to stop the spread of the disease.


    Positive Developments on Several Tax Issues

    The Senate Finance Committee recently approved legislation to extend retroactively a number of tax provisions, including several beneficial to the horse industry and supported by the American Horse Council. Additionally, the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced their intention to amend the IRS regulations regarding the reporting and withholding of gambling winnings on pari-mutuel racing. The AHC and horse industry have requested for many years that these regulations should be updated so that they accurately and fairly reflect the realities of wagering on horseracing today.

    Horse Slaughter Amendments Debated 

    The horse slaughter issue continues to receive Congressional attention, most recently when two Congressional committees debated amendments to the FY 2016 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) appropriations bill.  

    Yvette Anderson-Rollins Receives AHC’s 2015 Van Ness Award

    On June 16, the American Horse Council presented the Van Ness Award to Yvette Anderson-Rollins of Springville, Indiana during the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.

  • Emergency: Arizona’s Famed Salt River Wild Horses Under Attack

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    This post comes from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    We have an urgent situation that requires your immediate attention. The famed and beloved Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest near Mesa, Arizona are in immediate threat of total eradication, thanks to a U.S. Forest Service plan to begin rounding up these horses as early as Friday, August 7!

    These special horses have been present on the lands in and around the Salt River for over a century, but the Forest Service is claiming that they are “estray livestock” and intends to “impound” all “unauthorized” horses beginning in just three short days. Because the Salt River horses lack federal protection, legally they can be sold for slaughter.

    The Forest Service is heading down an irreversible path to destroy this important heritage herd that is beloved by locals and tourists from across the world. We can’t let this happen. Please click below to speak up for the amazing Salt River wild horses today!

    Thanks for everything you do – together we can and will save these horses!!

    – The AWHPC Team

  • Wild Mustangs & Burros – A Note from Meredith

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    Just remember that the land did not always look like this until cattle leases became seductive for the Federal Government. Now they are looking for expanded development and even cattle ranchers are getting pushed out. This is a serious management issue and not just an “either, or.”

  • Tragic News to Share

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    We are heartbroken that we have to share some very tragic news with you. Grulla #3907, the senior stallion captured by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from the Sulphur Springs Herd Management Area in Utah earlier this year has died. He perished on July 28, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the BLM’s Delta, Utah corrals while BLM was gelding him, which is BLM’s standard practice for all stallions — including seniors — held in short- and long-term holding. The medical reason given for his death is “heart attack.” But his rescuer, who has devoted the last five months of her life to saving him, believes the real reason was something else:

    “I have watched this magnificent mustang in holding over the past five months. We all have seen his sadness in the photos I’ve shared. He lost his freedom, his family; and then, his two best friends were adopted and taken away a few weeks ago.  If you ask me, he died of a broken heart.”

    You can read her entire moving statement here.

    The plight of this proud, 26-year old wild stallion — once wild and free, then imprisoned in a holding pen — captured the hearts of thousands of citizens as his story spread across social media. Now in his death, Mr. Grulla is again tragically illustrating the true cost of the BLM’s wild horse roundup and stockpile program. He is showing the world that the only place for a wild horse is in the wild.

    In his name, we must fight on against the senseless and cruel government policy that rounds up and removes our mustangs by the thousands each year from our public lands. In his name, we must stand strong and united to demand humane and sane government policies that protect, not destroy, these national icons.

    Although Mr. Grulla can no longer find sanctuary, his spirit will live on in our work.

     In Solidarity and Sorrow,

     – The AWHPC Team

  • Forest Service Grazing, Grulla #3907, and BLM Response to Shade Requests

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    The U.S. Forest Service (FS) has issued a decision to renew a cattle grazing permit in the 158,000-acre Sunflower Allotment in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix, Arizona. It’s been more than a decade since cattle were allowed to graze in this sensitive and fragile Sonoran Desert ecosystem, which has not yet recovered from the effects of past livestock overgrazing. This decision will have serious impacts on the environment and wildlife — including wild horses. The allotment lies in close proximity to habitat used by the unique Salt River wild horse population, which currently lacks federal protection despite the FS’ admission that wild horses have been present on these public lands since at least the 1930’s — long before the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed. AWHPC is filing an objection to the decision to reauthorize grazing on this allotment. Please learn more about this situation and add your name to our objection by taking action below!

  • Wild Horse News from Chilly Pepper

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    Update on the 65 Wild Horses – As of now, all of these horses are still needing homes. We are working on a temporary place for them, and it is looking hopeful, but we will need to fence about 1 mile of property as well as “fixing up” the rest of the fencing. As usual when it comes to “saving horses from slaughter”, there are additional expenses that are always incurred. On top of that, there are 7 new babies. So we really need to get them settled and make sure they have a safe place to stay until we find their forever homes.

    On the home front, we are trying to raise funds to purchase more hay and munchies for the babies, special needs and permanent members of our rescue. California is in the 5th year of severe drought and our hay guy said he is done for the year. Normally he would have two more cuttings for the year.) The water rights they have had for hundreds of years have been denied as there is not enough water. This is happening all over CA right now, and is affecting many farmers and ranchers. So we are trying to make sure that we have a good supply while there is still hay available. The lack of water and 2nd and 3rd cuttings will put hay at an even higher premium than it is now, and prices are already near $20 a bale at the feed stores.

    URGENT – PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!! Hopefully you have never had to pick up a week old foal that has been hit and killed by a car. Unfortunately, Matt and I have had to do this, and it is beyond heartbreaking. Every year motorists and wild animals collide on the highways not only in NV, but all over the United States. However, Nevada has an especially high need for these “Strieter-Lites”. This will help protect not only our beloved wild horses, but those 2 legged folks who end up dead and injured due to collisions on the highways. Please go to the following site and be heard. It won’t cost a penny and it can help us get the Streiter-Lites back up and save lives. Then please share as we need as many signatures as we can get. They have been proven to be effective, so please let’s get this done.

    HERE ARE SOME TESTIMONIALS : http://strieter-lite.com/testimonials.html

    https://www.change.org/p/nevada-department-of-transportation-install-the-strieter-lite-wild-animal-highway-warning-reflector-system-in-nevada-on-highway-50-e-and-other-high-strike-areas?recruiter=7119712&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&rp_sharecordion_checklist=control

    If you want to help the 65 wild horses and/or our orphans, you can Donate at www.chillypepper.org and use the Donate Button

    https://www.paypal.com/ and hit “Send”. Our paypal address is Palominodancer@yahoo.com

    or go to the http://www.youcaring.com/let-em-run-foundation-the-wild-horses-who-need-to-be-fed-369464#.VaAFfxRuXAk.facebook

    ** We look forward to seeing folks at our:

    6th Annual OPEN HOUSE
    August 15, 2015
    11:30 a.m. – ?
    34694 Sidebottom Road
    Shingletown, CA 96088
    530-474-5197

  • 2016 Long Ear Calendar Photo Contest

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    This post comes from Save Your Ass Longears Rescue.

    Calling All Long Ear Lovers!

    Submit your photos of your favorite Long Ears for the

    2016 Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue Calendar!

    Greetings from your friends at Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue! We invite you to join us in putting the “fun” back into fundraising, with our 2016 Long Ear Calendar Photo Contest! The calendar will feature your photos of your donkeys, mules and hinnies. The calendar will be offered for sale on our website and at event booths. Our volunteer judges will select their 13 favorite photos from all submitted to be featured on the cover and for the 12 months. All other photos will appear in the calendar in a smaller format!

    To enter:

    Your Long Ear photo is guaranteed to appear in the calendar if you submit your photo following these guidelines:

    • Photos should be high resolution, preferably a minimum of 3300 x 2550 pixels (300 dpi at 11″ by 8.5″) in order to be considered for pet of the month or the calendar cover. Smaller photo sizes may be eligible for smaller spots in the calendar. If you are not sure if your photo is large enough for the contest, send it along and we can check it for you.
    • Entry fees are $10.00 per photo and $25.00 for three photos. Payment can be made via PayPal or by personal check made payable to SYALER. Be sure to note that it is for the Photo Contest.
    • All photos (digital files only, jpeg format) and entry fees must be received by email by midnight July 31st . Please make sure your photos do not get resized in your email application.
    • The 13 winners will be announced on in August 15th.
    • Photos of donkeys, mules and hinnies only, please. Other animals may appear in the photo, but sorry, no humans.
    • Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue reserves the right to use any and all photos submitted for their 2016 Calendar and for other promotional use. All photos must be taken by you. Do not send photos taken by someone else.

     

    To submit your entry:

    Email your photos to SYALERcalendar@gmail.com. In your email, please include your name, the name of the animal(s) in the photo(s) and a couple of lines describing your longear(s). Rename your files in the following format: Smith_Ann_Eeyore.jpg.

    Fundraising is critical to pay for veterinary bills, farrier fees, food and shelter for our rescued long ears. SYALER has found new homes for more than 400 animals since 2007. Funds raised through this contest and the sale of the calendars will enable the Rescue to continue to provide these much needed services for long ears in need.
    For additional information and tips on photographing for our calendar, please visit our website:  www.saveyourassrescue.org/
    Submit your photo(s) today!

     

  • Get the Facts About the Pryor Mustangs

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    Each year, almost 150,000 American horses – both domestic and wild – are trucked across the border to slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico. After suffering during long, arduous transport without food, water and rest, these horses meet a horrific and terrifying end. The Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE) will outlaw horse slaughter in the U.S. and prohibit the export of American horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. The livestock industry is working hard to re-establish this cruel and predatory industry in the U.S. and to lift the ban on the sale for slaughter of the nearly 50,000 wild horses and burros stockpiled in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facilities. There is not a moment to waste…please take action and ask your U.S. Senators and Representative to support the SAFE Act to ban the cruel and un-American practice of horse slaughter today!

  • New Orphans at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang

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    The following is a post from the Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.

    As the slaughter issues for America’s Wild (and domestic) horses continue to grow at an alarming rate, we at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, are doing what we do best, helping save foals orphaned in the process.

    However, we do realize that we are only able to do what we do by working together with the other groups that are stepping up to be part of the solution, and with the support of our extended “rescue family” – YOU!

    Although we specialize in critical foal rescue, rehab and re-homing, lately we have been getting urgent calls to help some babies who simply need elevated care and a new start at life. By working together we all make a much greater difference in the lives of the horses we are trying so desperately to save.

    We also specialize in abused horses and were able to pick up a very stressed and unhappy mini who needs not only to be gelded, but to learn that people are not horrible and can be trusted. We are hoping with time, love and training we will be able to incorporate him into our Community Outreach Program and he will be able to go with DaBubbles to visit battered and abused women and children, as well as to local functions to help spread the word about the plight of America’s horses.

    At this moment we are supporting 7 orphan foals as well as the rest of the permanent residents of Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang. We so appreciate all the folks who are part of our family and continue to help us do what we do.

    We are looking forward to permanent placement of these foals (hopefully in the very near future) as it will allow us to keep rescuing more babies.

    As far as the 65 Wild Horses that were saved at the last minute from slaughter, well y’all did it for the month of June. Enough funds were raised to nearly cover the feed and pasture rent for June. THANK YOU to everyone who shared the cause or donated.

    But now we need to keep going. We need to raise enough funds for feeding, transportation and their care until they find new homes. Please, if you are interested in rescuing or permanently sponsoring your own wild horse, contact us and we will “git ‘er done”. To help, you can go to the website at youcaring.com and go to:

    www.youcaring.com/let-em-run-foundation-the-wild-horses-who-need-to-be-fed-369464#.VYGbH1KNRsE.facebook%29

    and make any size donation. ALL donations are tax deductible and we thank you for making that sacrifice and helping us “finish the job”. It is so important that folks realize that “saving” them is just the beginning.

    You can also donate via mail. Simply note on the check what your donation is for and mail to: Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088

    If you would like to come and visit our latest orphans, please call us at 530-474-5197. We so appreciate all of our visitors and enjoy making wonderful memories, while sharing these amazing babies & rescued animals.

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  • TheHorse.com Poll: Equine Welfare Issues

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    The following is a post from the TheHorse.com.

    In a recent poll, TheHorse.com asked readers which equine welfare issue was most concerning to them. Of 1,238 respondents, 42% said they were most concerned about unwanted horses.

    Comments included:

    “When they’re unwanted, they are often abused and/or neglected. They suffer tremendously.”

    “There’s too much indiscriminate breeding happening and horses are thrown away when not useful anymore.”

    Read the full article here.

  • Second Phase of USDA’s Equine 2015 Study Delayed by Bird Flu Outbreak

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    The following is a post from the American Horse Council.

    The US Department of Agriculture’s “Equine 2015 Study” that began in May will be delayed by the outbreak of HPAI, “bird flu,” which has been described as the largest animal-health emergency ever faced by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) announced the launch of the 2015 study some time ago.  Phase I of the two-part study will be completed.

    This equine study is designed to provide participants, the horse industry, and animal-health officials with information on the nation’s equine population that will serve as a basis for education, service, and research related to equine health and management. The study will also provide the horse industry with new and valuable information regarding trends in the industry for 1998, 2005, and 2015.

    The Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH) with USDA-APHIS just announced the postponement of Phase II of the study.  Although Phase II will be delayed, Phase I which has begun, will continue as scheduled. Phase I involves a simple questionnaire collected by NASS representatives during face to face interview that began in May and will be completed by end of July, 2015. That data will be validated and analyzed at NAHMS.

    In announcing the delay of Phase II, CEAH noted that “While the equine industry is an integral element of the overall APHIS mission, there are times in which animal-health emergencies take precedent over all other activities, including our national studies.”

    The delay is caused by the reassignment of the USDA staff required to initiate Phase II of the study to respond to the HPAI “bird flu” outbreak.   These USDA personnel are now actively involved in the Department’s highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak response.  USDA has committed hundreds of staff to deal with the outbreak and hired thousands of contractors to supplement them.  To date over 50 million birds have been depopulated.

    Phase II of the equine study is now scheduled to begin in Spring/Summer of 2016, assuming emergency-response obligations change and personnel are again available.  CEAH is also examining the feasibility of implementing the parasite portion of Phase II, which does not require field personnel or facility visits, on schedule.

    USDA will release specific information to active participants in Phase I directly and will share information on the beginning of Phase II of the equine study as it becomes available.

    Click Here To Read The Full Article

  • We won….And they don’t like it

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    The following is a post from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    We won and they don’t like it. Now, we need your help to stop the latest rancher attack that seeks to roundup even more wild horses and throw them into government feedlot pens…all to clear our public lands for more taxpayer-subsidized livestock grazing.

    Late last Friday, we learned that Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has appealed the lower court decision we recently won dismissing his baseless, anti-mustang lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Now Gov. Mead is wasting more tax dollars in an attempt to overturn our victory to protect Wyoming’s mustangs.

    They just won’t stop, so neither can we.  Would you please make a tax-deductable donation today?

    We’ve already successfully defended Wyoming’s wild horses in the lower court, and we’re ready to fight this battle again in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. At the same time, we’re also defending wild horses and burros in three other states from rancher-led attacks.

    In addition, we’re working tirelessly in the field to develop and implement model programs to Keep Wild Horses and Burros Wild.

    We can’t continue this critically important work without your support.

    A generous donor is matching every donation for the rest of this month — up to $20,000. Any donation, large or small, will be doubled because of this matching grant! So please take a moment to donate whatever you can. Truly, any contribution, regardless of its size, will help us continue to fight for wild horses and burros across the West.

    Thank you for all that you do to save and protect these amazing and beloved animals.

    DOUBLE MY DONATION

  • SYALER June 2015 eNewsletter

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    The following is a post from Save Your Ass Longears Rescue.

    I was all set to write this newsletter about the fact that we really are in need of volunteers who are willing to help out at fundraising events, but that is going to have to wait until the next newsletter as I need to ask for your help on a different front this month.  I know…it’s always something!!!

    I transported our sweet curly mule Jo to her new home last weekend. It was a beautiful day for a ride and as far as I knew, everything was going fine. It was not until I arrived at her new barn and walked around the truck to let Jo out of the trailer that I noticed the trailer was missing a wheel! I remembered reading somewhere that it was ok to drive this type of trailer with one wheel missing, so – true or not, I ventured home and thankfully, managed to make it back to the rescue safely. I brought the trailer to the garage where I was informed that, not only did it need a new wheel and the parts that go with said wheel, but it needed a new axle as well. This little adventure set us back around $1200. OUCH!

    $1200 would not be quite so bad if we didn’t have large draft mules in the rescue who are doing their best to eat us out of house and home. We feed hay all year ’round and our Sweet William who is looking better and better as time goes by, puts away the groceries!

    If you can help out with a financial donation it would be very,very gratefully appreciated. Having to ask for help does not come easily to me, even having done it for many years now. I will do anything I can though to help my beloved long eared friends, so I force myself to “just do it” as they say.

    While I’m asking for help we sure would love to find some volunteers who would like to work our merchandise booth, or help out at the booth when we do multi day events. Please contact me at awfirestone@mail.com if you have an interest in volunteering or would like more details.

    I look forward to writing a more uplifting newsletter next month!

     

  • Help Needed for 65 Horses

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    The following is a post from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.

    Update from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang.

    There are some new developments in our horse world. We are still looking for sponsors for the 5 Yakima Orphan Foals who were rescued from the auction yard after they were roped and held, while their moms were loaded into the slaughter trucks.

    We appreciate all the folks who are stepping up to help us continue our work, and we hope that we can find homes for these five foals so we can rescue more. Please contact us at 530 474 5197 if you would like to visit or are thinking about adopting. We will transport pretty much anywhere if fuel & travel costs are covered, for a good home.

    You can go to our website www.chillypepper.org and donate for their care or just follow their stories.

    HOWEVER, there is an even more desperate situation that has come to light. Some of the folks that we work with, and whom have been saving wild horses for a very long time desperately need our help.

    People always talk about “stopping slaughter” and how wrong it is, but once again there is an amazing opportunity to help ACTUALLY BE PART OF THE SOLUTION AND MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE. No matter where you live, in an apartment, condo or in the city, you can still make a difference.

    There are 65 horses that were rescued, (40 of them LITERALLY 10 minutes before they were loaded onto slaughter trucks) and saved in the nick of time from being sent to slaughter. However, the cost to feed these horses is averaging about $2400 a month. We need to raise enough money to feed these horses until they are placed in their forever homes. Transport will also be a huge expense.

    Remember, not only will you be making a difference for the horses, but donations are tax deductible.

    If you can find it in your heart to skip a Latte or Cup O’ Joe, please go to YOU CARING – HELP FEED AND SAVE THE 65 HORSES RESCUED FROM SLAUGHTER

    As always, we thank you for your continued support in our fight against horse slaughter and our efforts to continue rescuing those who cannot fight for themselves.

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  • Stop Forest Service from “Cow-towing” to Pro-Horse Slaughter Rancher

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    The following is a post from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    So in my opinion, the best thing to with these [Heber wild horses] up here would be remove every one of them. Whether they go to adoption, or, you know, I hate to say it, euthanized or to a slaughter plant,” says welfare rancher Larry Gibson, Siebert Cattle Company. “I mean that sounds kind of harsh, but something has to be done with them.”

    The U.S. Forest Service (FS) is asking the public to comment on the grazing permit, used by Siebert Cattle Company, in our Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. A portion of land associated with this permit overlaps the Heber Wild Horse Territory. The FS is now considering increasing the maximum number of private cattle allowed to graze in our National Forest – and during the worst drought on record – but wants to eliminate wild horses in the same area.

    Please take a minute to tell the Forest Service that they must reduce this taxpayer-subsidized grazing on our public lands in order to provide some habitat for the cherished Heber wild horses that are living in a “protected” wild horse habitat.

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  • 5 Newbies from Animal Control

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    The following is a post from Rugby Creek Animal Rescue.

    Please help us welcome our newest additions!
    Three (Kaliss, Sunday & Gimacomica) of these are from the OBX of NC and the other
    two (Logan & Cash) are from our local area of Grayson Co VA.

    “Gimacomica” is approx 17 years old, she is a chestnut Hanoverian Mare.  We have reason to believe that she is a reg’d Hanoverian.  AHS lists a mare with a very similar named, of the same color/markings, around the same age – that horse has DNA on file.  IF someone would like to donate the funds to have Gimacomica DNA profiled we “may” be able to match her up with her Hanoverian papers!!

    “Sunday” is a sweet, early 20’s, bay TWH mare that has been there and done that.  Its time for her to have someone take care of her for a change! She is enjoying her new foster home!

    Both of these girls were loaded with parasites, covered in lice and needing a lot of tlc and groceries!  A Special THANK YOU to a foster near the OBX that offered to quarantine and foster these special girls until adoptive homes can be found!

    They are receiving top notch health care and lots of love!

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    Gimacomica and Sunday getting their hooves trimmed…both are such sweet ladies!

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    Mr. Personality Plus is “Kaliss”
    He also has little man syndrom in that he thinks he is bigger than he actually is….most these little ones are!

    Kaliss is a beautiful silver palomino miniature stallion that came with the 2 girls mentioned above.

    He has a DATE WITH A VET to be castrated but we need to find a VOLUNTEER TRANSPORT to bring him from the OBX/Corolla NC to Raleigh NC or all the way to RCAR in Mouth of Wilson VA.

    We have some transport quotes but they range from $200-400 and we just cannot afford that at this time. Would be willing to cover fuel from OBX to Raleigh.  Need to get him moved in the next 1-3 weeks!

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    This emaciated QH Stallion had been roaming free all along a rural highway for weeks when finally someone caught him and called Animal Control who brought him to us. He has been with us for several weeks and his “stray hold” is up….he now belongs to RCAR and has a date with a vet – June 3rd to become a gelding!  BTW – he is now out in a grass paddock, just had to stay in this dry lot while we quarantined him and helped rid him of a large load of parasites!

    Logan is already gaining weight and looking MUCH better!

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    And this cutie is “Cash”!

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    This ADORABLY cute little fella has been fending for himself and livin alone in the wild “outside” the park boundaries. Probably was a park pony sold at auction as a baby and then either turned loose or escaped. Either way he has been living feral and Animal Control was called in – and they called us. “Cash” has been with us for several weeks and he is now official OURS as he was unclaimed.

    Cash is super cute! He is probably about 2 years old and has a castration appointment for Wednesday June 3rd! Please donate to help us update his vaccines and make him a lovely gelding! Cash will be available for a foster or adoptive home in a couple week after his castration. He would make a SUPER DRIVING PROSPECT!

    **Remember your donations can be TAX DEDUCTIBLE!**

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  • No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted

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    The following is a post from Save Your Ass Longears Rescue.

    What a beautiful May it has been! The apple trees have been in full show-off bloom, followed by the sweet smelling lilacs and lily of the valley. Birds are singing and feeding their young, creating a lot of activity at the feeders. The mules are almost all shed out and the donkeys…well, the donkeys still have their fuzzy coats, which they seem to like to hold on to for as long as possible.

    Adoptions have started to pick up a bit, which is a great thing. I so want each animal to have their own person to dote on them. Our beloved curly mule, Jo, will be going to her new home in a week or two, as will donkeys Holly and Nacho. I know their new people will be in love with these three in short order.

    Sweet William, the thirty-year-old mule who came in last month as a one on the Henneke scale, has put on a substantial amount of weight and is actually starting to look GOOD!

    He is one sweet mule, and his improvement is a direct result of the kind and generous donations so many of you have made. It’s not cheap to bring an animal that is emaciated back up to a healthy weight. He is now eating three meals a day, instead of four, and has a shiny, healthy new coat coming in. He is a LOVE BUG and enjoys nothing more than to be next to a person willing to rub his big ole head. I am confident there is someone out there who would like to share their life with this old man. He is in good health, has a strong ticker, no joint issues, and will make a great companion. Once he is puts on a bit more weight he will be available for adoption.

    I hope you and your long ears are enjoying this beautiful weather and are able to get out on the trails to ride or walk or just spend time cuddling in the pasture.

  • Tell BLM to Improve Plan to Manage Pryor Mountains Mustangs!

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    The following is a post from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has come a long way in its management of the famed wild horses of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range on the Montana/Wyoming border. However, the agency needs to hear from you now to help it go the final mile and make this a truly humane and sustainable management program!

    The BLM is accepting public comments on a proposal to remove up to 25 horses from the Pryor Range. The agency no longer uses helicopters to round up horses in the Pryor Mountains, and humanely manages the population using PZP fertility control. However, due to previous restrictions (no longer in effect) on the number and ages of mares vaccinated with PZP, zero population growth has not yet been achieved in this herd.  Presently, 160 wild horses, not including this year’s foals, live in the Pryor Mountains, a number that not only exceeds the maximum Allowable Management Level of 120 horses, but also, realistically, is more than this small range and rugged, sparse terrain can sustain.

    No livestock grazing takes place in the 39,651-acre Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range. Our coalition partner, The Cloud Foundation, which has documented the Pryor wild horses for two decades, is calling on the BLM to place strict limitations on removals and to expand the Pryor range to restore lost habitat. Please join The Cloud Foundation in speaking up for expanding the humane treatment and protection of the Pryor Mountains mustangs by taking action below! Thank you.

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  • Tell BLM to Leave Oregon Mustangs on the Range!

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    The following is a post from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning a roundup of wild horses living in the Cold Springs Herd Management Area (HMA) in remote eastern Oregon. Although the agency plans to utilize the PZP birth control vaccine to humanely reduce population growth, it also intends to remove as many as 186 horses from their homes on the range, and to reduce the Cold Springs wild horse population to just 75 – a number that is much too small to maintain the genetic diversity and viability of this herd. The BLM needs to hear from YOU to demand equitable and humane alternatives to the large-scale removal of wild horses from their homes on the range. Please take action today!

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