Equine Welfare News

  • AWHP UPDATE: Owyhee Roundup Continues in Eastern Nevada!



    The following is an update from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    Since November 2nd, the Bureau of Land Management has been conducting a costly helicopter roundup to capture and remove 1,100 wild horses from the Owyhee Complex in eastern Nevada. So far, 737 wild horses have been captured and, of those, 7 have died. The BLM has returned 193 horses to the range after treating mares with the PZP birth control vaccine. Hundreds of captured Owyhee horses have been shipped to the BLM’s Palomino Valley holding facility, where they languish in feedlot pens awaiting an uncertain fate.

    AWHPC is currently pressuring the BLM to provide public observation during each day of the roundup. Currently the agency plans to restrict access to the final portion of the capture operation to just two days per week.

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  • Perceptions of Donkeys Need To Change!


    Despite the increase in mechanisation, donkeys are still well deserving of the name “beasts of burden”, as they play an important role in carrying loads in rural areas.

    The following is an excerpt from The Herald.

    Zimbabweans need to change their attitudes towards donkeys and embrace the protection and care of the working animals, which have been at the centre of rural economic growth and development for decades, veterinary experts say.Animal and Wildlife Area Research and Rehabilitation (AWARE) director, Dr Keith Dutlow told Zimpapers Syndication at an event to open an education centre for children at the Lions Park in the capital that even though donkey usage is wide spread and extensively adopted in many communities across the country, their use has been masked in negative perceptions and attitudes.

    “Donkeys play a significant role in the livelihoods of local communities especially in arid regions, where conditions are harsher. But our perceptions towards donkeys are still negative,” he said. “Those who use donkeys are seen by their peers in society as primitive, backward and people of low status. Even among the donkey owners and users, the donkey image is not to be held highly and as a result they abuse and mistreat them in the process of working the animals. We need to change our perceptions and appreciate the economic value of the working animals. Donkeys are a big asset to combat poverty and hardship in poor communities, and if you were to transfer the benefits — transport, draught power, hiring and all, this can run into thousands of dollars.”

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  • ISPMB UPDATE – Still Here in the Ice and Snow in South Dakota


    The following is an update on the ISPBM situation from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue.


    It was 3 a.m., as I lay awake listening to the howling winds and blowing snow. So many little ones we had not been allowed to pull were out there with their families. There are no wind breaks or shelter, except the warmth of the families hunched together. Such frigid temperatures and icy slippery conditions weighed heavily on my heart. Were the babies ok?

    It has been so intense here. So many victories with each and every horse we load into a trailer headed for safety and a new life. So much heartache when the stallions simply fly over the 6 foot panels while we are setting up to load them. At this point we have 4 stallions in one of the “stallion pens” and they are scheduled to come back to Chilly Pepper with Matt and I.

    So far we have had the Paint Stallion penned up several times, but he stood straight up, and then simply launched himself over the panel. As he proudly ran away the tears filled my eyes. They have no idea what they are running into.

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  • SAYLER Longears Available for Adoption


    This is a post about longears available from the Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue. They are a 501c3 doing great work to try to rescue these abandoned and sometimes abused equines. 

    The poor economy has affected us all. We only have eight animals at a time in the rescue. This ensures every animal getting the individual care and attention it deserves. Every time an animal goes to it’s new home, that makes room for another to come in. Hopefully the move to lower our adoption fees a bit will help more people be able to welcome a long ear into their lives.

    Visit our Adoption Information page for more information on how to adopt a long ear from SYALER.



    Pepper is a three year old mini donkey gelding. His former owner rescued him from life in a dog cage!! He is a sweet little guy, and adorable to look at. He was very pushy with other donkeys when he first came in but now, a month later he has calmed down a lot and is getting along well with his pasture mates.

    He is a bit of a handful for the vet, but not horrible…just doesn’t like to stand still. There is no aggression at all, just antsy. Same for the farrier. He does much better if he is not restrained tightly, but a bit of sedation for the first couple of trims would not be a bad idea.

    I would like to see him in a home with a gelding of a similar age so he will have someone to play with. He loves to play!

    He is utd on rabies and tetanus and has a negative coggins.

    Adoption fee: $600.00


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    The following is an update on the ISPBM situation from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue.

    ispbm-stallionsThis is a tough one to write. Thank you! to everyone for the love, support and prayers you are sending. We have made real progress, but are still not even close to where we need to be. However, together we have saved about 25% of the horses so far. When you look at how many are still out there, your heart breaks. But, for the horses that have been saved, it is EVERYTHING.

    The situation is fast coming to a close, and I can’t imagine it being a happy one. We officially have 7 days left, although Karen is in default of the court order. It is terribly painful to get to know these horses and realize that we won’t be able to save them all.

    The stallions are fighting non stop as we break their hearts. Every time we steal their families, they fight more and it is obvious they are hurting. They run the fence line, screaming for their families. The number of stallions is staggering, as you have 16 years worth of colts who have grown up in the mix also. This creates highly dangerous conditions when sorting the horses.

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  • Ask Trump: Protect Our Mustangs


    dtThe following is an update from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

    Just last week, to the nation’s surprise, Donald Trump won the presidential election with a promise to cut through political bureaucracy and give government back to the people. Now let’s ask President-Elect Trump to listen to the will of the American public, which overwhelmingly opposes horse slaughter and wants our wild horses and burros protected on our public lands.

    Mr. Trump is asking for the citizens’ ideas on how to make America great again. Just click the link below to tell him. The stakes could not be higher — tens of thousands of wild horses are at risk of brutal slaughter — so please act today!


    Craft your own message, or cut and paste this one: “Please save our American mustangs – living symbols of America’s greatness. It’s time to fix federal government mismanagement of wild horses and burros. These national icons deserve to be protected and humanely managed, not rounded up and brutally slaughtered.

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  • AHC UPDATE: Congress Passes National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act



    The following is an announcement from the American Horse Council.

    Today, the Senate passed the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845 S.1110). This follows House passage of the bill earlier this fall.  The bill, introduced by Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tim Walz (D-MN) and Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many National Forests, including equestrians.

    The American Horse Council, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society were significantly involved in the creation and passage of this bill.

    The AHC is pleased Congress has approved this important legislation.  The AHC would like to thank Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tim Walz (D-MN) and Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) for their leadership and work to pass this bill.

    The bill directs the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails.  It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail maintenance activities in lieu of permit fees.   Additionally, the bill will address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and will direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system.

    In the current fiscal environment it is unlikely Congress will appropriate additional funds to directly address the trail maintenance backlog. This bill will help improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding.

    The President is expected to sign the bill into law in the near future.

    Click Here To Read the Article on AHC

  • Support AWHPC with New 2017 Calendar


    Help keep the wild horses & burros wild by supporting the good work of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. Their brand new 2017 calendar is available and all proceeds go to fund advocacy, litigation, field and rescue programs. Click here to get yours!

    AWHPC Calendar

  • AWARE Rural Mobile Donkey Clinics to Vaccinate 35,000 Donkeys in Zimbabwe


    The following is an article by Sifelani Tsiko for allafrica.com

    A local non-Governmental organisation says it is targeting to provide free clinical treatment and care to 35 000 donkeys countrywide. Donkeys have grown to be Zimbabwe’s working animals that offer important support for the lives and livelihoods of rural communities.

    Animal and Wildlife Area Research and Rehabilitation (AWARE) director, Dr Keith Dutlow said the programme was part of efforts to provide treatment and care to the animals.

    He was speaking at an event to open an education centre for children at the Lion and Cheetah Park in the capital.

    “Last year, we treated about 28 000 donkeys in all the country’s 10 provinces and this year we are targeting to treat 35 000 donkeys,” said the animal rights lobbyist and wildlife veterinarian.

    “It’s an opportunity to examine each donkey that comes to us for health checks. Sometimes owners are not aware that their animals are sick. Half the times they are not aware and this will certainly give us an opportunity to treat all animals.”

    Zimbabwe has a donkey population of more than 150 000.

    The population of donkeys is probably an under estimate, and Dr Dutlow said Zimbabwe needs to conduct a survey to ascertain the numbers and help provide information that is critical for the treatment and care of the ‘beast of burden.’

    “A survey has not been done for decades and we need to do it now to help us plan and enhance our treatment and care of the donkeys,” he said.

    The prominent veterinarian has been part of a passionate group of wildlife experts trying to save Zimbabwe’s animals.

    “Donkeys have huge benefits for our rural communities and economies. Good protection and care of donkeys means more benefits for our communities and their livelihoods.”

    The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) is providing funding support to AWARE to provide free veterinary treatment for donkeys in areas such as Buhera, Chipinge, Beit Bridge, Chivi, Gokwe, Gweru, Muzarabani and other rural districts.

    AWARE rural mobile donkey clinics will provide veterinary care, dental care, hoof trimming, wound treatment and de-worming, as well as instruction on proper handling techniques and care of the animals.

    Donkeys in most parts of Zimbabwe are vital to the livelihood of their owners, carrying supplies and providing transportation and farming support.

    “Our initial assessment of the donkey population revealed a complete lack of preventive healthcare such as vaccinations and de-worming,” said Dr Erick Mutizhe, a senior vet for the SPANA Zimbabwe programme.

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  • What the Election Means for Wild Horses & Burros


    The following is an update from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

    Photo - KT Merry

    Photo – KT Merry

    Like many people, you may be wondering what the results of this week’s election will mean for America’s wild horses and burros. There is no minimizing the dangers facing the 45,000 mustangs and burros stockpiled in government holding facilities and the estimated 67,000 who remain on the range. 

    Pressure is mounting for mass roundups and the killing or sale for slaughter of captured mustangs and burros. While we don’t yet know the Trump Administration’s position on this issue, clearly the stakes are very high. We’re prepared to work with the new Administration, bringing it up to speed on how the federal government has failed our wild horses and burros and the need for reform. 

    But, regardless of the election’s outcome at all levels of government, our strength will continue because it comes from our supporters and the American people.

    Protecting wild horses and burros is a bipartisan issue. AWHPC has worked, and will continue to work, effectively with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. AWHPC supporters themselves span the political spectrum, but we are united in our love for America’s mustangs and burros and our commitment to saving them. 

    There will be a great deal of uncertainty in the next few months, as Trump is sworn in, cabinet nominations/political appointments are considered and a new Congress gets organized. We will monitor this process closely and develop a strategy that takes into account new threats and opportunities, and will be ready to meet them in the coming year. 

    In the interim, we’ll be working to ensure that any spending bills passed by this Congress maintain the prohibition on destroying healthy wild horses and burros or selling them for slaughter. 

    We the People remain the last line of defense between America’s mustangs and the forces that want to destroy them. In the coming year, it’s going to take all of us – united – to wage and win the fight for the future of these cherished national icons. 

    Please stay strong, stay together and stay ready.

    In Freedom,

    Suzanne Roy, Executive Director

  • Folsom Veteran’s Day Parade


    The following is an invitation for All About Equine.

    60b84f7d-2888-46c7-ae0f-17d232317e1bPlease join All About Equine as we walk in the Folsom Veteran’s Day Parade to celebrate and honor our Veterans for their service!

     We will have up to 5 mini’s walking with us, we’ll need banner holders, and especially kids to hold the birthday banner, Pony Pals banner and assist the leads with the mini’s…and the ever so important pooper scoopers.

    Courtesy of our own Dave and Elaine, we will have coffee and goodies at the starting line!

    We all wear blue jeans, a white shirt or blouse and a red scarf (if you do not have one, we will provide one for you). The walk is about 1.5 miles and we will have more information coming soon about where to meet and what time. The parade starts at 9am but we will probably be at the read of the parade and not start until a little later. Stay tuned for more information.

    In order for us to plan better, we need to know how many people are planning to come out. Please call, text or email Kristi Sandberg if you plan to be there at 916.396.7825 .

    Parades are meant for families; bring everyone and come out and walk with us!

    Think fun with other AAE volunteers, supporting AAE and pride in the USA

  • Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary Grant Help


    Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary is a 501c3 entity that provides care for elderly and special needs horses.  I placed my older horse with them a year and a half ago and have visited the facility and with the director, Lori, numerous times.  It is a well-run facility by knowledgeable and caring people.  They still have many needs for their 36 horses and it is a very worth cause, especially for equine lovers!  Spirit Keeper is participating in a campaign to raise funds and they have an opportunity to receive a large grant if it can be matched by December 31st!     – Jane Fliesbach, Rocky Mountain Dressage Society

    Every year, the Give! Team makes it possible for community members to learn about and make a donation to trusted nonprofits in the Pikes Peak region by vetting and hand-selecting participants from hundreds of applications. The expert review committee vets every Give! nonprofit for solid financials, ethical practices and credible impact. They look for the nonprofits that operate exclusively in and for the Pikes Peak region, that fill unmet needs in innovative ways, and that might not ever cross someone’s path otherwise. Give helps them make their voices heard with capacity-building training provided by experts in the fields of social media, marketing, technology, data management and governance. We are VERY proud that Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary was chosen to participate in this year’s GIVE! We are very fortunate to have this opportunity and need everyone to rally around us by donating to and sharing our campaign between November 1 – December 31, 2016. We have been awarded a $10,500 matching grant which we will receive IF we are able to raise that much ourselves during the Indy Give campaign 11/1 – 12/31, 2016. Meeting this goal will make it possible for us to build a barn and loafing sheds to house the 9 horses at the sanctuary who currently do not have shelter. 

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  • Update on ISPMB Horses


    The following is an update from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang on the ISPMB horses.

    First, THANK YOU so much for helping us save these horses. As you can clearly see, they were desperately in need of immediate veterinary and farrier care. Thanks to everyone who has been so loving and generous, these 9 horses from ISPMB are looking at wonderful lives with loving folks.

    Matt and I are packing up and we will be delivering the last 5 to their new homes today. Unfortunately we have to drive about 1,000 miles one way to do this. As usual, we need serious help to get these kids to their new homes. Folks often ask why the “adopters” are not paying for transport. These are simply wonderful folks who are willing to take on the huge expenses of rehabbing these beautiful souls and making sure they are cared for the next 30 years. So we are thankful they will take on that huge mission and are praying that y’all will continue your wonderful support so we can get them there.

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  • AHC: Final Reminder!



    The following is an announcement from the American Horse Council in Washington.


    The webinar is open to both AHC members and non-members-we encourage everyone to attend, and to share this email with anyone you think may be interested! To register for the webinar, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Furst at afurst@horsecouncil.org. We look forward to having you join us for the first of our quarterly webinars!

  • Media Roundup is now UHC Roundup



    The following is an update from the UHC Roundup.

    The Media Roundup is now the UHC Roundup, a publication with a new name and a broader scope.  In addition to news articles and events, the UHC Roundup highlights member programs and success stories spanning all breeds, disciplines, and regions, plus it has a new photo feature and a link to the UHC Blog.

    If you wish to share your story of unwanted horses becoming wanted again, contact UHC Director, Jennifer Purcell, at jpurcell@horsecouncil.org.

  • AWHP: Urge BLM to Drop Wyoming Wild Mare Radio Collar Study!



    The following is an update and call to action from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

    Your comments are needed today to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from conducting an expensive and traumatic helicopter roundup of wild horses in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area (HMA) for the sole purpose of putting radio collars on 30 mares. The study is designed to lay the groundwork for zeroing out the HMA by showing that Adobe Town wild horses migrate into the Checkerboard sections of the HMA following removal of horses from that area. The entire premise of the study is now invalid, because the BLM has cancelled the 2016 Checkerboard roundup in response to our recet legal victory at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Tell BLM NO to wasting our tax dollars on another unnecessary and traumatic wild horse helicopter roundup and study by clicking here.

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  • Big Girl Update & Picking Up More Horses!


    The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Rescue.


    I met a beautiful little princess yesterday. She has the face of an angel. She lit up my world with the most beautiful smile, all the while I was choking back the tears. (The minute the trailer pulled in the tears started, as I knew Big Girl was leaving. After that, the tears were simply from the joy she was bringing this little girl and the difference she will make in her life.)

    Lee is one of the most courageous, wonderful, amazing little girls I have ever met, and her family is just as amazing. She suffered severe burns over her body in a devastating accident, but this little girl is kicking butt, and I absolutely love her. It was an honor and a gift to meet her.

    Big Girl came in with no feet, in so much pain she would not even move to her feed, and with the info that if we hit her with a crop when we rode her we might be able to make her trot.

    Today she has solid wonderful hoofers. They need a little trim and some shaping, but are good hard supportive feet. She is off her pain meds completely and moves around with ease. Thank You so much for all the love, support and prayers y’all sent. YOU made this happen :)

    She now will be Lee’s Therapy Horse. Both of them are loving this and the future looks bright. Lee has to do extremely painful exercises and doing them with and on Big Girl will lessen that pain and it gives her a distraction while healing.

    That was our day yesterday, and one of the reasons all this work is worth it…

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  • AHC Submits Comments on Proposed Horse Protection Act Regulations


    The following is an update from the American Horse Council in Washington.

    AHCThe American Horse Council (AHC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regarding proposed changes to the regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The AHC supports taking action to strengthen HPA regulations, but in its comments requested USDA make several important improvements to proposed rule.

    The HPA was enacted in 1970 to prohibit the showing, exhibiting, transporting or sale at auction of a horse that has been sored.   Soring is an abusive practice used by some horse trainers in the Tennessee Walking Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, and Racking Horse industry. It usually involves the use of action devices, chemicals, stacks or other practices to cause pain in a horse’s forelegs and produce an accentuated show gait for competition.  Despite the existence of a federal ban on soring for over forty years, this cruel practice continues in some segments of the walking horse industry. Soring is not a problem in other segments of the horse industry.

    The USDA proposed rule would make several major changes to current HPA regulations with the goal of ending soring, including a new licensing program for HPA inspectors and a ban on action devices, pads, weighted shoes and foreign substances at walking horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions.

    In its comments the AHC expressed its opposition to soring and its belief that action is needed to stop the soring of “big lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses.  However, the AHC also voiced concerns that certain provisions of the proposed rule are too broadly written, not sufficiently defined, and could cause confusion for the horse show industry. 

    The AHC’s comments strongly urge USDA to explicitly limit all new provisions to Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses, mirroring the widely supported   Prevent All Soring Tactics Act or PAST Act.  The AHC believes making this change will address most concerns the horse industry has with the proposed rule and will still achieve the goal of ending soring.

    Additionally, the AHC supported USDA’s decision to eliminate the current Designated Qualified Person (DQP) program and remove Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs) from having a role in enforcement of the HPA.  The AHC believes the new Horse Protection Inspector (HPI) program proposed in the rule will be able to more effectively enforce the HPA.

    The AHC  also asked USDA to take into consideration the costs the proposed rule could impose on smaller “flat shod” walking horse shows that make a good faith effort to comply with the HPA, and make accommodations for such shows.  The AHC proposed several changes to the rule that it believes would help control costs for these types of walking horse shows.

    The AHC is unequivocal that many of the proposed changes to the HPA regulations are needed, but that it is equally important that any new regulations be narrowly focused on the problem of soring and do not  inadvertently impact or unnecessarily burden other segments of the horse show industry that have no history of soring horses.  This position is supported by over 180 Members of Congress who, led by Congressmen Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), have signed a letter to USDA that supports the proposed rule, but also calls on USDA to explicitly limit all new provisions to Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses, and Spotted Saddle Horses. This letter can be viewed here.

    The AHC hopes USDA will included these needed changes in any final rule that is enacted.

    The AHC’s full comments can be viewed here

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  • Update on ISPMB from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue


    The following is an update and support request from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue.

    Last week Matt and I went to ISPMB and brought home a 3 year old and 2 yearlings. The situation is pretty complicated at this point and Karen is trying to adopt out approximately 100 horses.

    Four State Vets went out and one horse was scheduled to be euthanized, and approximately 30 need to be sorted for special care.. The count was 810 horses on site, and as of now the Sheriff’s office and Counties are feeding the horses. The horses have been gaining weight steadily with all the good food.

    Karen is providing a detailed plan to care for, feed and provide necessary care for the horses. Per the Court order she has until the 21st of October to provide her plan and until I believe the 11th of November to follow through. IF the county does not accept her plan, the horses could be seized and if not adopted out by December 1st they would go to “auction”, and we all know what that means. Karen feels confident that she will retain her horses but does want to make sure she downsizes.

    At this time there are many horses available for adoption. Matt and I were asked to return next week to pick up more horses to be adopted out. We are working with Karen to get some good homes for some of these beautiful horses.

    It is definitely not an inexpensive endeavor, but circumstances dictate helping to move as many horses as we possibly can before the bad weather hits.

    Below are pictures of the horses we brought home. They also need hoof care badly.

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  • Silent Auction to Benefit the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign


    The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign’s Wild Night Gala is getting underway with their Silent Auction. 

    AWHP-LogoVisit the Online Auction Page to find your treasure and submit your bid. 

    Even if you can’t make it Wednesday, you can still join in the fun! We’ve created the opportunity for everyone to take part in our Silent Auction. Get a jumpstart on bidding on some fabulous items — including art by leading wild horse painters and photographers! 

    Bidding is super easy and can be done anywhere via text from your smartphone. You’ll even know via text if you’ve been outbid, so you can be sure to “win” whatever treasures you have your eyes on. We’ll be happy to ship your items to you for just the charge of shipping. 

    Every item purchased helps us continue the fight to ensure that our national treasures – wild horses and burros — remain free and secure on our public lands.

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