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Tell Congress: Thanks for protecting wild horses and burros

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Your Senators and Representatives are back in their home districts for the next two weeks for Easter Recess.

This is a great time to call their district offices and thank them for maintaining protections for wild horses and burros in the 2018 Omnibus spending bill, which passed last week.

Remember, the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations process is already under way, and the Interior Department is once again doubling down on its plan to slaughter our nation’s iconic mustangs and burros.

We have a major battle on our hands again, and we can lay a strong foundation for the fight ahead expressing our gratitude now to Congress for listening to the will of the people and protecting our wild horses and burros.

What You Can Do

1. Find the district office for your Representative and Senators and give them a call!

Here’s what you need to say: “I’m calling to let Senator/Rep [name] know how much I appreciate Congress’ decision to maintain long-standing protections for wild horses and burros from killing and slaughter. Please ask Senator/Rep to ensure that these same protections are carried forward in 2019 spending legislation. Thank you.”

2. Follow up with an email.

Thank you so much for taking action for wild horses and burros,

The AWHC Team

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Congress Delivers H-2B Visa Cap Relief, ELD Flexibility in Omnibus Bill

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

March 23, 2018

Congress Delivers H-2B Visa “Cap Relief,” ELD Flexibility in Omnibus Bill

Shortly after 12:30 am, on Friday, March 23, Congress approved a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to fund federal government operations through September 30.  The 2,232 page bill includes several regulatory measures that will provide flexibility for the horse industry, most notably H-2B visa cap relief for seasonal, guest workers and a temporary enforcement exemption for the transportation of livestock from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations.  The legislation also includes policy “riders” to defund Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs that will impact the equine sector and broader agriculture economy.

Lawmakers Raise the Ceiling on H-2B Guest-Worker Visas

Despite opposition from a large number of lawmakers from both political parties, the horse industry and its allies persuaded Congress to effectively raise the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cap on H-2B temporary worker visas from the current cap of 66,000 to 129,500 visas for FY2018.   A provision tying the number of H-2B visas to a number not to exceed the maximum number of participants from the returning worker program in a previous year has effectively doubled the number of visas the agency may issue in 2018.  Because of the fast approaching seasonal labor needs for breeding farms, race tracks, and other seasonal employers, AHC and its partners are urging DHS to implement the flexibility measures as quickly as possible to mitigate paperwork bottlenecks during the remainder of the year.  Other key H-2B provisions include acceptance of private wage surveys to determine “prevailing wage” requirements, and language that defines “seasonal need” as a 10-month period within the context of the program.  The coalition has already begun to focus efforts on creating permanent cap relief in future legislative vehicles.  This would decouple the H-2B visa issue from the annual appropriations process and create an environment of investment certainty.

Congress Delays ELD Enforcement for Livestock to September 30

On the heels of the DOT’s March 13 issuance of an additional 90-day exemption from ELD enforcement requirements for livestock, the bill includes a provision that would defund enforcement to at least September 30, which is the official end of the fiscal year.  The delay will provide DOT and industry stakeholders more time to educate livestock haulers on the proper scope of the ELD mandate, which has caused uncertainty since being finalized in late 2015.  Furthermore, industry’s September 2017 request to push back the compliance deadline by a full year is still outstanding, leaving the possibility of another enforcement delay for livestock.

Lawmakers Fully Fund Tax Law Implementation, Defund Horse Slaughter Inspections, EPA Ag Emission and Reporting Rules  

In a rare move to increase resources for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Congress appropriated an additional $320 million through September 2019 for the nation’s tax collectors to help assure a smooth implementation of the 2017 tax law.  The omnibus also includes a rider that bans funding of USDA personnel to inspect horses prior to slaughter, a provision which lawmakers have renewed within multiple spending bills during previous years to effectively shut down horse slaughter in the U.S.  On the EPA front, the bill also defunds enforcement of rules that would do the following:

  • Mandate the reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from decomposing animal waste located on farms;
  • And reporting air emissions from farms resulting from hazardous substances, pursuant to the nation’s Superfund law.

AHC will deliver updates on more details within the 2018 omnibus spending package that impact the horse industry as they emerge.  To view a copy of the 2232 page bill, please click here:  http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20180319/BILLS-115SAHR1625-RCP115-66.pdf.  If you have questions about FY2018 appropriations, please contact Bryan Brendle, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, at bbrendle@horsecouncil.org.

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Congress Spares America’s Horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Omnibus spending bill is finally out, and America’s horses are protected for the next six months!

This is huge! Congress heard the voice of the American people and maintained protections for wild horses and burros against slaughter and mass killing. The spending bill also maintains the de facto ban on U.S. horse slaughter by continuing the prohibition for federal funding of USDA horsemeat inspections.

While we breathe a collective sigh of relief, let’s take a moment to savor the significance of this victory. Just one year ago, newly-appointed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made killing wild horses and burros a top priority of his administration, and he aligned with powerful agricultural lobbying groups to get his lethal agenda through the Congress.

But these special interests could not drown out the voice of the American people, who want our wild horses protected and humanely managed, not slaughtered.

We share this victory with many organizations and tens of thousands of citizens across the U.S., who made their voices heard on behalf of our iconic mustangs and burros.

So let’s celebrate today, but while we do, let’s remember that this fight is far from over. This spending bill expires on September 30, 2018, and Zinke’s Interior Department will double down on its efforts to slaughter our wild horses and burros. The next appropriations fight – for Fiscal Year 2019 — has already begun.

We’re counting on your support in the coming weeks and months as we work to build on this victory and secure lasting protections for our magnificent wild horses and burros. So please, stay tuned, stay strong and stay ready.

But, tonight, enjoy the victory!

Thank you for everything,

Suzanne Roy

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Is it the Luck of the Irish that we have you?!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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We hope this Saint Patrick’s Day brings you luck and good fortune! We are lucky every day to have supporters like you and to continue to be able to help horses. We are so grateful for You!!

Did you get your fill of green today? Marshy loves all things green! This is one of his favorite holidays…green grass, green hay, green treats, what’s not to love?!
Leprechauns must be visiting the barn today, Rusty is full of Saint Patty’s Day shenanigans!

2 Weeks until ticket price goes up! 

Get your tickets now!

 
Tickets for AAE’s 5th Annual Boots and Bling fundraising event on May 5th are now on sale. You don’t want to miss this! Get your tickets early before they sell out! 
 
Boots & Bling tickets are on sale for $35 per person.  Get them before the price goes up to $40 on April 1st
This is a super fun event that includes 
a BBQ dinner, Live and Silent Auctions, Music and Dancing! 
This event funds a large portion of our annual budget that keeps us saving and serving horses and humans throughout the year
WE LOVE WHEN YOUR GROUP JOINS US FOR BOOTS!!
PLEASE BUY TOGETHER TO SIT TOGETHER
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Boots & Bling needs YOU! 

Event SPONSORSHIP and TABLE options are available!  
Check out our sponsor and table packages here, or let’s work together to create a package that works for you!  For more information or to sign on as a sponsor, please contact dave@allaboutequine.org.
Many thanks to our past sponsors for helping make this a successful event.
Lee's Feed
Lees’ Feed & Western Wear

        

Califorensics  
 
 

 
 

We also need LIVE and SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS!

For more information or to make a donation, please contact dani@allaboutequine.org. All donation are needed by 4/8/18
 

Most importantly, we need VOLUNTEERS to help with the event.  If you can help with set-up, clean-up, dinner prep or service, auction support, or anywhere needed, please contact wendy@allaboutequine.org.
 
We can’t wait for our fun-filled night raising funds to support horses and AAE !  We hope you’ll join us!!

AAE’s 2018-19 Calendars are Here!

These are high quality, 16-month calendars that feature AAE horses, volunteers, and even a few adopters. The calendars can be purchased at All About Equine Used Tack Store for $20. We also have a few available at the barn. Purchasing one is a great way to show your support for AAE.
Alternatively, order via the following link:
(Please note in “special instructions” that you are purchasing a calendar, and
if you need us to mail yours, kindly add $3 for shipping.)

 

Daily Horse Care, especially pm shifts
Used Tack Store Support, all areas
Barn/Facility Maintenance
Foster Homes, Long-Term Foster/Sanctuary Homes
Capital Campaign Support
Board Members
Fundraising/Events
Grants – Writing and Research
Volunteer, Project, and Activity Coordinators
Outreach Activities
Youth Programs
Therapy Programs
Veteran Programs
Special Projects
Admin Support
Marketing
Graphics
Social Media
Bloggers
Photographers
Media and/or Photo Librarian

More, more, more

Interested in volunteering or volunteering in other areas?
Email volunteer@allaboutequine.org

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Great NonProfits – Top Rated Awards


Thanks to YOUR input in 2017, AAE is once again a Top-Rate nonprofit!

If you love our work, then tell the world! Stories about us from people like you will help us make an even bigger impact in our community in the future.

GreatNonprofits is the #1 source of nonprofit stories and feedback, and it honors highly regarded nonprofits each year with their Top-Rated List.

Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a brief story of your experience with us? All content will be visible to potential donors and volunteers.

It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!

Click here to get started!

Employers Match Donations, Does Yours?

Hey volunteers!

Did you know YOU could earn grant money for AAE from your employer just by volunteering?

Many Employers offer money when their employees volunteer. Here are a few examples:

  • Intel provides a $10 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $5,000 per employee or retiree.
  • Microsoft provides a $17 grant to a nonprofit per every hour volunteered by an employee.
  • Apple provides a $25 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per employee.
  • Verizon provides a $750 grant to a nonprofit when an employee volunteers for 50+ hours.
  • State Farm provides a $500 grant nonprofit when an employee volunteers for+ 40 hours.
  • Others top 20 matching gift and/or volunteer grant companies include
    • Starbucks 
    • CarMax
    • Home Depot 
    • JP Morgan
    • Chevron
    • Soros Fund Management 
    • BP (British Petroleum)
    • Gap Corporation
    • State Street Corporation 
    • ExxonMobil
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Boeing
    • Disney
    • Google
    • Merck
    • Aetna
    • Dell
    • Outerwall (CoinStar and RedBox) 
    • ConocoPhillips
    • RealNetworks
    • Time Warner and subsidiaries
    • AllState
    • and more

Check with your employer.  You could help purchase our next load of hay!

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EVEN MORE HORSES TO PICK UP – PLEASE HELP SAVE THESE LIVES – CHILLY PEPPER

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY MOM TOO!!

Well as usual, we are saving way more horses than we were told about on this trip.

As of right now I am sitting in WA State in Mel’s driveway with 3 mares and their tiny babies. One of them was just born yesterday. We also have 4 weanlings, and unfortunately they are in really rough shape. They are severely unhealthy and so far from healthy it brings a tear.

The first mare that came in with a baby is also underweight and severely lacking in groceries. Her baby (named Jax), had a badly infected puncture wound on his front leg. Thank God we took his temperature as it was extremely high, 104.1. That is really high and much higher could be deadly. So we gave him antibiotics and cleaned and flushed his wound. We have to separate him from mom twice a day to medicate him and clean his leg. It’s a bit hairy because his mom is on the reactive side. But so far everyone is safe and settling into the routine.

We also saved a very pregnant mare who has a severe injury to her hind end.She was in tremendous pain and is having issues with both back legs. She is very thin and it’s so sad to see how weak she is and how very pregnant she is. She is also on pain meds, and we are hoping and praying that she will have her baby before we have to travel.

We pulled 4 weanlings in with mom and baby, but instead of dropping them off at a friend’s to be placed in their new homes as planned, we have to take them back to NV for some much needed TLC. They are simply not healthy enough to place yet. This is not good news because we really are short on room. When we get more shelters and finish fencing the property it will be a bit easier, but for now I have to find shelter for all of them. In addition, we picked up two more mares with tiny little ones. The little black baby was born yesterday.

Today Matt drove to Bend, OR to deliver 15 mares for another rescue. Tomorrow he has to drive back up to Bonners Ferry Idaho. We are picking up our beloved Diesel and bringing him back to NV. In his pictures he looks amazing and I can’t wait to kiss the little dude again. He has been in a wonderful home, but as they feel they cannot give him the attention he deserves, we are picking him up and will eventually find him his forever home.

The next day Matt is picking up even more kids, as there are two we are expecting who are roughly 7 months and are apparently severely tick and worm infested, not to mention extremely malnourished, much like most of these kids coming off the range.

I am beyond frustrated because we need to put up a shelter here in WA at Mel’s so these horses would have cover. It is pouring rain and my day old baby is out in it. Thankfully mom knows what to do, but it makes me crazy. Baby season is just starting so we are going to have to keep dealing with this.

So we are now looking at 14 horses we need to transport back to our rescue.The good news is that most of them will already have a place to go as soon as they are healthy. The less than great news is that our vet bill for Coggins and blood work is going to be exponentially higher and so has the cost of this rescue increased.

We appreciate all the folks who have stepped up to help, and we still need help. We have a serious shortage of shelters and feed, but I know we will find a way to “git ‘er done”.

What’s scary is the “season” is just beginning. So let’s get ready to keep saving lives and keeping horses safe from slaughter. Together we can make a difference!

If you want to help You can go to You Caring – to help us keep saving lives..

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

You can donate via check at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, P.O. Box 190 Golconda, NV 89414

You can also donate via credit card by calling Palomino at 530-339-1458.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GOD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

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We’re Heading Court Again… And Other News

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fate of 90,000 Horses to be Decided in Congress Next Week 

Photo: Mikel Hettrick

We have just eight days until Congress must make a decision on spending legislation for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. Behind the scenes negotiations are going on RIGHT NOW as Congress decides between the Senate Interior spending bill, which prohibits killing and slaughter of wild horses and burros, and the House version, which would allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to destroy up to 90,000 mustangs and burros. It’s time to reach out to House and Senate leadership to save the lives of our American mustangs and burros – will you make the calls today?

NV Business Leaders Stand With AWHC to Save Virginia Range Mustangs

Photo: Scott Sonner/AP

We were honored this week to be joined at a press conference in Reno, Nevada by officials from the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRI), the largest industrial park in the world, in support of our fight to save the Virginia Range horses in northern Nevada. TRI Director and Storey County Commissioner Lance Gilman gave an inspiring talk about the incredible economic development happening at the TRI and how the powerhouse companies there — including Tesla, Switch, and Blockchains — are strongly behind protecting the horses. Tomorrow, we’ll file our lawsuit to stop the state from giving away the horses to a private owner who would then have the “property rights” to do what it wants with the horses, including selling them for slaughter. 

AWHC and TCF Threaten Legal Action Over Upcoming BLM Advisory Board Meeting

AWHC and The Cloud Foundation are taking a stand against the BLM’s violation of public notice requirements in the scheduling of the next meeting of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, currently set for Salt Lake City on March 27, 2018. Yesterday, William Miller of Scottsdale, AZ, attorney for AWHC and TCF, sent a formal letter demanding that the meeting be rescheduled to allow for the required 30-day public notification. Mr. Miller says: “The BLM must give proper notice so that the public can have a voice on this issue that so many citizens care about. This Board has been consistently out of step with the wishes of Americans, 80 percent of whom oppose the killing and slaughter of our wild horses. We will not stand by while this agency trounces federal law in order to restrict the voice of the people and ram through yet another morally bankrupt and unscientific recommendation to kill our American mustangs.”

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CORRECTION: The National Horse Show Announces Exciting New Additions to 2018 Board of Directors

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The following is from the The National Horse Show:

The National Horse Show Announces Exciting New Additions to 2018 Board of Directors

Lexington – KY – March 14, 2018 – The National Horse Show is thrilled to announce the executive board for the 2018 National Horse Show. The larger Board of Directors will also welcome three fresh faces to their ranks, Lindsay Maxwell, Bryan Baldwin, and Clementina Rittenhouse Brown. The Board is hopeful to use it’s collected expertise to make this year’s event the best yet.

 The 2018 National Horse Show Board of Directors includes:

 Executive Board

Chairman
Mason Phelps

 Vice Chairman
Susan Humes

 President
Jennifer Burger

 First Vice-President
William H. Weeks

 Second Vice-President
John Walker, III

 Treasurer
Samuel A. B. Boone

 Secretary
William J. Berman, Esq.

 Executive Director
Cindy Bozan

 Board of Directors

Patricia Adikes-Hill

Mrs. Thomas Armstrong, III

Bryan Baldwin

William Berman, Esq.

Samuel A. B. Boone

Clementina Rittenhouse Brown

Jennifer Burger

Lee Carter

Craig Dobbs

Margaret Duprey

Susan Humes

Margaret Jewett

Paige Johnson

Pam Keenan

Lindsay Maxwell

Caroline Moran

Ernest Oare

Mason Phelps

Eric Straus

Tracie Sturgill

Suzanne Thoben Marquard

John Walker, III

William H. Weeks

Bryan Baldwin (left), Lindsay Maxwell (center), and Clementina Rittenhouse Brown (right) all joined the 2018 National Horse Show Foundation Board of Directors

This year, the National Horse Show Foundation welcomes three important new appointments to their ranks. Each new member is an active equestrian and brings important ideas and concepts to help keep the National Horse Show the premier equestrian event on the indoor circuit.

Bryan L. Baldwin is President of Meralex Farm. Meralex Farm is a nationally recognized Hunter Jumper show barn. Along with her professional trainers, Louise Serio and Peggy Gehman, Bryan specializes in raising, showing and selling top show Hunters and Jumpers. Bryan has been a nationally ranked Adult Amateur rider. Meralex Farm also bred and raced thoroughbred racehorses for fifteen years.

Lindsay Maxwell is the founder of The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, a private philanthropic fund whose charitable endeavors reflect Lindsay’s personal priorities and values: improving the lives of children with special needs; enabling access opportunities to education; and providing care, compassion, and protection to animals. As an equestrian, Lindsay and her horses have been honored with numerous USEF Horse of the Year awards and major championships, recently including the Devon Horse Show, Capital Challenge Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show, and circuit champion of the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Clementina Rittenhouse Brown is a resident of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and a winter resident of Loxahatchee, Florida. Clementina is actively engaged in directing a variety of family business ventures and serves on the board of Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. Also, she teaches Gyrotonic, Pilates, and dance in Washington DC, Florida, and Pennsylvania to a wide group of students of all ages and from all walks of life. Clementina has been involved in showing hunters from the lead line at Devon, to all the pony divisions, the junior and equitation divisions, and now the Amateur Owner divisions. She exhibits her amateur horses under the direction of Louise Serio of Derbydown Stables.

 “It is a great honor to welcome back the Board of Directors for the 2018 edition of the National Horse Show,” commented Mason Phelps, Chairman of the National Horse Show Foundation. “We have an incredible group of people that are committed to helping lead our organization forward and make it the best that it can be – we look forward to impressing our patrons again this year.”

Founded in 1833, the National Horse Show is the culmination of the east coast summer equestrian season. With $810,000 in prize money offered, the National Horse Show has been designated a CSI4*-W event by the FEI. International Open Jumpers will compete for almost half a million dollars in prize money, while the top-rated hunter sections will vie for a total purse of $195,000. For six consecutive years, the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame has named the National Horse Show the Horse Show of the Year.

To learn more about the National Horse Show, click here.

 

FMCSA Announces New ELD Waiver

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

March 13, 2018

FMCSA Announces New ELD Waiver

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced additional steps to address the unique needs of the country’s agriculture industries and provided further guidance to assist in the effective implementation of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule without impeding commerce or safety.

FMCSA is announcing an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for agriculture related transportation. Additionally, during this time period, FMCSA will publish final guidance on both the agricultural 150 air-mile hours-of-service exemption and personal conveyance.

It is important to note that this 90 days is an extension of the previous 90 days given to all agriculture commodity haulers.  This is not a final decision on the livestock specific ELD exemption request filed in September—a determination on that request is still to be made. The AHC will continue to push for this exemption along with other livestock industry associations. 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 AHC will continue to work with the FMCSA and the DOT during this delay to better meet the needs of the animal agriculture community to ensure that there are no unintended consequences from current ELD regulations.

If you have any questions, please contact the AHC.

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Thank you! Here’s what’s next —

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Thanks to overwhelming support from activists like you, our Spring Campaign was a great success. We were able to raise over $50,000 that will go toward saving and protecting our nation’s wild horses.

With your help, we’re able to continue to battle for wild horses and burros in the courts and in the field.

From everyone at AWHC, thank you.

But we’re still in the midst of one of our biggest battles. Right now, Congress is finalizing a spending bill that may include provisions for the roundup and slaughter of over 90,000 wild horses across the United States.

The deal will be done within the next 10 days. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Call the Leadership of the House and Senate. See numbers below. Simply deliver this message: “I’m calling to urge Senator/Representative _____ to keep horse slaughter out of 2018 spending legislation by maintaining the Senate versions of Agriculture and Interior Appropriations bills. Please stand with the 80% of Americans who oppose horse slaughter and want our wild horses protected and humanely managed, not killed or slaughtered.”
  1. Contact your representatives now. Tell them that you stand with the 80% of Americans who oppose killing wild horses and burros, and want them protected and humanely managed on our public lands. Take action here.

It’ll be a long fight to make sure the lives of wild horses and burros are no longer in jeopardy. But with your support, we’re making gains toward a successful future.

Thank you,

Suzanne

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ACTION ALERT- H2-B Visa Cap Relief Needed Now

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

ACTION ALERT- H2-B Visa Cap Relief Needed Now!

As the March 23 deadline to finalize a FY2018 spending bill approaches, the horse industry and its allies continue to urge lawmakers to include H-2B guest worker visa “cap relief” in the final spending bill.   Please contact your federal elected officials today and tell them to support any provision that will provide H-2B visa cap relief within the context of FY2018 appropriations bills.  Congress can help provide the tools you need to grow your business in 2018 by enacting visa cap relief today!

 

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911 – URGENT SITUATION – DO WE HAVE HOURS OR DAYS?? WE NEED IMMEDIATE HELP TO SAVE LIVES

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY MOM TOO!!

BABY SEASON IS HERE! We have already done 9 horses so far…..

I received an urgent call this afternoon. We have a teeny, tiny little one whose mama is scheduled to ship out, unless we can pull off another miracle. We also are looking at two yearlings IF we can raise enough funds for them. But it gets worse, apparently there is at least one, if not more, very pregnant mares about to ship.

For those of you who have never seen the reality of slaughter, that baby will be sliced out of its mama and thrown alive on the slaughter floor. I have actually seen it. That is the reality. This is why we work non-stop, often literally 24/7 around the clock taking care of babies to try and save as many as we can.

(I cried all afternoon thinking about the baby and the horses. But I know that all we can do is our best, and I am thankful we are given a chance to save some.)

We don’t always have the option of saving mom, and in all reality we are full. So,
IF WE HAVE A CHANCE TO SAVE MOM and the heavily pregnant mare and the baby’s mama, we need help NOW, and lots of it. WHO WE SAVE will depend directly on how much money is raised to save their lives. We know we will find a way to get the little one, but I don’t want to leave horses behind that we could save.

UNLESS we just take the orphan, we will need to set up another shelter before we leave to be able to get the very pregnant mare and to save mama and baby.

We don’t have time to build one, we will need to pick up the phone and have on of our little shelters delivered. I was told the horses could ship as early as tomorrow , or it could be a day or even a week. It only takes 15 more bodies to complete the load. We are very fortunate that the shipper really tries to work with us, and we are grateful for that.

However, since we will be driving about 12 hours to get there, and we may get called as soon as tomorrow, we have to be ready. At this point we have pretty much zero in the budget to go get horse kids. Between the last 9 (the Fabulous 5), Justein & Lil Jo, Jolene (aka Racoon), and the little baby who cost about $600 in the end to make sure she was no longer suffering and make sure what we were doing was best for her little life, funds dwindled quickly. Add to that $900 of emergency trailer repairs on the road and the $1100 of hay yesterday, well that puts us very low.

So as it stands, we have one orphan to pick up and two yearlings. We need funds to make that happen and then we can start saving more lives, depending on how long it takes to raise the funds. I have to know the minute he calls who we can afford to save. We have to get another shelter and get a space set up for the new baby and HOPEFULLY – his/her mama too.

CAN YOU HELP US SAVE “Baby, his/her Mama, two yearlings, and one or more VERY PREGNANT MARES”? Until we upgrade the LQ, we will have to run two trucks and trailers depending on how many of these horses we can save.

I simply cannot bear the thought of the baby being thrown aside and dying on the slaughter house floor. I am sorry as I know hearing that will upset many people, but this is what your donations stop. YOU are the difference for these horses. Matt and I will work non-stop but we do not have the funds to save these kids on our own.

On top of all this, we have outgrown our beautiful rolling hospital. Running 2 trucks n 2 trailers is killing the rescues’ funds. We found the perfect (USED OF COURSE) 4 horse LQ. It is much safer for me, (My leg is not being nice) and it has WAY more room for babies/horses than the 3 horse. (No wasted space in the horse area as there are no mangers or side storage. It’s $27,000 (with taxes etc.) but will pay for itself via fuel n lodging savings in a couple years. We will be selling the current Rolling Foal Hospital. The money we save in lodging and fuel EACH MONTH will make the trailer payments, so once we have a down payment we are golden.

(In doing taxes for 2017, we spent close to $20,000+ in fuel and about $5000 in lodging. This was partially due to the ISPMB rescue, and the rest is due to all the other 250+/- horses we rescued, picked up, shared with other rescuers and transported. )

The babies need milk powder ($149 per bag) , milk pellets, ($100 a bag), grain, vaseline, Colostrum ($100 + per bottle) gloves, baby wipes, meds etc. etc. to have a chance at a real life.

PLEASE HELP US BE READY WHEN THE PHONE RINGS!

BELOW – MAMA & BABY. Meet Justein & Lil Jo SAFE & SOUND THANKS TO YOU!

If you want to help You can go to You Caring – to help us keep saving lives..

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

You can donate via check at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, P.O. Box 190 Golconda, NV 89414

You can also donate via credit card by calling Palomino at 530-339-1458.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GOD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

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What’s New with Roll? Spring Grooming/Work in the Hourglass Pattern

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Finally a day came that was warm enough to be able to wash the winter dirt out of Roll’s mane and tail! The first thing was to make sure he did not “feed on his lead rope” while I wasn’t looking, so I removed the rope lead and attached him to the chain lead at the wash rack.

The water was still icy cold, but I tried to limit his and my exposure to the cold. When we were done, his dirty brown mane and tail had turned the gorgeous, creamy reddish blond that I knew it was. He looked so handsome!

I gave his spine a stretch by pulling on his tail. Then it was time to put on his gear for his core strength leading exercises in the hourglass pattern in the outdoor arena.

He put up with my fussing to fit the surcingle…

…and obediently dropped his head when I put on the bridle and “Elbow Pull.”

I think he was glad we were finally able to go back out and work again after a few weeks of VERY cold temperatures. He has been having difficulty getting up and down, so I new he needed to get back to some moderate forced exercise. When he is left to his own devices, he tends to be somewhat of a couch potato.

He actually did better than I thought he would first walking down the road to the arena…

…and going through the gate to begin to execute the hourglass pattern balancing exercises.

It wasn’t that hard to get him to set up his feet with equal weight over all four feet…easier than the last time. Still, he is hesitant to fully weight the right hind foot. I believe this might be due to the soreness that he has developed from getting up and down. He has pretty tall side bones in that foot.

Roll is now 26 years old and although he cooperates, his mind does wander a bit like a “little old man’s” mind would! Still, when I call his name to remind him, he DOES come to attention!

After we did the hourglass pattern 1 ½ times each way, I slung the lead rope over his neck for the first time to see if he would follow me across the arena to the gate, stop, through the gate and down the road to the Tack Barn (Sorry, no photos – we shot video). He did excellent! I was so proud!

And when we got back, he obediently lowered his head again to get his bridle removed. He has truly changed dramatically in the eight years that I have had him. I can’t believe it has been that long! My how time flies when you’re having fun together…staying healthy!

DEADLINE: Donate now to help us reach our goal!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Please donate before midnight tonight to help us reach our Spring Campaign goal!

They’ve lost their freedom, now BLM wants to kill them… Help us stop the slaughter of our American icons!

Our Spring Protection Campaign ends at midnight tonight, and we’re just $7,000 away from reaching our goal of $50,000 for wild horses and burros.

Chip in now so we can reach our goal!

Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve been able to raise funds over the last two weeks to:

  • Prepare the best cases possible for our lawsuits against the BLM to defend wild horses in Nevada and Wyoming;
  • Raise awareness and organize action calls to Congress to protect wild horses and burros in 2018 Congressional spending legislation; and
  • Document the abuses that are happening on the ground so that Americans across the country can see this despicable treatment of our iconic mustangs.

The funds raised in our Spring Campaign are vital to making our work at AWHC possible. This is your chance to ensure the protection of our wild horses and burros for years to come.

Donate before midnight to get us over the finish line.

Thank you for your incredible support!

Suzanne

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SYA Cabin Fever Auction

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The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:

 

 

Dear friends of SYALER,

Spring is almost here, and despite the mud and melting snow, the birds are starting to sing and the days are getting longer, and best of all, the folks at SYALER are offering up their sure cure for Cabin Fever-the 2018 Online Facebook Auction!

Don’t miss out on the fun! Here’s your chance to bid on a wonderful assortment of goods and services and support the mules and donkeys at SYALER at the same time. The bidding will open at approximately 7:00 PM on Sunday March 11, and will end exactly on Sunday March 18 at 9:00 PM on the auction’s Facebook page:

SYA’s Fundraising Auction
https://www.facebook.com/SYAauction2018/

 This auction page won’t go live until Saturday evening on March 11, but we will be posting previews and bidding instructions this week on the SYALER Facebook page and website:

https://www.facebook.com/syalongear/

saveyourassrescue.org

If you need assistance or more information, you can email Joan at SYAauction2018@gmail.com or call at 413-559-8414.

See you at the auction!!

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Time’s Almost Up for Wild Horses and Burros

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Right now in Congress, members are working on a 2018 spending bill that will directly affect the lives of thousands of America’s wild horses and burros.

Your elected representatives need to hear from you now to ensure that protections against mass killing and slaughter are maintained in the final spending bill. 

CALL NOW TO SAVE OUR MUSTANGS AND BURROS:

You can say: “As your constituent, I’m calling to ask Senator/Representative [Name] to work with leadership to ensure that the final 2018 spending bill protects America’s wild horses and burros from mass killing and slaughter. Please stand with 80% of Americans who oppose killing wild horses and burros and want them protected and humanely managed on our public lands. Thank you.”

After your calls, please send a follow up message.

If we all act together NOW, we can prevail!

Thank you,

Suzanne

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Stand up for mustangs

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

This week only…Get your limited edition Stand Up For Mustangs apparel and show your support for our work to keep them wild! 

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our limited-edition Stand Up For Mustangs apparel! For the next six days, our friends at FLOAT will donate $8 for every shirt sold to the American Wild Horse Campaign.

Please visit www.float.org and SHOP today – there are lots of fun colors and styles to choose from! This is a great way to support our work to protect America’s wild horsesand look fabulous! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Buy Now

We need to hear from you

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Our wild horses and burros have never been more threatened — and we’ve never been doing more to defend them. Now we need to hear from you: What should our priority be in this crucial time?

  • Working in statehouses and in the halls of the Congress to demand humane, evidence-based wild horse management. CLICK HERE.
  • Observing and documenting the BLM’s cruel roundups so that citizens across the country can hold our government accountable. CLICK HERE
  • Taking the BLM and state governments to court to stop the roundup and slaughter of wild horses and burros. CLICK HERE

Some other priority we should be focused on? Let us know.

Your feedback is vital to letting us know how we’re doing — and where we can improve. Without advocates and supporters like you, wild horses and burros wouldn’t have a voice. Thank you for standing with us — and with them.

The AWHC Team

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So long, sweet Kaya!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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Sweet Kaya, Our Hearts are Broken

We’ve had a sad week at AAE with the loss of our sweet, sweet ol’ girl, Kaya.  Many of you may remember she colicked last month, and her docs found a stone in her tummy.  Sadly, it reared it’s ugly self again, and this past Tuesday morning, Kaya was not herself.  She hadn’t eaten her dinner, and she hadn’t pooped all night.  Not good!  We called the vet, and after exam, we took her to the clinic for hospitalization.  She was impacted again, and we were faced with the surgery question, again.  It’s a heart-wrenching question when faced with the cost of surgery, her age, recovery, and all the other horses in our care.  Just as importantly, all of the volunteers and participants that love each and every horse in our care and the participants that share their lives, as well.  Needless to say, this is one special mare that has so kindly touched the lives of so many people.

She gave so much to so many, and she had a very good prognosis for the stone removal surgery, so we were planning to ask all of her friends for help.  As we were preparing a special fundraiser for her surgery, the call came.  Kaya had a cough.  Not a good thing with consideration of surgery.  Sadly, the docs discovered she had a diaphragmatic hernia.  She had fluid in her chest, and some of her intestines were pushing into her thoracic cavity.  Sadly, this presented a much more complicated situation for our sweet girl, and we felt the best thing we could do is send her gently across the Rainbow Bridge.
Kaya came to us February 25th, 2014, four years and two days before she left us.  Kaya made many a birthday memories and she introduced hundreds of new volunteers to horses.  She served our veterans in a horsemanship clinic, and she was good friends with many of the seniors in our herd.
Please click the image to share in some more memorable Kaya moments.
No doubt, there are angel kids riding Miss Kaya, and
she’s making their time in Heaven extra special!
Kaya, we so miss you, Sweet Girl!!
Do You Have Your Tickets Yet?
 
Tickets for AAE’s 5th Annual Boots and Bling fundraising event are now on sale. Get your tickets early before they sell out! We are expecting over 350 guests.  Don’t miss out!!!
 
Please join us in celebrating nine years of helping horses.
 
Saturday, May 5
 
This is a super fun event that includes 
a BBQ dinner, Live and Silent Auctions, Music and Dancing! 
 
This is our biggest, most important (and most exciting) fundraiser of the year.  This event funds a large portion of our annual budget that keeps us saving and serving horses and humans throughout the year.
 
WE LOVE WHEN YOUR GROUP JOINS US FOR BOOTS!!
PLEASE BUY TOGETHER TO SIT TOGETHER
 
  Boots & Bling tickets are on sale for $35 per person.  Get them before the price goes up to $40 on April 1st
 
 
If you plan to attend with a guest or guests, 
please purchase together if you want to sit together. 
 

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Boots & Bling needs YOU! 

Event SPONSORSHIP

and TABLE options are available!  
Check out our sponsor and table packages here, or let’s work together to create a package that works for you!  For more information or to sign on as a sponsor, please contact dave@allaboutequine.org.
Many thanks to our past sponsors for helping make this a successful event.
Lee's Feed
Lees’ Feed & Western Wear

        

Califorensics  
 
 

 
 

We also need LIVE and SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS!

For more information or to make a donation, please contact dani@allaboutequine.org. All donation are needed by 4/8/18
 

Most importantly, we need VOLUNTEERS to help with the event.  If you can help with set-up, clean-up, dinner prep or service, auction support, or anywhere needed, please contact wendy@allaboutequine.org.
 
We can’t wait for our fun-filled night raising funds to support horses and AAE !  We hope you’ll join us!!

AAE’s 2018-19 Calendars are Here!

These are high quality, 16-month calendars that feature AAE horses, volunteers, and even a few adopters. The calendars can be purchased at All About Equine Used Tack Store for $20. We also have a few available at the barn. Purchasing one is a great way to show your support for AAE.
Alternatively, order via the following link:
(Please note in “special instructions” that you are purchasing a calendar, and
if you need us to mail yours, kindly add $3 for shipping.)

 

Daily Horse Care, especially pm shifts
Used Tack Store Support, all areas
Barn/Facility Maintenance
Foster Homes, Long-Term Foster/Sanctuary Homes
Capital Campaign Support
Board Members
Fundraising/Events
Grants – Writing and Research
Volunteer, Project, and Activity Coordinators
Outreach Activities
Youth Programs
Therapy Programs
Veteran Programs
Special Projects
Admin Support
Marketing
Graphics
Social Media
Bloggers
Photographers
Media and/or Photo Librarian

More, more, more

Interested in volunteering or volunteering in other areas?
Email volunteer@allaboutequine.org

Submit a Review Today!

Great NonProfits – Top Rated Awards


Thanks to YOUR input in 2017, AAE is once again a Top-Rate nonprofit!

If you love our work, then tell the world! Stories about us from people like you will help us make an even bigger impact in our community in the future.

GreatNonprofits is the #1 source of nonprofit stories and feedback, and it honors highly regarded nonprofits each year with their Top-Rated List.

Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a brief story of your experience with us? All content will be visible to potential donors and volunteers.

It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!

Click here to get started!

Employers Match Donations, Does Yours?

Hey volunteers!

Did you know YOU could earn grant money for AAE from your employer just by volunteering?

Many Employers offer money when their employees volunteer. Here are a few examples:

  • Intel provides a $10 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $5,000 per employee or retiree.
  • Microsoft provides a $17 grant to a nonprofit per every hour volunteered by an employee.
  • Apple provides a $25 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per employee.
  • Verizon provides a $750 grant to a nonprofit when an employee volunteers for 50+ hours.
  • State Farm provides a $500 grant nonprofit when an employee volunteers for+ 40 hours.
  • Others top 20 matching gift and/or volunteer grant companies include
    • Starbucks 
    • CarMax
    • Home Depot 
    • JP Morgan
    • Chevron
    • Soros Fund Management 
    • BP (British Petroleum)
    • Gap Corporation
    • State Street Corporation 
    • ExxonMobil
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Boeing
    • Disney
    • Google
    • Merck
    • Aetna
    • Dell
    • Outerwall (CoinStar and RedBox) 
    • ConocoPhillips
    • RealNetworks
    • Time Warner and subsidiaries
    • AllState
    • and more

Check with your employer.  You could help purchase our next load of hay!

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Act now. Tomorrow could be too late.

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Don’t let the BLM destroy tens of thousands of wild horses!

The BLM wants to sell off our country’s heritage to the highest bidder — and Congress might let them do it. We need your help to stop the roundup, sale, and slaughter of our wild horses.

The national budget is being debated now — and it includes provisions that allow for the destruction of wild horses. We have a limited amount of time to protect wild horses. Can you chip in to our Spring Protection Campaign today?

Donate $10 or more now to help us reach our $50,000 goal and stop the slaughter of thousands of American wild horses. Only days left to meet our goal!

At AWHC, we’re doing everything we can to protect the futures of these beautiful animals — in the field, in the courtroom, and in the halls of Congress.

Earlier this year we sued the BLM to challenge the its ten-year plan to cruelly round up and remove nearly 10,000 federally-protected wild horses in Nevada and sterilize wild stallions who remain on the range. We’ve been documenting roundups, working with local businesses, ranchers and other stakeholders, promoting long-term and humane solutions to the challenges facing horses and burros. But there are some threats — like this budget — that we need to tackle today.

Click here to donate. The fate of our American wild horses is in your hands.

If we don’t act now, tomorrow will be too late.

Thank you for your support.

– AWHC Team

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AHC Tax Bulletin-March 2018

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

AHC’s Tax Bulletin is Sponsored by

The American Horse Council keeps you up to date with important tax court cases and regulations with its bi-monthly Tax Bulletin. The Tax Bulletin is a member benefit, and thus is not intended for reproduction. For more information on federal legislation, equine health and regulatory issues, taxes, animal welfare, racing, recreation, and showing please visit our website at www.horsecouncil.org

Horse Industry Trots Into New Tax Landscape

Two major policy developments have dramatically changed the tax landscape for horse owners and millions of other Americans as they make nancial plans for their businesses and families in 2018 and beyond: enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which rewrites major business and individual provisions of the tax code; and passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (aka, “tax extenders”), which extends for one year a host of tax incentives that expired at the end of 2016.

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Qualifed Business Income Deduction Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

By Douglas Dean, CPA, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC, Lexington, KY

Thomson Reuters, a major resource provider for tax professionals, recently stated: “Few provisions in the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are likely to have a greater impact or create more confusion than the new Code Section 199A deduction for noncorporate taxpayers for qualified business income.”

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The AHC Tax Bulletin is a digest of current tax developments affecting the horse industry. The AHC Tax Bulletin is for informational purposes only and not intended to take the place of professional tax counsel.

Click to dowload a PDF of the Tax Bulletin

AHC Tax Bulletin Advisory Board

Editor-In-Chief
Thomas A. Davis, Esq.
Davis & Harman LLP
Washington, DC

​www.davis-harman.com

Doug Dean
Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC
Lexington, KY
 Paul Husband, Esq 
Husband Law Group
Universal City, CA
www.husbandlaw.com 
John Kropp, Esq
Graydon, Head & Ritchey
Cincinnati, OH
www.graydonhead.com 
Bruce Oberfest, Esq, CPA
Bruce D. Oberfest & Associates
Chappaqua, NY
Douglas Romaine, Esq
Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC
Lexington, KY
www.skofirm.com 
Joel B. Turner, Esq.
Frost Brown Todd
Louisville, KY
www.frostbrowntodd.com 
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