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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CHILLY PEPPER & ALL THE CRITTERS!

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

Happy New Year!

What we have all accomplished in 2017 is beyond amazing. Y’all have made it possible to save so many lives. Please remember, every single horse that was saved in South Dakota was partially due to the love and support you continue to show. Our rescue spent a great deal of money on that situation. Although it was only a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of thousands donated by the big organizations, for us the thousands plus that we spent was mind blowing. YOU DID THAT! You made it possible for Matt and I to do what we had to do. In turn, we made it possible for FOA to do what they did. Elaine Nash and Barbara Jo Rasmussen also are partially responsible for the hundreds that we saved this year. If they hadn’t stepped up and taken on the re-homing of the horses at ISPMB, we wouldn’t have been able to save all those orphans and all the families that you helped us save his year. So by working together, the affects reach further and further down the line without us even realizing it.

I wanted to share this. As one of our favorite “family members” so eloquently said,

“Hi Lauri! My name is Tina. I am the mother of the young girl you are referring to in your post above. I have to THANK YOU for bringing Frosty into my daughter’s life. Frosty lights up her world! Your rescue efforts trickle down to giving a young girl the ability to use her determination, compassion, and love to pour into this sweet and gentle boy! She absolutely loves him. Thank you!

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Nevada to Give Away Virginia Range Mustangs – Please Help!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

If you contacted Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to protect the Virginia Range wild horses – thank you.

You may have received an email response from the Governor’s office outlining “criteria” for the state’s ill-conceived plan to give away the 3,000 Virginia Range wild horses. Unfortunately, what the Governor failed to even mention is that by the state giving away the horses, the state and citizens would have NO power to stop the new owner from killing healthy horses. The state can have whatever “criteria” or “intent” it wants — but the final decisions about the horses’ fate would rest with the new OWNER. The horses would be deemed privately-owned and would be subject to all laws pertaining to domestic horses/livestock (e.g. branding laws, liability laws, etc.)

The Governor and his Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) know that transferring ownership of these horses to a private party is not viable especially from a liability perspective. Currently, under Nevada law, the state owns the horses and is exempt from any liability of damage or injury caused by the horses. This exemption from liability  would not pertain to any private owner of the horses. Thus, the transfer of the 3,000 horses to a private entity that has good intentions for the horses is not practical. AWHC strongly believes that no legitimate advocacy organization could take on this type of liability.

While what the Governor wrote sounds nice. However, the Governor and NDA are disingenuous when they asssert that this is in the interest of protecting and preserving the horses because their scheme cannot be implemented as advertised.

Lastly, we need to remind you that the only supporters of this giveaway plan is Protect the Harvest, the organization lobbying to legalize the killing of America’s wild horses and burros, and ranchers who have long pushed to kill wild horses.

Please let us know if you have questions. We stand ready, as we always have been, to resume the public/private partnership for all aspects of humane management of the Virginia Range horses. 

– The AWHC Team

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AHC Tax Bulletin-January 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 Faces New Tax Landscape in 2018

Following President Trump’s signing of the new tax law on December 22, federal policy makers began immediately to discuss the likelihood of moving legislation in 2018 to address technical changes and clarifications to the 1100 page law.  While AHC takes a deeper dive into the tax law to address in more detail those provisions having a direct impact on the horse industry, please click to lin below to login and view the highlights that will impact your tax filing for Fiscal Year 2018.

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Let’s Start the Year with New Beginnings – Adopt!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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Happy New Year!!  

 2017 was a very special year, and we are glad we got to share it with you.

We hope you enjoyed the stories and thank you for your continuing support during

 the Deck the Stalls campaign.  Although we haven’t reached our goal, we are in a much better position to get ready for another year of horse rescue.
In 2017, AAE started the year with 35 horses in our care.  We took in 36 horses, and we adopted 33.  That’s an intake to adoption ratio of about 92 percent!!  Intakes were due to a variety of reasons including two orphan foals (Rascal and Cowboy), Blue – the mustang with the large mass on its leg, an abandoned horse with a rope around it’s neck, a neglected and emaciated horse, several senior horses in need, and many wild horses and burros in need.  Sadly but compassionately, we helped four of our horses cross the Rainbow Bridge due to severe colic and pain/quality of life issues.
 

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Saved the Best for Last

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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1 Day Left, AAE Residents!

The heart of our volunteer activities begin with our residents.  it all begins with our minis, ponies, and our full-sized horses.  Our new volunteers learn about basic care and handling with our most reliable, trustworthy, and dependable horses.  They have their stories, too, but we don’t often talk about them because their story came and went.  Let’s revisit….

RUSTY
Rusty is our 31, soon to be 32-year old Arabian gelding that came to us in 2010 due to a financial distress and an impending deployment situation. Rusty was loved beyond words, but his mom knew she couldn’t give him what he needed, and she worried that when she was deployed, there wouldn’t be anyone experienced enough to provide the care he needed for as long as it might be.  So she made the difficult decision to find a safe home for him.

 

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SYALER eNewsletter

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The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:

Dear SYALER friends,

It’s another cold one today but I am feeling very grateful… I’m not living on Mt. Washington, in Northern NH where the temperature was MINUS 78 degrees this morning!!! I’m also very grateful for all our wonderful supporters who have already helped us get closer to our end of the year fund raising goal of $35,000.

I’m writing to encourage any of you reading this who have not yet made a donation to please do what you can to help. Reach underneath those couch cushions and send what you find! Every bit really does make a difference. Our supporters are the best. I have become friends with so many who have adopted from us, who donate to us and even those who just call for advice in dealing with issues they may be having with their donkey or mule. Making these friends is a huge bonus of the job.

We currently have one, fantastic, full time paid employee. But we have reached the point in our growth that in order to sustain the level of care the animals require and deserve, another part time employee is needed. With the new tax laws taking effect donation write offs will be subject to change. So NOW is the time!

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Mini but Mighty!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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2 Days Left, Mighty Mini Ones!
Every day throughout the year, our mini herd is here to put smiles on the faces of our volunteers and visitors.  Our little guys are some of the best ambassadors for AAE and horses alike.  Each has his or her own story of how they came to AAE.
PATCHES
Patches, the little princess, ha ha!  Patches is an older mini (20-something) that came to AAE from a dog rescue in Fall 2012.  She was on the thin side and a bit lonely.  We thought she’d be perfect for the kids around AAE.  Little did we know, kids weren’t her forte.  She tolerated them at best.  Patches idea of a job is eating.  Eating hay, eating grass, eating pellets, eating anything.  Really, eating everything.  If Patches isn’t eating, she isn’t happy, haha.  Patches is cutest when she trots down to the barn for her morning treat.  She bounces, she smiles, excitement exudes from the tips of her hair.  The trail back to the “farm”, on the other hand, is a slow, dreary trip.  Ho hum!  Really, Patches is adorable.  She’s a little sass, and a little sweet.  She’s the perfect Thelwell pony that needs a story written after her.
 

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Double your impact for wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Photograph by Kimerlee Cury

Donate by midnight tonight to DOUBLE your impact

The clock is ticking for wild horses. When Congress comes back into session next week, they’ll immediately begin
deliberations onwhether or not to legalize the mass killing of wild horses and burros. But we promise – we’ll be there every step of the way, fighting for the freedom of these Americans icons.

Whether it’s on Capitol Hill, in the courts, or on the range, we’re always there for wild horses. Can they count on you to be there for them, too?

Right now, a generous donor has agreed to match every gift we receive up to $25,000 before midnight tonight.Pitch in today to help us take advantage of this huge opportunity.

Only hours left to make your tax-deductible gift in 2017 – and DOUBLE your impact for wild horses.

No horse should ever be chased by a helicopter until he or she collapses of exhaustion – and no horse should ever be slaughtered. Wild horses and burros have a right to live free with their families on our public lands. Please help us protect them.                                                                              

Donate before midnight to help save wild horses and burros, and make you gift go twice as far.

In Freedom,
Suzanne

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SYALER eNewsletter

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The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:

Good Deep Freeze Afternoon SYALER Friends,

Mother Nature has offered us the splendor of a snow-covered landscape and the glinting beauty of ice-coated trees this final week of 2017. But she is also challenging us with these continued days of sub-zero temperatures.

Doing anything outdoors right now is difficult if not dangerous. Seeing to the daily needs of numerous rescue donkeys and mules in this extreme cold is downright dreadful.

There is good reason to worry more about the herd as this bitter cold can cause colic among other things. Ann must venture out regularly to make sure the heated water troughs are always topped off. She maintains separate heated water sources containing electrolytes and in these brutal, arctic days keeps hay in front of every animal 24 hours a day. Just the three draft mules alone are going through half a dozen bales of hay a day at $5.50 each!

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SYALER eNewsletter

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The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:

 

Dear loyal SYALER friends,

As I write this Ann is out doing chores this frigid night, lugging hot water from her house to make mashes for the animals who get them, carrying and spreading hay for each group so every donkey and mule has access, graining and medicating those who need it, filling water troughs (yikes, don’t let the spigot run over and cause a skating rink now!) and most importantly checking that each animal appears bright and healthy as the day flips from dusk to dark.

In that manner, Ann works her way around to all four barns until every creature on the farm is fed, watered and content.

Come daylight, she will do it all again and hope once chores are complete she has the energy to go back to scoop manure and add fresh shavings so her charges can be as comfortable as possible.

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Let’s lawyer up to protect wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Great news: a generous donor has offered to MATCH all gifts up to $25,000 made by midnight tomorrow. Can you donate now and help us take advantage?

As President of the American Wild Horse Campaign, I am honored to have supported AWHC for more than six years. After working hard on this issue for nearly a decade, I can tell you that we are having real impact – in the halls of Congress, on the range, and in the courtroom.

My strategy from the start has been: let’s lawyer up to protect our wild horses. We work with the nation’s top environmental/public interest law firm, and together, we’ve been racking up the wins. Just this week, we won a huge case against the BLM in Idaho to stop the inhumane sterilization of an entire mustang herd.

We’re building a firewall between our wild horses and burros and the government’s plan to destroy them. Can you chip in to help, and have your impact doubled today?

Our opponents may be powerful. But we keep winning because we have science on our side, we have the facts on our side, and we have people like you on our side. Because of you, our wild horses and burros have the best legal team available to defend them.

Please stay in the fight with us and donate to defend wild horses and burros. Donate by midnight tomorrow and have 2X the impact.

With your help, we’ll keep fighting on behalf of America’s wild horses and burros. Thank you for your support, and let’s keep winning in 2018.

Ellie Price
President
American Wild Horse Campaign

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When No One Else Would, We Did! Blue’s Last Hope

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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3 Days Left, Blue!

Blue is a young mustang gelding out of Nevada who came to AAE at the beginning of the year after being asked for assistance by Virginia Range Wild Horse Sanctuary and Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. He had been carrying around a large mass of proud flesh (granulation tissue) over his rear fetlock/pastern area for some time.  He was not halterable when he arrived at AAE, and we knew we had a big job ahead in helping Blue.

Before we could evaluate the mass, he had to be gentled, haltered, and his legs/hooves handleable.  With a straightforward mustang, not a big deal, but Blue had some substantial fear/trust issues.  Initial efforts with befriending and haltering him were lukewarm.  Thanks to Dr. Stolba and Team LBEMC (throughout Blue’s journey), we were successful enough to sedate him, radiograph the bony area beneath the mass and collect tissue samples for biopsy.  We wanted to make sure there was not an underlying reason for the mass other than old injury before getting too deep into corrective measures if they would be for naught.  It was not an easy feat.  Even with sedation, he kicked quickly and with purpose.

 

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VICTORY in Arizona

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

GREAT news: yesterday we learned that the Governor of Arizona signed an agreement to save the famed Salt River Wild Horses. Two years ago, these horses were almost removed from the Tonto National Forest and sent to auction. Now they are protected under state law from roundups, harassment, and slaughter.

We’re proud to have worked with the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group to achieve this victory. It’s just another example of our vital work – and none of it would be possible without support from people like you. Watch our Year in Review video now – and then pitch in before midnight tomorrow to stand up for wild horses and burros.

Thanks,

AWHC Team

We’ve done a lot this year, and we couldn’t have achieved any of it without you. Watch our 2017 Year In Review video to see all the victories you’ve won for wild horses and burros.

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You’ve helped us do so much in 2017 – but wild horses and burros need us to continue the fight. Chip in today and help us keep fighting for wild horses and burros in 2018.

With Gratitude,
The AWHC Team

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VIDEO: A year of saving horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve done a lot this year, and we couldn’t have achieved any of it without you. Watch our 2017 Year In Review video to see all the victories you’ve won for wild horses and burros.

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WATCH NOW

You’ve helped us do so much in 2017 – but wild horses and burros need us to continue the fight. Chip in today and help us keep fighting for wild horses and burros in 2018.

With Gratitude,
The AWHC Team

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What If Tomorrow Never Came?

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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4 Days Left, Aziza, Nailah and Layla!
 
Today’s story is about four Arabian horses that came to AAE in early 2015.  It was back in fall of 2014 that AAE got a call from Janis Jones about several horses left on a ranch after the passing of their owner.  It turns out, there were four beautiful bay mares and a gorgeous black stallion.  These were the last of the horses at Coffey Arabians. Janis Jones, the former Mrs. Michael Coffey, assisted AAE in this rescue and ended up adopting the black stallion (now a gelding). Per Dr. Jones, “The Coffeys were known as one of the finest breeders of Egyptian Arabians in the United States, and these mares are most probably of the Shiko Ibn Sheikh line, a line known for beauty and performance”.
Mr. Coffey passed without a will or trust, and the horses were caught up in probate.  An administrator was appointed to oversee the estate, but there was no information about the horses.  No records of care or feeding practices, no veterinary history, no pedigrees, nothing.  No one knew who the horses were, how old they were, whether they had any health conditions or special needs.  However, it appeared they had lived on the ranch’s 80 acres of lush green pastures without much care.
Their hooves were long, and it appeared one had been dealing with chronic laminitis/founder for some time.  Fortunately, the administrator was a compassionate animal person and sought veterinary and farrier care.  Unfortunately, there were probate issues that limited her ability to provide for the horses via estate funding, so personal funds were used.  Further, being from well known breeding stock, there was belief that the horses had substantial value to the estate.  Reality was that without any specific information about the horses, they had little value to the estate, and the cost of care would exceed the value of the horses.  Ultimately, the horses were released from the estate about six months or so after the death, and AAE was finally able to pick them up.
 

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Tens of thousands of lives on the line

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The slaughter lobby has launched an all-out assault on wild horses and burros. They are desperate to destroy our progress and strip away the rights of wild horses and burros once and for all. Worse, they’re willing to sink to almost any level to do it.

Here’s the good news – we held the line in 2017, and if we can hold it against these attacks in the New Year, we will win. But we need the resources to keep up the fight, and what happens in early 2018 will determine whether tens of thousands of these innocent animals live or die. There are only a few days left in 2017 – can you make a tax-deductible donation right now to help save wild horses and burros?

Wild Horse Defense Fund Campaign Status

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CAMPAIGN GOAL: NOT MET
CAMPAIGN DEADLINE: 12/31/17

Wild horses and burros are counting on you. Please, chip in now and show you have their backs.

With Gratitude,
Suzanne

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Aging – Realities of Life for Horse and Human

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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 5 Days Left, Danny!

 
Danny’s story isn’t one of neglect, abandonment, abuse, or poor care.  Sadly, it’s one of human health and aging.  Danny was loved beyond words.  So much, his former owner considered euthanizing him rather than risk him having difficulties transitioning to a new home, ending up in a bad home, or worse, the fear of auctions and the slaughter pipeline.
Fortunately, the timing was right and Danny has a couple special people in his life that paved the way for him to get to AAE.  Danny is the most kind, mellow, and affectionate horse we have known, and we are grateful he landed with us.
 

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Abandonment is not the Answer

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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6 Days Left, Shelby!
Shelby is one of several horses that has come to AAE after abandonment by an owner or previous owner.  Sadly, too many horse owners feel they have no other option than to abandon a horse and leave them to fend for themselves for food, water, and shelter.  Many end up in shelters in poor condition, while others are injured, or worse, lose their lives to injuries or accidents.
Shelby is a 6-7 year old QH-type mare that came to AAE in April of 2017 when her new owners realized they did not know enough about horses to provide proper care. They had taken her in after she had been abandoned in their neighborhood.  When we arrived to pick her up, it took about 2.5 hours to earn her trust and place a halter on her.  She was fearful and reactive, and acted as if she’d been abused or otherwise mis-handled.  She was in fair condition, but had several abrasions across her body.
 

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This is tough to read

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

THOUSANDS OF LIVES ARE AT STAKE: Please donate to save wild horses and burros today.

For all the talk about legislative strategy, campaign tactics, and fundraising goals, here’s the sad truth:

Thousands of wild horses like this young mustang in Nevada languish in government holding pens. Their freedom stolen. Their families separated. Their sadness evident in their eyes.

The stakes of our campaign have never been higher. If we don’t succeed:

1) Thousands of wild horses like this will be killed in cold blood. It’s what our opponents want… they’re not even hiding it.
2) More and more wild horses like this will be rounded up, robbed of their freedom. They’ll end up confined in feedlot pens like this – or worse.

We need your help now more than ever. With just days left in 2017, can you make a critical tax-deductible gift now?

Every dollar you give us is used carefully and thoughtfully to prevent the slaughter of wild horses – and work to reform BLM’s failing system of roundups and stockpiling of horses in holding facilities.

Here’s what your donations will fund:

  • We are working day-and-night to ensure that Congress rejects the BLM’s request to start slaughtering America’s wild horses. Our efforts helped to preserve protections in the U.S. Senate’s Interior spending bill, but now our fight continues into the New Year as the Senate bill gets reconciled with the House pro-killing measures.
  • We are working to expand humane birth control programs using the PZP vaccine. We’re leading the way and showing how to manage wild horses without cruel roundups that destroy family bands and lead to horses losing their freedom in overcrowded holding pens.
  • We are monitoring roundups to stop cruelty and expose the BLM’s wasteful and inhumane practices. We’re shining a light on this hidden tragedy, and educating the American public about what can be done to stop it.
  • We are fighting in federal court to build a future of freedom for wild horses and burros.

All of this work takes resources. We’re as thrifty as we can be with your money, but it is vitally important that we’re able to continue this important work in 2018. It may be our most critical year yet.

Please consider a tax-deductible gift now. There has never been a more important time to give.

Thank you for everything. And I hope you have a joyous holiday season.

In Freedom,

Suzanne Roy

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A Christmas Story…Thank You for Making It Possible!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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 Merry Christmas!

7 Days Left, Sparkie!

What happens when a horse gets old? Do their guardians continue to provide good care and allow them to live out their lives in a beautiful green pasture and run free? More often than not, this is the case – however, there are horses who are not given the dignified retirement they deserve.  It’s not uncommon to find senior horses abandoned, neglected or worse, as was the case of Sparkie, a former rodeo barrel racer and cow horse.  Sparkie, a 20+ mare, had given her entire life to her owner.  Then she was thrown out as if her lifetime of service wasn’t worthy.  The pasture had dried and gone, and there was nothing more for her to eat.  She wasn’t fed, she wasn’t supplemented, she was just there.

 

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