I am writing a book about preparing for, and dealing with the loss of a horse. I would love to hear from people who have had to make the difficult decision to euthanize their horse, or, whose horse passed away. The focus of the book is helping others facing the end with their own horses, including knowing when it is time to let go, making peace with your decision, and how you coped after your loss.
The situations in which Donna Vowles claims in her video that nurse mares are needed fall on my deaf ears. Yes, some broodmares reject their babies, or become too dangerous to handle, die during birth, or cannot produce enough milk. So a nurse mare is brought in to save the baby in crisis. Sounds noble on the surface until you remember that the nurse mare’s foal is put at even higher risk than the broodmare baby in crisis. A nurse mare foal is either killed using inhumane methods, left to die, sold to slaughter, or, if lucky, is picked up by a rescue organization who then must bear the financial costs of artificially nursing a foal via human intervention.
A nurse mare is a mare who was deliberately bred solely for the purpose of producing milk to nurse another horse and not her own foal. The problem is, these mares are impregnated only for their milk (the assets) and the foals (the liabilities) that are born are unwanted.
These unwanted foals may be taken and immediately killed at birth, or left to slowly starve within days. Even though it is illegal in the U.S. to take a foal under the age of six months to slaughter, they are still slaughtered illegally because the “byproducts” of foals is in high demand in some places. This includes their tendons for medical purposes, skins for leather (that “fine Corinthian leather in your car may actually be foal skin), and even for their flesh.
LARKSPUR, Colo., December 16, 2013 – Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER), a national nonprofit working to end the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue and education, has taken measures to prevent the slaughter of horses for human consumption in both New Mexico and Missouri.
If this true story of Ellie Bishop does not inspire you not much will. This teenager lost both her legs and one arm to meningitis when she was only five years old. Instead of giving up on life, she rides horses.
his horse is too clever for his own good. Love seeing horses assert their intelligence in the faces of those who think horses are not smart. This guy not only looks out to see when the coast is clear, but has figured out how to remove his halter by himself. With great patience and more than a little skill he frees himself. And what does he do upon release? Well, that’s a cute surprise at the end I don’t want to spoil.
This number is to the cell phone of a known kill buyer of horses. It is a Verizon number listed in Wichita TX. This phone number regularly appears in kill buyer ads posted in Texas newspapers including the Wise County Messenger in Decatur, TX. Just Google the phone number + the word “horses.” He has also listed hay for sale and “ranch hands wanted” ads in Nocona, TX under the name of Michael O’Dwyer. He placed ads using this number and his name in the May 23rd and May 30th 2013 editions of “The Shopper” giving his location as Lilli Ranch. Gee, wonder why he does not put his name in the “we will kill your horse” ads?
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) helicopter roundup of Wyoming’s Salt Wells wild horses in the snow and cold is over, but the inhumane treatment of the over 668 captive mustangs is continuing according to eyewitnesses to both the roundup and the corralling of the horses.
Equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) can be detected earlier and more reliably with a new set of guidelines developed by the Equine Endocrinology Group (EEG), a body of leading veterinarians and researchers in the field of equine endocrinology.
My own horse, Charlie, definitely brings out the best in me. He is sweet, loving, forgiving, curious, and always greets me enthusiastically. I think that one of the hallmarks of a great friendship is that feeling of being close even when you are apart. I feel that way about Charlie. Is your horse your best friend, too?
As if dog lovers had any doubt. What cats and dogs both seem to forget is that really, it is horses that rule.
Since 1942, hundreds of thousands of horses have already suffered and died to support the Premarin drug industry. “What No Horse Said Ever. Someday I hope to grow up to be dog food just like my Premarin mom.” The truth is, most of these babies never even get a chance to grow up. Like nurse mare foals they are often slaughtered while young. There are humane alternatives to treating menopause symptoms. Ask your doctor to about alternatives to Premarin — easing your hot flashes and insomnia are not worth the life of a horse, and is not necessary.
Save a horse. Ride an Englishman.
Me, too. Well, all horses are, I guess. I am Charlie, a rescued gelding QH and want to tell you something important about indiscriminate breeding. Backyard breeding is one of the major sources of genetic defects and diseases in horses. In fact, backyard breeding is the main culprit for perpetuating five of the most deadly inherited disease in quarter horses.
Charlie was a rescued gelding going on 40 years old. When he lost site in one eye, his friend, Jack, a goat, began walking by his “good” side leading him to and from his favorite place to graze. When Charlie lost site in the other eye and became completely blind, Jack would walk in front of him slowly leading him down a wooded path to graze. Once the pair arrived in the grassy area, Jack would lie down and wait while Charlie enjoyed grazing and then would lead him home when he was done.
Doug should have died. With a body score of 1 and severe respiratory infection, even after one month post rescue by animal control he was not gaining weight. In November of 2012, Central Virginia Horse Rescue received a call from a sheriff’s deputy in a very rural town in Southwestern Virginia. They had a horse that had been abandoned and it had just been remanded to them by the court. In winter, rescues are short on space, but how could they say no to this little horse in such dire need of saving?