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.
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?
A truly wonderful, entertaining, fun, heart-warming, video that demonstrates amazing showmanship and sportsmanship between two distinct riding disciplines: reining and dressage. Be sure to watch until close to the end or you will miss the best part.
Horse are blessings beyond counting every day, not just on Thanksgiving. When I count my blessings, I count my horse twice.
100% of all profits from this site are donated directly to equine rescues. To date, BuckIt List has donated to help rescue seven horses from auctions, contributed to the transportation of horses rescued horses to their new homes, emergency vet bills, and even bought a bunch of bales of hay to help hungry draft horses. Here is how you can help us (won’t cost you anything) and a call for our readers to tell us about their own favorite horse charities to add to our list.
Bitted horses often open their mouths. Using models, this video demonstrates what a bit does and why the horse opens his mouth (to avoid contact pain.) When horses feel the constant threat of a bit on their palets while being ridden, they may adopt avoidance habits such as attempting to place the tongue over the bit, grabbing the bit, becoming fidgety, opening their mouths wider, or placing their chins on their chests.
Using the wrong bit, or any bit improperly, causes pain and can lacerate soft mouth tissues as well as lead to deep cuts in the tongue. While riders refer to bits as applying “pressure” as it if were painless, bits are anything but created to be painless. They are created for the purpose of controlling large animals that give us sufficient power to convince them to listen. The improper use of bits can break a horse’s nose or even jaw. That’s a clear indication that bits can cause more than “painless pressure.”
This is a great video showing the difference between a snaffle bit and a Tom Thumb bit. Although the video was clearly created as an anti-Tom Thumb bit piece he does rather convincingly show how different types of bits work and why a Tom bit is cruel and unnecessary. The video is presented in layman’s terms so if you know absolutely nothing about bits or how they work, you can easily follow this video.
The video is about two mares with foals, starving and freezing to death that were rescued just in the nick of time. One of the mares named Macy laid down in the mud and snow shivering uncontrollably and appeared to have given up. The attending vet said she was so far gone she probably would not make it — but as if on cue, the mare did get up on her feet and she was whisked off to safety.
Doc Mischler is living out his dream of riding cross country. I cannot even begin to imagine the logistics of caring for one horse on the open road much less three, but Mischler has taken three horses on the road.
On December 1, 2013, the following new “12 Hour Rule” goes into effect. This rule governs equine injections prior to competition and falls under a new category, “Prohibited Practices” in the USEF Rule Book. This rule, along with “The Collapse Rule” (GR 843) was recommended for adoption by the USEF Veterinary Committee in March 2013 to help protect horses and ponies from being subjected to potential problems when competing that may result from injections. The Collapse Rule took effect August 1, 2013.)