Wednesday, November 29, 2006

End Slaughter- Make the Call Dec. 5 for Horses!


Please support the Humane Society of the United States in an effort to end Horse Slaughter in our country. With the U.S. Senate back in session efforts are being made to ensure the Senate takes action on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act before adjoining for the year.

The next National Call-In Day for horses is this Tuesday, Dec. 5th. Please make a call to your Senator and urge them cosponsor S. 1915 and get it to the senate floor for a vote! Please, Please make the call, and urge everyone you know to call their Senators on Dec. 5

If your not sure what to say here's a tip from the Humane Society:
"I am a constituent and I am calling to ask that the Senator immediately protect our horses from slaughter and cosponsor S. 1915, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. I am very concerned about American horses and I don't want them slaughtered."

Tennesseans, please call Bill Frist (202)224-3344 and Lamar Alexander at (202)224-4944 or call the congressional switchboard at (202)224-3121.

Click here to locate your Senator's contact information and make the call!

here for more information

SOURCE: Humane Society of the United States

Monday, November 27, 2006

Memphis Horses- Using Horse Shoe Studs

Could your horse use some extra traction? Horse shoe studs, when used correctly, can be very beneficial! Click here to learn more about how to effectively use shoe studs.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Memphis Horses- What Can You Do About Horse Slaughter?

"So much that is good, that is decent has come out of Barbaro's tragic accident. Although the good will never place him back in the starting gate it will give rise to the awareness that we must be more responsible for our horses. Not only because veterinary medicine has progressed but also to stand up to cruelty towards them and to the untimely, brutal death awaiting them in slaughter houses."

- Gretchen Jackson, owner/breeder of BARBARO, winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby

How can any true horse lover advocate the atrocoties of slaughter? Is it a humane end... ABSOLUTELY NOT! I'll spare the gory details (including transport horrors), but I refuse to believe that good-hearted, ethical, humane, animal-loving individuals believe horse slaughter is necessary. Regardless of opinion differences re: horse slaughter, I don't see how ANYONE can condone the way it occurs. CHANGE IS NEEDED! It continues because people don't know what happens; because people aren't educated about it. The best way to derail horse slaughter is to EDUCATE Horse and animal-lover's about this issue!

If the concept of Horse Slaughter makes your stomach churn, and gets you all fired up like me, there is a lot that YOU can do about it. You can make a difference! As I see it, this whole debate boils down to money and greed. Those who truly love horses, will be opposed to slaughter. Those who are greedy and place more value on Money than ideals and ethics will be pro-slaughter.

Please Take Action!

Please write, email, call or fax your Representative and Senators and urge her or him to cosponsor this important legislation. To find your member click here.

U.S. House of Representatives

  • H.R. 503, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA)
    To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.
  • UPDATE: On September 7, 2006, the House of Representatives voted 263 to 146 in favor of H.R. 503, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, to end the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

U.S. Senate

  • S. 1915, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA)
    To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping,transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing,selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.
You can make a difference!
  • Many of the horses sold into slaughter have been abused and neglected.Be sure to report all instances of cruelty and neglect to your local animal control office and law enforcement office.
  • Please report stolen horses to local and state authorities. The Internet has numerous websites for reporting and looking for stolen horses. These sites allow individuals around the country to share information and photos.
  • Do not sell your horse at an auction; many of the horses at auctions are bought by killer-buyers.
Consider the following options:
  • Donate your horse to an equine rescue organization; making arrangements with a retirement farm- make sure you have proper references and an agreement that the horse will never be neglected, or sold to slaughter!
  • Donate, sell or lease your horse to a therapeutic riding program!
  • Sell the horse privately to an individual with proper references and a detailed agreement that the horse will never be sold to slaughter.
  • As a last resort, even humane euthanasia by a licensed veterinarian is preferable to cruel transport and slaughter!

Please write the Secretary of Interior opposing the Bureau of Land Management’s overzealous wild horse round-up policy. Thousands of wild horses continue to be removed from their traditional range, and now many of them will be slated for slaughter. Write to:

Secretary of the Interior
US Department of Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

SOURCE: Society for Animal Protective Legislation

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Memphis Horses- Urgent Help Needed for PMU babies

Winter has come early in Alberta—and that’s bad news for the mares and foals living on PMU ranches there. No longer needed for the production of hormone replacement therapy drugs, these equines need a place to go, and fast.
Because there is not enough grass to leave the animals on pasture, several of the PMU ranchers have decided to wean their foals at the end of the month. Any foals who have not been adopted by November 30, 2006, will be sent to auction—and an uncertain fate.

The California-based Animali Farm is working hard to find good adoptive homes for the more than 100 foals and mares facing the November 30 deadline. If you can give one of these equines a second chance, or if you would like additional information, please visit Animali Farm online or email You can also call them directly at (805) 938-0174.

If you cannot adopt a horse, please forward this email to all of your horse friends. The only way to get these babies adopted is to get the word out to enough people, and we need your help to do it.

Thank you so much for caring.
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View the list of adoptable foals


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Memphis Horses- Another Racing Tragedy- Tribute to Pine Island

Another highly publicized tragedy for Thoroughbred Racing occured this past Saturday. Pine Island broke down and had to be put down. To read more, click here.

Click here to watch a moving tribute to this great filly.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Memphis Horses- Tips for Escape Artists!

Have you ever dealt with a horse simply "too smart" for their own good? One that seems to always find their way out of the pasture? If so, you may enjoy reading this informative article with some useful advice for dealing with Equine Escape Artists!

Source: EquiSearch

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Memphis Horses- Get Grounded!

It's the time of year I dread. The time has changed, which means less daylight to spend enjoying horse activities during the week, for those of us with the 9-5 routine. Now, I'm forced by mother nature to scale back my riding endeavors because of lack of daylight. You know what I mean, go to work in the dark, and come home when dark- blah! Does this mean it's time for a horse siesta for awhile until more daylight? Yeah Right!

Okay, so my riding will be scaled back, but now, I am have time to brush up on ground work- which can be done even in the barn aisle! My horse needs a ground manner "refresher" course, and this is the perfect time of year to "get back to basics." A better behaved, more attentive horse on the ground, usually means a better behaved riding horse. Does ground work mean simply longeing- no! There's a lot more to ground work than the around the ring longeing routine that many hunter/jumper folks are accustomed to. I'm talking about ground exercises used by many Western folks- such as Parelli, Clinton Anderson, John Lyons... Why not apply it to ALL disciplines hunter/jumper folks?

Well I will. Here's an interesting link I found with some creative groundwork exercises for helping teach balance. I'll definitely give it a go! I'd love to hear some groundwork suggestions and comments from you!