Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A castaway carriage horse is saved from certain slaughter

A castaway carriage horse is saved from certain slaughter

Barbi Moline Wins 2010 Dogwood Dominion Award

FYI: Barbi is the AAHS state coordinator for Florida. Bravo, Barbi!!

Barbi Moline Wins 2010 Dogwood Dominion Award
A longtime horse rescuer – who in the past year alone has saved 105 Thoroughbreds and initiated ongoing programs at Calder and Gulfstream to help fund a much-needed horse rescue organization in a key racing state – is this year’s winner of the Dogwood Dominion Award, it has been announced by Dogwood President W. Cothran “Cot” Campbell.

Barbi Moline is the Intake Director for Florida Thoroughbred Rehab and Placement, a division of Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue. Not only has Barbi saved over a hundred Thoroughbreds from the threat of slaughter, but she spearheaded a plan to fund this rescue organization by working with the FHBPA and the local jockey colony.
As the 18th recipient of the Dogwood Dominion Award, which annually honors one of racing’s “unsung heroes,” Barbi will receive $5,000 and a bronze statue of Dominion at a luncheon at the Reading Rooms in Saratoga Springs, New York, on July 28. Barbi was selected from over 30 nominations by judges Anne Campbell, Jay Hovdey and Todd Pletcher.

“In a time when the plight of unwanted horses has reached all corners of our industry and can no longer be ignored, individuals such as Barbi Moline have stepped up to the plate – working tirelessly and with a knack for ingenuity – to save Thoroughbreds from slaughter while giving them a chance at a second career,” said Campbell. “Working in unison with the local FHBPA, Barbi negotiated a plan which allowed the rescue organization to receive one-third of one-percent of the purse money of the first, second and third-place finishers at Calder and Gulfstream. The jockeys at these tracks also agreed to give $1 per mount to help fund the program.”

Barbi saved her first Thoroughbred 16 years ago, but quickly accomplished much more after she began volunteering with Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue in 2005. While that organization rescues all breeds, it was evident that a special division would be needed for all the Thoroughbreds who were being saved from the slaughter pens. With no program in place at the Florida race tracks to offer homes and rehab for ex-racehorses, many of these horses were simply being sent to auction and in most cases to an ignoble death. The scenario changed in 2009, when the Florida Thoroughbred Rehab and Placement division was born. With volunteers working at both Calder and Gulfstream, and many fostering farms located near Miami, horsemen now had an option for their horses. Barbi was named the intake director and immediately set about finding funding for the fledgling program. She secured grants from the Thoroughbred Charities of America and Blue Horse Charities, but the program’s biggest breakthrough came when the horsemen and jockeys agreed to donate money from purses and from riders’ fees. The program has also been supported by track management at Calder and Gulfstream.

The Dogwood Dominion Award was inspired by the multiple stakes winner Dominion, who was campaigned by Dogwood in the 1970s and went on to become five-time Champion Sire in England. It was created upon his death in 1993 to recognize the unsung heroes in the racing industry. Former winners are H.W. “Salty” Roberts, Howard “Gelo” Hall, Peggy Sprinkles, Grace Belcuore, Nick Caras, Donald “Peanut Butter” Brown, Danny Perlsweig, Katherine Todd Smith, Julian “Buck” Wheat, Jim Greene and Shirley Edwards, Neftali “Junior” Gutierrez, Pam Berg, Jo Anne Normile, Pete Lizarzaburu, Phyllis Shetron, Vincent Garibaldi, and Mary Lee-Butte.
Past honorees, friends and family of the 2010 winner, and various racing enthusiasts and industry leaders will attend the Dogwood sponsored luncheon at Saratoga.


Bravo, Barbi, and THANK YOU for all that you do!

In honor of this recognition of Barbi's tireless efforts for horses, I'm making a contribution to a horse rescue on her behalf. Please join me in bettering horse welfare by doing the same for the rescue of your choice.

Kathryn Webers
Massachusetts State Coordinator, Americans Against Horse Slaughter
Find your elected officials:

Please Welcome the National Equine Resource Network

Many of you know Shirley Puga for her tireless efforts on rescuing horses. She has formed an umbrella organization that was created to unite and strengthen the equine rescue community by providing education, resources, funding and opportunities for collaboration.

She recently sent a survey to 400 equine rescues and would appreciate you passing along the survey to any rescues or sanctuaries you work with that may not have received the original mailing. Their input will guide NERNs program development.

Link to Equine Welfare Survey:

Please join us in wishing Shirley much success with her new program.

Rep. Deutch (FL) Signs on for The Horses!

Dear Friends,
We applaud Representative Deutch for recently signing on as co sponsor to HR503 "The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act".  
With two new co sponsors to HR503 in just a short week, we realize that we can get where we need to be to get this done.  
Please everyone, if your Senators and your Representatives have not signed on to co sponsor HR503 or S727, give them a call and let them know how important this legislation is to you and to our American Horses both domestic and wild.
Watch for new strategy soon to come.
Thanks for all you do for the horses.
Americans Against Horse Slaughter

Update from Cloud's Mountaintop

The Cloud Foundation

Dear Friends of Cloud and all wild horses;
We just returned from a wonderful week with the wild horses of the Pryor Mountains. Abundant rain has turned the range emerald green. All the horses are fat, and most are sleek, except for a few yearlings who still have remnants of their scraggly winter coats. There were twenty some babies atop the mountain.... continued online here

FBI reviews complaint about BLM wild horse roundup


Remembering Mary Nash

Please take a moment out of your day tomorrow to honor the memory of Mary Nash.

Julie Caramante sent the following message to a small group of us on a google group. I wanted to share it with you to let you know just how important Mary is to each and every one of us that is fighting to end horse slaughter. Here is link to one of her impassioned speeches 
Tomorrow will be the five year anniversary of the death of a great woman named Mary Nash. It is unbelievable that she has been gone this many years. Mary, as most of you know lived in Kaufman, Texas where the Dallas Crown horse slaughter plant was located. She fought tirelessly to end horse slaughter and also started the horsemeat website.

I first met Mary back in 2003, in Austin, Texas when we were fighting HB 1324. I knew instantly that she was not only an incredible person, she was an extremely smart no nonsense kind of woman. This bill if it had passed, would have changed state law to make it legal to transport horsemeat in the state of Texas. Thank goodness it didn't pass, because Texas Ag. Code 149, is what eventually ended horse slaughter in the state of Texas.

Because of Mary's efforts we have a lot to be thankful for. Please think of Mary tomorrow. She was truly a warrior for the horses.

Mary Nash's window in Kaufman, Texas

US handling of slaughter 'an embarrassment' | Horsetalk - International horse news

US handling of slaughter 'an embarrassment' | Horsetalk - International horse news

July 1, 2010

The handling of the horse slaughter issue in the United States has been branded an embarrassment by the Equine Welfare Alliance.

The alliance said it was an embarrassment that the European Union (EU) will have to enforce drug policies because the US Congress won't stop the flow of untraceable horses, whose meat is potentially tainted with banned drugs.
Congress had been unable to pass legislation banning slaughter despite polls indicating that 70 per cent of Americans were against the trade, the umbrella group for anti-slaughter groups said.
"When it comes to stopping the slaughter of horses, clearly money talks," spokesman John Holland said.
Equine welfare advocates have been trying since 2001 to get Congress to pass legislation to ban the slaughter of American horses.
"Polls have consistently shown that the legislation has the support of 70 per cent of Americans, but without fail the bills have been stalled, blocked with secret holds, and left off the legislative calendars. Now it appears the EU and Canada may stop horse slaughter before Congress," Holland said.
Strict new traceability requirements will go into effect from July 31 for all horses slaughtered for consumption in the EU.
The EU is poised to require Country of Origin labeling of all meat and the alliance says the EU has also begun investigating inhumane slaughter practices in Mexico.
"The agricultural special interests have continually been allowed to prevent the legislation from moving forward," Holland said.
This was despite US President Barack Obama's promise to not allow lobbyists to run the country and his support of a horse slaughter ban when he was in the Senate, Holland noted.
Legislation was recently introduced to the Canadian Parliament to ban horse slaughter for human consumption, "threatening to accomplish what our Congress should have done years ago".
"It is an embarrassment the EU has to enforce drug policies because our Congress won't stop the flow of untraceable horses that put the health of European consumers of horse meat at risk," Holland said.
"Moreover, it is a further embarrassment that, despite an unending stream of gruesome undercover videos, our Congress continues to allow American Horses to be brutalised.
"The abuse and cruelty inherent with horse slaughter is well known to our Congressional members. The horrific findings of the recent investigations into Canadian and Mexican plants did not reveal anything that wasn't prevalent in US plants before their closure in 2007."
A Government Accountability Office report in 2004 revealed improper stunning of equines before slaughter. A follow-up to the report noted no improvement and a 900-page US Department of Agriculture report documented serious transport injuries.
"Yet," Holland noted, "the brutal practice was allowed to continue."

Foreign Governments May Save U.S. Horses While Congress Sleeps at the Wheel

Canadian Geographic - The Last Wild Mustangs 1/5

Go to Youtube for the whole series.


Flyover Reveals Cattle Outnumber Wild Horses 10 to 1

BLM Admits Helicopter Stampede Caused Wild Horse Deaths, Refuses Outside Observers in Nevada Census

June 30, 2010
Horseback Magazine
By Steven Long

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – The federal Bureau of Land Management, under siege by press and public for it’s handling of offshore drilling, again has proven it is an agency with a tin ear when it comes to public relations.

With 150 horses and foals now dead in the wake of the most deadly “gather” in BLM history, the agency continues with an apparent government cover-up of the number of horses remaining in Nevada’s remote Calico Mountains.

The BLM refused to allow outside observers on an equine census of the area in late June, according to national spokesman Tom Gorey. It even covered up the fact that a census was being taken at all until after the fact, despite pleas from wild horse activists to be allowed to go along on census flights as independent observers.

Last week, in a detailed report of an independent fly-over of the Calico “gather” area acclaimed naturalist Craig Downer saw only sparse evidence of any remaining horses on hundreds of thousands of acres of BLM land. He also recorded thousands of cattle.

Downer’s report was first published by Horseback Online and still can be read here in its entirety.

“The Calico Complex aerial census was completed Sunday and we expect to

issue a news release on the results shortly (within the next day or so),” Gorey said. “No third parties/independent observers were allowed to ride in the aircraft conducting the survey.”

Gorey cited existing BLM policy for the agency refusal to allow outside observers on the observation flights.

“This is in accordance with existing BLM policy and is done for reasons of safety and liability. Additionally, observers must be trained. Accuracy of the counts strongly depends on the skill of the observer and is affected by the ruggedness of the terrain and the presence of vegetation cover.”

Downer has spent decades observing wild horse in their natural habitat, both from the air, and from the ground.

BLM personnel have a long history of mathematical errors in their reports as cited in several Horseback stories last year.

Ironically, other government agencies routinely allow the press and other observers on flights, including in war zones where the media is often imbedded with soldiers, sailors, marines, and airborne troops in combat. The independent observers are acknowledged to deliver accurate reports, even in the stressful environment of war with little or no training before an engagement.

Gorey acknowledged a large number of deaths came from horses trying to escape a roaring helicopter chase by a Utah contractor hired by the BLM.

“Yes, the BLM acknowledges that at gathers some fatalities directly result from the horses being driven by the helicopter,” Gorey said. “The direct mortality rate resulting from helicopter-driven gathers is usually less than one percent.”

The BLM declines to acknowledge what is a statistically acceptable death rate on its roundups of wild horses. The Calico roundup took place in the dead of winter in rocky mountainous terrain where horses were run over miles and miles of rugged wilderness.

Gorey detailed the carnage.

“Seven died or were euthanized at the gather site; 101 have died or were euthanized at the Fallon facility. The BLM does not keep a count of miscarriages, but we did note in the daily reports those miscarriages that we observed.”

Two foals died after their hooves were run off as they tried to escape the roaring helicopter.

“Two foals died as you described,” Gorey said, “No other horses died of hoof abscesses.”

In the Calico “gather,” something went dreadfully wrong.

“In 2009, the number of direct fatalities (out of more than 7,500 horses gathered) was 0.53 percent,” Gorey said. “Some indirect mortality also occurs, usually associated with older horses in poor to very poor condition when gathered. These already weakened horses, many of which would likely die on the range if not gathered, are examined by staff professionals and veterinarians and are euthanized if they are unlikely to improve or do not respond to treatment.”

The government spokesman painted a benign word portrait of humane euthanasia of geriatric horses. Yet the BLM reports published on the Internet records what amounts to wholesale slaughter of wild horses from Calico in which some were routinely put down by government vets, one of whom was unlicensed to practice in Nevada.

Photo “Freedom” by Craig Downer

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pony up, Cattlemen!

Pony up, Cattlemen!

Update: Urgent! TX Mares with foals going to slaughter...

6.29.10 Update to original post here.

There seems to be some confusion about money. If you have volunteered to FOSTER any of these horses we do NOT expect you to pay their bail! IF you can afford to donate to it, GREAT, if not, that is perfectly fine! How many we save and place in foster homes, of course, depends on how much we get in donations. Foster homes will be expected to feed their foster animals though. Fostering also means you are willing to sign an agreement stating that the animal belongs to Gunny's Dancing Hooves and we can pick it up any time we deem necessary.

Now, if you plan on OWNING one of these horses you will have to pay the bail amount, but only if you are keeping the animal as a forever home. Even if you plan on owning one of these horses Dancing Hooves would like to keep in touch with you on the animal's progress and be informed if you ever decide to sell them.

I hope this clears things up and whether you donate or not we appreciate your support! Please feel free to email me with ANY questions or concerns you might have.

Lynnette Hummel
Gunny's Dancing Hooves Rescue


Hello everyone,

I believe we are currently at just over $3000 in donations.  Thanks so much!!

Because the killer-buyer knows that Lynnette Hummel is working on homes for these horses, he is not sending a truck to Mexico this week (thank God for that small miracle).  Soooooo hopefully, we have one week (until July 6th) to save as many of these horses as we can!!!

I have emailed or called the people that have agreed to adopt or foster a horse.  However, I'm not sure it was understood that these horses will have to be paid for by anyone wanting to adopt.  We believe the killer-buyer will want about $300 per horse or mare/foal combo (less probably if we can take more horses).  We have one person that has paid for their horse and we need funding for the rest.  If you have agreed to adopt a horse, please pay via the link below.  If you have already made a donation and want to specify that it go to a horse you are willing to adopt, please let us know.  If we get enough donations, we have people willing to give permanent homes to some of these horses!  An adoption application will need to be filled out (attached) for anyone willing to adopt or foster so that we can keep track of these horses.

If you have not received a phone call or email from me and you can help, please let me know in what capacity!  Can you adopt, foster, provide transport, provide a holding facility in the Abilene area (or near) for horses until they can be moved to a more permanent location?

Our biggest need currently is donations.  Here is the link to donate:  We have people willing to take horses if their fees can be covered.  However, unless we get more donations we will not be able to rescue all of the mares and foals. 

Paypal donations can be sent to Lynnette Hummel with
Dancing Hooves Rescue at

Secondly, we need people willing to transport horses on short notice.  Heidi Allbritton and I have agreed to drive from Houston (we have a 4 horse trailer) and Monique from Dripping Springs has a 3-horse trailer and has been so kind to help us.

Shari Frederich has graciously offered us 3 separate pastures (about 60 acres) to put horses on temporarily until they can be moved to their permanent locations.  She is located in Goldthwaite.  Shari has also offered those of us transporting or picking up horses a place to stay overnight at her home if needed.

We will also need donations of hay, feed, feed buckets, halters and lead-ropes.  If any of you know of a large organization that would be willing to help, please let us know.

As Lynnette mentioned earlier, we were told that these are 'cow' bred (ranch-type horses used to team-pen, sort, work cattle, etc...) and Foundation bred Quarter Horses.  He also said that they are halter-broke- but we are taking his word for it.  We still think there are 15-20 mare and foal combos and possibly some pregnant mares.  The rest we suspect are mares and maybe 6-8 stallions. 

Thank you all so much for your help and please crosspost to all of your riding groups, trail riding clubs, stables and barns, 4-H groups, veterinarians, rodeo associations, etc.... or post in your feed stores or horsey-related places like Tractor Supply!

God Bless,
Holly Fedor
Keller Williams Realty
2734 Sunrise Blvd., Suite 208
Pearland, Texas 77584
Cell: 512-413-4618

Monday, June 28, 2010

Horses lose a champion on the Hill. Senator Robert Byrd dies age 92.

Tuesday's Horse

America’s horses have lost a true champion with the passing today of West Virginia’s Senator Robert Byrd who fought in the nation’s capital to protect wild horses and burros from their destructive removal from public lands, and all equines from death by slaughter.
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) Official Portrait
Sen Robert Byrd (D-WV), a champion of animal rights in the nation's capital, died today, Monday, June 28, 2010, at 3 a.m. RIP.
The New York Times reports:
Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a fiery orator versed in the classics and a hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to the state of his Depression-era upbringing, died Monday. He was 92.
A spokesman for the family, Jesse Jacobs, said Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va. He had been in the hospital since late last week.
Sen. Byrd has a long record of fighting for the rights of animals. Here are a few recent examples of his involvement in the protection of horses.
In 2005, Sen. Byrd co-authored the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which prohibits the transport, purchase, and sale of horses for human consumption.
In the same year, Sen. Byrd introduced a bill that would prohibit the commercial sale and slaughter of wild horses and burros. He summed up the feelings of many when, in his speech to overturn the Burns amendment, he criticized the BLM’s management of wild horses.
“Surely there are actions that can be taken by the BLM to ensure the proper operation of the wild horse and burro program without resorting to the slaughter of these animals,” stated Byrd.
Sen. Byrd also quoted British Poet Ronald Duncan’s Ode To The Horse in the same address:
“Where in this wide world can a man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy or beauty without vanity? Here: where grace is laced with muscle and strength by gentleness confined. He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity. There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent; there is nothing so quick, nothing less patient. England’s past has been bourne on his back. All our history is his industry. We are his heirs; he our inheritance. The Horse.”
It was Sen. Byrd’s participation in the successful Ensign-Byrd amendment prohibiting the USDA from using tax money to inspect horse meat that forced the closures of the only three horse slaughterhouses remaining in the US to shut down in 2007.
In 2008, Sen. Byrd was named PETA’s Person of the Year for 2007.
“Sen. Byrd is never shy about making his strong belief in the importance of animal protection heard,” said PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Much animal suffering has been alleviated thanks to Sen. Byrd, and this year we are proud to honour him for giving a voice to the voiceless.”
Last year, Sen. Byrd introduced the ROAM Act (S. 1579) in the Senate to help address the management of wild horse and burro populations by preserving an ecological balance between the herds and the dwindling acreage available to them to roam freely and find adequate vegetation and water sources.


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Odds and Ends from Equine Welfare Alliance

Thanks to Carrol Abel for passing these along.

Winnemucca Draft RMP now available (RMP is Resource Management Plan)

· winemucca District office handles 20 HMA's

· comment period for the draft is 90 days

· Sierra front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council will meet july 13-14. Draft RMP is on the agenda for 10:30 am on the 13th. Public comments accepted.

BLM to impound domestic estray horses in Pilot Valley

June 23, 2010

By ThisIsReno

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District Office, in close coordination with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), Simplot Land and Livestock and local residents, will impound a herd of approximately 175 abandoned domestic estray horses located within Pilot Valley north of West Wendover, Nevada.

The impoundment is scheduled to begin Friday, June 25 and is expected to take approximately three to four days. The removal will be conducted by an experienced BLM gather contractor.

The horses are believed to be released or stray and descendants of horses of local property owners. Over the years the herd has grown in size and is causing considerable impacts to BLM-managed public land resources.

The contractor will set up holding corrals on nearby private land owned by Simplot Land and Livestock. Once gathered the horses will be transported to the temporary holding corrals and immediately be placed under the jurisdiction of the State of Nevada.

Under Nevada estray laws, the State will try to establish legal ownership and offer the horses back to the lawful owner. Owners of the animals would have to own a registered brand in Nevada or provide legal bill of sale or other descriptive documents. The Nevada Department of Agriculture will accept responsibility of all unclaimed horses pursuant to the State's estray laws.

The BLM Nevada State Office and Elko District Office managers and staff initiated and have had ongoing discussions with the State since November 2009 and with private landowners since December 2009 to work towards gathering this herd of estray horses.

For more information or questions regarding these horses, please call Ed Foster, Nevada Department of Agriculture, at: 775-353-3711.

N.C. county looks at reining in tours of wild horses

The herd totals about 100 horses, but they typically travel in small groups. A stallion and a few mares can show up on the beach and attract a hundred people in moments.

Stop the Summer Roundups of America's Mustangs & Burros

America: We now have more wild horses in captivity, 38,000, than in the wild- please take a moment to add your comments below and then follow up with a call.
These are public lands, public horses, public tax-dollars. Over 100 horses just died in the last major roundup. We owe it our wild horses and burros to stop these summer roundups
Call on Congress to conduct hearings & investigations into the BLM's blatant mismanagement of our American Wild Horses and Burros - Demand a moratorium for our wild herds.
The Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, passed by a unanimous Congress in 1971, was supposed to ensure these charismatic symbols of freedom, a keystone of our heritage, were protected.  Shockingly, there are now far more wild horses in government holding pens than in the wild.  Wild populations have been slashed, their ranges reduced to only a mere fraction of our public lands and shrinking fast across the West.  Charged by Congress with the protection and management of our wild herds, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) instead views “more horses as more problems.”  And it would appear that BLM is on an unrelenting mission to eliminate them from their designated ranges- our public lands.
Wild horses must stay in the wild in the West, not on expensive eastern "preserves" in unnatural, sterile and separated groups at immense cost to taxpayers -- as proposed by Secretary Ken Salazar.
Call for an immediate moratorium on roundups.

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Tuscarora Wild Horse Ranges- Flyover Report 6/21/10

Report on Flight from Truckee Airport (CA) passing over various mountain ranges and valleys to the Owyhee Wild Horse Herd Management Area (whhma), Rock Creek whhma, and Little Humboldt whhma.  (Ill. w/ digital photos taken on flight.)

Kill Buyer Leaving Arizona!

This report is from Dave Quinn's neighbor, Margaret!

For all of you who showed interest in Quinn & his operation over the past several month's we thought it appropriate to inform you;  "Quinn is on the run."  He has moved every last horse including the black baby & is TEARING DOWN all the pipe corrals.  He's been moving thing's out for the past week or so which some of you didn't believe he was leaving as we said...He's definately moving;  Most likely to El Paso.  Not sure if we contacted each of you regarding his court date(s), June 30th, July 1st & 2nd on 'Reckless Indangerment' (Public Records) & quite sure he has no intention of attending.  Trying to avoid the inevitable which is jail for a long time.  Thank you to those who have been a HUGE support on our behalf.  Living next to this individual has been a nightmare & glad it's finally coming to an end in our neighborhood.  Please know we truly appreciate all your help & kind word's of support in this matter.  A extra huge thank you to Barbara Beck, Simone & Patty Shirley for your constant support & hanging in there with me when I didn't think taking one more step/effort was left in me against Quinn.  YOU made me a wiser & better person for having been educated on the horror's of horse slaughter & will never be ignorant to this horrendous business again & for that I will be forever grateful.  Please continue your effort's to save the horse's from this horrific business...Because without you the horse's don't stand a chance.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Urgent! TX Mares with foals going to slaughter...

New update 6.29.10 HERE

UPDATE 6.28.10:

Please contact and donate here:

Hi All...another crisis situation needs us!
Mares and foals need our help NOW! They will be arriving to the kill pen in the next 2 days. Mares will be shipped to slaughter on Tuesday. The KB shoots the foals.
Lynnette Hummell with Dancing Hooves Rescue in Port O' Connor, Texas is trying to save mares and their babies from being sent to slaughter. The kill buyer has purchased 100 mares, foals and stallions from a Quarter Horse breeder going out of business. There are 12 mares with foals. I can only imagine that the other mares are pregnant. :( She originally was attempting to just save the babies because of lack of funds to purchase the mares. I encouraged her to try and save both the mare and foal. . We are estimating each pair will cost $300. He hasn't confirmed price with her yet. We are trying to raise funds to save as many as possible. Our group will be offering a foster home to one of the pairs, but they still need fosters and homes for the others.
$3600 needed to buy all 12 mares with babies. $784 has been raised so far.
Fundraising Goal to save all of them...$2800.
We need donations to keep these mares and foals safe!!!
Any dollar amount will help us save their lives...$5, $10, $20, $50, $100.....
Paypal donations can be sent to Kristi at or Lynnette Hummel with
Dancing Hooves Rescue at

Snail :    Drop me an email for snail mail. 

See email below regarding these mares and foals....
"Baby horses in need of rescue.....

At the moment we are crazy busy trying to save what might be more than a dozen foals. The kill buyer bought about 100 head of horses, broodmares, some of them with foals at their sides. So we are trying to come up with some donations and especially some foster homes that can handle a foal that needs bottle feeding. The kill broker won't put foals on the truck because they won't make him any money. So he pulls them from their mothers as the mothers are loaded onto the truck. Then if they do not have somewhere to go he shoots them and buries them on his property. So we are working hard right now."

Basically this guy sells horses into Mexico, where they are slaughtered.   it's bad.

If any of you know of someone who can help please pass this along to them and have them contact me.  We only have a day or two to save the foals before they are killed. They are currently in Abilene, TX, but we will go get them for anyone who wishes to adopt!!!  Please help if you can."

Mortality rate rises among gelded Calico stallions

Mortality rate rises among gelded Calico stallions

At least nine previously healthy colts and stallions from the Calico Mountain Complex have perished since the beginning of May, as a direct or indirect result of the BLM's castration procedures at its holding facility in Fallon, Nevada.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Netposse Alert for Stolen Tucson Horses

HERE is the original post from June 21st..

Stolen Horse International Inc. Alert:
June 21, 2010
Location: Tucson, AZ (Pima County)
 Contact: Brenne Pyrdeck
Phone: 520-304-9079

Brewski & Jackson - Palomino & Red Roan Quarter Horse Geldings - Allegedly Stolen from Board Barn - Pima County, AZ - June 21, 2010
Brewski and Jackson missing in AZ. Read all information on these two horse and see more pictures at the link below.

  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breed: Paint / Quarter
  • Color: Palomino
  • Height: 13.3 hands
  • Age: 1.5 years

  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breed: Quarter Horse 
  • Color: Red Roan (appears sorrel)
  • Height: 16 hands
  • Age: 10 years
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Arizona group helps horses caught in drug war

Arizona group helps horses caught in drug war

Mexican Gangs Maintain Permanent Lookout Bases in Hills of Arizona

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

How you can help in Canada 06.23.10

From Equine Welfare Alliance

Bill C 544

Many of you have contacted us on how to help with passage of the legislation in Canada. I wanted to get direction from CHDC before sending information because as many of you know, sometimes outside influence can hurt more than help. I received the below from our partners, CHDC, on who to contact and direction on the focus.

Please be polite and stay focused in your correspondence. We all feel the major issue is food safety. The US has no mechanism to remove horses from the food chain that have received prohibited substances.
Below are links to the drug paper published by Drs. Marini, Dodman and Blondeau that you can cite. The second link corrects two links that were moved on the site from where they originally appeared when the paper was published.


American horse protection advocates who would like to help support Bill C-544, Canada's Bill to ban horse slaughter, are asked to contact Hon. Wayne Easter, Liberal Agriculture Critic, and copy your message to MP Alex Atamanenko, NDP Agriculture Critic (who introduced the bill).
In your message please include the fact that half of the horses slaughtered in Canada every year originate from the U.S.  Many or most horses have been administered banned substances including Phenylbutazone, which is readily available, even over the internet.  If possible, give examples of the pipelines that horses follow from specific named auctions.
Below are the links for these 2 MP's (as well as the master list link for all MP's in Canada).
Thank you from your friends at the CHDC.

Link for Hon. Wayne Easter - Liberal Agriculture and Agri-Food Critic:

Link for MP Alex Atamanenko - NDP Agriculture and Agri-Food Critic:

Complete list of Canada's Members of Parliament:

Would you be willing to eat horse meat?



On June 17th, Congress convened to vote on H.R. 1018, the Restore Our Mustangs Act, which expands the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 and prohibits the processing of wild horses or burros for slaughter.
The bill passed, but advocates against it claim that this wild horsemeat could be a viable source of sustenance for hungry people across the nation.

Would you be willing to eat horsemeat?

Time to stand upright, dust your knuckles off and denude the hair on your back…..

Thomas Paine's Corner

 I find it ironically perverse, yet indicative of severely compromised moral and ethical standards, that you choose to use the particular phrase “animal warfare” in your self-serving, deceit-filled sermon to ag insiders, while deliberately downplaying and distorting the urgent need for addressing the atrocities within your industry; which has been waging abusive, bloody, uncontested “war” on innocent, sentient beings, denied even the most basic comforts, for an interminable length of time.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Top U.S. Law Firm Threatens Suit over BLM Wild Horse Roundup in California June 22, 2010

Congress: Arrest Mr. Obama

Text This to Save our Wild Horses!

Cloud the Stallion Text MUSTANG to 44144 to keep our wild horses and burros in the wild !!

Ask Congress To Force BLM To Allow Public Observation Of Wild Horse Program

In Defense of Animals

In the face of public and Congressional outrage over the roundup of nearly 2,000 wild horses from Nevada’s Calico Mountains region, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced plans to control and minimize criticism by restricting the very limited public viewing of its operations to a small group of cherry-picked organizations and individuals. The agency is ramping up its capture plans, with over 5,000 more wild horses targeted for roundup and removal over the next four months.
blm wild horse roundupBy its own admission, BLM’s crackdown on public observation of its roundup activities and wild horse holding facilities is designed to control images released on blogs, YouTube and other social media, thereby quashing escalating public opposition to the agency’s handling of America’s treasured mustangs.
We can’t let the BLM get away with this. The agency ignores the wishes of the American public by clearing wild horses off the land to make room for cattle ranchers and gas and mining companies who want to exploit public lands. Most of these formerly free mustangs are stockpiled in BLM holding facilities in the Midwest, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars annually. Now this public agency is attempting to prevent all but a handpicked few from observing and documenting its treatment of the wild horses who are beloved by so many Americans.
what you can do:

Please submit the form at this link today. Ask your representatives in Congress to force the BLM to allow the public to see and document how the agency is spending tax dollars to roundup and hold wild horses and burros. After you submit the form, please call your senators and representatives to follow up and ask them what action they have taken on this issue.
In Defense of Animals, located in San Rafael, Calif., is an international animal protection organization with more than 85,000 members and supporters dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by protecting their rights and welfare. IDA's efforts include educational events, cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on rescue through our sanctuaries in Mississippi, Mumbai, India, and Cameroon, Africa.
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Horses needing homes: Getting out of the horse business!

Daughter is in college and owner is
spending her time in Flagstaff, No time for horses anymore!

For sale:

1 Chestnut Arab Gelding - "Flash" 16 yrs old 14.1 hnds

1 Palomino Qtr Horse - "Biscotti" 14 yrs old 15.3 -16 hnds

1 Paint mare - Lacey" 11 yrs old 15 hnds

These horses are WELL trained! Natural horsemanship training.

Various feeders, etc.

1 Tital Avalanche 2 horse slant bumper pull. MINT condition

All for $5500.00!!!! Need to see it all go at once. Owner can not bear to
watch them go one at a time.

Call Jane Minella at cell (520) 850-1763 or home (520) 749-9743

UPDATE: 6.22.10 Lost Horse Prescott Area


Horse is wearing faded green blanket -Tonto Flats (Contreras Rd/Tonto Rd)
14 hand Haflinger. Sorrel very stout. Name is Bill. Went missing last night about 9 pm from Camp. Is wearing tan halter and faded green blanket. Please call 928-442-2368 Anne. Horse is from Las Vegas and is not familiar with this area. Thanks for any help.

  • Location: Contreras Rd/ Tonto Rd
  • it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
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Ultimate Journey finds safety but no justice

Ultimate Journey finds safety but no justice

It appears that when a trainer violates New York's "anti-slaughter" policy, rather than taking action against the trainer, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) will simply change the rules.

Beloved Calico stallions castrated behind BLM's closed doors

Beloved Calico stallions castrated behind BLM's closed doors

Breaking News: Wild Horse Advocate Requests FBI Invesitgation

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Press Release from the Cloud Foundation
Artist Laura Leigh with the captured Calico Horses - Photo by Elyse Gardner
Reno, NV (June 21, 2010)—Cindy MacDonald, research expert and American Herds blogger has filed a request for investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this afternoon to prevent the transport, adoption, and/or sale of non-excess Calico wild horses currently being held in BLM processing facilities. MacDonald is requesting an investigation into the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for attempting to dispose of the Calico wild horses prior to confirming that the recent removal operations left approximately 600-900 wild horses on the range as required by law.
From December 28, 2009 to February 7, 2010, BLM reported they removed 1922 wild horses from the Calico Complex in NW Nevada during the fatal winter roundup.
MacDonald contends that, “the BLM may have removed far too many Calico horses in a massive roundup last winter and failed to return, by BLM definition, ‘non-excess’ horses.” The BLM is required to leave at least 572 wild horses on the Calico range, the low level of their arbitrarily set “appropriate management level” (AML). Only horses above that level can be considered excess. Returning the horses would save at least $3 million dollars over the next ten years alone.
Early this month, wildlife ecologist Craig Downer carried out a flyover of the Calico Complex in a fixed-wing aircraft. Downer was able to find only 31 wild horses but noted 350 privately-owned cattle grazing on the Herd Management Areas (HMAs). Downer noted that “there was a reasonable spring green-up of the landscape and the open treeless character of the terrain permitted a high degree of horse detection”. An additional ground survey by Robert Bauer resulted in finding only 9 mustangs in Nevada’s Calico Complex region.
“Two recent independent observers report the Calico herds are gone,” states MacDonald, adding “there’s a vast difference between less than 50 and 600-900 wild horses. The public needs to be sure the BLM followed the law before those horses are shipped out.”
MacDonald points out that BLM is plagued with failures to properly count free-roaming wild horses and burros even though the agency attempts to develop new protocol to remedy these errors.
“While the BLM’s numbers rarely add up, the Calico fiasco is an extreme example of this from start to finish,” states MacDonald.
Responding to public comments during last Monday’s BLM Denver workshop, the BLM announced Friday they will partner with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for an aerial census of NW Nevada and SE Oregon. The BLM refuses to bring along The Cloud Foundation’s ‘Herd-Watch’ project director, Laura Leigh, on their census flights—continuing to demonstrate their closed-door protocol. The Foundation supports transparency and wants advocates involved in counting horses.
The BLM’s policy for massive removals through roundups, followed with stockpiling mustangs in government-contracted holding pens and mid-east pastures is not sustainable and is costing American taxpayers some $40 million per year.
“In this day and age of government budget crises, to waste the lives of these mustangs at a cost of millions of dollars to the American taxpayers is unconscionable,” statesGinger Kathrens, Director of The Cloud Foundation and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. “We call on BLM to show an act of good faith. We ask they put an immediate moratorium on all roundups is until we can partner together to sort this all out.”