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March 1 Is National Horse Protection Day

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 3:00pm
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Horses are frequently the victims of cruelty and neglect, but their suffering sometimes fails to grab headlines. In honor of National Horse Protection Day, we’d like to share just one horse rescue we’ve had the opportunity to support.

Last month, 13 emaciated horses were found living on a rural farm in Vermilion County, Illinois. The horses were all skin and bones. Two were blind, and a third was found deceased on the property.

Luckily, the Society for Hooved Animal Rescues and Emergencies (S.H.A.R.E) stepped in and began the long process of rehabilitating the horses. As soon the ASPCA heard about S.H.A.R.E’s incredible work, we gave the organization a $6,500 grant to help pay for veterinary care and food for the rescued equines.

We’re so glad to assist S.H.A.R.E in its efforts to help horses! Find out how you can get involved and be a hero for horses by reading our top 10 ways to help equines.

Have you stood up for horses? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Susan Fanning

People should not be allowed to own horses if they cannot care for them. Neglecting them to the point of their death is just not acceptable. They should be brought up on criminal charges.

andie

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO,(I SURE HOPE SO) about the possibility of the Secretary of Agriculture being in favor of building a HORSE SLAUGHTER PLANT IN NEW MEXICO? I'VE ALREADY SENT E MAILS AGAINST THIS TO SECRETARY VILSACK AND PRESIDENT OBAMA..THIS SHOULD BE AN SOS! PLEASE HELP, AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO...

Robin Lane

Please do NOT allow any horse slaughter as this are all G_D's creatures that have been left in our care!
Thank you,
Robin

Joanne Feldman

This week I am going to have to euthanize my horse. My best friend of 25yrs. Why, because I am no longer able to afford the level of care that I both of us have enjoyed for the years past.
She is blind, and is suffering from old age related problems.
She is happy and plays when I have her out. We go for long walks and I drive to the stable were she is boarded twice a day.
She is on a special diet due to her being borderline Insulin Resistant so I have to buy all of her feed myself. She gets several medications a day and without them she could not be happy and without pain.
She was 3yrs old and 6mos pregant when I brought her home. She is now 28yrs old, ane has lived were she is for the entire time.
Please say prays for both of us. I will be a basket case for at least a week as I will be loosing my best friend.
Thanks for a place to express my self, Joanne

Kim

It will happen-- and the conditions will be far more horrific when they are being transported across borders-- and Mexico isn't known for its "kindness" to animals. An animal will face less horror here in the states than below the Rio Grande. I hate the thought of horse slaughter--but I also hate the thought of a horse with a broken leg enduring a long truck haul to Mexico-- where the inhumane treatment will only escalate.

jeannie parisi

No No NO HORSE SLAUGHTER, they are our companions we do not eat horses

karen vinson

Lived in the country for awhile. Used to ride my bike around some of the country roads. Saw a horse in a cramped stall with his head out of the opening. Went over to investigate and he had ran(into what looks like barbed wire. His fore leg on top was stitched up. What bothered me there was no dressing on it, the stall was filthy, the horse had no food at all and the water he had was dirty. Went by for 3 days, no food and still dirty water, went home called DNR, they refered to another state agency. Called them, let them know about situation and said was going to keep calling until something was done. They went out to access the situation and found out who owner was and let them know this was unacceptable and owner came and got the horse. So,the TAIL to this story is be persistent and be a bit#*

michele

yes joann, it is always hard to loose ones we love. I had to put my beloved horse down 2 years ago because of 2 spinal strokes. He was a prince and I miss him everyday. He was a ranch horse who was past his usefulness there but we shared many pleasent rides together after I aquired him. I extened his life in comfort for 6 more years and we had many great times to remember. In time the hurt is less but the memories will always relmain.

William G. Gonzalez

I am so impressed on how the horses are mistreated and abuse in the Occidental hemisphere. Why then, both perivate ad public organization do not donate a horse for a farming family in the developing countries.Government and private sectors should make a closer look on this particular issue, and find a reasonable resolution rather than a drastic decision.As a matter of fact, it has sense for me.Thank you.

Joan

These animals are beautiful. Please i don't want them to be harm buy people that neglect them. I lie going to stables near me and pet them and sometimes giving them a carrot or two. This is not right. They should not be eaten.

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