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Winter Is Coming—Help Us Save At-Risk Horses

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 4:45pm
Chestnut colored horse stands in ring

Max, a former champion living in Arizona, was healthy and happy before his owner was forced to give him up.

As the deadly snow storms that have already hit the Great Plains illustrate, winter is coming. It won't be long before much of the country is buried under a blanket of white.

This is the time of year equine rescues, sanctuaries, and community hay banks serving needy horse owners stock up on hay for the entire winter. The ASPCA assists these groups through grants made possible by our members’ compassion and generosity, ensuring that horses don't suffer and starve.

One such group is the Arizona Coalition for Equines (ACE), which received a $3,000 grant from the ASPCA in November 2012. These are just a few of the lives ACE was able to touch with that funding:

  • Slammed by foreclosure on her home and forced to move after the death of her mother, a woman living on disability ran out of money to feed her two horses. She turned to ACE for a helping hand, saying she would rather feed her horses than herself. ACE responded with a month’s worth of hay and settled her unpaid feed bill, giving her time to get back on her feet. Her horses remain in excellent condition.
  • A disabled veteran on a fixed income asked ACE for help when his horse became unable to walk. Sometimes feeding his horses before himself, he was desperate to get veterinary care but unable to pay the upfront costs. With ACE assistance, a veterinarian did a complete examination and diagnosed thrush, a front hoof abscess and a possible pelvic injury. Treatment provided immediate relief. 

The greatest success story belongs to Max, a 30-year-old former champion show horse (pictured) who had been owner-released to a commercial stable due to financial hardship. His former owner was devastated when he went to visit Max months later and found him close to death—he had been left to starve. The man reached out to ACE, which rescued Max and covered the cost of his foster care until a new forever home was found.

As you budget your holiday spending and pick out the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, please remember the horses—as well as the cats and dogs—who are out in the cold this winter. If you haven’t done so lately, please consider making a gift to the ASPCA today. You’ll assist animals like Max who are bracing for winter and waiting for our help.

Skinny horse with outline of ribs showing

When ACE rescued Max from a commercial stable, he was emaciated and starving from severe neglect.

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ashley

hey calm down that's not very nice. im eleven and i don't act like that good grief. now don't think im not very angry cause i am its just that we don't need to persecute others for what they've done wrong. the bible say love your enemy it also says to forgive. im sure they feel very bad about what they've done and are probably in trouble but let god take care of their punishment and not do it your self.

ashley

hey calm down that's not very nice. im eleven and i don't act like that good grief. now don't think im not very angry cause i am its just that we don't need to persecute others for what they've done wrong. the bible say love your enemy it also says to forgive. im sure they feel very bad about what they've done and are probably in trouble but let god take care of their punishment and not do it your self.

ashley

hey calm down that's not very nice. im eleven and i don't act like that good grief. now don't think im not very angry cause i am its just that we don't need to persecute others for what they've done wrong. the bible say love your enemy it also says to forgive. im sure they feel very bad about what they've done and are probably in trouble but let god take care of their punishment and not do it your self.

Sharon B

I agree with Karen. Let the bastards who do this to animals starve and suffer. Who cares about them
Jailtime is too good for them.

Margaret

A lot of talk about punishment for abusers. How about the government putting an electronic tag on them and taking a good portion of the earnings until they have paid for the care of their animal? It should not be that hard to implement, but then they should do that for a lot of criminals. And also, they should not be allowed to collect any entitlement program funds.

pam

Please tell me that the "commercial stable" owner and manager were charged for starving a horse and the news ended their business.

Quinn

This breaks my heart. My horse companion of 27 years had a stroke in April and went downhill quickly. I had to have her put down in May. It was horrible and devastating. She was the BEST horse and friend. My daughter learned to ride on her. I always said my horse, Skye, was my first baby. (my mare had an affair and got pregnant, then had Skye.) I miss her every day and wish the punishment for cruelty and neglect was way more strict than it is. For all animals! I'm so glad Max was saved.

Audrey Barberi

I would like to see William Shatners name come up in the Horse Rescue effort. Maybe he is already involved but Celebrity News generates more interest and more funds--and these noble, loving helpful, hard working equines need all the help they can get.

debbie

I think that animal cruelty should place huge fines on abusers and those fines should then be used to help animals in need

Rich

If champion horses have made money for their owner, there should be a mandatory fee put aside for their well-being when retired.

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