Horse Fund launches “What civilization owes the horse” t-shirt campaign

“The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse.”

We have long been inspired by this quote and have turned it into a t-shirt campaign to raise awareness about the relevance to mankind of the domestication of the horse.

Nigel Tallis of the British Museum wrote these words about the horse and civilization:

“For 5000 years the horse has been an ever present ally in war and peace. Civilizations have risen and fallen on their backs. Evidence of the horse’s use is seen everywhere. Yet somehow, following the increasing pace of mechanization in the 1930s, we have so quickly forgotten how indebted we are to the domestication of this magnificent animal.”

"The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse" t-shirt campaign.
Click image to buy.

Prices start at $16.00 for a youth tee and $18.00 for an adult tee. Also available on sweatshirts and hoodies. Shop now.

Please share far and wide. Thank you.

Sutter is the ASPCA® Horse of the Year


Sutter, Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary
Lompoc, Calif.

A stunning palomino stallion born in northwestern Nevada, Sutter was captured from public lands when he was barely two years old. Immediately following his capture, he was adopted to a private party through the Bureau of Land Management’s horse adoption program. During that time, Sutter endured tremendous abuse, including being whipped and left tied up under a hot tarp, and kept from food and water. Traumatized by this experience, Sutter was deemed “dangerous” and returned to the Bureau of Land Management marked to be destroyed. He was fortunately rescued and cared for by the Heritage Discovery Center (HDC), who would be a future colleague of Return to Freedom

For months, Sutter was so traumatized that if anyone even walked nearby his enclosure, he would slam himself into walls, attempting to free himself. With time, patience, and loving care, Sutter learned to trust humans again, appearing at venues including the Rose Bowl Parade, where he safely carried a novice rider, as well as in a number of educational documentaries and clinics.

When the HDC was forced to move and downsize in 2002, they contacted Neda DeMyo, founder of Return to Freedom, so that Sutter would find a safe forever home where he could continue to be an ambassador for wild horses through programs, clinics and events. Since that time Sutter has resided at Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary, where he continues to not only thrive, but inspire equine awareness, rescue, and advocacy through his presence and story which is emblematic for tens of thousands of nameless and faceless wild stallions.

Sutter loves to connect with people, and is a stirring ambassador for the dwindling number of horses who deserve our promised protection on public lands. Sutter also reminds us all that when we extend love to animals, we receive it back, multiplied. For these reasons, Sutter is the 2016 ASPCA Horse of the Year.

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Sutter by Bristol MacDonald.

Racing kills Money Makin Mike at Santa Anita

We occasionally spotlight Patrick Battuello’s posts on Tuesday’s Horse to highlight the murder and mayhem that is horseracing in the US, hopeful that you will follow and take part by sharing far and wide on social media.

Social media sharing is the modern era way of spreading the word. We encourage you to please — please — do what you can in this way. It only take a few seconds to click and share.

Make it count even more with imaginative hashtags that will bring more attention and kill off this so-called “sport” before it kills off thousands more horses. #santaanitapark #kills #horses

Thoroughbred Racehorse Dead at Three

Battuello writes:

In the 8th Monday at Santa Anita, Money Makin Mike finished last of 9, 44+ lengths back. Besides the horrible finish, the run, according to Equibase, was uneventful: “battled…dropped back…gave way.” But a reader tipped me off that the 3-year-old collapsed after the wire; the Daily Racing Form went one better – “collapsed and died.”

“Collapsed and died” – at three.

This is horseracing.


John Henry statue at Santa Anita Race Park. Unattributed image.

Flashback: Virtual Vigil for Slaughtered Horses

Do you remember the Virtual Vigil for Slaughtered Horses we had on our original website?

We started it on December 10, 2004, nearly 12 years ago. You can still view it thanks to the Way Back Machine who archive historically relevant sites.

Because it is an archived page from our former site, you can no longer “light” a candle.

What is particularly interesting to me however is that when our former website was archived, they did not archive the images so they are lost. However, the virtual candles remain “lit” and intact.

3,248 people took part in the Virtual Vigil for Slaughtered Horses.

It is touching to scroll through and read the comments and where the people who lit them are from.

One in particular touched my heart. April from Greensboro, NC wrote “God, please lift them up quickly, before the slash.”


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