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.”


Homemade Vegan Eggnog and Carrot Cake Smoothie

It’s Friday. Major sites that almost all of us rely on have gone down, resurfaced only to go down again. So this morning we tried a Vegan eggnog recipe. And a couple of more from the same site. The yum factor is extremely high.

Think we are jumping the proverbial gun on the eggnog? We did too but not for long. Mainstream eggnog that comes in those cardboard and plastic milk cartons has been in the grocery stores for weeks already where we are. We don’t want any of that stuff. Let’s make our own from cruelty free ingredients. have an incredibly fab egg nog recipe. It is very nutty calling for cashews and cashew milk.

Bowl of cashews.



2 cups Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk, homemade cashew milk or other non-dairy milk of your choice.
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk.
1/3 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 30 minutes (optional)*
4-6 Medjool dates.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg.
Pinch of ground cinnamon.


Add all of the ingredients to your high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately, as is or add spiced rum, bourbon, brandy or whiskey, for a spirited version. Add a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg on top.

I’ve been told that we already have this recipe here on Tuesday’s Horse. Well, we have a vegan eggnog recipe but it’s not this one.

Way too early for you? Not in the mood for this? Here’s one of Beth at Tasty Yummy‘s extra special smoothie recipes.

Carrot Cake Smoothie. Image from Tasty Yummies.
Carrot Cake Smoothie. Image from Tasty Yummies.

We nipped to the store to get more Almond Milk and while we were there grabbed some grated carrots. Lucky for us I keep bags of chunky slices of banana in the freezer at all time*.



1 cup carrots, peeled and then grated (if you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, you could probably just roughly chop them)
1 organic banana, frozen
1 1/2 cups homemade almond milk (or other non-dairy milk of your choice)
1/4 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked for two hours (or 1/4 cup homemade cashew nut butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Medjool date
1 tablespoon organic raw shelled hemp seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


Add all of the ingredients to your high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy. Top with a little cinnamon and a pinch of grated carrots. Enjoy immediately.

Fall not arrived yet? Hot where you are? Try Beth’s Chocolate Avocado Shake. It’s vegan + gluten free. Wicked.

Thanks everyone.

* Yes it’s a good idea to keep frozen banana on hand for smoothies but I have noticed that when the smoothie calls for cold non dairy milks it turns out plenty cool.

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