Meet Topaz, Heavenly Horse Haven's adoptable animal of the week

(March 20, 2020) — My Valley News of California writes: Topaz is a mare with a history, and before she landed at Heavenly Horse Haven, her future was quite murky.

Topaz. Heavenly Horse Haven. Anza, California, Riverside County.
Topaz. Heavenly Horse Haven. Anza, California, Riverside County.

“She came from San Diego Animal Control as part of a cruelty case,” ranch owner Gina Perrin said. “She was a tripping horse left tied to a tree. The rope on her nose was so tight it caused parts of her nose to collapse. She is completely healed now.”

Banned in most states, horse tripping is roping the animal’s legs to make her fall violently to the ground on purpose.

Called “mangana” in Spanish, it is defined as a throw with a lariat designed to catch a horse by the legs.

The cowboy, or charro, ropes the front or hind legs of the horse, causing the animal to come crashing to the ground. Charros prefer small, lightweight horses because they are easier to bring down.

Horse tripping was banned in California in 1994, when Gov. Pete Wilson signed a bill into law banning the intentional tripping of horses – for sport or entertainment – in the state.

When Topaz arrived at the rescue, her healing began, both physically and mentally. Slowly, Topaz learned to trust people and showed an amazing intelligence.

“We started riding her, having her gain confidence. She is doing very well. I do believe that if someone took the time she needs, she will be a very good horse,” Perrin said.

Topaz is in perfect health and very resilient, Perrin said, and having survived cruel conditions and neglect, what she needs now is someone to continue her journey to trust and relish her quality time with humans.

Heavenly Horse Haven is located at 58290 Marlis Lane in Anza, California, Riverside Country. Contact them at (951) 551-3561 or at

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Tripping and Slaughter

It seems wherever there is horse abuse there is horse slaughter.

Killer buyers employed by slaughterhouses lease out horses for the charreada — Mexican style rodeo — circuit to make extra money from them before selling the horses to horse slaughter plants.

Upon their return, approximately 2 to 5 horses per week displayed injuries serious enough that the animals are sent directly to slaughter.

For each horse that went to slaughter, another from the feedlot replaced them on the charro circuit.

Reading these words, it is hard to begin to imagine the suffering and terrors these horses suffer. How evil man can be.

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