Horse care in Canada

(HORSES CANADA) — There is a thought-provoking article at The Conversation on horses and the people who care for them. The author deals with horses in Canada but many of the points made in the article go across borders.

Here’s an extract:

Horses have long held an important place in our cultures and on the lands we now call Canada. Today there are about a million horses in Canada, and their lives vary greatly depending on how we use them and who is around them.

Some people believe that only the wealthy interact with horses, but this is incorrect. People of all income levels and backgrounds are involved with horses in different ways, including for sport, leisure, friendship and therapy.

Plus, all activities with horses depend on labour, and on the men — and especially women — who care for horses around the clock, 365 days a year. There is no closing time when it comes to looking after horses.

In a number of European countries, regular data collection and research help paint a clearer picture of the many roles horses and horse people play in communities and economies . This information gives us ideas of how we can improve horses’ wellbeing.

In Canada, for a few reasons, we have far less data.

Read on »

Horses Canada Artwork by VGFarrell

We are particularly appreciative of these observations:

In fact, although we often use the term ‘equine industry’ as short hand, it is more accurate to speak of equine industries given the diversity of ways horses are being employed and conceptualized. In many contexts, horses are recognized as partners and sentient beings.

Yet in others, horses are seen simply as commodities. In Canada, some horses are slaughtered and others are exported live to be consumed in other countries.

In the ‘pregnant mare urine’ (PMU) industry, horses are repeatedly impregnated so their urine can be collected and made into hormone replacement products for women (Premarin). Some of the foals are rescued , but most are simply slaughtered and seen as a byproduct (much like male calves in the dairy industry).

We invite you read the full article »

Featured image artwork by V G Farrell

Words of wisdom for the advocate

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.

— Chinese Proverb


Get out there and do it. Take action for horses. With us. With someone else. They need our voices to give them a voice.

Even if someone says trying to defend horses from abuse and suffering is useless and nothing we do is going to work. Don’t let them interrupt you. Take action for horses uninterrupted!

 

The Horse and Civilization tees are back

Back by popular demand — “The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse” tees.

Bonfire Horses and Civilization T-Shirt Campaign.

Besides being beautiful featuring unique artistry created just for The Horse Fund, here is what wearing this design with pride will remind folks:

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 what horses have given to mankind 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. Help change that with this evocative design.

Available on black, charcoal grey and navy unisex and slim fit ladies and unisex youth tees. Also available in crew neck and hooded sweatshirts. Limited time offer! Shop now »

Pictures of horses in killpen sought

HORSE SLAUGHTER — We are looking for 2 or 3 stills of horses in kill pens or similar situations linked to the slaughter pipeline — nothing too graphic — for a horse slaughter documentary maker.

The images need to be as large as possible, and clear and sharp, preferably taken by a professional photographer.

Contact us a info@horsefund.org. Thank you.

Featured Image: Kathy Milani, HSUS.