Horse rescue event this weekend in Mechanicsville

Meet and greet horses up for adoption at this weekend's 2 day AppyFest in Mechanicsville, Maryland.
Meet and greet horses up for adoption at this weekend’s 2 day AppyFest in Mechanicsville, Maryland.

MECHANICSVILLE, Maryland (Oct. 5, 2018) — This weekend, Last Chance Animal Rescue and the Maryland Fund for Horses will host “Appy Fest,” a two-day family friendly festival (Oct 6 and 7) celebrating the rehabilitation and training of some of the 100 plus starving, feral Appaloosa/Quarter horses seized from a farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore (read their story at DelMarvaNow.com).

Appy Fest 2018 is an innovative way to find new homes for horses from large scale cruelty seizures, as well as showcase the horses and their training.

Horses are available for meet and greets as well as adoptions at the event, according to a release from Last Chance. Appy Fest 2018 also includes a trainers’ competition, horse adoptions, equine demonstrations, shopping, food, face-painting and pony rides.

In March 2018, more than 100 starved feral horses were seized from a farm in Wicomico County. The horses were placed with rescues throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and since then their recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. Most of the horses have received professional training, preparing them for new adoptive homes.

The next stage of their transformation is finding loving, permanent homes. There are several mares who have had foals who are also available for the public to meet and see their training.

The two day event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 6., and Sunday, Oct. 7, at Last Chance Animal Rescue’s Eldorado Farm, located at 29844 Eldorado Farm Lane in Mechanicsville (click here for map). Adult admission is $7.50 for both days or $5 for one day. Admission is free for children younger than 10 years as well as seniors and veterans. To purchase tickets, fill out a horse adoption application or to get more info: http://bit.ly/APPYFEST.

Note: On the bottom righthand corner of their APPYFEST page, they have a list of hotels offering discount APPYFEST attendee rates. Mention APPY FEST when making your reservations.

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Horse Racing Wrongs: Last week’s broken, bleeding and dead

Barbaro after he suffered the fatal breaks that eventually claimed his life. The carnage and suffering continues throughout thoroughbred and quarter horse racing. Image Source: Bryant Photos.
Barbaro after he suffered the fatal breaks that eventually claimed his life. The carnage and suffering continues throughout thoroughbred and quarter horse racing. Image Source: Bryant Photos.

Patrick Buttello reports and protests the mayhem and deaths associated with U.S. horse racing on a continual basis. Here is a sample of his work. Lest we forget. There is much more on his website.

Last week in U.S. Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse Racing (Equibase)

Compiled by Patrick Buttello at HorseRacingWrongs »

You Know Too “was pulled up in distress…vanned off” at Delaware
Blame Logan “vanned off” at Louisiana
Obscene Britches “took a bad step” at Mountaineer – subsequently confirmed dead
Miss Q Who “vanned off” at Zia
Afleet Destiny “fell, DNF” at Parx
No Sham Here “vanned off” at Zia
Super Mama “bled” at Belmont
Benny Special “vanned home” at Indiana
Cheray “vanned home” at Indiana
Kieran Street “fell, DNF” at Finger Lakes – subsequently confirmed dead
Swiss Alps “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Avro “vanned off in severe distress” at Belterra
Coach’s Dream “vanned off” at Churchill
Meadow Storm “vanned off” at Penn
Scottsgold “vanned off” at Penn
Tollie Rossel “bled during the race” at Prairie
Ta Ta Nomoro “fell suddenly, van off” at Remington
Windy Cape “in distress, vanned off” at Belterra – subsequently confirmed dead
Martha Rose “in distress, vanned off” at Belterra – subsequently confirmed dead
Category Two “pulled up in distress…euthanized” at Charles Town
Jess Doit “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Linnaeus “bled from the nostrils and mouth” at Remington
Appoggiatura “fell over the last fence” at Shawan
Moss Code “collided with fallen horse [above] and brought down” at Shawan
Dee Favorite Girl “bled, vanned off” at Zia
Approximator “vanned off” at Belterra
Fly B “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Jess Wong “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Abets Abet “returned bleeding from both nostrils” at Parx
Jessaspecial “bled” at Prairie

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DNF=Did Not Finish (complete the race)

Locomotives sitting atop toothpicks

We leave you with this quote.

THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSES

“Our horses are sick. Our thoroughbreds are thoroughly inbred. They are locomotives sitting atop toothpicks. They are fragile and friable, designed to run but not to recover from running. And each time they break down or wear out, we chalk it up to an individual horse’s shortcomings, rather than the decades-long decline of the entire breeding industry”.

— Barry Petchesky (Deadspin)

Quote from “Our Racehorses are Broken America »

Read more at Horse Fund’s Horse Racing Reports »

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AQHA to name and shame abusers

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The News of the Horses reports:

Amarillo, TX – (July 14, 2016) The American Quarter Horse Association has strengthened its Name and Shame policy for members who abuse their horses, the association announced. The AQHA will continue to post press releases on their website of horse abuse and unsportsmanlike behavior.

Caslon Quote Left BlackEnsuring the humane treatment of the American Quarter Horse remains a priority for the 2016-17 AQHA Executive Committee,” said Craig Huffhines, AQHA executive vice president. “It is the responsibility of the Association to educate members and non-members on this issue while continuing to review and improve current AQHA rules regarding animal welfare to assure that we continue to put our horse first.”

The updated AQHA policy includes outlawing belly bands at shows, which are used to hide spur marks, and outlawing the dying of the hair to hide abuse. The use of a belly band at an AQHA show is an automatic level 1 offense, which gives the owner a recorded warning, unless the band is hiding abuse, which would elevate the offense.

The social media response to the new rules is mixed, but generally negative.

Caslon Quote Left BlackPR only. The AQHA is very much a pro horse slaughter group. They have not nor will they care about any horses welfare,” wrote Brian.

“What about the AQHA’s support of the horribly inhumane treatment of over 130,000 horses a year who are tortured in slaughter houses for meat for human consumption? An estimated 70% of those horses are young, healthy Quarter Horses who did not make the cut as sport horses for the track, and they are sold into slaughter to suffer the most horrendous cut of all–with a machete-like knife to their spines, over and over until paralyzed, and then many are slaughtered alive. Not very ‘humane treatment of the American Quarter Horse’ in my opinion,” writes Tracey Stevens.
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Swiss and German Quarter Horse Associations raise the age for competition

AMT Equestrian Services posted the following to Facebook:

Fantastic news for the welfare of horses coming out of Switzerland and Germany yet again!

Their respective Quarter Horse associations have resolved to prohibit 3 year old horses from ridden competitions and futurities as of March 2016.

Horses must be at least 4 years old before they are permitted to compete under saddle. The article states this is following a global trend and questions being raised about horse welfare.

They also resolved that 4 year old and older horses can be ridden 2 handed in a snaffle or hackamore (I assume this means there is no longer a mandatory age to show in a bridle).

Well done Europe!! Come on rest of the world!