Be a responsible owner and protect your horse from the meat man

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MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — Since horses have been domesticated, they have been subjected to breeding and ownership, shut up in stalls and barns or corralled and fenced in, dependent on humans for food and water, exercise, medical care, dental care and hoof care — and to keep them from harm and provide for a humane end — just to name a few.

Since The Horse Fund (fka Fund for Horses) began in 2003 we have stressed responsible horse care and ownership.

What prompted us to interrupt our series on horse slaughter numbers and statistics and talk on this subject is this from a story reported by News of the Horse:

The staff at Horse Plus Humane Society were no doubt feeling overwhelmed when the lines of trucks and trailers poured into the parking lot at the Placer County Fairgrounds. Over 100 horses were surrendered to the shelter during their 1-Day Open Door Shelter event.

The event was the largest 1-Day Open Door Shelter Horse Plus Humane Society has ever held, nearly doubling the prior largest event in Wisconsin with 56 horses surrendered.

These horses could have just as easily ended up at a livestock auction or in the hands of the meat man in some other way and ended up in the slaughter pipeline.

It is with this in mind we share these reports from The Horse Fund website. Please help horses and owners by sharing this far and wide.


It will take time, care and patience to find a new environment where your horse will not only feel and be secure, but also prosper.

Remember, your horse trusts you and relies on you to provide for his or her future.

• See Finding a Good Home for Your Horse, A Step-by-Step Guide »


“I know my horse is sick and hurting. I just wanted to find a way to get her put down. I was going to have the vet do it. I’ve got the money for that. But what were we going to do with her body? Nobody seemed to know and my husband said this would be easier for everybody.”

Horse Owner after her selling her 6 yo Thoroughbred to a Kill Buyer,
Sugar Creek Auction, Ohio

• See Insuring Your Horse for a Humane End »


It is typical of a horse’s life that he or she will change hands several times.

When a horse is transferred from one owner to another there is a moral obligation to the horse by both parties.

The current owner’s responsibility to a horse is not done until the horse is safely in a proper home receiving care and humane treatment.

The new owner is assuming responsibility for care and treatment for the long term and must be prepared for all that entails and ready to meet that responsibility.

• See Transferring Horse Ownership: Ensuring Future Care »

Thank you everyone.

Visit Horse Plus Humane Society to make a donation »

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A horse is for life, not just for Christmas

What, is that a horse under that Christmas tree? Google image.

Cross-posted from the British Horse Society

What, is that a horse under that Christmas tree? Google image.
What, is that a horse under that Christmas tree? Google image.

The BHS is speaking out against any company that is encouraging people to buy a horse for Christmas.

There is a heart-breaking problem in this country – hundreds if not thousands of horses being abandoned in fields and roadsides because their owners or breeders cannot or will not care for them.

So what’s wrong with a ‘horse for Christmas’?

Horses need and deserve skilled care from knowledgeable people. In this market, they may be inexpensive to buy, but they can be costly to keep.

Horsemart recently sent an email with the sales pitch: Horses under £500 make great Christmas presents.

BHS Senior Welfare Executive Lee Hackett said: “We were so disappointed to see such an irresponsible email coming from Horsemart. A horse is for life, not just for Christmas.

Particularly reprehensible is that the horses shown in the email are all young animals designed to pull at the emotions of unsuspecting buyers. These horses would need careful handling from experienced people to develop and prepare for their future. They are most certainly not to be exploited for Christmas.”

The British Horse Society encourages anyone in a position to care properly for a new horse to contact one of the many reputable horse rescue centres who are looking to match you with the right horse.

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See also, Ownership Advice >>