A life saved is a life saved — but the world of slaughter auctions and kill pen “bails” is complicated and often controversial. Esther Roberts outlines the problems and possible solutions.
In this continuing series, Esther Roberts helps walk readers through the process of saving a horse from slaughter sale, from adopting via a reputable rescue to purchasing from auction directly. Today, we’re looking at the auction and bidding process.
Horse auctions can be a great place to source well-bred and well-trained animals; some auctions may also be the last stop for horses before shipping to slaughter. Esther Roberts details what to look for.
In this new mini-series, Esther Roberts examines the various routes equestrians can take to rescue horses from the “slaughter pipeline.” In Part I, we’re talking rescue organizations.
Alerted by a news helicopter acting on a tip, law enforcement in Wicomico County, Maryland discovered at least 25 dead horses among 100 in poor condition on a rural property on Friday, March 16, 2018. (Some images in this article may be considered graphic.)
Identifying specific warning signs for an abuse or neglect situation is not always easy. Noelle Maxwell speaks with Friends of Ferdinand to provide this helpful guide for concerned horse lovers.
Get ready to cry tears — this is your official warning. Also, if it’s any consolation, I’m sitting here crying right along with you. Again.
20 slaughter-bound horses survived a trailer wreck on Sunday night, October 23 — but their happy ending is still not guaranteed. HN caught up with rescuer Kelly Smith to share their story.
Rest in peace, Lily.
Looking to adopt a new rescue horse? Want to volunteer or make a donation? Look no further!
The Jodhpurs Company has put together an interactive map showing the location and description of America’s horse rescues. This is by no means a complete list — new rescues are being added every day, so bookmark this link for future reference!
Any dedicated horse rescue may be listed on the map — rescues are not required to be listed as 501(c)(3).
Note: map takes a few moments to populate.
Courtesy of The Jodhpurs Company
Want to get your rescue included on the map? Simply contact The Jodhpurs Company and they will happy to include you!
Slated to release on DVD and digital on July 5, this family film is set on the real-life California equine rescue Red Bucket Equine Rescue!
We at Horse Nation love a good family horse flick. You know the type: a troubled young person gets involved with a horse who needs a second (or third, or fourth) chance; they develop a relationship with various wise advisors; the film culminates in a brilliant underdog victory that saves the horse, the young person and everything they know and love from total ruin.
Predictable? Maybe — but admit it, you love it all the same!
And these family horse films are even better when they help raise awareness of a critical issue: equine rescues and the daily struggle to keep the doors open, the horses fed and to continue the good work of saving more animals. We’ve featured Red Bucket Equine Rescue of Chino, California in a past Standing Ovation column, but we’re happy to see that this rescue is gaining even more attention as the setting for Emma’s Chance!
Check out the trailer here:
Much of the movie was shot on Red Bucket Equine Rescue itself, with real rescue horses making appearances in the film, as well as members of Red Bucket’s staff. Learn more about Red Bucket Equine Rescue by visiting the website, and pre-order Emma’s Chance by clicking here!