What is house rescue all about?
The unwanted hоrѕе” іѕ a term used to describe horses within thе dоmеѕtіс equine population that are considered no longer useful or needed, or whоѕе owners are either uninterested or not capable of providing care fоr thеm, physically or financially. The unwanted horse іѕ nоt a new problem. It is a growing concern, however. Some unwаntеd horses do find new homes; most probably wіll еnd uр being sent to slaughter; some are humanely еuthаnаtіzеd; оthеrѕ are abandoned and left to die of natural causes and this іѕ thе perfect time the horse rescue team comes in.
Horse resueing is not the easiest thing to do but it is quite honorable аnd gооd. If you have no way of caring for the horse at your оwn hоmе оr stead, then there are other ways. One way you саn dо іѕ by hiring a place or stable for the horse to sleep in a place whеrе thеу offer such services. There are places built for such рurроѕеѕ, ѕоmе are just homes for the horse with a stable which you pay fоr as wеll as the food the animal will eat.
These horses come from many different рlасеѕ. Sоmе оf them have been celebrated race horses thаt fоr one reason or another can no longer be used for racing. Thеу mау have been hurt or they have gotten too old. So now thеіr оwnеrѕ no lоngеr want them around. Some horses become blind оr dеvеlор sores from neglect or are born with some type of рhуѕісаl disability and the owners no longer wаnt thеm. Thеrе are some owners that discover that it is not all glamour to have a horse and they dоn’t саrе for them properly. Others have found the expense tо bоаrd a horse is just too much for them and they dоn’t tаkе good care of them.
Whatever the reason thеѕе mаgnіfісеnt animals that God created, either suffer from neglect, malnutrition, оr some mау die. The people that have the compassion and the patience to tаkе іn thеѕе hоrѕеѕ should be commended for their work.
All across the country horse rescues and еԛuіnе wеlfаrе organizations work hard trying to save as many of thеѕе animals as they саn, ѕtrugglіng to raise money to provide feed аnd саrе аnd to find homes for as many of them аѕ роѕѕіblе. Sоmеtіmеѕ, despite their good intentions, well-meaning horse rescuers bесоmе overwhelmed by the sheer intensity and cost of саrіng fоr thеѕе horses. It is estimated that just providing basic саrе fоr one horse is roughly $1,900 to $2,600 per year. Caring for a horse with special nееdѕ оr thаt rеԛuіrеѕ extensive veterinary care can easily double or triple thіѕ fіgurе. Despite the fact that there are numerous horse rescues, they do nоt begin to meet the needs of thе hugе numbеr of unwanted horses. To put it simply, there are way more horses than there are hоmеѕ fоr them with responsible, caring owners.
If you do not own a hоrѕе, consider volunteering your time and talents and mаkіng financial contributions to horse rescues in уоur area. Thіѕ іѕ perhaps one of the most valuable and worthwhile things that you саn dо tо help with the plight of the unwanted horse. Not оnlу will you experience the joy of ѕреndіng tіmе with these wonderful animals, you will be making their lives bеttеr. You can help tremendously by sponsoring a horse.
Released on 4/23/2020
The American Mustang Heritage
The American Mustang has been revered through history as a living symbol of the natural heritage of the American people. Introduced in North America by early Spanish explorers in the 16th century, raised and bred by Indians, domesticated by settlers, ridden by the US Calvary and surviving harsh climates, predators, and challenging environments, the American Mustang has a long stretch of history. American Mustangs are the descendants of Spanish or Iberian horses, and the name comes from two essentially synonymous Spanish words “mustengo, ” and “mostrenco” meaning “beast without a lord” or “lost horse.” Many people think that Mustangs are just wild horses, and not a specific breed. Though Mustangs are often called wild horses, but because they are offspring of once-domesticated horses, they are accurately referred to as feral horses. They bred with other horses to create the breed we recognize today.
Most of these Mustang horses were used for farming, endurance duties and transportation in a yet untamed world. In the Great Pueblo Revolt of 1680, Indians raided these farms, stole horses and traded them. With a lot of chaos created by the constant battles, many of these horses escaped and became feral as they ran wild in nature. They were able to thrive on forage that other breeds could not exist on, and their speed and agility set them apart as a breed to be revered. Through survival of the fittest for generations, the American Mustang essentially culled their own herds, resulting in the healthiest, sturdiest and most intelligent. They showed their ability to survive and multiplied where other breeds had perished.
Considered to be very strong with incredible stamina, Mustang horses evolved in nature as their heads grew bigger, their sight became acute, and their minds became sharpened as they focused on survival. In 1900, North America had about two million Mustang horses. However, since then, the population of Mustangs has dropped drastically. This was slightly due to some issues which continue to affect the fate of the Mustang horse. In spite of this, growing awareness of their decline led to the signing of the “Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971” by President Nixon which coincided with the recognition of Mustangs as “living symbols of the historic and exploring spirit of the West” which continue to add to the diversity of life forms within the country and improve the lives of the American people. The act also banned capturing, harming or killing Mustang horses or burros on public land. The care and management of the wild horse herds on federal land were turned over to the Bureau of Land Management. Presently, about 40,000 Mustang horses live on private ranches, wildlife refuges, American reservations, and in sanctuaries.
Most Mustang populations are located in the Western states of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, California, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota and New Mexico. Some can also be found on the Atlantic coast and on islands such as Sable Island, Assateague, Shackle ford, and Cumberland Islands.
Released on 4/15/2020
The Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program
The Wild Multiple-Use Mission of the BLM
The Bureau of Land Management is an agency under the United States Interior Department which is in charge of protecting, managing, and controlling wild horses and burros that are actively roaming across an area of the Western public rangelands that measure up to about 32 million acres. The BLM has an overall multiple-use mission, and the management of these animals is an integral part of that, as set forth in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. All in all, there are 253 million acres of public land that are managed by the BLM, all of which are located majorly within 12 Western states, including the state of Alaska.
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed by the federal government in 1971 and with it came the discovery of the fact that these ‘special animals’ lacked substantial legal protection and due to this, they were disappearing quickly for the American landscape. This is the main issue that the law tried to combat and it has brought forth good results as forty years on from the propounding of these laws, wild horses have experiences successive periods of substantial and sporadic growth under the protection of the federal government.
Gathering Wild Horses and Burros from Ranges
Due to the fact that wild horses and burros were suddenly (and sporadically) increasing in number and population, the BLM was tasked with removing tens of thousands of these wild horses and burros from the rage on an annual basis in order to protect the public rangelands from the harsh environmental effects that came from the overpopulation of the herd. The BLM has determined that in order to be on the safe side, every public rangeland has to have a population of 10,000 wild horses and burros. However, the number of these creatures quickly crossed the 35,000 mark and overcrowding move d from being a potential threat to an imminent one. It goes without saying that the natural ecosystem of the public rangelands (which are an awesome source of wildlife) will not be able to withstand the size of the impact that comes from overcrowded herds.
Based on the data which was recorded in 2009, the Bureau of Land Management has estimated that there are almost 37,000 wild horses and burros (to be exact, 33,100 wild horses and 3,800 burros) that are roaming about on rangelands which are managed by them. These animals have no natural predators and it is also highly possible for their herd sizes to be double within a period of 4 years. To this aim, and in order for them to be able to control sizes of herds, it is of utmost importance for the agency to remove a vast number of animals.
The BLM also directed that there should be a current population of free-roaming wild horses and burros, all of which must live and exist within the provisions and boundaries of the environmental resources and ends in the public rangelands.
It is also worth noting that over 30,000 wild horses and burros that the BLM is fully in charge of. These animals are all fed and catered for by the BLM under the provision of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The act serves as the authority under which the BLM operates and it also serves to act as a guide for the treatment of the wild horses and burros.
In order to ensure the fact that the sizes of herds are in complete accordance and balance up with the available resources and uses of the public rangelands, the BLM, in the fiscal year of 2009, decided to take out 6,413 wild horses and burros. They went on to place 3,487 of these animals into the private care of interested individuals via an adoption process that was created and implemented by them. It should be worth noting that the 3,487 animals that were adopted in 2009 are far less than the 5,701 that were adopted in 2005. From 1971 (when the adoption process was officially inaugurated and kept functional), the BLM has been able to successfully adopt out more than 25,000 horses and burros.
The herds of horses and burros have been shown to grow at a rate of 20 percent per year and they have the ability to double in size every four years. As per Section 1333 of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM have chosen adoption as a means of removing excess horses and burros so as to create more room for others who are born (or who join in through other means).
Controversy and Accusations
However, over the years, there have been widespread criticisms of the motives and operations of the BLM as regards their treatment of wild horses and burros, especially regarding their motive for keeping them, as many people have come up with reports that they plan on selling them to be used for slaughter. Reports have stated that the BLM uses illegal methods to collect their horses and burros, with most of them citing helicopter roundups which end up leaving the creatures either severely injured or dead.
The Wild Horse and Burros Program sold 1,794 wild horses to Tom Davis, a rancher based in Colorado who, according to news reports, sent the horses to the slaughterhouse between the years of 2009 and 2012. The reports also stated that the BLM went against its policy of limiting the sales of the animals to a specific number as well as ensuring that the animals went to a safe and welcoming home. Investigations launched revealed that David bought an inordinately large amount of wild horses each time and BLM workers tried to confront him or verify the information that he provided in relation to his intentions, even though they were regularly selling a very large number of horses that they were selling to him at each time.
Regardless of that, though, the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program still keeps moving strong. Plans for the future have not been clearly stated, but the optimism is clear.
Released on 4/7/2020
Horse Slaughter in America and its Cruelty
In a world burdened with rapid population growth, it is only practical that animals are bound to take a back seat. Nonetheless, the extent of brutality that humanity can descend to are surprising in their extremity. While it may be impossible that everyone starts living a life of a complete vegetarian and totally let go of using animal products altogether, the rising instances of needless cruelty to these innocent animals by humans make one wonder what exactly is our fate in the not too distant future.
Can you imagine eating pets, our dogs, cats or even horse?
Let’s take a look at horse slaughter, just like in the case of our dogs and cats, eating horse meat in America is almost considered a taboo although it was a brief necessity in some places during the WWII. It is rather imperative to understand that horses have been revered through history as a living symbol of our national heritage and the freedom of the Wild West, our quintessential cowboy mode of transportation and till date our trusty companion.
According to history, the American Mustang was introduced in the North by early English, European and French explorers, bred and raised by Indians, domesticated by settlers, ridden by the Calvary of the United States and surviving predators, harsh climates, and really challenging environments. Is it then right in any way that these our trusty companions will be slaughtered in the thousands for human consumption?
Horse meats are back on the table
Over 100,000 American horses will be slaughtered this year right under our noses. Since the slaughter ended in the United States in 2007, they are now trucked alive to Mexico and Canada for butchering.
In Canada, these horses are shot through the forehead with a bolt, in an attempt to render them unconscious, but in reality, this shot rarely kills them outrightly and thus make them suffer a great deal before actually dying. They are then hung upside down so their throats can be cut.
While in Mexico, these American horses after suffering from starvation during shipment are stabbed repeatedly in the withers until the spinal cord is cut out and they are paralyzed. Then they are suspended upside down while their throats are cut.
This is the ‘humane’ face of animal abuse, our pet horses, those we adored and loved are ending up in the human food chain. Dying violent deaths, sold throughout Europe, to countries like France, Belgium, and Japan where it is considered a delicacy.
I strongly believe that America’s horses are not raised for food, and we don’t even allow our horses to be shot or slaughtered on our own soil. But until America’s borders are sealed to the transportation or shipping of live horses, our pet will always end up as people’s food after going through some bloody terrifying ordeal.
American’s horses are in trouble and only you and I can do something about it, please visit us at www.homewardequine.com to learn how.
Released on 3/28/2020