Great Volunteers Needed


Volunteers Contribute

Volunteers bring a wide range of contributions to our table. It could be seasoned skills or raw energy. It could be fund raising power or field expertise. You could be a one-off contributor or make an on-going commitment. Regardless of the particular contribution or the duration of your presence as a volunteer we need you.

There are 7 great attributes to amazing volunteers. If you feel that our cause is a good fit with your amazing attributes and you feel you can help us make a difference, then you need to come and help us.  

We want to take on the super sized challenges, and have a sign on our door that says:


Come be a part of our team and help our horses in need help others in need.


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What is it with Women and Horses – Part 1


Part 1 – Women ride horses because they want to

IMG 2570 150x150 What is it with Women and Horses   Part 1Men ride because they need to – it’s a job, women ride because we want to - it’s a passion. The kind of the connection and quality thereof between women and horses is very different for women than for men.
Part of the intensity of bond between women and horses is power. Sitting atop 1100 pounds of strong, graceful muscle definitely makes you feel powerful in a way that nothing else does. Despite all the societal changes that have occurred, few women enjoy the same level of economic and political power that men do.

Additionally, a woman with good self-esteem can create a partnership with a horse that will support and increase her feelings of pleasurable empowerment and autonomy. A woman with low self-esteem may likely use her horse as a means of expressing her anger and frustration instead.

The work done at Healing Horses can and most often does aid an individual to achieve the first – good self esteem – thus also resulting in new found or regained empowerment and autonomy.


To learn more about how work here at the sanctuary helps promote leadership and good self esteem come back next week to read Part II

Aura-Soma equilibrium bottles

Color therapy healing with Aura-Soma for and with horses


What is Aura-Soma

Aura-Soma is a natural healing method that makes use of the vibrational powers of colour, crystals, and natural aromas combined with light in order to harmonize body, mind, and spirit. Aura-Soma healing came out of England in the beginning of the 1980s. Aura-Soma and the Equilibrium bottles were created by Vicky Wall, a healer and herbalist who had dedicated her life to spiritual research and the treatment of illnesses with plants.
At Healing Horses Sanctuary we currently employ the use of coloured crystals as an enhancement to equine therapy. In certain cases the crystal therapy used on the chakras and emotional energies that have been indicated as needing rebalancing during or following the equine session.
We’ll be exploring the possibility of using aura-soma as another form of energy balancing to enhance the equine therapy sessions.

Save the Wild Horses


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Horse under treatment after rescue from nailed shut stall


This is an update to the story of a mare, Cheyenne, who was rescued from a nailed shut stall and found standing in two to three feet of feces and urine. She was the only animal in the barn area, authorities say.

Bridget Albert, reporting for the New Haven Register writes:

The horse was treated by veterinarian Stacy Golub Friday. Local horse rescuer Kathleen Schurman was with Golub and said Cheyenne got a good physical exam and her overgrown hooves were addressed. Continue reading…

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Eating horses a solution to neglect and cruelty? We can answer that.

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Silver was a ‘throwaway’, a horse on a slaughter-bound feedlot that nobody wanted. Well, we wanted her!”, Healing Horses Sanctuary

First of all, let us address what the real solution to the neglect and cruelty of horses is.

All actions begin in thought. Until people experience the healing power that reforms the thought, it will not matter if there are hundreds, thousands or millions of horses, there still will be those who commit cruel and neglectful acts.

For the purposes of this discussion we are talking about horses.

Doug LaFleur has written an extensive article full of opinions, his and others, that for the most part are — with no intention of being unkind — not based on fact. Let’s take a step-by-step look and address the opinions that need correcting.

LaFleur: Congress, faced with complaints over the unintended consequences of this ban [USDA no longer funding horse slaughter inspections], ordered the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study of these effects which are contained in a June, 2011 report to Congress.

TH: The study was successfully lobbied for by the pro horse slaughter faction in Washington DC, a report littered with misinformation and inconsistencies. The only complaints registered came from the animal agriculture lobby and its supporters.

LaFleur: Among their most noteworthy findings were a major increase in domestic horses being exported for slaughter, primarily to Canada and Mexico. From 2006 to 2010 these exports increased to Canada by 148 percent and to Mexico by 660 percent.  Continue reading…

Horse slaughter plants looming


Horse slaughter plants looming. Not quite. Looming is perhaps too strong a word, but applications to slaughter horses in New Mexico and Missouri have been filed.

WILLIAM PACK writing for My San Antonio reports:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture should be ready to inspect plants that slaughter horses for human consumption by the end of the year, allowing that controversial industry to re-establish a foothold in this country. Continue reading…

A racehorse brings joy to a disabled child


Cross-posted from Off-Track Thoroughbreds

“Timmy Summer’s frail arm rose slightly away from his wheelchair, as he willed it toward the giant animal. A moment later, his small hand rested against the soft spot just underneath the bay gelding’s muzzle.

“Yielding to the little boy’s touch, and his own apparent desire to draw even closer to the child, the Thoroughbred leaned hard against the stall door that separated them, stretching forward, getting closer.

“To the amazement of the child’s mother and to others in the barn, ex-racehorse Dick G, who battled it out on the hard scrabbled track to win $30,000 in his career, became suddenly soft and affectionate as he laid his giant head across the chest of the little boy, and held it there.” Continue reading this wonderful story >>

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Tips for cooling off your horse


The heat can play havoc with your horse’s health. It can result in dehydration, lethargy, and general malaise. Severe heat stress can result in diarrhea and even colic. Janet Johnston DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVS, an emergency critical care veterinarian at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center, suggests the following ten tips to keep your horse comfortable and safe in the summer heat.

1. Choose your turnout times. If your horse has a stall but is turned out for part of the day, provide turnout during the cooler hours. Overnight is ideal, but if that’s not possible, turnout as early as possible during the day.

2. Give him shade. If he lives outdoors or must be out during the day, provide relief from the sun. A run-in shed is best. Trees are a source of shade as well, but as the sun moves so will the shade.

3. Move that air. Fans are a great way to help keep the air moving in the barn, but use them wisely. Always ensure that your horse can’t get a hold of cords and plugs.

4. Mist it. If you are lucky enough to have a system to mist your horse, use it. As the moisture is absorbed from your horse’s skin, it will take away some of the heat as well. Frequent misting is more effective at cooling a horse than a single dousing with the hose.

5. Lead him to water. Make sure your horse has plenty of fresh, cool water. A bucket hanging on a fence will get too warm to be appealing to your horse. Left long enough water will also become stagnant and unhealthy. If you provide clean, cool water and your horse doesn’t seem to be drinking, encourage him by providing a salt block.

6. Electrolytes. If your horse is sweating a great deal, water laced with electrolytes can help keep his body in balance. Whenever you offer electrolytes, however, be sure to offer fresh water as well. Too many electrolytes and too little water can be harmful.

7. Slow down the work. Just because your horse has been working intensely in the heat of the day doesn’t mean he continue when the temperature tops 90°F. If you have to work him in the heat, lighten the work or break it up into a couple of short sessions. This is especially important when the humidity is high and contributing to the poor quality of the air he is breathing.

8. Stick to a schedule. Within the parameters of keeping him cool, try to stay as close as possible to his normal schedule. Too much change at one time can be an invitation for colic to develop.

9. White out! Horses, especially white or light-colored horses, can suffer from sunburn. Even those with white socks, blazes, pink noses, or hairless patches can be prone to sunburn. Using a fly sheet can help, and applying sunblock to small, particularly vulnerable areas can also be effective. Staying out of the sun’s harmful rays will, of course, be best. (Also be aware: if a horse has excessive sunburn it could indicate a rare, underlying liver disease.)

10. Clipping horses with longer hair coats is important , especially those with Cushing’s disease. While some coat can provide protection from the sun and insulation, a thick coat tends to hold heat in and make it difficult for the horse to cool down.

11. Providing a deep trough with water will give horses an opportunity to splash the water letting them cool themselves off.

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Learn how to take your horse’s vital signs, what first aid supplies to keep on hand, when you can help your horse yourself, and when to call the vet in the DVD First Aid for Horses.


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SlaughterHouses to Re-Open?


Horses could soon be butchered inside the U.S. for human consumption right right after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could possibly be up and operating in as little as a month.

Slaughter opponents pushed a measure cutting off funding for horse meat inspections via Congress in 2006 after other efforts to pass outright bans on horse slaughter failed in prior years. Congress lifted the ban inside a spending bill President Barack Obama signed into law Nov. 18 to keep the government afloat till mid-December.

It didn’t, allocate any new funds to pay for horse meat inspections, which opponents claim could cost taxpayers $3 million to $5 million a year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture would must find the cash in its existing budget, that is expected to see far more cuts this year as Congress and also the White House aim to decrease federal spending.

The USDA issued a statement Tuesday saying you will find no slaughterhouses inside the U.S. that butcher horses for human consumption now, but if one were open, it would conduct inspections to create certain federal laws had been becoming followed. USDA spokesman Neil Gaffney declined to answer concerns outside of what was within the statement.

The last U.S. slaughterhouse that butchered horses closed in 2007 in Illinois, and animal welfare activists warned of massive public outcry in any town exactly where a slaughterhouse may open.

Share this story: Horse Meat Could Hit Marketplace in U.S.

“If plants open up in Oklahoma or Nebraska, you might be going to see controversy, litigation, legislative action and fundamentally an incredibly inhospitable atmosphere to operate,” predicted Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive from the Humane Society inside the Usa. “Local opposition will emerge and you will have tremendous controversy more than slaughtering Trigger and Mr. Ed.”

But pro-slaughter activists say the ban had unintended consequences, which includes an boost in neglect and also the abandonment of horses, and that they may be scrambling to acquire a plant going – possibly in Wyoming, North Dakota, Nebraska or Missouri. They estimate a slaughterhouse could open in 30 to 90 days with state approval and at some point as several as 200,000 horses a year could possibly be slaughtered for human consumption. Most of the meat could possibly be shipped to Europe and Asia, where it genuinely is treated as a delicacy.

Dave Duquette, president within the nonprofit, pro-slaughter group United Horsemen, talked about no state or website has been picked nonetheless but he’s lined up a lot of investors that have expressed interest in financing a processing plant. Even though the last 3 slaughterhouses in the U.S. had been owned by foreign businesses, he talked about a brand new plant will likely be American-owned.

“I have personally probably five to 10 investors that I could call at this time if I had a plant prepared to go,” mentioned Duquette, who lives in Hermiston, Ore. He added, “If 1 plant came open in two weeks, I’d have enough cash to fund it. I’ve got men and women who will put up $100,000.”

Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state lawmaker who’s the group’s vice president, stated ranchers used to become able to sell horses that had been also old or unfit for operate to slaughterhouses but now they’ve to ship them to butchers in Canada and Mexico, specifically exactly where they fetch less than half the price.

The federal ban devastated “an total sector of animal agriculture for purely sentimental and romantic notions,” she stated.

Despite the fact that you’ll find reports of Americans dining on horse meat not as well extended ago because the 1940s, the practice is practically non-existent inside this nation, precisely where the animals are treated as beloved pets and iconic symbols inside the West.

Lawmakers in California and Illinois have banned the slaughter of horses for human consumption, and greater than a dozen states tightly limit the sale of horse meat.

Federal lawmakers’ lifting with the ban on capital for horse meat inspections came about in component consequently from the recession, which struck just as slaughtering stopped. A federal report issued in June located that neighborhood animal welfare organizations reported a spike in investigations for horse neglect and abandonment given that 2007. In Colorado, by way of example, details showed that investigations for horse neglect and abuse elevated greater than 60 percent – from 975 in 2005 to practically 1,600 in 2009.

The report from the U.S. Government Accountability Workplace also determined that about 138,000 horses had been transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter in 2010, almost exactly the same quantity that had been killed within the U.S. prior to the ban took impact in 2007. The U.S. has an estimated 9 million horses.

Cheri White Owl, founder from the nonprofit Horse Feathers Equine Rescue in Guthrie, Okla., stated she’s noticed a lot more horse neglect through the recession. Her group is caring for 33 horses now and can’t accept a lot more.

“A lot in the circumstance is consequently from the financial climate,” she mentioned, “people deciding to spend their mortgage or preserve their horse.”

But White Owl worries that if slaughterhouses open, owners will dump their unwanted animals there instead of searching for options, such as animal sanctuaries.

Animal rights groups also argue that slaughtering is truly a messy, cruel method, and some say it could possibly be kinder for owners to have their horses place to sleep by a veterinarian.

“Euthanasia has often been an choice,” Pacelle stated. But “if you acquire a horse, you ought to become a responsible owner and provide lifetime care.”

The fight over horse slaughtering has pitted lawmakers from the identical celebration against one another.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., talked about the poor financial climate has resulted in “sad cases” of horse abandonment and neglect and lifting the ban will give Americans a shot at regaining lost jobs and creating good sick horses are not abandoned or mistreated.

But U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is lobbying colleagues to permanently ban horse slaughter basically because he believes the approach is inhumane.

“I am committed to undertaking every thing in my power to avoid the resumption of horse slaughter and will force Congress to debate this important policy in an open, democratic manner at every and each and every opportunity,” he said within a statement.

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