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Horse meat and Drugs

This article is the single best argument against American horse meat entering the food chain.  Scientific, thorough and well-written, I encourage you to read it.  Below is a short excerpt of the article as well as a link to the rest of the article.

By: Jerry Finch

It is not a secret that horses in America are not considered food animals but are rather regarded as large companions or athletes, bred to trust their human masters, provide them leisure and to perform at the track like professional sportsmen, and as such, horses are raised, fed and medicated in a totally different fashion than real food animals like beef cattle, sheep or pigs. Never considered part of the food chain in this country (not even in the hardest times, where it was sold primarily to poor European immigrants as a cheap replacement for beef), horses are routinely administered all kinds of drugs, food supplements and miscellaneous substances that, under current American and European laws, theoretically prohibits them from being used as human food yet, last year alone, more than seventy million pounds of tainted horsemeat from America’s pet horses were sent abroad for human consumption.

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Cheyenne tries out her new prosthetic leg

Cheyenne was the second horse in the United States to get a prosthetic leg. Today she recieved her new prosthetic replacement leg in 31/2 years. Many thanks to Hanger Prosthetics in Santa Fe who…

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Horse Racing Flash Mob


The best race of 2011 brought to you in HD.

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Obama, Congress restore horse-slaughter industry – Washington Times

Sneaky legislation restores horse slaughter to the USDA.  With Christmas, the Republican Primaries, and scandal in the air, how did this escape public scrutiny?

Obama, Congress restore horse-slaughter industry – Washington Times.



Heartwarming Horse Videos

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

This is Budweiser’s latest.  It embraces the American dream.

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Known Kill Buyer Caught Hauling 47 Wild Horses to Slaughter in Mexico

It has been speculated since the early 90’s that extensive mustang trafficking has occured.  The BLM’s closed book policy served to enhance this.  Horses to Slaughter, Anatomy of a Cover-up within the Wild Horse and Burro Program within the Bureau of Land Management was published in 1997.

While groups have been fighting the BLM for decades, it took just under 15 years for the feds to catch the first slaughter truck.  An excellent article was published in horseback magazine. Whether you are a horse person or not, I encourage you to read it in its entirety.  This is an example of a lot of untracked federal money and property dissapearing.  Are there other sieves out there?




Cowback Riding-Udderly Amazing

This is the story of a girl who wanted a horse very badly, but was unsuccessful at obtaining one.  She went with the next best thing; riding one of her family’s Holstein cows.. in an English saddle!  Now this is some serious perseverance!


State and County Parks and Trails in Jeapordy

It was recently brought to my attention that there are a large number of state and federal parks on the chopping block to “save money”.

The number 1 income generator for most states is tourism. Tourism is almost solely driven by access to public lands and therefore is responsible for generating lareg amounts of community income.

Some famous examples include:

Eden: California

Greensfelder-the single best trail system in St Louis County

St. Croix Bluffs State Parks in Minnesota

Minnesota is already starting to see the huge loss in revenues.


Race Horses and Rescues

First I want to tell you that when it comes to rescuing animals, I am always first in line.  I currently have a cat that was rescued from the Humane Society on “kill day” and a dog that was rescued from a neglect situation.  The dog came to me with mange and pneumonia; which cost me a small fortune to fix.  And if you’ve been reading my blog up until now, you know I have rescued a mustang.When it comes to horse racing, I do not have problems with the idea of the sport itself.  Horses love to run and are supremely competitive.  I think my own mare was a race horse in another life, as she revels at the idea of leaving another horse in the dust.  That said, the horse racing industry has two very big problems; starting and running horses too young, resulting in permanent debilitating injuries and casting away horses that are no longer needed. Read more »

Tevis 2011

The Tevis is arguably the American Endurance Ride Association’s biggest and baddest race of the season. It attracts the best of the best from all over the country and even from other countries. The article that follows is an excellent account of the happenings on this ride: