Most of us love horses. We have grown up with stories about horses, such as Black Beauty, Misty of Chincoteague, My Friend Flicka, and The Black Stallion. We marvel at wild horses, show mounts, and even working horses.
Each year, approximately 100,000 horses are sent to Canada or Mexico to be brutally slaughtered. According to the Humane Society, there is no humane commercial house slaughter. Like other animals sent to slaughter, horses are shipped without food or water in crowded trucks, on a trip that often lasts more than 24 hours.
Once at the slaughter house, the skittish nature of horses make the time just before slaughter difficult. Horses are often subject to repeated blows and remain conscious during dismemberment. The USDA has documented rampant cruelty and severe injuries to horses in the slaughter pipeline. This is despite the fact that 92.3% of horses sent to slaughter are in good condition and would be able to live productive lives.
Write your representatives in Congress to end this cruel practice. We can reduce the number of these homeless horses by curbing over-breeding, educating owners about other homing options and expanding adoption work.
Chance was found in a crowded holding pen near a Pennsylvania auction house, two days before he was to be packed on a truck to go in Canada for slaughter.
His ribs were showing, his hooves were cracked, his coat was filthy, an he had parasites. His big brown eyes caught the eye of a rescue group, who put his picture on their Facebook page.
We eagerly welcomed him to our farm family, where he has blossomed into the handsome horse he was always meant to be. He is a good friend to our miniature horse, Cory.
About Miniature Horses
Miniature horses are found all over the world; they usually range from 34 to 38 inches tall at the withers and include several breeds. They are too small to be ridden and were often used to pull carts, most notably in the coal mines of Wales. Many of these hardworking little horses were blind from spending their whole lives in the dark mines and never seeing the light of day.
Cory is a black miniature horse. Cory lived the first 17 years of her life with one family in New Hampshire. As the years went by, and the children grew, the family acquired several large horses, and Cory was ignored. She was too little to ride and the family had no cart for her to pull, so she had nothing to do. The big horses picked on her, and she ended up spending most of her time alone in a small dirt paddock.
Horses are herd animals and very sociable, so Cory’s separation led to compulsive rubbing and overeating. She was sad and lonely. Her family heard about Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary, and when we heard her story, we welcomed her to join our family. When Cory climbed down the ramp from the station wagon, her ears pricked up and she whinnied and heard several friendly greetings from the sheep and goats in return. She eagerly trotted toward the barn to meet her new friends. All of her lonely habits have since disappeared, and she looks forward to petting, grooming, and relaxing in the pasture.