Extraordinary Rescue Horse by Community of Horse People

Extraordinary events occurred in South Carolina yesterday January 27th, 2014. A horse was given a second chance. A simple post went out on OTTB Connect. A property had to be vacated of horses and one horse was left abandoned by her owner. Animal control was going to shoot the horse later in the day. She had no shelter as a severe storm was predicted to come in; an un-handled pregnant mare had a death sentence placed upon her because someone saw her as too hard to handle and had to be moved alive or dead.

At first negative comments appeared then quietly and steadily an unorganized group of strangers started cross posting with purpose and getting involved. A battle cry went out and it went nationwide. Suddenly a mare no one knew about hours before was a life to be saved and horse people united.

National rescues and state rescues were of no help they couldn’t move fast enough, didn’t respond or had no room. Horse people took it upon themselves to save a mare at least for evaluation.  She deserved at least that one consideration. She deserved a chance to start over. Everyone and everything deserves at least one more chance especially to live. There was no fundraising appeals, no news crews; just ordinary horse people rallying for the mare.

No rescue became involved, only ordinary horse people who cared to give the mare a chance at continuing to live and have her foal. Saving the mare was started by one concerned person, named Tiffani and her appeal brought a herd to protect her and her unborn foal.

Posts got the attention of a trainer’s wife, who knew they shouldn’t, but did get involved; as did local horse people.

The mare now named Angel probably did not appreciate all the fuss and trauma especially when an animal control officer shot her with a tranquilizer gun which didn’t take effect and then tried to lasso her. It did not work either. But horse people intervened. It appeared very bleak for awhile because the frightened mare did not cooperate at all but they caught her and loaded her on a trailer. She now has a new home, a new beginning.

It only took a community to save her, a community of horse people we should be proud to be a part of, people who now go back to their regular lives as Angel and her unborn foal begin their new life. Yesterday was an extraordinary day and today Angel has her own Facebook page: Horse Angel.

Horse Angel (on Facebook)
Horse Angel (on Facebook)

Guess Post Info: This horse rescue story was in the Horse Conscious e-newsletter from Mark from HorseConscious info@horseconscious.com via aweber.com. I asked and was given permission from Mark to post the story here. Please check out Mark’s site at Beyond Horsemanship | HorseConscious – Beyond Horsemanship.

Note from Joni: Please, if you ever see an animal in need, do not turn away and do nothing. Call out for help from the local community if you can not help the animal yourself or if you need help to rescue the animal or care for the animal. Try first calling the local law and animal shelter, but don’t stop there, continue to call for help from local people that love animals. Care and share this story to inspire others to take action. Thank you!

Horses and Heroes How to cope with the Physical and Emotional Challenges of War

Horse and Heroes will be filmed at Charity Hill Ranch in Rapid City, Michigan. This semi-scripted documentary will provide dual benefits for military personnel and veterans. Not only will it share personal stories and raise awareness about the effectiveness of Equine Therapy, but it will also be give job preference to veterans.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.
Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Animal Assisted Therapy is extremely effective for those who are physically and emotionally challenged. It has become widely used in cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Closed Brain Injuries. Although almost any animal can be a healer, dogs and horses are the ones that are most commonly partnered with veterans. Dogs have the advantage of being accepted in both cities and rural areas. However, horses more accurately reflect the mood of the person handling them. This ability is helpful for the PSTD patient to learn how to recognize their own feelings. In this way, they learn how to retrain their mind and body reacts to stressers.

Founded in 2001, Charity Hill Ranch specializes in Traumatic Brain injury and PTSD. Christine O’Connell, the owner and manager, has been a PATH International Certified Instructor of 10 Years, and specializes in Traumatic Brain Injury as well as being a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Sarah Wilson is a Mental Health Specialist with Degrees in Psychology and Education. Charity Hill Ranch has been certifed as a Premier Accredited Center of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (P.A.T.H.). It is also a member of Horses 4 Heroes Inc.

Horses and Heroes will be hosted by veteran, Barbara (Bobby) Kilgore and will be directed by Vietnam Veteran, Larry Wilcox. These are only two of the veterans, who will be part of the production team. Horses and Heroes LLC will be hiring veterans, who are already in the entertainment industry as well as opening the door for those who are looking for a new career.

A semi-scripted documentary, Horses and Heroes will create a greater awareness of Animal Assisted Therapy for civilians, military personnel, veterans, and their families. The goal is to create an understanding of how and why the therapy works, thereby giving those suffering from PTSD another therapeutic option.

To learn more about goals of Horses and Heroes and watch the video presentation go to Horses and Heroes’ website

Note from Joni: To learn more about how horses respond to people please read this article: Heart to Heart – A Quantitative Approach to Measuring the Emotional Bond between Horses and Humans.

And this article : HeartMath Technique Helps Canadian Rider Become Champion

Guess post by Theresa Chaze – A storyteller who tells tales about people facing their fears.

Funny Horse Stories Wanted for Therapeutic Riding Fund Raising Book

National Book Publisher Looking for Funny, Horse-Related Stories for New Fund Raising Book

The creators of the very popular Seven, Horse Tales for the Soul books and audio books are about to launch a new project filled with funny, horse-related stories. They are inviting horsemen from around the globe to send in their best, funniest, true stories for consideration in the new book. (http://horsetalesforthesoul.com)

The book will be used in 2014 to help Therapeutic Riding Centers around the USA raise funds for their important work.

If you have a funny story that you would love to share with the world while helping a great cause at the same time, visit: HorseTalesForThe Soul.com  for all the details.

Bonnie Marlewski-Probert, founder of Whitehall Publishing and 20 + year veteran horsewoman, is going to take this book on the road to do book signings around the country and will be inviting authors within to join her when she comes to your area.

“I was privileged to work with hundreds of horse lovers around the globe in the Horse Tales for the Soul books and really proud to say that the authors created a family with many becoming dear friends and two even getting hitched. All of them met through the books and book signing events around the country. I plan to create another wonderful family of authors with this new book of funny horse-related stories and I want you to be a part of the fun! The past couple of years have been rough on everyone and I want a book that not only will help Therapeutic Riding Centers but will have horse lovers howling with laughter and I want to meet all of our authors on the road this year as we travel the country. Join the family and send in your favorite, funny story today!” Said Bonnie.

Submission Deadline: All stories must be submitted for consideration via e-mail by March 1, 2014. If you have any questions, please e-mail fun@horsetalesforthesoul.com or info@whitehallpublishing.com.

UPDATE from Bonnie on 1-3-2017:  “We have decided on a title for the new book filled with funny horse stories. The new title is: Horse Tales for the Funny Bone. If you haven’t already sent in your story, get it in before March 1. For all the details, visit http://horsetalesforthesoul.com/fun.html We will be taking this book on the road this year to help raise money for therapeutic riding centers around the country. I would love to meet our authors at the book signings and have YOU sign some books as well! Please share with your followers! We want the funniest stories we can find.”

About Us:

Whitehall Publishing has been in business since 1989. We have published books for hundreds of authors around the globe. Our goals are to empower and educate our authors to be the best they can be so they can inspire their readers. For more information on Whitehall Publishing, visit http://whitehallpublishing.com or e-mail info@whitehallpublishing.com.

How to Ensure Your Horse Lives a Happy Life

What many people don’t understand about horse riding, is just how precious the bond is between a horse and their rider. This is an almost ‘symbiotic’ relationship, which sees you teaming up with a beautiful animal in order to feel truly liberated and free. You will spend a lot of time with your horse and you will have some great moments together, and as such you’ll find yourself becoming great friends and caring for them a lot.

An Icelandic horse near Krýsuvík.
An Icelandic horse near Krýsuvík. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As such, you will want to ensure that your horse is as happy and healthy as possible – even when you’re not around to be with them. The thought of leaving your horse at the end of the day and them suffering in silence is the stuff of nightmares for most riders and owners, so read on to find out some of the ways you can keep your companion happy and well.

What Makes a Horse Happy?

The first thing to ask yourself is what makes a horse happy? Of course the answer is different than it would be for humans in many ways: your horse isn’t looking to find fulfillment at work, and doesn’t get much pleasure from TV. Rather, the most important things for a horse’s happiness are freedom, activity and health. If your horse is healthy and if they get lots of attention and interaction, then they will generally be content.


Essentially then, you need to prioritize keeping your horse fit and healthy as far as possible. This means making sure that they eat a good diet that will help them to fend off colds, and it means making sure that they are warm and dry when they are in their stable.

Making sure your horse is eating the right diet means spending a little more on feed and making sure that they are getting enough. Keep track of your horse’s weight and feel underneath the rib cage for signs that they might be getting thinner. Your aim is to feed your horse the amount they need with regards to the amount of exercise they are getting and the amount they burn off. In winter an added layer of fat is no bad thing and they will burn more calories, so you need to increase their intake of food slightly. Horses also need a lot of fiber: in the wild they chew 15,000 times a day so make sure that they get enough while they are in your care.


Grooming your horse daily is also important, and you should look out for any other signs of illness or problems so you can act fast. Finally, make sure to clean your horse’s hooves regularly, and to make sure that the tack is comfortable, clean, and well fitted.


Keeping your horse warm and dry is also very important. And in particular, what’s especially important is that you don’t let their stable become damp or moldy. Horses are more resilient to the cold than we are thanks to their thick coat, so don’t shut all the windows thinking you’re doing them a favor: you’ll just create moisture and that’s much more harmful. Likewise, horses don’t need blankets laid over them in winter: actually this will only make them colder because it will flatten their hair and prevent it from doing its job.


Keeping their stable clean is also very important. It’s not fun, but you need to do it to avoid parasites and other problems.

English: A horse 'laughing'.
English: A horse ‘laughing’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Your relationship with your horse means as much to your horse as it does to you, so make sure that you spend quality time with them to avoid boredom and loneliness.
Horses like to spend quiet time as well as riding – so don’t make everything about riding. Sometimes it’s nice just to hang out and this will help to keep them happy. Horses also like routine and regularity, so it’s useful if you can try and keep play time and feeding time consistent.

Letting your horse spend some time with other horses is also very good for them, and if you can’t do that then providing them with some toys to play with when you’re not around can help. How would you like to be stuck in an empty room for hours?

About Author:

Today’s featured writer, Joshua Bing, is a freelancer. One of his clients, Saddleworld Dural, is an online store that brings to you exclusive brands such as Anky, Pessoa, Trainers Saddles, Fleck Whips and Heritage Performance Riding Gloves. Joshua is passionate about woodworking and on weekends, he practices making his own furniture.

NOTE from Joni: Horses love food and one good way to interact with them and train them is with clicker training with healthy treats.

Should You Consider Horse Insurance or Not?

Most people today do not actually think that horse insurance is necessary. After all, why should you do that when we talk about an average horse? It is obvious that you want to have your special thoroughbreds protected but if you just have a regular horse, why should you invest in insurance?

Horse watching
Horse watching (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

So many people believe that this type of insurance is only affordable for breeders and wealthy owners. However, when a horse requires surgery or medical attention, insurance basically end up being the difference between saving the animal’s life and death. Nobody really wants to sacrifice a horse because of the fact that they can not pay the veterinarian. Any horse of any breed stands out as a financial and emotional investment.

A horse is definitely more of a sentimental investment for most owners out there. Insurance for horses is the same as with humans. There are many different coverage types that can be purchased. The most common examples are medical and mortality. This is highly comparable to health and life insurance for humans.

What Type Of Horse Insurance Should You Consider?

This is a tricky question to answer. Most people do not think that they know what to consider. That is not the case. Buying health insurance for horses is just as with people with some really small differences. The basic coverage that you want is made out of major surgical and medical. At the same time, you also want equipment and loss of use horse insurance.

In the event that you currently operate or own a stable, it is important that you think about extra coverage. That includes liability insurance for guests, farm owners, trainers, property protection insurance, animal transport insurance and reproduction insurance. You have to also protect different other people that work for you.

Receiving Compensation

In the event that you have mortality insurance, when the horse dies you will receive compensation. Everything depends on policy details. Owners can receive partial or full payment based on animal value. The surgical and medical policy can cover treatment costs directly in the event that the horse suffers from illness or injury.

Dealing With Horse Insurance Companies

It is very important that you choose a good insurance company. There is a pretty good possibility that you will not know what horse insurance policy to consider. As you can easily notice from horse insurance sites, there are many options that are currently available on the market. Choosing one is definitely difficult and you will end up talking with insurance agents.

You need to basically find an agent that is specialized in horse insurance plans. The representative has to answer all the questions that you have, especially when referring to benefits and terms that are included in the policy. The job of the agent is to offer the best possible solution for the horse owner. When you deal with a reputable company, it is a guarantee that you will receive a good policy, especially when dealing with equine specialists.

Using the internet is what helps out the most when you need horse insurance. You can learn a lot about both the different types of insurance policies that are available and the reputation of the company that you want to deal with. It is also possible to talk with many different people out there that have horses and that already own insurance policies.


No matter what you might think at the moment, you do need horse insurance. It is important that you try those that are suitable based on your current situation and needs. While it is a little difficult to realize what you need, the first step is making sure that you do know exactly what is necessary. Patience is highly important so that you can easily choose what the best policies are in your case.

Horses are not at all easy to take care of. We need to take all the time that is necessary in order to be 100% sure that the policies chosen are best suited for the animal that we have. It is quite difficult to do so when we know nothing about insurance policies. Let us face it. Most people do not know anything about insurance, even if they do have a health insurance.

This guess article is written by www.eandl.co.uk specially for alove4horses.com.



FREE Article and Preview Issue of The Horse’s Hoof Magazine

The Horse’s Hoof Magazine Winter 2014-Issue 53 was released on January 1st! This is just a quick post to make sure that you know about it.

Cover of The Horse's Hoof Magazine
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Barefoot hoof, lateral view. Coronet band (1), walls (2), toe (3), quarter (4), heel (5), bulb (6), P2 (small pastern) (7) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Tips for choosing the right horse

Each horse lover considers buying their the first horse an very exciting thing. Unfortunately, sometimes it turns into an awful disaster because of the beginner’s lack of knowledge. To avoid mistakes we give you some tips for choosing the right horse for you.

English: pinto sporthorse (sport horse) mare
English: pinto sporthorse (sport horse) mare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where should you start your horse examination at?

With the very his or her head of course! First of all it should be dry, clean, proportional to the body, with a wide throat latch – the distance between the branches of the lower jaw, resiliently set ears, wide-open eyes, large nostrils and tightly closed lips.

A deep mouth is beneficial for control, because it is better for holding the bit. Look attentively at the horse’s teeth. With the following tips, you can easily estimate the age of your animal. For instance, if the shape of the teeth is oval, then your pet is no more than 12 years old; if its round, then 12-14, triangle – 14-19, concaved – 19-21.

The neck is a balancer. The ratio of its head is usually 1:1, but riding horses have the ratio 1.5:1. The junction of the head with its neck is called the occiput. If it is long and agile, then the horse turns his head very well and it is easy to control this animal. The junction of the neck with its body is withers, the tension antirattler of the harness and saddle. If the withers is long, then it is muscled. The back and loin have a positive effect on strength and speed if they are short and wide. When you notice the hollowness of the figure, then you should know this animal has poorly developed internal organs and weak muscles.

One can also estimate the horse performance on its chest. Choose an animal with a deep and a broad chest. It gives all the grounds to consider this horse to be strong. The belly must not be too big or lean. Lean and big belly suggest physical weakness of horse. Pay attention to the genitals of stallions and mares. Check the presence of both testicles in the scrotum and the udder development and two nipples correspondingly.

Horse and Rider
Horse and Rider (Photo credit: Istvan)

If you need a horse for the household, then it is preferable to buy mares, because stallions are very excited and hard to deal. They are usually gelded. However, geldings are less profitable in comparison with mares. The only distinction feature here is that a female horse is able to breed. Buy at a more profit a young horse. As usual, they are healthier and cheaper. It is advised to buy colts in autumn when they are 6-7 months. The next thing you should take into consideration is the animal’s size. For that volume of farm work which average people have, it is reasonable to have a medium-sized horse.

When buying a horse, one should examine the animal very carefully in both conditions: rest and movement to verify its correct pace and quality of movement. On examination, it is necessary to drive or ride a horse to detect weaknesses such as lameness and weak joints.

About author: Paul Smith writes essays for custom essays writing. His hobby is horse ridding. Paul is able to inform horse people about something interesting related to his hobby here: Paul Smith – Google+

Note from Joni: Please consider the adoption option for obtaining a new horse. There are many wonderful horses that end up in Horse Rescue because of different reasons most that have to do with the owner and not the horse. The rescue will be able to help you pick a horse that is right for you. Sometimes you can even foster a horse for a while to try him or her out before making the final decision to adopt.

My other tip is to be ready for a horse before you get one. Learn as much as you can with riding lessons, books, videos, etc. And please get a few books about how to feed and house a horse as natural as possible. Many horse problems are related to bad feeding and housing.



National Study of Thoroughbred Racehorse Placement

Retired Racehorse Training Project Press Release

January 9, 2014


A report released today by Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP) is the first nationwide study of how Thoroughbred ex-racehorses are transitioned into second careers. It is based on a survey conducted in late 2013 titled Exploring the Bridge To Second Careers in which owners of 4,200 ex-racehorses from 47 states and Canada responded to 23 questions.

“The public believes that racing owners dump their retiring horses into auctions and that a lucky few get rescued and adopted,” said RRTP president Steuart Pittman.

“Our survey tells a different story. Most of these horses were not rescued. They were sold or donated through networks of people both inside and outside of racing who work very hard to transition these animals.”

  • 34% percent of these horses were acquired directly from racing owners.
  • 31% were acquired from non-racing private owners.
  • 13.5% were acquired from non-profit placement or rescue organizations, although that share increased from 11% to 19% over the last ten years.
  • 9% were acquired from professional training or sales businesses.
  • 2.3% of horses came through auctions.

The survey also revealed that prices for horses increased with training, but are still far below what it costs to transition racehorses to new careers.

  • The average adoption fee at nonprofit placement organizations was $1001 (22% were free). These organizations were most likely to have horse protection terms in contracts.
  • Horses acquired through racing owners were purchased for an average price of $1,265 (30% were given away).
  • Horses sold through private non-racing owners had an average price of $2,618 not including the 19% that were free.
  • Horses sold through professional training or sales businesses had an average sale price of $4,646, not including the 4% given away.
  • The average price at public auction was $839.

The survey respondents identified the sport of eventing as their primary riding discipline most often (37%). Hunter/jumper was second at 27%, dressage third at 13%, and then trails and recreation (English) at 9%.

The following conclusions are taken from the full survey report.

  • Racehorses are placed in second careers with long-term owners through a marketplace that lacks networks and forums through which the sellers, trainers, and buyers can find one another.
  • Prices and adoption fees are depressed to a level that makes subsidies for those providing transition services essential until demand rises significantly.
  • The financial incentive to retire horses sound from racing does not exist until increased demand raises prices for retiring horses.

Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP) will respond to the results of this study with a major expansion of its work in 2014, including:

  • A second Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Pimlico Racecourse on October 4 and 5 that will include more horses, more trainers, and more racing stables;
  • Contracts for professional services that will re-launch its heavily trafficked web site, develop partnerships with racing and riding institutions, explore the feasibility of a publishing venture; and
  • Compile, print, and distribute the first state-by-state resource directory for Thoroughbred placement.

A full copy of Exploring the Bridge to Second Careers is available through RRTP and can be read online at www.retiredracehorsetraining.org

Media Contact:

Heather Benson

Retired Racehorse Training Project

Phone: 605-660-6599

Email: heather@backfortymarketing.com

Additional photos or interviews may be granted upon request.

The Retired Racehorse Training Project, Ltd. (RRTP) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to increase demand for retired Thoroughbred race horses as pleasure and sport horses through public events, clinics, training publications, videos and internet tools. Our mission is to facilitate the placement of retired Thoroughbred racehorses in second careers by educating the public about the history, distinctive characteristics, versatility of use, and appropriate care and training of the iconic American Thoroughbred. More information may be found at www.retiredracehorsetraining.org