The Road to Recovery after the Lilac Fire

Horse trainer Joe Herrick and Lovely Finish, his filly, who were both burned at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in Bonsall on December 7 during the Lilac fire. The trainer lost six other horses in the fire but he and Lovely Finish managed to escape together, although both suffered extensive burns. Herrick says […]

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So-called Rescues and their Constant Plea for “Bail”

When I was about six years old, I wanted a turtle. One of those tiny ones, the size of a quarter, that you bought at the five and ten. My father refused. He explained that every turtle they sold made it possible for them to buy five more. And that those turtles led terrible lives. […]

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Buy a bale for Christmas

Still looking for that ultimate, easy, no brainer, feel good Christmas gift? For just $7 you can “Buy a Bale” for the rescue horses at The MSPCA’s Nevins Farm in Methuen, Mass. Right now one of their most voracious eaters is a 9-year old Clydesdale  named Moose who is about 800 pounds underweight. Moose eats […]

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What Kelsey Lefever taught us

Over the past week, my post Charges Against Kelsey Lefever Bring Deceptive Rescue Practices Out Into the Open, has received more than 17,000 views. For a post that’s more than three years old, that’s pretty amazing. Certainly the story bears repeating. Kelsey Lefever represented herself as a horse trainer who specialized in training and rehabbing […]

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The kindness of strangers

I came across this photo and story on Facebook — The bond between the police officer and his horse is so clearly shown. It’s amazing how eloquently the horse has expressed its trust in its rider and the comfort it gets from being with someone he trusts. Here’s the back story to t the photo […]

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Does FBI investigation of AC4H spell trouble for ” faux rescues”?

The business of “rescuing” horses may have hit a speed bump now that the FBI investigation of Another Chance 4 Horses (AC4H) has been all over the news. Let me say up front that there are plenty of good organizations out there who are trying to keep horses going to slaughter and helping horses find […]

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