Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation


Colorado Rescue Operator Sentenced to Service, Probation

October 02, 2008

Alesha Matchett, the Colorado woman who pleaded guilty in August to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty for neglecting horses at a rescue ranch she operated, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and four years supervised probation... Read More


Horse Rescue Organizations: Questions to Ask

September 08, 2008

Find out what questions to ask before making any commitments a horse rescue.... Read More


78 Horses Removed from New York Farm

September 05, 2008

Seventy-eight allegedly malnourished horses are currently residing in foster homes after animal welfare authorities removed them from their former home last week.

According to Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty t... Read More


California Horse Abuse Case Concludes After Three Years

September 03, 2008

Nearly three years after his 35 horses were seized by county authorities, James DeNoyer is on track to get four of the horses back after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of improper disposal of a dead animal during proceedings in... Read More


Safety Net for California's Ex-Racehorses in the Works

August 19, 2008

Look in the winner's circle after any offspring of Unusual Heat wins a race and you'll likely see a petite, brown-haired woman hugging the jockey, high-fiving the trainer, or congratulating the owner. Madeline Auerbach fiercely champions her former... Read More


Rescue Operator Pleads Guilty to Cruelty Charge

August 18, 2008

Alesha Matchett, the woman accused of starving 16 horses at the Colorado animal rescue she once operated, has plead guilty to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty under a plea agreement entered in Larimer County District court last week.... Read More


Endangered Mares Removed From Feed Lot

August 17, 2008

Following more than a week of difficult negotiations, 36 pregnant Thoroughbred mares and one stallion were removed from a Phoenix, Ariz., feedlot Aug. 15 and are now at two safe locations in the state, eventually bound for new homes.

That's th... Read More


Forensic Study Reveals Some Trexler Horses Starved to Death

August 15, 2008

Three horses exhumed from Richland, S.C., properties once belonging to the Trexler family died from starvation, according to a preliminary report issued by Melinda D. Merck, DVM, senior director of veterinary forensics for the American... Read More


Endangered Thoroughbreds on the Way to Being Rescued

August 07, 2008

Forty-six Thoroughbreds that wound up on a feedlot in Phoenix, Ariz., are on their way to being rescued, according to the president of a Southern California horse retirement farm who has spearheaded the effort to save the animals.

"I'm... Read More


Effort to Identify Horses in Seized Herd Continues

August 04, 2008

Last February, the seizure of 45 allegedly malnourished Arabian horses from a South Carolina family made national headlines. As court proceedings against defendants Hazelene, James, and Terry Trexler about to move forward, the effort... Read More


National Fundraiser Designed to Help Equine Rescues

July 25, 2008

On Sunday, Oct. 19, riders and walkers will take to trails across the country for the National Rescue Ride, a nationwide effort to help horse rescues. For at least one rescue,... Read More


Welfare Groups Meet to Discuss At-Risk Horses

July 24, 2008

Twenty five national and state-based equine-protection, placement, and rescue organizations gathered Tuesday for the second Homes for Horses Coalition Conference to discuss the re-homing of at-risk horses in America. The Humane Society of the... Read More


Kentucky Horse Council Supports Kentucky Equine Humane Center

July 12, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) recently awarded a $6,600.00 grant to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) to purchase a mower that will be used to maintain turnout fields.

The Kentucky Equine Humane Center is nonprofit equine... Read More


California Horse Sanctuary Manager Convicted of Cruelty

July 08, 2008

The manager of a horse sanctuary shut down last month by Los Angeles County, Calif., authorities will spend more than two years in prison after being convicted on animal cruelty... Read More


Rescue Horse's Story Illustrates Importance of Estate Planning

July 05, 2008

Hapsirishpub is a Thoroughbred whose good fortune changed the day his first owner died. Passed from owner to owner, he was recently taken in by Shelly Price of Speak Up for Horses, a Kentucky-based equine rescue and rehabilitation organization.... Read More


Police in Scotland Investigating Horse Mutilations

June 27, 2008

While owners keep a close eye on the horses in their pastures, police in Scotland are investigating a series of attacks that have resulted in the mutilation of five horses. One horse was euthanized as a result of its injuries.

According to ... Read More


Horses Seized from California Sanctuary

June 18, 2008

Nearly 90 horses remain under veterinarians' care at undisclosed locations after officials removed them from the Equus Sanctuary in Pearblossom, Calif.

"They were desperately in need of food and water," said Michelle Roache, deput... Read More


U.K. Groups Introduce National Equine Welfare Protocol

June 12, 2008

Several U.K. equine welfare groups today became signatories to the new National Equine Welfare Protocol.

The protocol sets out guidelines for how cases of equine neglect and abuse should be reported and handled, and what the relevant... Read More


HSUS Opening Oregon Horse Sanctuary and Rescue Facility

June 10, 2008

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will open a new 1,120-acre horse sanctuary and rescue facility in Douglas County, Ore. This will be the organization's fourth major animal care facility.

The new Duchess Sanctuary is made... Read More


Prominent Sire Silver Hawk Euthanized

June 09, 2008

Thoroughbred Silver Hawk, the sire of 76 stakes winners who was pensioned in the fall of 2003, was euthanized June 5 due to the infirmities of old age. He was 29.

By Roberto out of the Amerigo mare Gris Vitesse, Silver Hawk stood his... Read More


Helping Hoarders: Rescuers, Therapists Ponder Options

June 08, 2008

Last week a court in Humboldt County, Calif., sentenced Elsie Smith, 69, to three years of probation for animal neglect. Authorities seized 40 horses from her property on April 1. Although Smith is forbidden to own horses during her probation,... Read More


Dead Horses Found on Minnesota Farm, Survivors Removed

June 06, 2008

Nine allegedly starving horses were removed May 28 from a farm in Hewett, Minn., after Todd County sheriff's deputies discovered them, along with the carcasses of 19 other horses.

"The horses had been dead for a long time," said Wade Hanson,... Read More


Animal Advocates Contemplate Remedial Horse Care Classes

June 04, 2008

Sara Isaacson of California's Heart of the Redwoods Horse Rescue has seen her share of abused and neglected horses. But since looking after a herd of horses connected with an animal... Read More


The Seized Horse

June 01, 2008

The economy is hurting and many horse owners have lost their jobs, homes, and, in some cases, their horses. Drought, pressure to raise grain rather than hay, and rising fuel costs have pushed hay prices to unprecedented highs. In an ideal world,... Read More


Rescues Consider Cost of Equine Welfare Cases

May 30, 2008

In February the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) in Columbia, S.C., seized 45 horses. Four months and thousands of dollars later, the criminal cases against the animals' owners, Read More