Adoption Programs to Brand Horses

ReRun, the Thoroughbred adoption program headquartered in New Jersey, will be freeze branding its horses to protect them from getting into the wrong hands. Joining ReRun in this initiative is Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) and Mylestone Equine Rescue, in New Jersey.

Laurie Lane, president of ReRun, said each organization will have its own initials inside a universal brand design to identify where the horse originated from.

"We hope that this relatively blatant form of identification will prevent any of our adopted horses from ending up in the auction ring or slaughter house," said Lane. "The brand should deter kill-buyers and other undesirable individuals from purchasing them."

Lori Neagle, executive director of KyEHC, said each organization will submit their brand information to their respective state agricultural departments who, in turn, will notify all local humane officers of the brand and the group associated with it.

"We'll also disseminate pictures of our brands to other horse rescue groups, animal control agencies, and individuals so they'll know what the brand means if they see it on the hind-end of a horse in the auction ring," Neagle said.

Susankelly Thompson, president and founder of Mylestone, said, "It may not be the optimal solution to the problem, but we believe it will be effective. If someone sees our brand on a horse at auction, they'll know the horse originated from Mylestone and isn't supposed to be there. They'll call us and we'll retrieve the horse."

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