Cross-Country Walk Draws Attention to Equine Welfare

A Colorado woman is walking from Newark, Del., to Long Beach, Calif., in an effort to urge lawmakers and others to help the nation's unwanted horses. Kristina Kremer set out March 14 on the slow journey she expects to finish this fall.

Kremer

Kristina Kremer plans to walk across the United States.

Kremer, who operates an equine rescue in Capulin, Colo., undertook the cross-country trek after children from a local 4-H riding club asked how they might help the growing number of unwanted horses in their state. At the time, she advised them to put their concerns on paper, recruit others to do the same, and send them off to the White House. But when an injury sidelined a friend who had planned a similar walk, Kremer decided to step in and personally deliver the 1,200 letters asking President Barack Obama to work with Congress on equine welfare issues.

Kremer says her mission is to call attention to the economy-driven increase in the number of unwanted horses, and to recent state actions that could reinstate the horse processing industry in the United States. If those laws pass, Kremer is requesting that legislators impose strict humane regulations on slaughter plant operators. She's also encouraging rescuers, legislators, sale barn operators, and horse owners to jointly strategize ways to reduce the number of unwanted and abandoned horses nationwide.

"Everybody has to get involved to find some compromise solution," she said. "How many horses are dying because there is no solution?

Keep up with Kremer's progress.  

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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