Ask the Vet LIVE on "Unwanted Horses" Now Archived's Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A event on unwanted horses was held on June 22, and the recording is now available.

According to a recent survey of horse owners and industry stakeholders, horses classified as "unwanted" are a growing problem in the United States, to the tune of roughly 170,000 horses per year1. News reports of neglect are published almost daily, and more than half of equine rescue facilities are full and turning away horses brought to them1.

How did our horse industry get to this point, and how can each of us help solve the problem and save these horses from abuse and neglect? Attendees got answers to these and many more questions during's free Ask the Vet LIVE online Q&A chat about Unwanted Horses.

This free live chat was brought to you by Pfizer Animal Health.

Our on-call panelists for this event included the following:


Midge Leitch, VMD, Dipl. ACVSMidge Leitch, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, Clinician in Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. Her former practice focused on sport horse medicine, including Olympic/World Equestrian Games care and racehorse health. She has served as the Chair of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Welfare Committee and as Chair of the AAEP's Tennessee Walking Horse Task Force. She continues to serve on the Welfare Committee as well as the Task Force on Medication in the Non-Racing Performance Horse.

Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACTTom Lenz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, Immediate Past Chairman of the Unwanted Horse Coalition, Senior Director of Equine Veterinary Services at Pfizer Animal Health, and a past president of the AAEP. A long-time advocate for the health and welfare of the horse, he has chaired the AAEP's Welfare Committee, served on the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Welfare Committee, and currently serves on the welfare committees of the American Horse Council, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. For his work in equine welfare, Lenz received the AVMA's 2010 Animal Welfare Award. He speaks to equine, agriculture, and government groups throughout the country about unwanted horses and has published numerous articles and book chapters on the subject.


1 Unwanted Horse Coalition. 2009 Unwanted Horses Survey: Creating Advocates for Responsible Ownership. 2009,

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