Rescue & Welfare

Equine Doping - A Global Epidemic?

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - Just as human athlete doping occurs in nearly every major sport, so too can equine doping be found in just about every discipline in equestrian sport. Horse racing has historically been the sport that has attracted the most scrutiny with regard to horse doping, but a slew of highly publicized incidents over the past decade have led to increased awareness of illegal drug use in horses in other equestrian sports. Most notorious are the positive drug tests that resulted in the re-allocation of medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

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Could you save your horse if your trailer overturned on the highway? How about if he was stuck in a ditch? Would you know what to do in a barn fire? Course participants at the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER™) course, taught by Drs. Tomas and Rebecca Gimenez and hosted by the Atlantic Veterinary College, in Charlottetown, PEI, in early July 2012 learned how to better prepare themselves for everything from small scale emergencies, such as freeing a large animal stuck in mud, to larger scale emergency situations and natural disasters.

For almost two years, Sonia Sahar has been trying to improve the lives of working equines through the commitments of village women and children. Born in 1975, she lives with her four children in the village of Gozargah, about five kilometres south of Kabul. Her home is a simple rented house with two rooms and a corridor which doubles as their kitchen and washroom. But similar as her life is to that of so many other Afghan women, it is also distinctly, and courageously, different. In the face of resistance from village elders and the male population, Sahar has dedicated her life to teaching women and children how to care for their donkeys.

Before Aklilu Menberu was introduced to the Brooke Hospital for Animals, a London, UK, based aid organization, he didn’t know a lot about his donkeys’ needs. And it never really occurred to him to think about it. For eight years now he has collected, processed, and sold stones to support his family, trekking back and forth from the quarry, loading stones onto his donkeys, shaping the stones, and delivering the finished product to customers.

For the last 20 years, the endangered Przewalski’s horse, also known as the Asian wild horse or takhi, has been re-introduced to its ancestral ranges in the Gobi Mongolian steppe, or grasslands, in an immensely successful conservation program. For millennia, the Przewalski’s horse ranged throughout the grassland steppe from Eastern Europe through Central Asia to China.

By Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - Wanted! Loving Horse Owners: Giving Racehorses a Dignified Retirement.

The Rescue of Belle & Sundance: A Miracle on Mount Renshaw

The Rescue of Belle and Sundance: A Miracle on Mount Renshaw, written by Birgit Stutz with Lawrence Scanlan, tells the true story of the incredible rescue effort launched by residents of McBride to save two packhorses abandoned on the slopes of Mount Renshaw, in Northeastern British Columbia. Belle and Sundance were discovered, imprisoned in six-foot-deep snow, on December 15, 2008. They were starving, freezing, and very close to death. Despite their appalling condition, the decision was made to try to save them.