Rescue & Welfare

By Margaret Evans - What makes a Thoroughbred a successful racehorse? While it is true that nutrition and training are critical factors, according to recent research, determining a horse’s best racing distance and athletic abilities might all be in the genes.

By Margaret Evans - The UK based Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) has received a very special and well deserved award. At its annual convention on December 4 to 8, 2010, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) presented its highest award, the Lavin Cup, to SPANA for its exceptional and compassionate work providing free veterinary aid to thousands of working horses, mules, and donkeys in third world countries and offering free education in equine care to their owners.

By Margaret Evans - The Brooke Hospital for Animals, a London, UK based charity that provides free veterinary care to working equines in third world countries, has launched a Pakistan emergency appeal to help thousands of horses and donkeys affected by the worst floods in Pakistan’s history. They estimate that over 75,000 animals have been affected by the floods in one province alone.

By Margaret Evans - “The future of the Marwari horse is looking more promising than say in the 1970s when it was apparent they were ignored,” said Moorey, adding that research on the origins of the bloodline to determine the extent of the Arab influence and possible links to the Akhal-Teke breed from Turkmeni horses has been undertaken in recent years by the UK’s University of Cambridge.

By Margaret Evans - Earlier this year, the Governor of New Mexico announced that he would use stimulus funds to purchase 12,142 acres of land known as the Ortiz Mountain Ranch adjacent to Cerrillos Hills State Park and create a state-owned wild horse sanctuary. While there are a number of environmental, economic, and public input hoops to jump through before horses are acquired, likely from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), now should be a perfect time to look at how these horses are going to be managed in the long-term to keep their numbers in check with the available range.

By Margaret Evans - As a commitment formed in her mind, Fyfe sought the support of her students, volunteers, vet, and farrier, and then approached the SPCA offering to care for the horses. In early March, the horses entered her farm and changed her life. The experience launched the Rescue 100 Horses Foundation and today Fyfe is as busy as ever caring for horses in dire need.

The Brooke Hospital for Animals

By Margaret Evans - Seventy-five years ago, the passion of one lady started a movement to help the horses in Cairo. Today, the Brooke’s five-year goal is to reach two million equines in the world’s poorest countries. They are getting there, one animal and one grateful owner at a time.

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