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84 seized horses update

Emily & I stopped by the Nashville fairgrounds today to see how the humane society was doing with 84 horses that were seized from a farm in Cannon County Tuesday. I spoke with a woman from Indiana who is a volunteer. She said the horses are doing better than expected. They are eating a mixture of sweet feed and senior feed spread out over several hours. Someone donated 100 salt blocks and I saw square bales and shavings piled next to the barn. The flea market is going on this weekend so for right now, they have no place to store donated feed until Monday.

In a few weeks, the out of town volunteers will be wanting to go back home and that is when they will be needing help from local people. The horses will eventually be up for adoption. For status info and adoption info go to: http://www.vea-tnhorserescue.org/

The other thing we discussed were the Tennessee laws that protect horses and how inadequate they are. She said the law would only change if hundreds of us called our representatives and told them how outraged we are. The owner will only be subject to a misdemeanor in this case. He could also go right back to buying horses. Horses are simply treated as livestock here and not protected like dogs and cats. I think this is wrong and intentionally starving horses should be in the same category as fighting dogs, abusing dogs and cats and other companion animals.

A few weeks or a month and that’s when they are really going to be needing the help. If you can and want to do something contact tennessee horse rescue next week sometime and let them know. 84 horses need whatever we can do for them right now. It’s hard to change the world but we can do something in our little corner of it.


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tn horse rescue could use your help

Rescue group works to save horses
if you can help please send them a donation to help cover the expenses.

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April’s Bama Baby 1986-2009

Around 9:30 this morning Dr Lindsy came out and put my mare April down. She had been struggling for several months with a fracture in the hip or spine. Sometime overnight or this morning she got out of her paddock and in with the geldings. Deb found her down in their pasture on the fenceline. We made several attempts to get her up but she was unable to assist. We said our goodbyes.


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80 horses need a home

I found this on craiglist about horses in Tennessee-val

80 Appaloosa Horses need homes ASAP in Tenn (TN Humane Society)

Reply to: sale-ftuz9-1095558417@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-03-27, 9:56PM CDT

This was sent to a group in AZ and I am forwarding it as I think advertising closer to home will be more hopeful in finding these horses a home..

Dear Horse Lovers,

The ApHC was contacted by the National Humane Society (Leanne McCollum 615-734-9537 leannemccollum@hsus.org) regarding a family in TN that has fallen on some hard times and needs assistance placing their 80 Appaloosas.

As I understand it, the TN Humane Society has been working with the family to find homes and to provide food. The National Humane Society has arranged for a 1 ton hay drop this week, but ultimately the family is needs to place the horses.

I realize that we are all under financial strain these days, but I am calling on you to contact the representative I mentioned above to see if you can offer any assistance from transportation, feed, farrier services, a temporary home, a donation or adoption.

If you know of anyone who might be able to offer assistance please provide them the contact information listed above.

Thank you for your support of this wonderful breed and for creating a great family and community organization!

Best Regards,

Merida McClanahan
Director of Marketing
Appaloosa Horse Club
2720 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, Idaho 83843
Phone: (208) 882-5578 ext. 235
Fax: (208) 882-8150

Location: TN Humane Society
it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
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Parelli Tour in Franklin, Tennessee

Dolly in the snow. She is a young quarterhorse mare at Avalon Farms. Her full name is Honcho’s Dolly Dee and is from the Sonny Dee Bar line.

Those who know me know one of my biggest passions is horses. I love riding them, caring for them, feeding them, smelling them, sitting doing nothing around them and just sitting and watching them. For many years everything I did around horses I did because I saw someone else do it. I didn’t know there was a better way… a more natural way. I also didn’t know that most of what people do around horses came from the military.

I found natural horsemanship several years ago and studied several techniques. I used to say “well, I take a little from this one, a little from that one.” I made some progress with my horses but I wanted to be a better trainer, a better rider…I wanted more…I wanted a relationship with my horse but I just didn’t know what that entailed or how to find the knowledge I was looking for. What I was searching for was called Parelli.

Pat & Linda Parelli have created a model for communicating with horses. They have a step by step plan of teaching it that anyone can learn. They are only doing a few tour stops in the U.S. this year and one of them is just south of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee. It is truly amazing to watch and I can’t urge you enough to go see them if you can. If you want to know more listen to Pat talk about what they do and what will be happening at the tour stop

or go check out everything Parelli at their website:

Keep it savvy!

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