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update: Rescued horses at the Fairgrounds

I spend today at the fairgrounds in isle D taking care of the horses on our row with Scott & Cynthia. My job was holding horses while Scott shoveled poop and grooming. The horses are looking a little better and most seem to be doing well. Most have had feet trimmed, wounds treated, manes and tails combed out and are enjoying a steady diet of fresh hay and feed.

JR came today to work with the stallion that nobody could handle. It would bite or strike and had a nasty wound on the front leg that needed to be tended to. JR put a grazing muzzle on him to at least eliminate the chance of a bite and was able to walk him outside for a soaking with the water hose. Two volunteers cleaned his stall while he was out in the parking lot area.

Most of the horses are very sweet and easy to handle. I think they know we are trying to help them. Life has certainly changed for them. They are out of the weather and even have a blanket when the temperature drops again tomorrow night to 22 degrees. The shavings in their stall are fresh & clean and 4″ deep. Every stall has fresh hay and a salt block along with a bucket of fresh water. Volunteers are brushing and grooming them back to a soft fur coat instead of the mud caked crusted mess they came in with.

As the days go by, some of the volunteers may drop off so contact tnhorserescue@hsus.org or go to the fairgrounds to sign up. They have an office in a small trailer next to the barn. The response has been wonderful. I’ve seen farriers I know, JR who comes to Avalon Farms twice a week to train our horses has been going down there and several friends I know have been down there helping. I’ve met a lot of horse lovers from all around middle Tennessee. There are also folks from out of state there too.

Eventually these horses are going to be up for adoption. Some will be fine mounts when they put on weight and gain back their strength. Some will be too debilitated for riding but will need that special loving person that wants an equine friend. Some are young enough that all this will be a dim memory from when they were are baby. I hope they all find good homes and have a happy life. I’m not sure what the process will be but the humane society can tell you. They aren’t ready for that and won’t be for a while.

The law isn’t good enough to protect horses in Tennessee and there are wheels in motion to change that. I think that is one good thing that will come out of all this. I’ll post the proposed bill as soon as I find it online. I think it’s so cool that so many people have come together to save these animals.

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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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