Thursday, March 1, 2012
National Horse Protection Day
Horses and human have been working together for over 5,000 years. We have used horses for transport, farm work, and even for their milk. And while these beautiful animals are smart, powerful, fast, and strong willed they need us to be their advocates when they are in trouble.
With the economy in the state that it's in, people are finding it harder and harder to provide their horses with the care they need. The Colorado Horse Rescue estimates that the average cost for a horse is $15 a day, and they normally live 20-30 years. When people are unable to take care of their horses the options are limited due to their size, leaving many horses to become neglected. The American Veterinary Medical Association website has a Q&A page about unwanted horses and horse slaughter where you can learn more about the issues involved.
Horse Protection Day.com has come up with a list of ideas if you are interested in helping protect these magnificent animals. I think the best way to become an advocate is to become educated and that is the mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition; education.
To do my part, I'll be spotlighting the different ways that horses are used in healing in the next few blog posts.