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survived! Twisted Terrain Horse Park and the month of March that is. This past month was unbelievably busy… I attended the Kamloops Cowboy Festival (see pages 3435); the Quarter Horse Bazaar (see page 59); and Twisted Terrain’s event (see pages 60-61). Whew! All events were fun and well worth it! I have been hearing some good reports back about our Top Dog! Section. According to the Saddle Up reader poll on our website, it appears 98% of horse people have dogs. And there are some other great facts about our readers… I just have to get the time and space to coordinate reporting on it. We’ll extend the deadline again for those of you wanting to take part. This issue also includes our Annual Fashion Feature (see pages 51-58) showing what’s new in designs, colours and styles for the 2012 season. See you at The Mane Event in Red Deer!
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Where Will All the Horses Go? By Kevan Garecki Strictly by definition, there are over 100,000 â€œunwantedâ€? horses who enter the processing end of the industry every year. There are no hard figures for how many others await something better, but the â€œsighted mouseâ€? theory may apply; if you see one, there are undoubtedly far more hidden from view.
escues turn away exponentially higher numbers of horses than they actually take in. SPCA offices strain their resources to depletion and beyond. Fewer and fewer private individuals are producing viable rescue alternatives, despite the rising head count. In other words, weâ€™re trying harder and getting nowhere faster. Itâ€™s time to take a hard look at feasibility and be accountable for what we give. There are too many â€œunwantedâ€? horses for us to reasonably expect to save all of them. The market is so saturated that this situation is not likely to improve for some time to come. Unscrupulous breeders and sales agents, uneducated buyers and a plethora of other influences will continue to sway the market until the product it offers improves. With 100,000+ horses annually heading to slaughter, the only way we can hope to get a handle on salvation is to elevate education and awareness, and to severely curtail foal crops in years to come.
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Where Will…, cont’d tried to launch gelding programs to prevent marginal stallions from entering breeding programs, and to offer free euthanasia for cash-strapped owners. These efforts have met with disdain from the medical community. You have education on your side; share it with the public, even if it means taking an unpopular stance. Many of you took an oath to actively work towards the greater good of the equestrian communities that support you - those words are knocking... * Breeders are the most oft attacked for the current problem, but those with experience hesitate to share their knowledge. It’s not enough to hold onto a valued breeding philosophy; you need to explain to the masses why you breed the way you do, and take responsibility for your get. If you end up with a foal that fails to further the breed ideal, then do the right thing then and there instead of trying to recover your losses. You owe this and nothing less to the breed you purport to uphold. * Trainers make money training horses, and to do so they must occasionally assume the role of agent, advisor and guide for their clients when the cheque books come out. You want to be in a position of authority? Then act like you deserve it! If you see a horse that is incapable of meeting the clients’ needs, then be the professional we need you to be and pass that horse up rather than shovelling unheard-of sums of money into your bank accounts only to watch the horse be shuffled off from one home, that you know damn well won’t work, to another. * During an era of prosperity, equine service providers flocked to calls for everything from horse-sitting and equine chiropractic to haute couture grooming and dinner parties for stud services. Once the public was suitably fleeced and money drained out faster than gas through a luxury SUV, we were left holding the bag with the bill in it. Now that the barest necessities such as hay and shelter are scarcely affordable, the herd of “unaffordable” horses joins the ranks of the “unwanted.” Yes, some of the more gullible owners may have needed a swift kick in the bank account, but others were just trying to make a dream come true, or help a kid learn to ride, or maybe just make a home for a horse they could barely afford. Still think it was funny to charge $500 for a clipping? * Owners! Instead of discarding that horse because s/he cannot
perform to your expectations or needs, look into retraining for alternate jobs. Look not to the breeder for a shiny new foal, but to the current get for matches to your quest. We recycle metal, glass, forest products and much more to save the planet, but make little effort to find alternate productive service for the horses who serve us. Stewardship assumes many guises, and holds a multitude of responsibilities, not the least of which is that life you took on when you bought that horse. * Education must be the precursor to enforcement, so to those in the echelons of the enforcement community I pose this: if you are not in the position to educate, then you cannot morally enforce. Informed officers are your single best resource to stem the tsunami of neglect and abuse. Teach your officers how to spread the word, be seen as the source for information, and be the “go-to” for help instead of cringing under self-imposed Damoclean legerdemain. There are resources you can tap into. I can, and have, offered this and much more to many SPCA offices. Time to be all you can be. * A tip o’ the hat to the American politicians who waded into battle for the sake of a few influential constituents and laboured long to rescind anti-slaughter legislation in their own states. When the highest power in the land said, “No,” you conspired with other power brokers to create your own island of nepotism! Apparently the wants continued on page 8
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Where Willâ€Ś, contâ€™d of the few outweigh the needs of the many in the Land of the Free. Government is supposed to be of the people, for the people, as I recall from my history classes; or, perhaps that was rewritten along with the outcome of the War of 1812? * If we canâ€™t viably save a horse, then the only moral thing to do is to release him/her from further suffering. Vets, breeders, trainers and owners alike must all accept the very real possibility of having to euthanize a horse if their prospect of adoption or homing is less than ideal. We canâ€™t save them all, so letâ€™s concentrate on the ones we can look after. In order to do that we must educate ourselves in making intelligent choices, and be ready to release the rest so as to prevent them from a life of depravity and neglect. Is â€œlife without possibility of paroleâ€? better or worse than â€œdeath row?â€? No one is innocent in this situation; you are either part of the solution or you reside squarely in the realm of the problem. By allowing the problem to persist, you procreate it through inaction. Those who care can only outnumber those who do not because they prove their devotion by working actively towards the solutions. Those who profess to care yet do nothing are little more than agents of the ones who care not. I donâ€™t believe anything constructive comes from posing a problem without offering solutions to it, so here are my attempts at blazing a trail out of the mess: * I am not a fan of regulation, but one look at the flood of
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foals every year proves we cannot be trusted to police our own ranks, so some form of continuity must be enforced upon us. I propose licensing for breeders, and a qualification process to prove fitness. Fees should include a levy that goes directly into a fund administrated for the benefit of rescues and animal welfare. * Breed associations could provide a point system based on breedersâ€™ past crops and performance. Potential buyers could purchase compilations of breeding activity and shortlist based on a breederâ€™s rating. The higher the quality of foals, the more points a breeders gets. The better their earnings, the more points they get. Breeders should also receive substantial recognition for responsibility towards recovering or recycling horses who may not make the grade and are retrained or otherwise assisted at the breederâ€™s own expense. In short, good breeders would benefit exponentially, and poor breeders would no longer be able to finance the equine equivalent of â€œpuppy mills.â€? * Breeders should be required to post a performance bond on their foal crops. Failure to ensure welfare of their get would bring about enforced support, be it in the form of care or euthanasia. * Trainers cannot morally represent their clients in the purchase of new horses. They can advise but ultimately itâ€™s up to the owners to educate themselves when looking at a horse. If you have to ask a barber if you need a haircut, maybe you need to look in the mirror instead. Immerse yourselves in the transaction; make an informed decision based on all available information. Your veterinarian, farrier, chiropractor, trainer or miracle-working cowboy cannot â€œfi xâ€? a horse that is conformationally unfit, unsound or otherwise debilitated. Buy what you need - buy smart! * Major players must be made accountable for the demands they put on the industry and provide alternatives, such as supporting adoption foundations for these ex-athletes. The racing community places 2-year-old horses into competitive service, but then provides little or no support for the burnt out 4-year-olds that practice creates. * Major venues and breed/discipline associations should donate a percentage of their income to welfare and support. This doesnâ€™t mean you get to raise the rates for next yearâ€™s shows or memberships, take the money out of your own pockets, like the rest of us do. Does this anger you? Do my words inspire ire and rage? Good! Then youâ€™re just the person we need, for you have passion and passion is what is needed to chip through the crust of apathy. Albert Einstein said, â€œThe world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.â€? With 40 years of experience in horse transport and boarding management, Kevan Garecki has seen equine operations from a wide variety of perspectives. He is currently in collaboration with other industry professionals to introduce a unique approach to large-scale rescue operations in BC. His breadth of knowledge and dedication to animal welfare led to an invitation to participate in the federal Certified Livestock Transport program, and to teach the CLT course in BC.
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Island Equine Affair Fundraiser By Yvonne Dekleyne
ope for Horses Society is proudly presenting the 2nd Annual Island Equine Affair, Saturday May 5th, 2012 at the newly renovated Arbutus Meadows, Nanoose Bay, BC on Vancouver Island. The Island Equine Affair is Hope for Horses Societyâ€™s annual family friendly fundraiser. The event stresses Education, Awareness and Entertainment. Top Presenters this year are Doug Mills, Adiva Murphy, Trish Hyatt, Gary Toller and Ashley Roe. We have many great equestrian educators including riders from all disciplines, presentations by Veterinarians, Equine Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, the Western Farrierâ€™s Association and to keep you in shape, Rider Fitness! Our Trade Show will be housed in the Main Building right along-side the action so spectators and exhibitors wonâ€™t miss a thing. Donâ€™t worry about lunch or dinner; a variety of our local food caterers will be selling your favourites! The day wraps up with the evening grand-finale presenting â€œThe Extravaganza.â€? There you will find clinicians, Doug Mills, Adiva Murphy, and the Islandâ€™s Trish Hyatt, Barrel Racers, the Vaulting Team, and many more surprises. Follow our website at www.hopeforhorsesbc.com to see what weâ€™re doing and who else is coming. Youâ€™re not going to want to miss this, see you there!
About Hope For Horses Society By Yvonne Dekleyne Our mandate is to: Raise and Distribute Funds to Provide Aid to Equines in Need.
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