Horses and Humanity

Rescuing horses and giving them a new life. 

The Need

 

According to information published by The Humane Society of the United States, approximately 100,000 horses are sent every year to slaughter facilities in Canada and Mexico. And the USDA has documented that "92.3 percent of the horses sent to slaughter are in good condition and are able to live out a productive life.”

The goal of OPEN is to rescue as many of those at risk horses as possible and help, if even in a small way, reduce the number of  horses that are unnecessarily killed.  

One of Our Rescue Stories

Nikki the Mini, Rescued in June of 2017, and adopted August 2017.

Six Lives Saved

By Valerie Jackson, OPEN president


On a cold Saturday morning in January, Diane Royall, our ranch manager and I left Sequim at 3a.m. with my horse trailer in tow, intent on making the long drive to Sunnyside, Washington, on the  other side  of the state.

    

We had a strict 9a.m. appointment with a kill buyer. If we weren't there in time, he said we would have to come back on Tuesday, and there was a chance the horses we wanted might have been shipped to a slaughter plant in Canada.

   

We had raised enough money to save two horses, and we brought more cash of our own to possibly save two more.    We not only made the meeting in time but managed to stuff 4 horses into my 3 horse trailer. Two of the mares were pregnant, so in the end we saved 6 lives that day.  Vannah was one of those mares, and she gave birth to a healthy colt in May. 

Vannah is pictured here with her colt Midas

  Midas was adopted by a woman who wanted a foal to raise.

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