Woman Reunited With Missing Horse Just Days Before Slaughter

We are so happy this woman and her mare were able to be reunited! We are also so thankful for the horse community for helping her get the word out, and for the good samaritan for saving the horse and contacting the rightful owner! We love Happy Endings 🙂

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  1. Tommy Lee

    Now word to Lisa” Great you found your horse now word of experience and advise. STOP BREEDING..

    Spare the pain and agony of someone else having to go threw what you have gone thru..

    The Over Breeder Associations have clearly prove they do NOT care for its breeds or owners when in route to slaughter.

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    • Anonymous

      Stop breeding, who in the hell do you think you are? Some of the finest Arabs in the world are bred and raised in Scottsdale AZ. You don’t ship a horse from AZ to Mn to be bred if you are some kind of deadbeat horse hoarder. Keep you dumb ass comments to yourself!

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      • Pati

        No…but many Arabians end up in the slaughter pens. If you breed make sure you are ready to keep the foals for their entire lives.
        And don’t forget what happens after you die…who will care for them?

      • sarah buck

        I don’t care how you slice it, Ms. Anon, over breeding is one of the main reasons why there is so much horse slaughter. So what that Arizona houses more Arabs than the rest of the world. So what. That is not the point. OVERBREEDING IS.
        And, Ms. Anon, you should go back to grammar school and learn some grammar!!

    • Karen

      I agree! I live in Calgary Alberta and we get thousands and thousands of your American horses up here for slaughter every day. This woman says she’s got tons of babies out of this horse. She is contributing to an international problem. My thoughts…. STOP BREEDING.

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      • vicki

        tons ??? no mare has TONS, she said she still had 2, that she didn’t want to part with. this breeder, has nothing to do with horses going to canada, for slaughter. Plus, I bet a lot of those horses, that we see ads for, all the time, and they are stolen, they have been taken care of, and loved, used, and are well fed, another reason, they are picked to steal and haul off to kill, its $ in poundage, and profit, for some one who has not bought, nor fed the horse. Maybe you should try to catch these crooks, who bring many tears, to the owners that love and care for these horses rather than complain about someone breeding, purebread, quality, horses. My advice is for YOU to stop breeding!!!

      • deborah

        Stop breeding.breeding is the problem there Amazing horses with Bloodlines shipping by the thousands every week to their death because of people who breed no one cares how amazing the bloodline is anymore it’s more important what a horse can do

    • Anonymous

      Mind your own effing business, you idiot Tommy Lee. And go back for spelling class. Troll.

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    • Gester

      If this story is accurate, it is the breeder or transport company that was hired by the owner sending horses to slaughter. Not the owner herself. I am so glad this beautiful mare was saved. I rescued a gelding after every kid at the sale climbed all over him. Kill buyer bought for under $100 & had to pay $200 to buy from them and rehome him. Worth every penny. Lets use our passion together to prevent cruelty and promote forever homes for magestic animals that live into their 20-30’s.

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    • Anonymous

      Yes, I agree that over breeding is a problem, but the horses that she to dominate the kill pens are either grade horses or quarter horses. AQHA is for horse slaughter and some of these breeders produce huge foal crops and dump the ones that don’t sell at auctions. People like this have no business with horses. I follow the kill pens pretty closely and have only seen 1-2 pure Arabians there. Arabians are a high dollar breed and most breeders sell under contract. So unless you are very familiar with the breed on question, you would appear wiser to keep your mouth shut.

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  2. Dianna

    Tommy Lee, who are you to demand that she stop breeding? You are not her husband, her father or anyone that pays her bills. Honestly it is not up to you. My input is that if you are going to breed, don’t do it unless you are going to be there for the rest of the animals life. It sounds like this lady is doing just that and is not one of these people who breed 80 mares a year and dumps all babies at the auction in fall if not sold. Sorry dude, its just not your call.

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      • Anonymous

        Tom is the one who needs to “STOP BREEDING”, lol! It’s people like him that stick their nose where it doesn’t belong that has brought this country to it’s knees.

      • Anonymous

        Amen to that – an Obama voter, no doubt. MORONS.

      • Blue_Rider

        While no one has the right to tell others what to do and it’s obvious this Arabian was a top level horse of her breed I suggest others like backyard breeders who breed mutt horses stop breeding and save some of the poor horses going into the slaughter system. There are so many great horses being slaughtered. Perhaps also it would be great to see people instead of thinking of a horse’s lineage consider rescuing horses bound from slaughter as general riding horses. There are also many slaughter bound horses that would make great prospects for every sport from jumping, eventing to western pleasure. Think before you breed and add to the problem. ♥

      • Linda

        We call them “indescriminate breeders”. Many, including me, breed a few horses with a great deal of thought about the life of the horse. I have bred 5 in the past 20 years. Only one is elsewhere. The others are with me, and have had the best of care and training. I haven’t bred for 4 years because I have enough horses, but they all stay on my ranch, and I only sell or relocate a horse to a better situation.

  3. Victoria

    Arabian Horses were highly popular in the 1980’s before the IRS rules changed about passive hobby deductions. There were lots of breeders doing lots of breeding without any knowledge of how to do it properly. It ended up making Arabians a glut on the market. Then the economy made a downturn around 2007-8. People couldn’t afford to breed. So they stopped breeding Arabians. Today it is very difficult to find a nice 2 year old Arabian to use as a show horse. There are not enough of them around. The AHA is actually encouraging members to breed their horses again. If this lady is a knowledgeable breeder, she should be contributing. She’s not overpopulating like the Thoroughbred industry. So, people get off her back!

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    • ANDI

      I agree with you. The horse industry is not as over populated as it was in the 70’s and 80’s. AHA is encouraging breeding. The show numbers and registry of new horses is the lowest it’s ever been. I had 9 horses That I showed and owned. We sold the farm and moved to the East. I kept 1. Now we are showing her, and getting ready to breed her. We will be keeping her baby as a future show and riding horse for our children. But this situation where unwanted horses end at auction. A lot of the times horses are sold to a reputable person. Person then sells the horse x amount of years down the road. Future owner no longer can have horse and sends it to auction as a quick fix. Not what first owner ever intended. But it does happen, all the time.

      This isn’t about over breeding but a horse being sold/given into the wrong hands ending up at auction. The only reason kill buyers go to Canada is because it’s legal there, besides Mexico. Or they would do it in the U.S.

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      • Pati

        So…what is YOUR solution to all the horses being sold for slaughter then? I see young horses and well trained horses in the kill pens.
        The Amish send a lot of them. I’ve seen entire herds, moms and foals, dumped at kill pens out west.
        As far as I am concerned there is still a huge problem with unwanted horses and irresponsible owners who don’t keep them for their lives.
        If every horse breeder took back horses that the buyer no longer wanted perhaps that would be a solution. Reputable dog breeders do that.
        And what happens when you grow old and still have a barn full or horses?
        I suggest that horse breeders pay into a trust fund for every foal born. That money could be used to rescue or humanely euthanize the horses who end up without a caring owner.

    • Melissa Wall

      That’s ridiculous, there are too many unwanted horses, stop breeding horses dogs, and cats

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      • Anonymous

        Looks like you forgot to include humans too:( To bad all’s you folks do is bitch. Nice story with a happy ending!

  4. Blue_Rider

    While no one has the right to tell others what to do and it’s obvious this Arabian was a top level horse of her breed I suggest others like backyard breeders who breed mutt horses stop breeding and save some of the poor horses going into the slaughter system. There are so many great horses being slaughtered. Perhaps also it would be great to see people instead of thinking of a horse’s lineage consider rescuing horses bound from slaughter as general riding horses. There are also many slaughter bound horses that would make great prospects for every sport from jumping, eventing to western pleasure. Think before you breed and add to the problem. ♥

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    • Anonymous

      totally agree , horses are bred far to much , so many in rescue need good homes . but im so glad she got her horse back and shes back with her family.

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    • Pat Mitchell

      In Canada they breed 10s of thousands of horse for the Premarin industry. If you care – stop the breeding of these horse in Canada that end up in slaughter houses. Premarin causes cancer in women and there are much better, safer alternatives. The Thoroughbred industry breeds far more horse than there are homes for. The Arabian industry is much more selective and Arabians are a world treasure and the foundation of nearly all modern breeds. The finest, kindest horse I ever owned was an Arabian mare and she had 2 foals. She died at 26 – I owned her for 22 years. I sold her foals and am still in contact with the present owners. They treasure her superior offspring and I will give them a home if they ever need one. But they are so loved this is unlikely to happen.

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  5. Dianna

    If the responsible breeders stop breeding top quality horses, in about 20 years we will still have the same problem because the people who are already over breeding mutt horses will be breeding even more of them. Fast forward 50 years and there wont be a purebred horse left but a lot of foals from Ole Dobbin an Sparkplug with bowed legs and hammer heads…Yahooo

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  6. none of your business

    If you look at the numbers, 7 of 10 horses that end up at slaughter are quarter horses, so if you want to stick your nose into something, tell the quarter horse breeders to stop breeding. There are many thorouhbred rehoming programs and organizations around the country, yet none that exist for quarter horses. Educate yourselves a bit before you pick a group to blame. It is also irresponsible owners and spoiled brats that don’t want to work to earn their ribbons, but just look good in the shoe ring that are more of a problem these days.

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  7. Becky

    Why are you all mad at her? What about the people in MN that messed up and lost the horse? Who does that? What kind of business are you running that you make such a devastating mistake? They need to pay all expenses to this lady and refund her on the breeding. Shame on them not the owner.

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  8. Donna

    To all the breeders. I beg you to go watch all the horses in kill lots. Watch all the horses loaded to mexico and canada follow there long journey. Watch them be HORRIBLY killed/slaughtered. And for any horse you bred and no longer care for—-see how they are doing now or even see if they are still alive and healthy. Then tell me breeding more is the right thing to do. How about instead of breeding. Save a horse from the kill lot. That would show your real love for horses. Or is it all about $$$$$. Even kentucky derby winners go to slaughter. God help these poor defenseless innocent kind gentle loving trusting animals from the evil evil human

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  9. Rescuer

    How many of you that have posted, actually own horses? How many of you have bred horses and how many horses have you bred and why? For your own pleasure? To sell to a friend, neighbor or for a profit? Can you account for each and every horse that you have sold or given away? Where are they now?Now how many of you have been to a kill auction? How many of you have coughed up the money to purchase an abused, bone thin, beaten slaughter bound horse or one that is perfectly healthy? Yes, not all kill pen horse’s are literally on their last leg. I have been to the kill pens. I have rescued numerous horses, pregnant mares, mules, donkeys, goats, pigs, etc from the kill pens. Breeding doesn’t need to stop but a government limit needs to be put in place minimizing the number of foals that a mare is allowed to have. This past February I adopted a 16 year old OTTB who was bound for slaughter because her owner no longer wanted her. She was perfectly healthy, my veterinarians gave her a clean bill of health. I also purchased a 10 year old Appaloosa from an owner/breeder in a nearby who got way in over his head with breeding and now needed to “downsize” his herd because he couldn’t handle the expense for their care and upkeep. He operated his breeding farm alone and had over 60+ horses as of February. He was so desperate to downsize, that he started to advertise the horses on Craigslist. I pity these poor souls….Heaven only knows how many will end up abused, neglected and slaughtered especially since he was selling them to anyone, even non-horse people. How many of you have heard or seen on your local news stations the story of “Lily” the Arabian mare that was abandoned at the New Holland Sales Auction in Pennsylvania? That happened only 45 minutes away from our farm. Lily was not only abandoned, she was starved and abused. Someone shot her with over 200 paintballs for fun. Comedian Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey have adopted Lily along with another mare named Anita. And the Rescue who stepped in to help with getting Lily into the New Bolton Center for care and treatment was our local horse rescue, Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Breeding horses for profit or just for the fun of it, is no better than puppy mills and it needs to stop. We need to start focusing on our country’s wild horse population and their fight to survive. They are like Bald Eagles and need our help as well.

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  10. Linda

    I think we should all be aware that the number 1 breeder of horses in the 2 to 3 year old range is the American quarter Horse Association! Yep! They are the age/breed going to slaughter……..we slaughter 150,000 FROM the US every year! Many are pure breeds, back yard horses, trained horses ready for riding, etc, etc. Yet we continue to fill the slaughter pipeline with these magnificent horses that are ‘unwanted’. Really? Certainly not the ‘old grey mare’ that is skin and bones that is ancient. These are beautiful horses. The reckless breeders and those who throw away horses when they no longer have any ‘value’ are the ones that have blood on their hands. We should be ashamed that we treat one of God’s creations the way we do. Lord have mercy on us for what we do……or don’t do. And what about the poisoned meat filled with equine supplements…..everything from BUTE to weight enhancers to feed through fly control to Dewormers. Appetizing yet?

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  11. Vicki Oneill

    Horse meat should be banned for human consumption forever.
    Horses aren’t food they have been our faithful companions throughout history. Where would we be without them. Time to pay them back with protecting them.

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  12. Anonymous

    Horses you may consider to be beings, not muts, pure breed, objects to do a humans will….just simply beings.

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  13. Kathy

    I have only owned Quarter horses etc in my life and now own a quarter western pleasure along with a halflenger western pleasure and along with two mini’s. I would never breed a horse unless my mare came pregnant. I never own more than I can afford. I am so head strong against breeding. But, this lady seems like she is responsible enough. She was in a pickle but went right into getting it back. And will most likely never do it again…I am against horse breeding on any kind becasue the over population is overwelming. I have cancer and can not ride for another 6 months but still spend time with my babies and have my nephew riding mine to keep her busy, All I am trying to say here is be responsible before you breed have it sold if you need to so it is not left without a home, The economy is so bad now that people need to THINK…BEFORE you BREED no matter what horse your BREEDING. And I do not believe in having a mare just to breed her over and over again for financial gain….That poor horse deserves a life like any other living creature.

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