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Comanche Peak Wilderness, a Forest Rebounding From Fire

Finally, I am literally and figuratively back in the saddle. After a several month hiatus from blogging, and an even longer hiatus from riding, I am so happy to be able to share our recent trail rides with you! We enjoyed our first ride of the year in Comanche Peak Wilderness. My blog series about […]

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Horse Slaughter Feedlots and Transport Atrocities

Since the first of the year, I have been doing a deep dive into the incredibly inhumane and completely unnecessary slaughter horse “industry.” In my previous post about this topic, I explained that this “industry” is really not an industry. It isn’t a regulated process. It doesn’t have huge profits, market demand surge, and soaring

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An Investigation Into Horse Slaughter Auctions

Two weeks ago, I wrote about a hot-off-the-presses report detailing the plummeting numbers of horses subjected to slaughter in Mexico and Canada. The main point of that post was to make the very strong argument that the number of horses experiencing this cruelty is negligible in the scheme of managing the entire domestic equine population.

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Planning to Visit the Southwest? Do You Know About Valley Fever?

I grew up in Indiana and attended Purdue University for my veterinary degree. We learned about diseases that affected animals all across the country, including fungal diseases. Histoplasmosis was more of a concern in the Midwest than Valley Fever. In fact, a staff member at my first job was tested for histoplasmosis when she gave

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A Simple Answer to All the Excuses for Supporting Horse Slaughter

It is past time to ban the slaughter of horses originating in the United States It was a little less than 2 months ago that I began writing my series on horse slaughter and the auction pipeline scams. I have met some amazing people and organizations and learned some discouraging facts about others. The vast

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Horse Rescue Facilities… A Savior Complex or a Safe Harbor? (Part 4 in a series)

This is the fourth installment of a series about the horse auction and horse slaughter pipelines. In this post, I will discuss recommendations made by the Animal Welfare Institute and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) for how to evaluate a horse rescue facility. Many well-meaning individuals enter into the horse rescue world with

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The Kill Buyers Scam… Preying on Our Emotions (Part 3 in a Series)

I began writing this series partly in response to photos that found their way into my Facebook feed. Like many of you, I would see images of skinny, lame, and debilitated horses taken by what I assumed to be legitimate rescue groups at auctions around the country. I was, admittedly, only peripherally aware of the

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