A heart for horses

A heart for horses

There are 10 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Apr 24, 2010, titled A heart for horses. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

Photo: Natalie Owings of Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary gives Montana a kiss. The horse, reported starving by neighbors in La Cienegilla, is slowly regaining weight at the sanctuary.

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Waltzen Mathilda

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Apr 25, 2010
Good Article. There are two many horses. This spring please consider gelding the colts. Are there any low cost gelding services? Are there any educational services available for the uninitiated to learn proper feeding techniques? Todays horses cannot live on scrounging. Horses are herd/flight animals, they do not thrive with only a occasional bale of hay, tossed into a filthy 16x16 pen.
The anti-horse slaughter law was NOT for the horses benefit. Now many have no way to get rid of the horses, unless they sell to shippers to travel all the way to Mexico, where humane laws are completely missing. The law created a no win for anyone.
Slim Randles

Florence, AL

#2 Apr 25, 2010
Good piece. Keep up the good work.
Rocky Casillas

Algodones, NM

#3 Apr 25, 2010
It is so very important to get this information of neglect out to the public so that intervention can happen at a much earlier stage. It is so profoundly sad that these animals, who are in our care, suffer at great lengths. It is a sad reflection on our humanity, or what is left of it.
Rocky Casillas

Algodones, NM

#4 Apr 25, 2010
PS Thank you to Natalie Owings and to Mr. Paul Vigil for going out there and dealing with these indifferent souls.
Buzz Saw

Kingston, Canada

#5 Apr 25, 2010
Too distressed to even create a proper sentence to xpress my feelings. Just a Thanks to the few really caring folks who rescue and love one of our truly beautiful animals.

United States

#6 Apr 25, 2010
i think its important ot take care of our horses, i am a proud horse owner myself but the problem is people forget horses are livestock and half the problems lay in not allowing people to slaughter them anymore. we have always eaten horses and it will continue regardless of how or why people feel the way they do. they are livestock and livestock is a foodsource. i believe we can humanley do this but the banning of slaughter has made it so all those animals that would normally get slaughtered here are being shipped to mexico for a possibly inhumane death. also peole are having to turn out horses that they would have sent to slaughter cause they are old or crippled.
Why Why Why

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Apr 25, 2010
why aren't any of these owners ever charged with something? i think i read another article of some starving horses in Pecos. what makes these stories different from others, is that apnm or the livestock board or the sheriff know who these owners are! i would think any horse doctor would readily agree that these animals are starving and if not get another that is willing to stand up for these animals. until NM starts handing down sentences for animal cruelty and taking this seriously people this will continue. good article but action speaks louder than words.
Susie Johnson

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Apr 25, 2010
Mankind's cruelty never ceases to astonish me. Just when you think you've heard the worst about starving/abandonment of these beautiful animals, stories such as this surface and the shock and outrage begins anew. Whoever said that mankind is the superior species was dead wrong. They are the only "animal" who kills for pleasure. I pray that someday the cruel & thoughtless people who cause such pain and misery to animals who give their all to us will be held to account in the fullest sense of the word. Get involved, people! We can make a difference if we unite and work hard to protect these beautiful animals, animals of ANY kind actually.

Ojo Caliente, NM

#9 Apr 25, 2010
We need the Slaughter Plants in NM, Africa needs the meat. Get real people. People that donate to horse shelters are suckers feeding the problem. 35,000 mustangs this year looking for a place to stay. 100,000 or more domestic horses per year. Give me a break. Open up some packing plants and the problem goes away. We kill unborn babies why not useless animals...
AJ Buchanan

United States

#10 Apr 26, 2010
Thanks for writing this article Ben. My husband and I take in former racehorses and try to rehab them and re-home them. It is wonderful to see them recover and learn to be such loving companions. But we have lost them to their racing injuries too, which is heartbreaking. Bless the horse rescue groups in the state. Bless all animal rescue groups. You are all angels. You give injured, forgotten and sick animals the love they deserve, even if it's only for a few days. They leave us knowing some happiness. What more can we ask for?!

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