A combination of two of my favorite things: horses and art! It doesn’t get any better than this, does it?
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His owners taught him to paint with treat training techniques. After Metro’s success in painting, his owners realized that this could help all racehorses. Money earned from Metro’s paintings goes to a racehorse adoption program to help retired horses find a safe haven. Horses are rehabilitated and placed into adoptive homes.
I wonder if I can teach any of my horses to paint? This horse is amazing! Not only is he getting crafty, but his art is helping fellow retired racehorses stay out of slaughterhouses and auction. Kudos to Metro and his wonderful owners!
- Meet Metro Meteor: The retired race horse with a passion for painting (metro.co.uk)
- Retired racehorse finds calling as abstract painter (news.yahoo.com)
- Painting horse Metro Meteor has brush with success (metronews.ca)
Each week a new group of horses runs through the auction circuit. Some of the horses have been there before, some haven’t, and others will never see it again. Many horses ship to slaughter each week, slipping through the cracks to their doom. Horse lovers from coast to coast do what they can to rescue these animals.
Here on the East coast there is a big auction every week in New Holland. Lots of horses of all kinds end up there. Old horses, cart horses, gaited horses, young studs, yearlings, registered horses, successful race horses, polo horses, and show or event horses can (and have) ended up on the slaughter circuit. We try to save these horses by supporting groups who are able to work with the auction circuit every week. They share pictures, information, and stories about the horses. Some of the registered horses can have extensive documented history of winnings, lineage, points, et cetera.We do our best to save as many as we can by working together.
I wish I could save them all! Every week I watch the horses that go through…the ones I know about. For the dozens that I see each week, I know there are thousands more across the country that I’m not seeing. I’m actually glad for that…it would probably kill me to really know how many horses really are going to slaughter each week.
The only way we can keep more horses (many of them are perfectly fine, sound, and trainable!) safe is to work together. We must share their stories and spread knowledge about the industry. Learn what’s going on around you and tell that story! It may be awful to discover some news, such as finding that a slaughter plant in the US wants to process horses for human consumption…for now these horses are shipped to either Canada or Mexico.
The best news is always good news, right? Well share that, too!
Speaking of good news, I would like to share Tinker’s story with you for a moment. She is a registered 12 year old Quarter Horse mare. Tinker was hip #549, a slaughter-bound horse in New Jersey. She was one of the last horses standing on the lot!
Now, Tinker has been rescued! We all worked together by networking, sharing, and donating within our social network to find a home and funds for her…and saved her! Tinker will be going to live on Equus Springs Farm in Scottsville, Virginia.
If we can do it, you can too! Every little bit helps save a horse, even word of mouth!
- Central Virginia Horse Rescue Saves and Educates (happilyeverafter71011.wordpress.com)
- Every Little Bit Helps (happilyeverafter71011.wordpress.com)
- Arabian horses up for adoption (happilyeverafter71011.wordpress.com)
- Bo Derek Stands Up Against Horse Slaughter (ecorazzi.com)
- America’s Horses Are Counting on You (preciousjules1985.wordpress.com)
- New Anti Horse Slaughter Billboard Going Up In Canada. Please Chip In. (wdneoh.wordpress.com)
- Breaking Investigation: Horses’ 36-Hour Journey to Slaughter Exposed (preciousjules1985.wordpress.com)
- Does Obama Eat Horses Too? (tarpon.wordpress.com)