Pregnant Mare Rescue,Inc.

Friday, Sept. 27, 2012 ....It 's here ..weeks end.

I am pretty overwhelmingly busy. Horses coming in and other trying out new homes. Hauling is always difficult:)

 More when I can..thanks to all the generosity..I have been remiss in my acknowledgements. I do appreciate every kindness.

thank you.


Tuesday Sept. 25  7am

Busy days. has a week really gone by?

Lady leaves on trial for her new digs in Prunedale this Saturday. Went to Vigne to pick up Margo and to my dismay..she is looking very pregnant.And wouldn't load....

I have no morning feeders wed, thurs or fri...help!

Ballet and La Bella leave Saturday for Castro Valley , on trial

I owe the halters back to Clovis..running around!!!

I need a retiremnmt home for a 30 year old mare...anybody?? more tomorrow~~~


Monday Sept 17, 2012

An exhausting weekend brings great rewards...

Honey was moved over to a nice place off White road to keep a super sweet mammoth jenny company:) Snow was picked up from there and hauled with Spud up to Oakdale.

Spud

Snowflakes is on the left.with the rider. She and Spud went to Oakdale to have a job working with mentally challenged children. They will be fantastic at their new jobs.

My unbelievable amazing love Juan is going down the street to a great home. he will be so loved and so well taken care of. I had to put his needs ahead of my wants..I really like this horse..everybody loves this boy...I tried to keep him, but this is a good place for him. I am ok with it.

Ballet nd La Bella are also going to into new homes...together. This is an old photo.Bella is over 2 now.....

More tomorrow...

 

 


Friday the 14th day in the month of Sept...How has your week been?

I have a couple horses leaving tomorrow for new homes, on trial of course. I hope it works out:) The round pen is coming along. Who could have guessed it would be so much work. Thank g00dness for Mike and the volunteers. It is getting closer every day!

Feverishly working on getting horses into homes...Remember...40% off adoption fees  for Sept.

We have lots of lovelies:) Have  great week end!


GOSH~ I'm having a political day...This is happening in Carson City tomorrow!

Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates

RECOMMENDED ACTION NOTEBOOK

Recommended Actions - September 14, 2012

SAVE THE HORSES DEMONSTRATION IN CARSON CITY

A demonstration is scheduled for Friday, September 14 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM in front of the Nevada State Legislature at 401 South Carson Street in Carson City, NV. This demonstration is in response to the Nevada Department of Agriculture reporting to the media that the department is trapping historic Virginia Range horses and shipping them off to the livestock sale in Fallon. The Fallon sales are frequented by kill buyers.

Signs will be provided by the Wild Horse Preservation League.

Participants are requested to assemble at 10:30 on the southwest corner of Carson Street and Fourth Street so that this event can be properly organized, signs distributed and so that everyone will understand the rules that apply to public demonstrations. Alliance activities have always complied with state and local regulations and we want to keep all of these events orderly and informative.

For additional information please contact Bonnie Matton Email, 775-220-6806

IF YOU CAN'T MAKE THE DEMONSTRATION
HERE ARE SOME OTHER THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO.

Here are actions that you can take to protect the Virginia Range horses. Please remember that these horses fall under the jurisdiction of the Nevada Department of Agriculture and Governor Brian Sandoval. Here is contact information. You are encouraged to express your opinion in this matter. If you call, try to speak with someone in authority. Let's fix this business before more horses go to the kill buyers and we experience another tourism boycott!

  • Governor Brian Sandoval
    775-684-5670 (Carson City office)
    702-486-2500 (Las Vegas office)
    eMail (web form)
  • Agriculture Director Jim Barbee
    775-353-3613
    jrbarbee@agri.nv.gov


The Virginia Range horses are not protected by any federal statute. The involved wild horse groups are just about all that stands between them and the kill buyers. Funds are always needed to protect these horses and to find homes and sanctuary opportunities for those that have been taken off the range.

 


Thursday

Earlier in Sept, I posted about how Wyeth Industries is moving their Premarin business to China to continue the blood shed.

Now we read about the horrors is the Midwest.....WE will continue to persevere.

Investigation Updates

September 13, 2012

 
 
Animals' Angels
 PO Box 1056 Westminster, MD 21158



America's Heartland Means Misery for some Horses

Last month, Animals' Angels conducted an extensive two-week investigation across the Midwest leading them through Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. Large scale kill buyers, so far widely unknown to the public, were found. These buyers have been quietly operating under the radar, violating the Commercial transport of Equines for Slaughter Regulations while shipping thousands of horses to their deaths each year. Animals' Angels decided it was time for their close-up.

 

Kalona, Iowa's motto is, 'Where time moves at a slower pace...' Unfortunately the same cannot be said for slaughter-bound horses entering the auction floor at the Kalona Sale Barn.  

 

Investigators were reminded just how risky their jobs can truly be on the morning of August 6, 2012. A driver of the auctioneer's truck suffered a medical emergency causing him to lose control over his vehicle and accelerate into a crowd of people standing outside the auction barn. Six people were struck, with one dying at the scene. Investigators barely escaped.

 

Once the emergency vehicles departed, Horse in outside pens it was back to business as usual at the auction. A long line of trucks were observed waiting to unload horses at the loading ramp. Loose horses were put into an outside pen area with signs stating they were to be sold "As Is". The majority of the horses appeared agitated, and was nervously pacing in the pen. Dominant horses were safeguarding the hay causing some horses to fight, kick and bite one another. Several horses appeared newly injured with fresh cuts and bite marks. Others were seen limping, had swollen legs, or were thin.

 

Tongen truck
Keith Tongen's truck

Investigators checked parking areas for the presence of kill buyers. Scott Kurtenbach's truck and trailer from Lawler, IA and Keith Tongen's truck and trailer from Brownton, MN were quickly located.

 

After the riding horse sale ended, employees began readying the loose horses to go through the auction. One employee began removing the shoes from the horses, likely in preparation for their final destination, the slaughter plant, while another started moving the horses closer to the sale floor.  

 

Inside the barn, an employee was seen harshly hitting the horses with a stick moving them toward a loud hydraulic gate which leads into the auction ring. Confused by the noise and panicked by the environment, the horses began taking their frustration out on each other.

Hydraulic Gate 2 Terrified horses continued to be pushed towards the gate, with several becoming crushed by the gate as they tried to enter. Some horses slammed into the gate or the metal tubing with such force that they appeared dazed after the collision.

   

Compared to the riding horses, the "loose" horses sold at an extremely accelerated rate, with a new horse entering the ring about every twenty seconds. The majority of these 350 horses were being fought over by only 3 bidders, the kill buyers.

 

 After the sale ended, investigators watched as only Scott Kurtenbach and Keith Tongen's trucks were loaded. The remaining horses were moved back to the outside pens to stay for the night.

 

Watch the video from our Kalona auction visit...

 

 (WARNING! VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES THAT MIGHT BE DISTURBING TO SOME VIEWERS.)

4 G Trucking loaded with horses
4 G Trucking loaded with horse

The following morning, investigators returned and spent the next 2 days documenting 4 G Trucking from Forest City, MO, Sweeting & Sons from Riverside, IA, and G. Nadeau Express from Ste-Apolline, Quebec loading horses and traveling south to Oklahoma as well as north to Canada.

 

Minnesota

The investigation continued at the collecting station of Keith Tongen. Tongenships about 3,600 horses annually to slaughter, and is a repeat offender of the Commercial Transport of Equines for Slaughter Regulation. You may remember that he and James Anderson made the news in October, 2007, when his double decker tipped over carrying 59 Belgians, killing 18 of them.

 

Investigators found about 60 horses (most with their auction tags still attached) gathered around hay feeders at his feedlot in Brownton, MN. The majority of the horses appeared in good condition, with the exception of a chestnut mare that had an open wound on her right shoulder. Investigators watched the property for several hours, but there was no activity.

Injured Kurtenbach Horse
Iowa

Scott Kurtenbach has been shipping thousands of horses a year to slaughter. Also a serious violator of transport law, his offenses include shipping horses unable to bear weight on all four-legs, those with large cuts/severe injuries, and one which was condemned at the plant for gangrene and septicemia.

 

At his collecting station in Lawler, IA, on August 9, 2012, investigators observed dry lots containing about 120 horses. Several of the pens were greatly over-crowded, with horses barely having enough room to move around.

 Bones at Kurtenbach 

There was quite a bit of commotion, with trucks coming and going, and horses being moved. Disturbingly,investigators discovered what appeared to be a pile of horse bones discarded in a shallow ditch next to his property. Kurtenbach hasn't slowed down since he started, and investigators will continue to monitor his activity.

 

South Dakota

Mares and Foals

Mike O'Connell is a kill buyer out of Mobridge, SD that has been buying horses at auctions across the Midwest/Southwest for 40 years. Investigators observed approximately 50 horses and a few goats contained within his run-down, trash-infested collecting station. Investigators could easily determine that several horses appeared thin. In surrounding fields, many pregnant mares were seen with foals nursing at their sides. The fields contained debris which puts the horses, especially the curious foals, at risk of obtaining serious injuries.

   

Randy & Tanner Musick operate Musick Livestock in Mitchell, SD. The Musick's have been in the slaughter business for a long time, and are no strangers to transport violations. Greeting investigators at their collecting station was a large horse statue and sign reading, "Horses Bought Daily".

 

Musick truck and trailer Approximately 50 horses were seen standing amid manure piles in the pen area and surrounding fields. Several horses were thin, and had scratches or bite marks. When investigators arrived the next morning, one truck and double deck trailer observed the day before was gone, and fewer horses were counted.

 

In conclusion:

The Midwest provides a steady stream of inventory for kill buyers and others in the horse slaughter business. Animals' Angels will increase our presence, and give it the full attention it deserves.

 

Read the full length report about this investigation...



9 CFR Part 88 - Clearly defined, Clearly violate

The Commercial Transport of Equines to Slaughter Regulation clearly states that the trailers hauling slaughter horses have to be designed, constructed, and maintained in a manner that at all times protects the health and well-being of the equines being transported. On October 7, 2011 it became illegal to transport slaughter horses on both levels of a double deck trailer anytime, anywhere.

 

Shelby  Above vehicle safety requirements, an owner/shipper must also abide by the minimum standards of humane treatment for slaughter horses. Adequate food, water, and at least 6 hours of rest are required before loading, and horses may not be confined inside of a trailer for longer than 28 hours. Stallions and other aggressive horses must be segregated from the rest of the shipment, downed horses must be euthanized if incapable of standing, and dead horses must be reported to APHIS.

 

 The owner/shipper must complete the VS Form 10-13 (Fitness to Travel to a Slaughter Facility) in its entirety, to include the boxes swearing that each horse can bear weight on all four legs, walk unassisted, is not blind in both eyes, is over 6 months of age, and is not likely to give birth during transport. They must also state the date, time, and location the horses were loaded onto the truck, as well as their destination. Backtags must be physically applied to each horse in the shipment, and must match the detailed description of the horse on the form.

Canadian truck leaving Sugarcreek lon 4/2/11 loaded with horses

 

Animals' Angels recently received a list of violations via FOIA request from a one-month period at a Canadian slaughter plant. Between February 2 and February 26, 2009, 25 loads of horses were received from the US and subsequently slaughtered.  

   

While there is nothing unusual about this data, it's the chilling evidence in the details that brings alarm. 13 horses were missing or not accounted for in the loads, and 11 horses were condemned (melanoma/colic/pneumonia/positive STOP test/serious atrophy of fat). 5 horses were down on trailers (one euthanized), and 3 died in holding pens. At least 3 full loads traveled longer than 28 hours, and 11 horses arrived either completely blind, injured or severely weak.

 

The following comments are examples of what can be found in the documents:

"One horse, backtag 1102, significant proud flesh LH, front leg injury - sent to slaughter."

"Horse down on trailer, vet dispatched to assess. Horse euthanized and removed, load resealed."

"1 horse had hoof outside of trailer."

"1 horse - USEA2866 - blind in both eyes, not segregated."

"1 horse not on certificate (USEA2871) killed on Feb. 5 and held in cooler jail."

"One horse with laceration of LF below carpus - USET4963 killed immediately."

"1 bay horse, favoring LH when unloaded - on PM (postmortem) has extensive bruising of hip. Hip removed."

horse face detail

 

Over 40 VS Form 10-13 errors, too many to list, here are a few:

 

"Of the 21 horses on the certificate with the correct backtag numbers listed, the descriptions are wrong on 9." "30 animals on certificate. 1 died. 1 left at rest stop. 7 descriptions do not match actual horses rec'd.""42 horses on certificate. Only 36 arrived."

 

Trailer/transport condition violations were also noted. Here are 2 comments regarding the transport that particularly stood out to us:

 

"Partition gate of trailer had blood over both sides, opening in middle of partition area of entrapment. Cables along walls of trailer loose."

"4 draft horses in front compartment, not enough head room."

 

What is not mentioned in any of the documents, is an indication of punishment or follow up from US authorities regarding most of these clear violations of the regulation.  In fact, in the FOIA record one IES investigator asks the other sharing the evidence with him: "Please explain where you got exhibit 9? " (Documents in question) and continues: "There is very little information that is mailed to IES from Canada to conduct an investigation."

 

Without efficient enforcement of the Commercial Transport of Equines to Slaughter Regulations, horses will continue to be left without protection. USDA and CFIA need to tighten cross-border communications with each other and increase the amount of evidence being shared among officials, veterinarians and plant personnel alike.

 

All transport violations documented at the Canadian plants should be photographed and all pictures, affidavits and other evidence should be mailed to USDA immediately. Until better cooperation can occur, the effectiveness of the regulations will continue to remain questionable.

 

Animals' Angels will continue to monitor these violators, and violations.


Sept.13th! Did you shop? I hope so!

Today is Thursday and we have some interest perking for potential adoptions! This is great news. NOw we all know that horse adoptions take a little longer than picking up a kitten or pup.So I will tag horses as potentially adopted next to their names. This means they are going into their new homes on trial, and I will keep the site updated as to whether or not it's a fit!

Thanks to everyone for their interest!


Sept. 12th  2012    Wednesday!

Today's the day ....go purchase thru  PMR and Amazon! GO to our home page, Click escrip and choose PMR then shop on amazon...we can share the profit and give to Marion for all purchases made on Sept 12th.

Okay I know I promised pics of Ballet and La Bella, but it is crazy busy at the ranch, and my phone ran out of juice.

Recharged this am....I have our latest resident to the place of safety. This little girl was purchased as food, escaped and was going to be placed outside to freedom, which translates directly to hawk food....And so my daughter, who is following in her mother's footsteps has taken her in. She will be called Lucky, for all the above obvious reasons...

 

Hunter comes back to the fold... His owner is very saddened as she has been relocated to the Los Angeles area. There are many many horses avail. for homes right now. It's a sad time as our beloveds' get handed around.

Our temporary friend Mouse ( not lucky who is a mouse, but Mouse the little horse) will be leaving us in the next couple of days. Snow, lady Spud and one other will also be heading to new loving homes.....

Round Pen is coming along..fabulous exciting stuff, and so...more tomorrow and hopefully some pics!!!



Sept 11, 2012 

This information is for tomorrow, so Heads up!

I have been told this is a great read, and you can help PMR and the Author all in one CLICK!!!

This is an excellent way to help animals...GO to our home page, Click escrip and choose PMR then shop on amazon...we can share the profit and give to Marion for all purchases made on Sept 12th.

~~~~~~Thats TOMORROW~~~~

Dear Friends & Family,
    Sorry for the 'spam' but this is a project very near to my heart,
    Marion Zola, a very dear friend and long-time friend of Eric's parent's (her husband, Sam, was Wally's partner for years), has at last published her tribute to her dog, Chips.  The book is entitled 'Romancing the Dog' and it is a very moving, witty and personal account of the life-changing events brought on by Chips' adoption into the neat & organized lives of Marion & Sam.  This book will launch on Amazon.com Sept 12, 2012.  Please consider purchasing this book on Amazon on that date. Marion & Sam are very strong supporters of many animal welfare organizations and Marion was co-producer for the recent PBS special entitled 'Shelter Me'.  The more books Marion can sell on Amazon on Sept 12th, the more she and Sam can commit to helping shelters reduce euthanasia of unwanted & homeless pets.  Please send this to all of your friends and help get Marion's book on every book shelf out there.  Thanks so much!   
 
Ila A Davis
DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Veterinarian for Monterey County
Monterey County Animal Services
160 Hitchcock Road
Salinas, CA 93908
831-769-8850 (Shelter)
davisia@co.monterey.ca.us

 


Sept. 10, 2012

 

Its a glorious Monday over here on the coast. I am feeling great appreciation and love for our coastal climate!  My daughter Jillian and I went to Clovis, which is out side of Fresno  on Sunday to pick up Ballet Lesson and her filly, La Bella Vita. It was very very, well OK HOT over there. We were dripping wet and slippery by the times the girls were loaded and we headed home! C& J have been wonderful owners, and the girls look spectacular!

It is sad that it wasn't a situation that worked for them. But we will remedy that hopefully in the future.

The girls seemed fine to be home. Trotting around taking in the pasture smells and new residents. This morning I woke to a foggy landscape. Ahh, I do love where I live.

Tomorrow I will post some pics of our girls. They look terrific!

And of course Ranch updates to come  Lot's happening!!!!

Sept. is 40% off all adoption fees. So go find the horse of your dreams!!! (TAB=Available horses)


Friday Sept.7th 2012

We all have our own way of looking at things...

For Shanti, my daughters dog, She has her own style.

 

Enjoy your week-end  :)


Sept. 6th 2012

This is an excellent way to help animals...GO to our home page, Click escrip and choose PMR then shop on amazon...we can share the profit and give to Marion for all purchases made on Sept 12th

Dear Friends & Family,
    Sorry for the 'spam' but this is a project very near to my heart,
    Marion Zola, a very dear friend and long-time friend of Eric's parent's (her husband, Sam, was Wally's partner for years), has at last published her tribute to her dog, Chips.  The book is entitled 'Romancing the Dog' and it is a very moving, witty and personal account of the life-changing events brought on by Chips' adoption into the neat & organized lives of Marion & Sam.  This book will launch on Amazon.com Sept 12, 2012.  Please consider purchasing this book on Amazon on that date. Marion & Sam are very strong supporters of many animal welfare organizations and Marion was co-producer for the recent PBS special entitled 'Shelter Me'.  The more books Marion can sell on Amazon on Sept 12th, the more she and Sam can commit to helping shelters reduce euthanasia of unwanted & homeless pets.  Please send this to all of your friends and help get Marion's book on every book shelf out there.  Thanks so much!   
 
Ila A Davis
DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Veterinarian for Monterey County
Monterey County Animal Services
160 Hitchcock Road
Salinas, CA 93908
831-769-8850 (Shelter)
davisia@co.monterey.ca.us

 


:(  Because we have 4 , yes, 4 mares from the Premarin farms on our ranch right now.This feels very correct to post.

Nothing has been, or ever will be, appealing or beneficial about the PMU industry and the Premarin® family of drugs; they are clearly harbingers of death from both sides of the equation.

Belgian Quarter Horse Cross.

Belgian Quarter Horse Cross.

Sadly the relocation of the PMU industry to distant and less regulated countries will carry with it the legacy of deceit, exploitation of the innocent and ever-zealous hunger for profit at all costs. The writing is on the wall. It is only a matter of time before Pfizer/Wyeth completes the transition.

No longer will the cataclysm and protest against the atrocities of PMU farming in North America be taken at face value by Big Pharma. No longer will Pfizer need to give this reprehensible exploitation the gloss of moral sanction. A new dawn for Pfizer perhaps – a blood red dawn for the PMU mares and foals, one governed by misery and certain slaughter.

Regrettably the suffering will continue at its worst; the new beginning in China bodes a critical end for the innocent mares and their foals. Distance – the great separator. Who will be there for them in their new homeland?

 


Sept. 4, 2012 Tuesday..  Update! I need man power, a stump grinder and about 8 hours. I can pay...email me!

pmrhorses@pregnantmarerescue.com 

Horses are truly heros.

Article worth reading!


Hi Everyone!  Hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend and the end of summer :-).  It's been such a busy time for everyone but I hope you will consider doing something special for yourself. Sharon Dunn is hosting another Walking the Wheel event at Pregnant Mare Rescue on September 22nd from 11am to 1pm.  This is her second time hosting and if this one is like the last, you won't want to miss it!  I heard last time the horses made their own little sacred circle around the babies there just as Sharon and her student were making theirs around rocks that represented children and new life!!  Isn't that amazing!?  Horses are the most wonderful teachers! 

Below is some information from Sharon Dunn about here  class and how to sign up.  On that same day, Lynn, the founder of Pregnant Mare will be hosting the Wonder of Horses. This is a great new program she has to introduce newbies to horses.  Sharon has added information about that event below hers so be sure to read about it and hopefully you can attend!  

Wishing you all safe and happy Labor Day!  Love, Leah

Walking the Wheel  - with Sharon Dunn
On Saturday, September 22nd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm I will be teaching a workshop on the Medicine Wheel at the Pregnant Mare Rescue in Aptos.  Pregnant Mare Rescue is a wonderful sanctuary whose goal is to save as many pregnant mares from abusive situations, feed lots and eventual slaughter and to provide an alternative for owners who cannot care for their pregnant horses.  
 
Building a Medicine Wheel on the Pregnant Mare land is calming and healing to the horses.  It also becomes a vortex of sacred space where people can go to relax, pray or do Reiki.  In addition, once you know how easy it is to build a wheel, small wheels can be built everywhere -  in flower pots on your desk, in your flower gardens and in the forest.   Medicine Wheels honor Mother Earth and our relationship with her. 
 
Cost for the workshop is only $35 with proceeds from this event going to Pregnant Mare.  
Attached is a flyer with a description of the class and registration information.  Please note: pre-registration is required. 
 
Below is an account of how the horses reacted to our first Medicine Wheel workshop held in August. 
 
. . . I  was so deeply touched by the response of the horses as we built and prayed our Wheel. Their creation of a circle around the two young ones was amazing to see and the quiet, calm stillness, as if in prayer of their own, was so special. . .

The Wonder of Horses
Lynn Hummer, founder of PMR, will be hosting "The Wonder of Horses" workshop from 2:00 -3:30 pm on Saturday, September 22nd.   Lynn will provide a tour of PMR and participants will get to meet the horses.  Lynn will also explore topics such as "How do I approach a Horse?"   "Why are horses ears so special?" and "Do horses have feelings?"   
 
There is no charge for this workshop, however, a donation is greatly appreciated.  Pre-registration is required  pmrhorses@pregnantmarerescue.com
 
For more detailed information, see the PMR website  or contact Lynn  at Lynn Hummer pmrhorses@pregnantmarerescue.com
 
Looking forward to seeing you,
Blessings,
Sharon
"Every act of kindness towards and Animal Makes the World a Better Place" 
 
Heartfelt Communication between People and their Pets


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PO Box 962
Aptos, CA  95001
USA
Phone: 408.540.8568

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