Myth: it is "normal" for elder horses to be skinny.
July 12, 2008
TREES philosophy: It is not "normal" for an elder horse to be skinny.
August 17, 2008
We and our equine friends live in interesting times: the industrial age has largely reduced horses, donkeys and mules to luxury status; current consumer trends foster a “throw-away” mentality; and finally, advances in medicine and nutrition are allowing us all to live longer. The result – older equines that are cast aside by the equine industries (racing, showing, breeding, pleasure riding) when their needs begin to outweigh the value their owners place on them. Many of these elders slip into a miserable existence attended by starvation, lack of proper medical care, and mental abuse. It is for these old friends that this sanctuary was created.
Each and every animal rescued is allowed to live out its life here at the sanctuary free from hunger, never to fear neglect, abuse or abandonment again. As a “no-kill” sanctuary, TREES does not euthanize any animal unless suffering from injury or disease and it is determined that a reasonable quality of life can not be restored. We do not sell animals but occasionally adopt to good homes. The adoption contract ensures that our animals return to the sanctuary if the adoptive home can no longer provide adequate care.
We do not breed nor will we permit any animal adopted from TREES to be used for breeding. Rescued stallions are gelded as soon as their health permits. Overpopulation, fueled by indiscriminate breeding, enables the “throw-away” mentality that makes this sanctuary a necessity.
TREES can not serve as a retirement home for animals that are merely no longer "convenient" for their owners. Our limited space is reserved for abused or neglected animals that must be rescued from life-threatening conditions. We strive to always have space available to support law enforcement seizures of animals in critical situations. TREES occasionally accepts elders whose owners suffer sudden financial hardship or loss of farm property.
We recognize that there are many more unwanted horses than all the rescue facilities in the country can house. We encourage concerned owners that intend to give up possession of hard-to-place animals to consider humane euthanasia as an alternative to dropping the special-needs equine into the horse trade pipeline which too often becomes a downward spiral into abuse, neglect, and cruel death.
TREES believes that we can help many more animals through education of the public and the equine community than we could ever care for here at this small sanctuary. We strive to help owners and potential owners appreciate the responsibilities of a lifetime relationship and to provide medical and nutritional resources for owners that need assistance with equine elder management.