Saying Goodbye
Summer 2018
Horse ownership is the commitment to take care of your equine friend for its entire lifetime. Not just while it is in its prime but also in its well deserved retirement years.
At the rescue, we have some old timers or horses with physical ailments that weren't so lucky with their prior owners or came to us due to no fault of their own.
To know when to let go is harder than anyone can imagine, but the quality of life for your equine friend should be the number one priority in animal welfare. 
We are committed to our horses and are proud of our adopters who feel the same.
In 2018 we have had to say good bye to some wonderful horses. Run with the wind!

Affair In The Air
Affair was the first horse we rescued in 2007.
He was over 10 years old and still racing until he fractured his splint bone. We took him in and once healed, he was adopted by a great family who gave him a wonderful home.
This spring Affair, at the age of 22, passed away.
We can't thank his family enough for caring for him all these years.
Run with the wind beautiful Affair.
Kathy, one of our board members, personally rescued Raja, an old Arabian stallion ten years ago. This year he turned 37. He lived that long and had a great life because of Kathy's good care. Sadly this April he was telling Kathy it was time to go. 
Run with the wind sweet Raja.
Many thoughts to Kathy.
One of the Valentine's herd thoroughbred mares had sustained a joint injury years ago, which had fused over time. She was comfortable and happy among her friends here at the farm for 3 years, but this spring she finally started needing pain management. Once those medications no longer worked, we and our vet felt it best to help her over the rainbow bridge.
Good bye sweet, beautiful Jolene. We miss you!
Big Max
Our beautiful Max lost his battle with arthritis. He was 30 years old and spent 5 1/2 years with us as a retiree. We had been able to manage his arthritis with medication knowing that at some point the meds would no longer help him.
That time had come this May when he was having a hard time getting up and we had to make the difficult decision to let him go with dignity. 
Run with the wind sweet boy you will be missed more than words can say.
Giving old and ailing horses no-one wants a happy retirement at our farm can be very costly. As with humans, the elderly experience more aches and pains and may require pricey medications to help them move pain free.

We always appreciate tax deductible donations towards the loving upkeep of our retirees.

In late May, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted the FY19 Agriculture Appropriations bill without funding for inspections for slaughter plants that process horses.
Without the funding for inspections, the effective ban on the slaughter of horses and burros for human consumption on U.S. soil remains.
Similar language was included in the FY18 omnibus spending bill and has been maintained in most spending bills since 2005.

Meanwhile, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113/S.1706, which would impose a permanent ban on slaughtering horses, including exports of U.S. horses for slaughter in other countries, remains in committee. Similar bills have been introduced over the last several years but failed to move beyond committee before the Congressional session ended.

While it has been frustrating to not be able to get this legislation into law for many years, we will continue our fight to prevent horses from going across the borders to Canada and Mexico to be butchered. 

               Let's not forget to make those calls to our legislators

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OR MAIL YOUR CHECK TO: Speak Up For Horses, Inc. - P.O. Box 434 - Falmouth, KY 41040