Accounts of people who can't keep horses and of horses rescued from animal cruelty are increasing faster than our "mental recession." Arlene at Grey Horse Matters recently rescued two Arabians (she was willing to take three, but a home was found for one of the two stallions) and Victoria at Teachings of the Horse wrote about attempts by BLM to start slaughtering horses again.
Here in L.A., I got an e-mail about a pair of Tennessee Walkers available for adoption and ETI Corral 36 sent out a newsletter with a notice of 70--yes seventy--horses in need of fostering out of an Animal Control shelter near Castaic.
The 70 horses were from a herd of 100 taken from Equus Sactuary in June, where they were found with no food and little water. The caretaker has been sentenced to almost 3 years in state prison after she pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty charges. Applications to foster and eventually adopt one or more of the horses may be obtained by calling 562-658-2000.
If I had my own horse property, I'd be going out to Castaic to look at the horses this weekend. I wish I could afford to take on another mouth to feed, but I'm paying four times as much as I paid to keep the Arabian Prince in food and shelter two years ago and I don't think we've even begun to see the jump in hay prices I'm afraid will come with the push to plant corn for fuel rather than food crops.
Lunch with the Barefoot Contessa
5 months ago