Horses are spiritual creatures representing the true essence of freedom. These magnificent creatures can tap into the emotional background of humans, giving way to an experience like no other. The relationship between human and horse may be therapeutic, bringing about a positive mental, emotional, spiritual and physical realm of being. The only thing we as humans have to do is be open to the possibilities.
Unfortunately, there are those who fail to recognize the worth of these beautiful animals as anything but a commodity. Thousands upon thousands of horses will meet their demise in Canadian slaughter houses where they are mistreated right up to their final moments. Horse meat is a common dish found on many European, Japanese and even North American menus. At approximately 0.40 cents a pound, "kill-buyers" load up their trailers with horses at auctions sometimes walking away with horses worth only $125 in meat. It is not uncommon for a "kill-buyer" to leave with 50-75 horses after just one auction!
Hooves 'N Hounds is dedicated to rescuing as many horses from the "kill-buyer's" grip as possible. During a horse auction, we will bid on horses that no one in the gallery is bidding on other than the kill-buyer. We will not enter a bidding war with a private buyer! The only battle we will win is against the kill-buyer. Hooves 'N Hounds will bid on any breed of horse at any stage of their lives. Given our limited resources, we are unfortunately not able to rescue all of the horses that go to auction. How do we choose which horses to rescue? Jessi has a means of picking out the horses which seem to speak to her. A gentle eye and a soft whisper of hope is all Jessi needs to outbid the kill-buyer. We will work with foals, colts/fillies, mares, pregnant mares and geldings.
Once Hooves 'N Hounds has reached the max capacity of rescue horses, these animals are then brought back to our facility where they are kept in our "transition" pasture sequestered from the other horses. Upon arrival, the horses will all receive a physical examination, deworming, vaccinations as well as farrier care. Should a horse display signs of disease/illness or injury, a vet will be consulted immediately. For the period of 3 weeks, they are kept in transition where we work with them on a daily basis. Once a clean bill of health has been given (which may take up to one month and in some cases longer) the horses are amalgamated with others. The rescue horses will continue to receive hands on training/attention where the re-homing process begins.
Hooves 'N Hounds advocates for the humane treatment of all animals. From pets to livestock, to the wild and free, we strongly believe that animals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. While we dedicate our work to dogs and horses, we won't turn our back on any animal in need!
Please join us in our rescue efforts; one animal, one horse at a time...
"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom." ~ Sharon Ralls Lemon.
"Ominotago" (Omi) which is Native American for "beautiful voice" is a dunn mare who Hooves 'N Hounds rescued from the "kill-buyer" in the spring of 2015! Omi received a full month of professional training where she excelled. Omi was adopted in Sept of 2015 to her forever home!!
It is difficult to explain ones love for horses, it cannot be explained, it is simply felt! ~ Author Unknown
"Charlie" was rescued in the spring of 2015. He is a smart and curious boy with an extremely gentle disposition. Charlie was adopted to his forever home in August of 2015.
Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart in return. ~ Author Unknown
"Mama Mocha" and "Addae". All the way from Washington D.C, Mocha was rescued by her owner straight off the slaughter block. Mocha delivered her beautiful colt in the warmth of the morning sun in our transition pasture. We are extremely proud to report Addae is doing great with his owner and Mocha will soon be looking for her forever home! Two- for- one rescue!!
There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse. ~John Lubbock
"Toby", "Chrome", "Tundra", "Storm", "Buck" and "Honey" are 7 horses brought to Hooves 'N Hounds after it was discovered that the previous boarding facility had been neglecting them. Emaciated and untrusting of humans, these horses stayed at Hooves 'N Hounds for over a year where they all experienced daily care, attention and respect. After receiving a clean bill of health and learning how to trust humans again, these horses are all doing great in their forever homes!
"Jabberwocky" (Jabber) is our 3 year old rescue. We brought him home from the Grunthal Auction in the spring of 2013 - tagged #287. He narrowly avoided the kill buyer. Jabber is currently learning to be a jumper with our 11 year old daughter. He truly is a diamond in the rough and a wonderful addition to our herd.