Dear Diary- confession time.
Before I write the report, I just am going to write to whoever wants to hear. I am writing this so you guys can understand what it’s like.
Every week I see absolutely beautiful healthy horses go through OLEX. I also see horses who may be unhealthy, have behaviour issues, be older. I was contacted this week by a family who wanted help with a horse they recently purchased. She was from a training facility, broke English and western. 13 years old, crossbred. They talked to a lot of horse other horse owners, and the previous owners to take her back. She was very upset, crying and pacing when taken away from other horses. They were worried that she could hurt someone, as they were not experienced horse people.
Unfortunately today, Lady was at the auction. She needed some weight, was a bit anxious, as to be expected, and looking very sad. She went for about $300 to a purchaser who buys for a kill buyer. Maybe she will find a home, maybe not.
Who failed this mare?…
Canada! Our laws are absolute atrocious when it comes to horse protection.
Her previous owners ( the ones who used her in lessons and on trails) . They said she never acted like that before. Perhaps they could have taken her back and tried to rehome her to someone who had more horse knowledge.
The people who had her were inexperienced, but they did chose to send her knowing the possibilities. Now their young daughter’s first horse will possibly end up on a plate.
And last of all me. I did get back to them, tried to arrange to see her. I didn’t hear back. I didn’t respond quickly enough.
I am going to be honest. I (Jenn) and most other rescues are super busy. I find myself not having enough time. My husband and I work outside the home, plus we have a family, children, and a rescue. Right now we have 10 horses (5 of our own, and 5 rescues), 3 dogs that our ours, a rescue duck, we are indefinitely pig sitting, our cat, a rescue rabbit, and a little lamb who came home to be a friend. Yes! We are the funny farm. And yes, we chose this.
I have had a lot of people out to help with JLC! Thank you soooo much! I am looking for a committed and consistent group of volunteers. People who can commit to once a week in helping out. We are also looking for board members to become non-profit.
How does this have anything to do with Lady? Everything! More time and resources means we together can make a difference in more animals, in particular, horses lives. I thought it would get easier as time went by, to go to auctions and see what is going on. It is in fact the opposite. It just seems like it is never ending. We need to be heard! We need to work together. We need to support legitimate rescues and animal advocacy groups. I know how I feel is not just me, it is most of those who love and fight daily to give voices to the voiceless- the animals.
Diary, and anyone listening, do you think you can offer one hour, even a half hour of your time every week and do something for your local voice for animals- a group, rescue, organization. Take it off your Facebook time. Facebook will still be around when you get back!
If you don’t know where to start, I can send you in the right direction. Time, that is what it takes. Time. Every week I am contacted by owners needing help with horses. And, the biggest thing for me is not sinking, taking on what I can manage realistically. One more, or two, or three… I can’t take them all. But, if we all do a little more, that means more helped.
Time- 30 seconds is all it takes to decide if a horse will go for slaughter. 1 hour can make the difference between a horse going to auction or a horse going to a home. 1 hour can make a difference to your local animal welfare group. You can make a difference in the life of an animal.
Lady- she needed time. Time for someone to see how they could work with her. Time to adjust. Time to find a home who could have had skills to handle her and develop a partnership between horse and owner.
Ill be back later. I am very disappointed in myself this week. If only I had contacted them earlier… If only I had more time and resources… If only…