The most difficult part of being a horse owner is looking after our horses and making sure that they are always out of danger. As horse owners, we have to provide our horses the best lives that we can possibly offer them as they deserve it, especially because they make us feel better even in our darker times, something that we usually refer to as a god-given gift that horses have. Keeping in mind the impact that horses have in our lives, it is very sad when you think that there are thousands of horses who do not even have the minimum living conditions and leave alone other things.
Most of them are mistreated, abandoned or abused by people who do not care about animal welfare in general, and the fact that there are a lot of people out there with this mentality, this is the most concerning thing as they might teach other generations in their families the same thing. Since this video was made, MS Horse Rescue has saved over 400 horses from abuse, neglect, and the slaughter pipeline.
A couple of things we wanted to add that were not included in the video are the importance of soaking their feed to reduce the risk of choke and adding Probios to help restore the normal microbial balance in the gut. There has been a lot of research showing it’s better to feed alfalfa hay rather than grain or feed, but here in the South, it’s very difficult to obtain good quality alfalfa plus it’s too expensive.
We’ve had amazing results with Nutrena Senior and Nutrena Senior Pro-Force! It’s easier for us and more economical to stick with what we know works. In 2008 Have A Heart Horse Rescue and Mississippi Horses joined efforts to save horses from abuse and neglect. Having over 200 horses go through their rescue facilities in various stages of malnutrition and abuse, they have seen and learned a lot in regards to complications that can arise during refeeding.
It is concerning that these cases keep happening. I really wish the situation was different and I really hope it becomes different in the future. That starts with every single one of you, who should educate your family and friends on how to do the right thing if they are not doing it. Please have a look at the video and let us know what you think.