Due to poor economy forcing people to give up their horses, the excessive breeding relative to market demand, the reinstatement of horse slaughter in the US and the round-ups of thousands of wild horses by the BLM, all of which put hundreds of thousands of horses at risk of slaughter, it is time for horse breeders to implement a committment of responsible breeding and aftercare for horses that they have bred.
We are asking all horse breeders and horse breeding associations for reform, or we will not buy from them, take our lessons at their stables, will not send customers or clients to them unless they have a statement of responsibility. Horses are historically among our most valued partners in work, sport and therapy. We do not sell our beloved partners to meat brokers. We do not send our partners to slaughter. We strongly encourage our horse breeding friends to take a stand of responsibility, to post on their websites their statement of responsibility, and to make a committment such as this:
“As horse breeder of conscience, with a deep abiding love and respect for horses, we hereby commit to responsible breeding of only the number and quality of horses for which we have a quality customer base that will provide the care and life which my horses deserve.
We will sell only with a contract that commits to having done quality breeding and care, and that offers lifetime support to help any of our customers if circumstances require that they need help to rehome their horses. In our contract, we will require that no horses coming from our breeding program shall be allowed to be auctioned or slaughtered without first contacting us, under penalty of potential legal action by us.
We will maintain open access and relations of support to our customers with the expectation that they will come to us if their horse is needing our support. If there are behavior problems, we will support our customers with advice and training.
We will keep an eye out for horses that have been bred out of our stallions, even if not bred from our own mares, and help any owners of these horses with aftercare if their circumstances require support. We will support horse rescues and work with them, especially horse rescues devoted to our breed of horses.
We will provide a forever home to our own breeding animals on our premises, or place them in forever homes. They will never be sent by us to auction or to slaughter. This is our promise.”