Horse Slaughter in Japan

Photo from Canadian Horse Defence Coalition via

Horse slaughter is both cruel and unnecessary.

Horsemeat is not just consumed by some European countries. Japan has put its own twist on this disgusting industry.

Japan is one of the world’s leading importers or horsemeat, and apparently they are now importing horses from Canada. The horsemeat is used in a specialty sushi, and oils from the horses’ bodies are used in beauty products.

Read more about it here.

Big Thanks to Real Time Pain Relief!

Real Time Pain Relief just released their Pet Formula!

Real Time Pain Relief is a company that produces a topical pain reliever for humans, and recently established a line for animals.

Their mission is to spread relief.

From Christine, who works for Real Time Pain Relief:

“I found your website and read about the great services your program provides. I admire how your organization saves horses and helps them find good homes! Real Time Pain Relief would like to give Front Range Equine Rescue a case of our Pet Formula for any of your horses that deal with arthritis or any other type of soreness and stiffness.

I grew up around horses and know that as some age, they can develop ankle, knee, hip, or back pain. When any of them developed pain, I could see how it affected them and it made me sad. My horses were an incredible influence on my life; I don’t know if I would be the same person I am today without their influence. It would make me incredibly happy to send some relief to a horse who needs it!

The product is a special blend of 15 gentle Ingredients from Nature, all of which are known to cause a relaxing effect in the area needing it. It does not contain any potent medications or anything that would cause worry. When applied, this spray delivers a gentle cooling sensation. We have had many animals show vivid signs of relief; it is visible in their eyes and an enlightened spirit.”

Thank you to Christine for reaching out to us with a very generous donation offer from the company she works for and her own compassion for the horses we all love dearly.

Adopting a Wild Mustang – What You Need to Know

Mustangs display a range of personalities, from docile to dominant, just like any other domestic horse.

Wild horses deserve forever homes, but those homes require certain qualifications.

This article from The Horse does a great job of explaining some things to consider before owning a wild mustang.

“Since becoming available for adoption or purchase, Mustangs have earned high-profile status as adaptable partners for riders engaged in a variety of disciplines, ranging from trail riding and eventing to dressage and reining.”

Read the Article Here. 

Potential Connection Between Horses Teeth & Hooves

dr-farrierA very interesting read for horse owners, farriers, and practitioners of equine dental care — a potentially strong connection between a horse’s teeth and hooves!

Dr. Tomas Teskey, DVM, is one of the few, but perhaps slowly growing number of vets who advocates barefoot hoof care.

He recently agreed to a second interview with The Naturally Healthy Horse, this time focusing on a fairly new discovery about horses–the connection between their teeth and hooves.

He answers such questions as: “Is there both a right and wrong way to go about floating or balancing horses’ teeth?” and “What are some of the most common dental problems you see in horses and how should they be addressed?”

Read The Interview Here.

Pro-Slaughter Measures in KY

Horse protections eroded if Kentucky legislature passes a new bill.

Pro slaughter at it again!

This is a very dangerous piece of legislation which just passed in Kentucky’s state house agriculture committee.

Those who truly care about equine welfare in Kentucky need to continue pressure on their state legislature NOT to pass this bill as well as the governor to veto it if needed.

Read more from The Horse Fund here.

Wild Horse Atrocities Exposed

Wild horses next to bison at the Beef Belt Feedyard in Scott City, Kansas in 2014, Photo Credit: WHFF

We thank our friends at Wild Horse Freedom Federation for their diligence in exposing wild horse atrocities.

The government must be held accountable for their ongoing carnage of America’s treasured icons of the West.  There are no excuses!  Not now, not ever.

More information here:

USDA Removes Animal Welfare Records from Website

2015 Soring Investigation
Appalling USDA action further threatens anti-soring efforts

Last Thursday, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (part of the USDA) removed several categories of information from their website, where the information had previously been available to the public to review.

This information included lists of violations of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act (which covers soring only).

This action is shocking and outrageous for protecting animals including horses covered by the Horse Protection Act (HPA).

Emergency Times Three

Winter dumps horses at low-end kill auction…

Meet Sherlock

Sherlock was found at a Colorado auction last week. Very thin and afraid, this poor boy has some unusual health issues. His enlarged jaw made us fear severe injury, fracture or the result of an untreated dental infection. But just as concerning is his inability to retract his penis into the protective sheath… the tip and several inches are both swollen and frostbitten. I cannot imagine his pain!

Will you help Sherlock? He’s only 4 years old!


We need $2,500 to provide surgery to remove severely damaged tissue to his penis which will be able to heal and have normal function as well as to help with other rehabilitation costs including feed, farrier, and much needed dental care. Please help Sherlock!

Emergency Donation:

If you’d like to donate by check or money order, please click here.

Meet Hanna and Josie

Sisters Hanna and Josie were huddled with their pregnant mother and father (intact stallion) at a Colorado auction. Little Josie was still nursing and had never been weaned. She was abruptly separated from her family after all were sold during the bidding to new owners. Fortunately, the man who bought Hanna asked us if we wanted her (he had only bid to keep her from the kill buyer). Reuniting the two helped both young fillies as their world had been turned upside down. We could not let these youngsters go to the filthy, disease-ridden kill lot in northern Colorado where countless horses have been sickened by illnesses for years.

Young horses are costly and we have many mouths to feed this winter. Please help us with feed, vet, and training (basic handling) expenses as our budget has been stretched thin by other expenses.

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Fast Donate for Hanna and Josie:

Mail in for the young fillies to get them on the right track! Please click here for the Reply Form.

We truly value your loyal support of our work.

Working together we have changed many horses’ lives for the better!

For the horses,

P.S. – We’d like to schedule Sherlock’s surgery as soon as possible before Colorado has any more “arctic” blasts. Even an enclosed barn can’t keep out that kind of cold. Please send your most generous gift today! Thank you.


Update on horse slaughter!

The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113, has been reintroduced in the new Congress.

Horses at an auction frequented by kill buyers
Horses at an auction frequented by kill buyers.

The SAFE Act will prohibit the slaughter of our horses for human consumption in the U.S. and their export for slaughter.

The bill protects consumers from exposure to toxic horsemeat which was one of the primary arguments in our lawsuits at the federal and state level to ban horse slaughter.

Thanks go to the following Representatives for reintroducing this bill to end a horrific cruelty to America’s horses:

  • Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
  • Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Ed Royce (R-CA)
  • Michele Lujan Grisham (D-NM).

Please contact your federal Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 113 now! You can find your rep through

Read more at Vern Buchanan’s website here.


When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates to the charitable organization of your choice.

Your Cyber Monday shopping can help us with upcoming veterinary expenses for Pete, Benji, Serena, Gidget, Waylon, and Tango.

Shoppers who use can get the same great deals by using the link to help charities through

Just use the Amazon link above and type in Front Range Equine Rescue as the charity to benefit from a percentage of your purchases.

It costs nothing extra to you but helps our horses in a big way!

 A nose buried in fresh hay is something to be thankful for.

A nose buried in fresh hay is something to be thankful for.

Help Meet Winter Hay Needs:

Have you heard of #GivingTuesday? The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become part of a national movement during the holidays dedicated to charitable giving.

The goal of #GivingTuesday is to bring together retailers, charities, online groups, community centers, individuals, and families to participate in one common purpose — to help others and encourage ways to give more, give smarter, and celebrate the great American spirit of generosity through charitable contributions and volunteerism.

Kicking Off #GivingTuesday with a Matching Gift Offer!

Front Range Equine Rescue received a matching gift offer from a very compassionate and generous donor. If we can raise $1,500 by midnight on November 29 (#GivingTuesday), she will send us $1,500!

Can you help us meet this very generous offer so we can purchase a winter hay supply?

We are just 370 bales shorts of our 1,000 bale goal to feed our rescue horses in CO and VA over the coming months.

Donate safely online here:

If you’d like to donate by check or money order, please click here.

P.S. – You can double the amount of your contribution with a matching gift from your employer! Please check with the human resources department to see if your company offers a charitable gift match program.

We truly value your loyal support of our work.

Working together we have changed many horses’ lives for the better!

For the horses,


Going on the Offensive!

2017 does not bode well for America’s horses, domestic or wild.

sammie-oct2016Their friends in Congress will be less than ever. We expect a full on assault for the return of horse slaughter and also the final decimation of wild horses and burros on public lands and in government holding facilities.

We know that those who truly care about the welfare of horses in this country come from all political views. It will be imperative for everyone to put strong pressure on elected officials to keep in place the defunding of horse slaughter inspections while pushing for federal legislation to ban horse slaughter, and to change the current, ineffective management of wild horses and burros to a plan which truly protects them on our taxpayer funded public lands and provides humane solutions for those in captivity.

With your help, we will escalate the fight for America’s horses!

You can help save abused horses like Sammie (pictured) with a tax deductible contribution to Front Range Equine Rescue by clicking here.

Killing wild horses in holding is off the table for the moment.

We are well aware of BLM “double-speak” and like all advocates are remaining vigilant and prepared!

Wild horses in captivity.
Wild horses in captivity.

Sept 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. government said on Wednesday it has no plans to euthanize a large share of the more than 45,000 wild horses and burros removed from lands mostly in the U.S. West, after an advisory panel’s proposal to kill some of the animals sparked outrage.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said they struggle to find people to adopt the growing number of wild horses and burros, which costs the agency millions annually to maintain in corrals and pasturelands.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board on Friday recommended the bureau consider euthanizing the animals that cannot be adopted, or selling them to companies that might slaughter them.

Please click here to read more about the US Government’s plan to care for the wild horses in captivity.

Slaughter of the Innocent

The BLM Advisory Board voted on a proposal to “euthanize” wild horses in holding facilities.

One Victory…One Nightmare

On Friday we learned that the BLM decided to withdraw its decision to partner with Oregon State University to perform unsafe sterilization experiments on 225 wild mares in Oregon. [Read More at the Denver Post]

On the heels of this victory came another announcement.  The BLM Advisory Board voted on a proposal to “euthanize” wild horses in holding facilities.  This means the mass murder of approximately 44,000 innocent horses!

Front Range Equine Rescue is wholly committed to doing its part to save these horses.  I know you will join with us to escalate our fight like never before!

To start, please send comments to the Advisory Board at

When you voice your opposition to this irresponsible, inhumane and appalling plan, give specific reasons why.  The following can be used as a few guidelines:

  • BLM’s mismanagement of the Wild Horse and Burro program should never culminate in the mass murder of captive wild horses.
  • Taxpayer dollars should not be used to kill the wild horses.
  • Wild horses and burros should be managed equally, not less, than any other interests (particularly special interests) use of taxpayer funded public lands.
  • BLM should use its budget to keep wild horses on the range, open up once used range land, develop eco-tourism, further its use of PZP for population control and expand its adoption program.
  • Put a 2 year moratorium on further roundups to stop over-loading long-term holding facilities.
Contact your Congressional representatives to alert them to this inexcusable proposal by BLM’s Advisory Board. and

BLM Withdraws Plans for Surgical Sterilization ‘Research’ on Oregon’s Wild Horses following lawsuit by Front Range Equine Rescue

Photo credit: Wild Horse Freedom Federation


Nonprofit Horse Rescue Group Challenged Inhumane Experimental Surgery

HINES, Ore., September 9, 2016 – Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER), a national nonprofit working to end the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue, advocacy and education, announced today, just six weeks after a lawsuit filed by FRER, that U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn its program to perform experimental sterilization of wild mares in Oregon. The BLM’s decision was formally vacated by the Interior Board of Land Appeals this morning.

FRER’s suit contended that the BLM’s intention to conduct surgical experiments on 225 wild horses, many in various stages of pregnancy, and potentially thousands of more horses over time, causes harm and suffering in violation of federal law.

The sterilizations on wild mares proposed by the BLM, to be carried out in collaboration with Oregon State University, included three untested, dangerous, and potentially fatal procedures.

“We are relieved that the BLM has withdrawn its decision, both for the targeted 225 horses and for the future of wild horse management, said Hilary Wood, President of FRER. “FRER remains committed to ensuring the BLM uses humane and reasonable efforts to protect the herds while considering all interests in the process.”

Veterinary Emergencies

sunnie.closeup.aug2016 (1)The past few weeks have been hectic with last minute rescue calls for horses in need at low-end kill auctions and needing removal from neglectful owners.

And to top it off, several of the rescue horses have required urgent medical attention!

With our critical lawsuit rapidly moving forward against the horrible wild mare sterilization, our budget is really strained right now. Can you help us get through this rough patch?

Fighting off Setbacks:

  • Sunnie’s nasty respiratory infection turned into pneumonia and she needs stronger (more expensive) antibiotics to help her get well.
  • Tilly’s blood work came back with strong indicators of Cushings disease. She needs long-term medication to manage symptoms.

We need to raise $350 to help Sunnie and Tilly:

  • Serena was kicked during turn out and required an emergency call, stitches and multiple bandage changes.
  • Jingo had a flare up of a painful eye condition and was prescribed several eye ointments and strong antibiotics as he didn’t respond to the initial medication.

Can you help us raise $750 to help Serena and Jingo during their expensive healing process:

Prefer to mail in a much-needed contribution to help with emergency medical needs?
Download our mail-in donation form here.

We also have several new horses receiving initial medical evaluations. Can you send a gift today to support Misty, Genie, and Ole Man?

Veterinary care is crucial to truly saving rescue horses. We greatly appreciate your tax-deductible contribution to ensure our horses continue receiving everything they need to be healthy.

P.S. – Good news to share. Cinnamon and Sebastian were recently adopted into a loving new home. We’re happy this mother and son can remain together!