While the day is represented in the United States, I think that those of us here in Canada love horses just as much and I think we should celebrate it in our own way.
Besides giving your special equine partner some extra treats and hugs on this special day, check out and share this list of 10 ways that you can help our beloved horses:
One of the most important ways to help horses is to speak up for them - be a voice for the voiceless. Do what you can to support legislation that protects and preserves the quality of life for both domestic and wild horses. Right now in Canada, we are pushing hard for Bill C-322, which would prohibit the importation or exportation of horsemeat for human consumption. Make sure politicians and policy makers know horses are important.
2. Lead by Example
Second to lending your voice to the cause is supporting horses through your actions. It is important to do your best not to support or attend activities that are not in the best interest of horses, or that promote cruelty and/or slaughter.
3. Pay to Protect
Following our lead by example point, you can also lead with your wallet. By this we mean do not purchase products that are made from horses as some, such as the hormone drug Premarin, are created through their suffering. Second to this is put your dollars towards local rescues and shelters that promote horse care and rehabilitate and re-home horses in need.
4. Share Your Knowledge
Help spread the word! Not everyone knows about horse slaughter or how important horse rescues are or the kinds of horse-related bills being voted on, but we all know that education is the key.
5. Become a J&M Acres Sponsor
J&M Acres rescues, rehabs and re-homes more than 70 slaughterbound equines each year. Contributed funds pay for transportation, vet care, farrier care, feed and other associated expenses. It is easy to become a sponsor and set up a monthly donation, just click here!
6. Lend a Hand
Helping horses doesn't have to mean manual labor in a barn. In fact, there are dozens of ways you can promote horse welfare. Maybe they need someone handy to make minor repairs, a photography enthusiast to take pictures for the group's web site, perhaps a foster home on standby or even just a few people willing to help spread the word about their available horses online.
7. Report Cruelty
If you witness an act of cruelty to a horse, don't keep it to yourself. A growing number of studies show abuse towards animals often transfers to human beings, including spouses and children. Instead, take good notes of the event, such as the time, location, type of abuse and any other witnesses, and contact your local animal cruelty inspector, such as the SPCA or RCMP to submit a cruelty report.
8. Be Cautious Around Horses
Horses are a lot of fun, and deserve the same consideration as people when you are around them. They are naturally nervous creatures, and are edgier than usual when in a public place. Move quietly and slowly, speak kindly and give plenty of warning when you approach them so as not to startle them. Never pet or feed a horse without the owner's permission, for both your and the horse's safety.
9. Keep Your Companion Horse Safe and Healthy
If you are lucky enough to own a horse, you already know the importance of maintaining his or her health through regular veterinary care. But did you know that horses are very social animals, and that their emotional well-being is a big factor in their overall health? Behaviorists recommend getting your horse a buddy-equines don't like to be on their own. A horse or another equid, such as a burro or a donkey, makes the very best "best friend," but we've known goats to work out well, too.
10. Plan Ahead For Your Horse's Care
Changes in your health, your horse's health or your financial situation are just a few of the reasons why you might need to find a new home for your horse one day. It's a good idea to research your options ahead of time. You also should think about providing for your horse with a pet trust and let your loved ones and family know what has been done to ensure a happy, healthy future for your horse.