While this day is represented in the United States, I know that those of us here in Canada love horses and want to protect them just as much as our American cousins.
With that in mind, we have put together a list of ways to help you do your part today whether it is celebrating your own horse, speaking out against horse slaughter, sponsoring a rescue horse or being vigilant and reporting cruelty.
Even if you aren't a horse owner, there are many ways that you too can celebrate The Horse. Check out our list below:
I am sure most of us celebrate our horses every day, but today is an extra-special day and your horse deserves some extra-special attention! Maybe in the form of some extra treats or an appointment with an equine chiropractor or massage therapist or maybe just the day off... How ever you choose to treat your horse today, they will appreciate it!
5. 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 website, perhaps a foster home on standby or even just a few people willing to help spread the word about their available horses online.
4. Become a Sponsor
J&M Acres rescues, rehabs and re-homes more than 50 slaughter bound equines each year, but we can't do it without your help! We rely on our donors to help pay for transportation, vet care, farrier care, feed and other associated expenses relating to our rescue horses and their ongoing care while they are in residence at our farm. It is easy to become a sponsor and set up a monthly donation to help support a horse. All you have to do is click here and choose a monthly sponsorship amount!
3. Don't Shop, Adopt
If you aren't currently a horse owner or if you are and are looking for another equine companion, remember to check your local rescue first! There are many amazing horses available for adoption at rescues across North America just waiting for a family to come along and adopt them. By having a person of their own, horses are able to thrive in different ways than they do at a rescue. Even though we love them, it isn't the same as having their own families. And remember - when you adopt a horse, you make room for the rescue to save another. Thereby, saving two lives.
2. 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.
1. Speak Up
Besides celebrating our own horses individually, we can't forget to celebrate and protect those in our country and one of the best ways to do this is to speak up for them. 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.