~There are over 160,000 unwanted horses in the United states
~ In 2016, over 130,000 horses were shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter
~Rescue facilities in the USA have the capacity to care for roughly 33,000 horses
~ It costs $2,485 per year (average) to care for a horse
What ERN Does: ERN posts high risk horses (slaughter-bound, abandoned, neglected, missing/lost/stolen) on social media platforms to gain exposure and viral visibility to help horses. ERN provides funds to help horses that are “at-risk” (slaughter-bound, abandoned, neglected). ERN Encourages owners to Microchip and Register their horses.We encourage EVERY Equine Advocate to help combat the systemic problem of unwanted horses!
What ERN Does NOT do: We do not post horses to our site/pages that are not AT RISK. We do not sell horses.
Where are all these horses coming from?
Learn more by watching: “The Business of Unwanted Horses“
What you can do to help? If you are a horse owner, you can begin with you. Rehome responsibly: Check References and do a barn visit before you place your horse in the hands of a new owner. Ask to be notified when the new owner rehomes your horse (“First Right of Refusal).
Protect your horse by downloading a Transfer of Ownership template which includes a No Slaughter/No Auction clause.
Never post a Free Horse on Craigslist . It can be an invitation to a killbuyer. Don’t be mistaken, the killbuyers are stealthy – they will promise a good home, where your horse will be forever out to pasture on green grass, but the reality is your free horse will be loaded on a truck to auction or slaughter.
Educate yourself and others on the unwanted horses population. Read “Lost Horses” and learn how to rescue horses from killpens and auctions.
Sign petitions, fight legislation and be active in your community. If you don’t know where your local equine rescue network is check out this Equine Rescue Search Tool.
Rescue, Rehabilitate, Retrain, Rehome